In addition to the initial planning for the program and allocation of
resources, high-level management of reliability growth is necessary to make
available all the options for difficult program decisions. For example,
high-level decisions in the following areas may be necessary:
- Increasing or decreasing the amount of testing.
- Adding or reallocating program resources.
- Funding additional development effort.
- Revising the program schedule.
Some of these options may result in program schedule or cost impacts.
However, because the TAAF process will surface unexpected reliability problems
early, (if they exist) it will facilitate early and less expensive resolution.
To further assist in TAAF management, two additional avenues are open to the
program manager. First, use the Checklist in Figure 2 (or an appropriately
tailored version) to help assure the required characteristics are in place
during initial TAAF planning as well as follow-on periodic program reviews.