Key technical questions and logic diagrams combine to form a valuable risk assessment tool when applied appropriately to a program. This concept, illustrated below, involves asking a series of key questions regarding a specific program and then following each through a logic diagram to reach a conclusion for that program.
For example, you may be working on a program where the test environment used for reliability growth testing is not the same as the actual mission profile environment. By following the logic diagram on page 10, you would reach the conclusion that your reliability growth test program results were doubtful.
By asking as many key questions as necessary, you can judge the level of risk associated with each template. Follow this pattern for all templates involved in your program, color a template diagram (either literally or figuratively), and then judge your program's overall risk status.