IPDS 3.4 for Engineers: The Right Way to Start a Program
The latest revision of Raytheon's Integrated Product Development System — version 3.4 — became available in June 2010. Key changes to IPDS improve program planning and the early design process. They provide a better understanding of the program's design technology and its manufacturing processes prior to a customer making a decision on the program award. These changes result in programs that can be completed within the U.S. government's budget and schedule.
IPDS integrates best-practice processes and lessons learned for capturing and managing programs, as well as for developing and producing products. IPDS contains the standard Raytheon integrated product development process (IPDP) along with supporting enablers used to provide proven methodology and process steps to assure the integrity of Raytheon's products. IPDS maintains compliance with ISO (AS9100), Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®), Raytheon Mission Assurance provisions, Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02, and other military standards.
Focus on Business Planning
The early program development and capture activities of IPDS, known as Stage 1, is owned by Business Development (BD). Stage 1 focuses on strategy and technology development planning, customer-focused marketing, opportunity validation, capture planning and win strategy development. It includes proposal planning and development, proposal submittal, clarifications, and contract awards.
Through Stage 1, Raytheon capture teams develop the following:
- Win strategy package.
- Decision packages for Gates -1 through Gate 4.
- Key trade-offs.
- Technical approaches.
- Comprehensive proposal volumes.
Stage 1 is key to business planning in both strategy and execution.
Focus on Business Planning
With the release of the most recent DoDI 5000.02, the DoD requires more government engineering work prior to Milestone A. The DoD found that too many of its major programs have failed to be executable, and this is being attributed to a mismatch between the technical solutions necessary to meet requirements and the funding/schedule profiles. In the past, virtually all activities during Stage 1 were performed by BD with very little engineering participation. These recent changes have engineering involved from the very beginning of business planning and execution.
Raytheon now provides engineering analysis support very early in the evaluation phase, even before a program decision is made. To facilitate this, IPDS Version 3.4, which was officially released in June, and the newest revision of BD's Winning New Business Guide from October 2010, define the engineering participation and product outputs for Stage 1.
Technology assessments are now part of Stage 1. This is done so the maturity of a design technology can be assessed and the maturity of the planned manufacturing processes can be evaluated before cost and schedule are fully defined and committed to. This provides greater assurance that programs are completed within the government's budget and schedule because fewer unknowns are encountered.
Principal Changes to IPDS
The principal changes to IPDS with the release of Version 3.4 include the following:
- New technology and manufacturing readiness assessments: In response to changes in DoDI 5000.02, programs must evaluate the maturity of the technology used in the product and the maturity of the manufacturing processes used in production for developing actions in order to advance the maturity and improve the life cycle (from proposal to execution).
- Improved alignment to DoD customers' mission needs: Creating engineering work products earlier in the process.
- New requirement to review relevant lessons learned before gate reviews.
- New connection between IPDS and the Raytheon Lessons Learned Solution tool.
- Enhanced access to business-specific assets.
- Improved usability for each of the Engineering disciplines.
- Additional early work products developed by the customer (now required by DoD directive) used as inputs to Stage 1.
- Engineering outputs/activities added to capture/proposal efforts (Stage 1) in order to improve bidding and to better tie proposal efforts to start-up efforts.
- A new performance-based logistics thread.
- Reorganized DoD customer reviews.
This new release reflects improvements to enhance connectivity, alignment, protection and usability of the IPDS system.