“The process is broken and we need to start over with a clean sheet.”
This statement is a common theme and recurring challenge presented to cost estimating and analysis teams and organizations. This was the starting point of one recent undertaking at Technomics.
Every new administration or several years we see efforts to reform the acquisition system and its associated processes. The Army has taken the big step to establish what they’re calling a new Futures Command with the goal of streamlining the acquisition process. To achieve this they are connecting the warfighters – those who use the products of this system – with those who develop the equipment in hopes of increasing both the efficiency and quality of the process. But is that enough to assure success?