The preconcept phase begins the acquisition cycle. In this phase the need is identified through an analysis of missions and/or systems. This triggers the identification of operational deficiencies, operational needs, system or equipment development, modifications, and improvements.
The concept phase involves developing alternative approaches to satisfying the need identified during the preconcept phase. During the concept phase, all possible alternatives are analyzed to determine the alternative or alternatives best capable of satisfying the need.
During the demonstration and validation phase, the alternative or alternatives developed during the concept phase are evaluated to determine feasibility to actually accomplish the requirement. The demonstration and validation phase has two purposes: (1) demonstrate that the concept can actually work, and (2) validate that the alternative can meet the need defined earlier.
Once an alternative passes the demonstration and validation phase, full-scale development begins. During full-scale development the deliverable is designed.
The production phase involves the actual development and/or manufacturing of the deliverable.
The deployment and operation phase begins after the item is delivered to the customer. During this phase the customer assumes ownership with the support of the supplier.
Eventually the item may need to be replaced. This is when the disposal phase begins for the old item. The disposal phase involves removing the item from inventory.
Whichever traditional project management cycle is used, the thrust is the same, producing a deliverable. The deliverable is essentially already identified by the sponsor or customer. This project management approach is based on traditional quality control. Its innovation was the matrix team that integrated internal functions to complete a project.
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