Browse Publications Technical Papers 2018-01-1919

Design and Development for Multi-Generational Teams 2018-01-1919

Aero and Space projects live a long time. Around the turn of the century NASA first began to discuss Multi-Decadal (Monel) projects with respect to the tools, methods, infrastructure and culture necessary to successfully establish outposts and bases both on the Moon as well as in adjacent space. Pilot projects were completed, capabilities developed and solutions were shared across the Agency. A decade later the Mars discussion was Multi-Generational with planning milestones 50 years in the future. The 1970’s Requirements Document, or the 1990’s System Model are nowhere near suitable for planning, development, integration and operations of multi-national, highly complex, incredibly expensive development efforts planned to outlast not only the careers of the developers but that of their children as well. This paper will share and discuss challenges, tools, methods, plans, successes and unmet goals associated with development of such systems. It will include: success cases, new methods, architectures and norms; as well as capabilities and methods that enabled success, those that did not and a possible way forward. And it will discuss the technologies, standards, processes, methods and representations key to creating, managing, using, re-using and sharing multi-generational information. This includes the challenges, options and examples of tools capable of supporting the needs of these teams. A solution is far from ready, so the paper will also attempt to identify, share and discuss some of the known challenges awaiting today's multi-generational teams.


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