A Solution to Some Problems in the Planning and Control of First Article Costs and Schedules 620353
A PERT network and reporting system with several thousand activities has a tendency toward rigidity and resistance to change, whereas on a high level PERT is a useful tool of management. Control problems of first article manufacture, such as lack of data, continuity of data, ineffectiveness of computer data, and failure to utilize first line supervisors are discussed and solutions to these problems presented. To solve planning problems of first article manufacture, a system of work breakdown, job definitions, and further breakdown of work into job packages is illustrated. Problems and inherent conditions of the defense industry—various programs projectized at one time, different funding practices, developing technical capabilities, relations in customer environment—are identified.