The Role of Effort Classification in System Design and Evaluation 640554

Northrop Ventura has implemented, as part of their internal management control, six categories, similar to those in the Department of Defense, for various types of development. This implementation required that (1) the DOD development categories to be expanded and interpreted in terms of Northrop Ventura's product interests, and (2) levels of appropriate effort within each of the development categories be defined for all functions involved in the development process. These latter levels constitute what is called “effort classification.” Effort classification has been credited with reducing the time required to prepare and negotiate proposals, simplifying program management, and achieving product maturity.


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