U.S. Air ForceMarket Sector: Government Agencies
Improving Congressional and public confidence in the Air Force’s ability to execute acquisition programs on cost and schedule. Producing accurate cost estimates in the acquisition process in order to make better decisions and more efficient use of scarce financial resources, “stretching the AF budget.”
Our project focused on identifying, piloting and validating changes to the current Air Force cost estimating capabilities, polices, processes and practices. The initiative was conducted over several stages 1) Pilot Selection 2) Current State Process and Workflow Analysis 3) Establishing Cost Estimating improvement goals 4) Designing a Future State Process and Workflow Map 5) Defining Organizational and Cultural change requirements and 6) Executing the Pilot with a test-case – the F22 was ultimately selected. The advancing age of Air Force cost estimating engineers quickly became a critical success factor. Our team subsequently developed a framework for an engineering Center of Excellence to ensure effective institutional knowledge transfer, mentoring and shared ownership of the new cost estimating process changes.