Accession Number : ADA188046

Title :   The Communication of the User's Requirements to the System Program Office during the Ongoing System Development Process.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Smariga, Russell B

PDF Url : ADA188046

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : Air Force acquisition program management officers (n=292) were surveyed to determine which factors in the user to system program office requirements communication process were related to achieving effective communication. Using command representatives (n=17) working at Aeronautical Systems Division were also contacted to provide their perspective of the communications process. Results obtained from reading the comments on the questionnaires and from the interviews indicated that both program managers and user representatives believed that additional operational experience on the part of acquisition management personnel would enhance the requirements communication process. The analysis of the data, however, did not support this. Operational experience of the program manager was not statistically related to any of the measures of successful communications. Program managers who had completed AFIT Systems 100 tended to have a more positive outlook on both the desirability of having a user representative in the SPO, and of the overall requirements communication process. Keywords: Theses; Systems management; Research management; Prototypes.

Descriptors :   *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, *USER NEEDS, ACQUISITION, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, PERSONNEL, QUESTIONNAIRES, REQUIREMENTS, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, THESES, PROTOTYPES

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE