By Mark V. Arena
A short research examines the follow-on creation of the complicated SEAL supply procedure (ASDS) for the Deep Submergence Directorate (PMS 395) of the Navel Sea platforms Command.
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2 mandates the use of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) as a means of facilitating this communication. IPTs involve all the key participants in the decisionmaking process. The team membership includes not only program management employees but also other government stakeholders, contractors, suppliers, and operators. We observed in our discussions that the communication between NGC and its potential subcontractors is not as effective as it could be. Given the early history of the ASDS program, it does not surprise us that there are communication difficulties currently, too.
NGC inherited these problems when it acquired the Westinghouse division building the ASDS. These preexisting problems were further 26 Advanced SEAL Delivery System: Perspectives and Options compounded because the program was initially run outside NGC’s normal practices. For example, until recently, the project was kept outside of the typical NGC business and technical models used for other major, successful NGC projects. The ASDS program was left as an island project—largely confined to the experience limits of the Annapolis facility where it began.
When significant problems arise, people naturally tend toward blame assessment 30 Advanced SEAL Delivery System: Perspectives and Options rather than problem solution. Further complicating the situation is that some of the contractor participants are competitors. With most of the problems, hopefully, behind the program, it is an opportune time to rebuild working relationships on the program. Again, we are not assigning blame, but rather presenting an opportunity for improvement. To improve the communication between the parties, we suggest strengthening the appropriate IPT membership (or an IPT-like team, such as a design review team).
Advanced SEAL Delivery System: Perspectives and Options by Mark V. Arena