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leads all the way to TRL 9, where a full system has been
proven operationally in actual spaceflight.
The use of TRLs got a big boost in 1999, when the
U.S. General Accounting Office published an in-depth
assessment of 23 technology integration projects, ranging from spacecraft to Ford’s adaptive cruise-control
system for its Jaguar line. The findings were utterly
unambiguous: Going into production with unproven
technology—counting on future breakthroughs that
are always “just around the corner”—is a fast route to
Like any good idea, TRLs have morphed into other
shapes: manufacturing readiness levels, system readiness
levels and more. There’s even a TRL calculator available.
Of particular relevance to project managers is the
integration readiness level (IRL) system, which attempts
to solve our problem of combining multiple components
or subsystems into a seamlessly working whole. As with
TRLs, IRLs are organized into nine tiers, from an interface
being observed (in IRL 1) through increasingly rigorous
demonstrations of maturity all the way up to IRL 9.
ASK PM NETWORK
The Graduate School of Business & Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School announces the 8h Annual Acquisition Research Symposium
to be held May 11-12, 2011 in Monterey, California.
This symposium serves as a forum for the presentation of acquisition research and the exchange of ideas among scholars and practitioners of
public-sector acquisition. We seek a diverse audience of influential attendees from academe, government, and industry who are well placed
to shape and promote future research in acquisition.
The Symposium Program Committee solicits proposals for papers and/or panels from academicians, practitioners, students and others with
interests in the study of acquisition. The following list of topics is provided to indicate the range of potential research areas of interest for this
symposium: acquisition and procurement policy, supply chain management, public budgeting and finance, cost management, project management, logistics management, engineering management, outsourcing, performance measurement, and organization studies.
Proposals must be submitted by November 5, 2010. The Program Committee will make notifications of accepted proposals by December 10,
2010. Final papers must be submitted by April 1, 2011 in order to be included in the Symposium Proceedings.
Proposals for papers (plan for a 20 minute presentation) should include an abstract along with identification, affiliation, and contact information for the author(s). Proposals for panels (plan for a 90 minute duration) should include the same information as above as well as a description of the panel subject and format, along with participants’ names, qualifications and the specific contributions each participant will make
to the panel.
Submit paper and panel proposals to www.researchsymposium.org
acquisition research: creating synergy for informed change