When developing software, it is common to pursue a minimal viable product (MVP) rather than a mature and fully fleshed-out application at the initial launch. But when it comes to developing technology for websites, large-scale databases, healthcare devices, and the like, where software failure can have dire consequences, products need to be mature and thoroughly tested before applying them in the real world.
Technology management teams, developers, and engineers rely on the technology maturing process phase of a project to ensure their applications are release-worthy. This type of strategic management of technology and innovation is useful to minimize risk and determine an appropriate set of technologies that can be integrated into a full system.1
Though each project’s exact technology maturation plan phase may differ, the key steps share the same end goals. They include the same core approach of prototype iteration to validate designs and cost estimates while ensuring project requirements are met and that the product is fully functional. These key steps include:
1. Plan for Clearance
Whether or not your company needs a waiver or to go through a longer application process, it’s essential to get this taken care of first to ensure your tech team is cleared for testing.
2. Risk Assessment
Risk assessment should be performed at all stages to identify any potential hazards and assess the effects these hazards might have. Start this step by looking for any weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Depending on the hazard risk level, it may be a good idea to strategize and plan for potential problems next to reduce the possibility of damage.
3. Create a Systems Engineering Model
According to AcqNotes, a systems engineering plan (SEP) is a living document that details the execution, management, and control of the technical aspects of an acquisition program from conception to disposal.” This plan provides an outline for how to address the intended outcomes.2
4. Create a Program Protection Plan
The PPP guides and integrates all protection efforts, including denying access to unauthorized personnel and preventing technology disclosures. A technology project manager often approves this document before it is published.3
5. Validate System Support and Maintenance Objectives and Requirements
Software maintenance enables modifications to a product to correct faults or improve performance and ensure that the product meets project objectives and maturity. This step involves bug fixes and addressing user-submitted issues that may arise.
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- "Acquisition Process," AcqNotes. Retrieved on March 8, 2022 from Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction (TMRR) Phase - AcqNotes.
- "JCIDS Process," AcqNotes. Retrieved on March 8, 2022 from Systems Engineering Plan (SEP) - AcqNotes.
- "Intelligence and Security," AcqNotes. Retrieved on March 8, 2022, from Program Protection Plan (PPP) - AcqNotes.