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    A process that includes translating requirements, integrating team inputs, managing interfaces and technical risk, transitioning technology, and verifying that designs meet operational needs.


    • Are the design implications sufficiently considered in concept exploration?

    • Is concept mature enough for development to begin?
      • If not, have trade studies been done to clarify critical components?
      • Did trade studies include production risk?

    • Will the system satisfy user requirements?

    • Is the design cost effective?

    • Does the design rely on new or untried technology or exotic materials to achieve performance objectives?

    • Will maturing or unproven technologies be adequately developed before production?

    • Is production funding available at the right time in the development effort?

    • Has the standard operating environment been established?

    • What engineering processes are being used on the program?

    • Is the system design fault-tolerant?

    • What is the growth/expandability range of the system in development?

    • Does the development align with the operational concept?

    • How closely does the design environment match the actual operational environment?

    • Is the system being benchmarked at appropriate milestones?

    • Who has configuration control?

    • Are interfacing systems being developed in parallel?

    • Are reliability, maintainability, availability requirements being met?

    • Are requirements stable?

    • Can design survive rate production without degradation?

    • Are stress and strength/stress analyses performed to ensure that applied values in derating and safety for component parts and materials meet criteria?

    • Are "worst case" tolerance analyses performed to ensure that system performance remains within specified limits?

    • Are analysis results result in appropriate design revisions to reduce risk?

    • Are parts and materials tested early in the design at intended operational stress levels?

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