HPTSC provides a thorough and balanced approach when planning life cycle programs and seeing them through. Our analysts work closely with our customers to establish their business area mission, vision, goals, and performance measures. We then provide long-range technical, schedule, and budget planning that covers the entire life cycle of the proposed capability. Our approach includes advance planning that identifies potential risk areas and offers suggested work-around approaches to mitigate the risk if it cannot be avoided. In determining risk areas, we look at the technical feasibility of the proposed solution and alternate solutions, interoperability with legacy and disparate systems, impact to other systems or other program offices, cost controls, business case analysis, planned integrated logistics support, and training burdens.

We use HPTSC developed processes and tools that support these planning and implementation activities. Our processes ensure consistency and uniformity in our approach to specifying, acquiring, and supporting components, equipment, or systems throughout their life cycles. Through our processes, we work with our customers to determine requirements, develop management plans, and document the program baseline to ensure success. The programmatic documentation includes management and implementation plans, cost breakdown structures, work breakdown structures, organization breakdown structures, and integrated master schedules. We use many different techniques, including earned value management, to monitor program execution against approved plans, baselines, costs, and schedules. We identify baseline deviations and the causes of performance discrepancies and recommend effective solutions to recover to the program plan.

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