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Improving Engineering

Lessons from the Field


Deloitte Consulting LLP released a study in 2008, which focused on cost overruns and program delays in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry. The study depicted a very disappointing picture of the A&D industry’s capability to deliver programs in a timely and cost-effective manner. In fact, if the trend of the past 15 years continues unabated, the analysis suggests that in the next 10 years the average budget overruns will exceed 46 percent. This trend puts tremendous pressure on engineering executives, and we don’t see this pressure relenting anytime in the near future.

Although the causes of this condition are complex and far-reaching, and the risk of failure is high, we believe engineering executives should focus on improving the “business of engineering.” Engineering executives must learn to apply the same rigorous systems engineering approach used to innovate and develop products to improving engineering operational performance. Ultimately, to take a significant step forward in addressing program performance challenges, it is imperative that engineers are “freed” from non-value added activities and provided the opportunity to focus on the “science of engineering” - innovation, integration and achieving performance and affordability targets.

Read the attached article to learn more.

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