Towards an Improved Basis of Estimating and Controlling R & D Tasks

Published in: The Journal of Industrial Engineering, v. 18, no. 8, Aug. 1967, p. 482-488

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1966

by L. S. Hill

This article discusses a practical framework for more positive management control of exploratory development programs, advanced development programs not incorporating subsystem design activities, and certain applied research programs. Relatively little attention has been directed toward improving control techniques for research and early development projects, yet such programs provide essential building blocks for future systems. Techniques, such as tree diagrams, are suggested to encourage productivity in research by providing increased visibility for the establishment, pursuit, and accomplishments of research objectives.

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