Towards an improved basis of estimating and controlling R and D tasks.

by L. S. Hill

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Suggestions for improving operational cost estimating and control techniques for technological development programs, i.e., programs that progress to the point that experimental hardware is required. The techniques are based on studies of current projects and other relevant sources: they are not intended to interfere with creative activity, but are efforts to lend direction to the researcher and to assist in the establishment, pursuit, and accomplishment of research objectives. A control system based on such objectives directs attention to results of research and away from functional schedules and cost categories per se. 20 pp.

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