Flight Management System (FMS): Lifting client out of widening challenges
Project takes off after helping client meet technical, budget, and schedule goals
A major systems supplier was unable to meet a critical contract milestone. The contract involved preparing the Flight Management System for first flight integration with a U.S. military combat helicopter. Late into the project, the supplier determined their resources were insufficient to meet the technical, budget, and schedule requirements. With a chance they might fail to meet an important milestone for the U.S. Army, the supplier sought Performance Software for help. Performance Software was highly recommended for their high-quality results, fast pace, and the company’s significant FMS development and testing experience.
Mitigating risk was crucial to resolving the client’s problem. An analysis of the project revealed that a 9-month schedule was ideal. Performance Software had to devise a plan to meet an intense schedule compression of five months. They decided to offer the client a Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) quote for the full program. This transferred the project risk from the client to Performance Software, set up a risk-sharing partnership that assured the client’s budget control, and enabled Performance Software to fully optimize the execution plan.
A particularly challenging aspect of the project was the rolling wave of scope expansion. Performance Software initially assembled a team of four domain experts to work on 200 technical requirements. As the project matured, the client uncovered a total of 7,100 technical requirements. Performance Software quickly added 26 senior engineering resources to assist with completing the additional requirements and testing. They also developed a tool for the FMS testing to accelerate test case development, which cut weeks off the schedule.
Rapidly Scaled Team: Quickly scaled technical resources by 8X in response to the client’s realization that a significant amount of work was left to complete.
Partnered to Share Risk: Performance Software’s flexible risk-sharing approach prevented more than $2 million of potential delay costs while minimizing the client’s budget impact.
Saved First Flight Milestone: Reduced the schedule by 44%, enabling the U.S. Army to proceed with the first flight on schedule.
Happy Customer: The project manager stated, “We could not have met the critical milestone without you.” The client subsequently hired Performance Software for two additional major programs.