DCYI Goes to Washington

by admin on April 7, 2010

DCYI President, Jeff Zyburt, was recently asked to participate in a Department of Defense roundtable discussion. The meeting was called in order to generate ideas for improving the design, development, and testing processes applicable to defense system procurement.

Anyone who reads the news knows that Washington has a long history of defense department delays and cost overruns. Frequently, the defense systems produced don’t meet the needs of the military. In order to improve the process, the National Academy of Science sought help from private industry.

Five industry experts addressed the group in their area of expertise over two days of meetings. Jeff was one of those chosen to present. While the other four focused on software and electronics, Jeff’s discussed the entire design and development cycle. He explained how Voice of the Customer research — in this case input from the soldiers — is essential to the process. He went on to demonstrate how the equipment requirement can be translated into measurable functional objectives and ways in which the design can be validated before any hardware is produced.

Jeff believes that the Department of Defense procurement procedures could be vastly improved by implementing processes used in the best civilian industries. Of course defense contractors who utilize advanced process and verification techniques have an opportunity to position themselves as leaders.

A report complete with recommendations will b published by the National Academy of Science in May. DCYI will post a link as soon as it’s available.


1 Kris Houghton April 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I am sure that your automotive experience provided valuable insight to the group. I have also found that there may be opportunities to apply the automotive and motorsports product development process to defense projects. It does appear that the Defense community acknowledges the need for innovation, based on this panel and recent TARDEC activities to understand other industries.

2 Mike Donoughe May 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Based on my professional background and experiences with many of the DCYI personnel, I have high confidence that their straightforward/no nonsense approach to product development will translate into significant value-added results for DCYI’s clients. The talent and capabilities on the DCYI team are grounded in proven “real world” application of the principles they encourage clients to adopt.

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