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Part 1 & 2 described 2016’s updates in the Hardware and Software catalogs So what else new has TruePlanning 2016 got in store for its estimating models?  A significantly enhanced approach to estimating Information Technology equipment and Services! Our new approach to IT estimation is to treat deliverables as services which can either be delivered with in house resources or contracted (or some combination of the two).  The list is actually quite an enhancement to our acquisition-only approach-- Software and COTS Related Services –      Application Development Services –      Application Services –      Database Services Equipment Related Services –      End User Services –      ...
Part 1 described 2016’s updates in the Hardware catalog’s for Unmanned Space as well as Additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D Printing). So what is else is forthcoming in TruePlanning v2016, specifically the Software catalog? We’ve done some significant things actually--  Extended sizing with a RICEFW Calculator-- This existing option enhances the “Function Points from RICE” sizing calculator option with the addition of Forms and Workflows. The former counts the forms developed to meet agencies requirements not matched by standard forms in the ERP.  The latter counts the automated business processes that integrate tasks across business units, applications and ...
In our December blog, we described the upcoming Hardware catalog’s new Equipment Type calculator, enhanced significantly with new Unmanned Space manufacturing complexities, both for Earth-Orbiting and Planetary missions.  {We also emailed all customers with a link for updating this calculator in v14.2} So what is else is forthcoming in TruePlanning v2016, specifically the Hardware catalog?  Plenty! We’ve added an Additive Manufacturing Calculator--   The calculator derives a value for Manufacturing Complexity for Structure value (based on core equations from the Hardware Component model) using inputs such as Part Weight, Part Dimensions, Material Type, Manufacturer, 3D Printer, etc. -- The user can also specify post-processing ...
Adoption of our Space Missions Catalog has been strong this year.  But many of you have asked if and when the TruePlanning for Hardware Catalog could be enhanced for unmanned space applications, both earth-orbiting & planetary missions.  You asked, we are very soon delivering! For 2016, we will soon roll out an extensive listing of MCPLXSs and MCPLXEs, likely implemented in the Equipment Type input.  This new table of manufacturing complexities was developed specifically for use with the TruePlanning for Hardware catalog.  A combination of three sources of data were utilized:          I.            The PRICE Knowledge Network (KN),       II.            ...
For all you legacy PRICE-H users, your requests were heard loud & clear regarding estimation of multiple production lots, to include the option of specifying gaps between lot runs. The new Multi-Lot solution is controlled at the system-level via a Production Learning Gap Loss Factor  input.  It’s set at the top-folder object, under the Detailed Estimate input #62.  This input serves as a linear multiplier to adjust or eliminate the setback (gap) between lots of a multiple lot production run. This control hence allows you to account for more or less "loss of learning" during the gap.  Setback can be ...
We presented the results of an independent study last month at NASA’s annual Cost Symposium.  For those of you unable to attend, we thought it only fair to publish the highlights.  As background, the TruePlanning for Space Missions Catalog (“TPSM”) has been well-received since its official launch at last year’s Symposium by our Chief Scientist.  Since then, we’ve done Space-related webinars and multiple blogs, all available on this website.  However, what was impressed upon us by a longtime NASA customer, at the recent ICEEA annual conference, was that our users would highly benefit from a validation study that they could ...
Original Post Date: September 30, 2015 I was asked recently to provide insight on where & how some of customer organizations utilize PRICE in instituting a “Center of Excellence” using our software toolsets.  Of course, I’ll keep the names generic as you hopefully learn more from two instances where we are quite proud of their progress incorporating our tools into their workflows and business practices.  Below are two examples. A major military/commercial aerospace company has relied upon PRICE software as its primary estimating toolset for over 25 years.  Its Affordability Analysis group is recognized and utilized as the company’s lead in parametric ...
Original Post Date: September 30, 2015 One of our larger commercial customers asked for the ability to estimate the “learned out” Nth unit.   As always, we are here to hear you and your immediate needs.  Still in beta-test, the following is our pending new solution.  But we’d like to hear from you too here. On the "Metrics" tab, there will be an output called "Cost of Nth Unit".  This new value represents the theoretical cost of the Nth production unit, based on learning curve calculations— unless you override with your own curve values.  You will see this learned-out unit cost at ...
Original Post Date: September 30, 2015 If you’ve ever taken one of my classes, you know how much the Find & Replace function “is my friend.”  Well, it just got a lot more flexible and powerful.  Thanks to your requests (especially by NASA), we’ve added a number of new features and utility functions within the tool.   o Easy Access:   You can now access F&R from any of the input sheets, as well as from the attributes tab and within editing a worksheet set.  Simply right click an item’s Value cell and select the F&R option. o  Multiple F&R:  You can ...
Original Post Date: June 29, 2015 Regarding the special case where a Module _only_ integrates commodity (thru-put) components that themselves have no modification/development requirements, I would like to share a recent “lessons learned” in implementing our MicroCircuits catalog. Typically, for actual module development, TruePlanning calculates hours typically as the sum of the cells, modified by the component pins, modified by the area of the module, modified by the layers of the board.  This special case scenario is clearly a case where development labor at the module level is limited to placing/connecting various active elements on the board, including connecting elements between ...