Inspired by a benchmarking visit to the conference room at the super high tech National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in the Washington, D.C., area, the Earned Value Program Control Center (EVPCC) will allow program control and flexibility as never before. The NRO manages its programs on the basis of Earned Value in its room. Sikorsky set out to replicate the room and then some.
This room will now be the center of our Earned Value World, and this facility would not have been built without the aggressive attention that our company has placed on our customers demands," said Paul Martin, senior vice president - Government and Advanced Development Programs. "Earned Value is in fact the fabric of how we manage our programs.
"This is not a reactive room to a problem that continues to exist, fester and get worse. This is a room that's all about control so that those things don't have to happen, he emphasized."
Program leadership is presented enough data in the room to make the decisions that are needed on a daily basis so that all programs are all under control at all times.
The new facility allows concurrent viewing of all key program performance metrics, projected on multiple large screens in a 270-degree field of view. Data can be directed onto laptops, desktops and the web. The setup includes full interactive, multi-media capability with real-time data.
Program Managers and their teams can use the room and its technology to concurrently monitor status of programs, their trajectory if no intervention is applied and, if needed, come up with ways of intervention to restore programs to a healthy status.
Each of the 70 seating locations is equipped with power, full voice and data communications capability. The EVPCC is planned for regular use by Sikorsky Program teams, but will be able to accommodate up to 100 people so customers can hold their major reviews as well.
"We will use this facility to drill down to determine the real status of each program or project, the root causes of cost or schedule variations to plan, and the required corrective actions to return each program element to its planned path of execution, said Martin. "Our success in doubling our business by 2008 depends to a very great degree on flawless execution of our many unique and important programs."
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses.