Evaluate the supplier’s technical solution and manage selected interfaces of that solution.
Establishes organizational expectations to manage the technical evaluation of selected supplier products and services, conduct technical reviews with the supplier, and manage selected interfaces throughout the project’s lifecycle.
The Acquisition Technical Management process focuses on the following:
Typically, these activities interactively support one another to gauge technical progress and allow effective management of project technical risks. Depending on the development progress and insight required, different levels of detailed analysis may be needed to conduct technical reviews to the acquirer’s satisfaction. Prototypes, simulations, and technology demonstrations created by the supplier can help gauge technical progress and readiness for technical reviews, assess technical risks, and gain the knowledge needed to manage selected interfaces.
In some acquisitions, the acquirer assumes the role of an overall systems engineer, architect, or integrator for the product. In these acquisitions, the Technical Solution process should also be used. Technical Solution includes additional information about designing, developing, and implementing solutions, including the design approaches, design concepts, and alternative solutions for which an acquirer can have varying degrees of responsibility.
Acquisition Technical Management activities involve measuring technical progress and the effectiveness of plans and requirements. Activities include the ones associated with technical performance measurement and the conduct of technical reviews. A structured review process should demonstrate and confirm the completion of required accomplishments and exit criteria as defined in project planning and technical plans (e.g., the systems engineering management plan). Acquisition Technical Management activities discover deficiencies or anomalies, often resulting in corrective action.
Acquisition Technical Management should be performed with other technical and agreement management processes, such as requirements management, risk management, configuration management, data management, and agreement management. For the acquisition of product lines and standard services, the practices described in this process (as well as Acquisition Requirements Development) can also be applied to identify and acquire core assets used in developing, acquiring, or customizing products or service systems.
When the supplier uses an Agile method, end users or their proxies are typically involved in the supplier’s development processes. In such a situation, the acquirer must also be involved to ensure that needed changes to requirements and supplier agreements are acceptable given the acquisition’s constraints and to incorporate the changes into the supplier agreements.