PORTLAND, OREGON—The International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) awarded the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Cost Estimating and Analysis Division (SPAWAR 1.6) team the Team Achievement of the Year award for 2017.
SPAWAR 1.6 AoA Cost Analysis Team. Led by Min-Jung Gantt from SPAWAR 1.6 and supported by cost analysts (Brian Kadish, Andrew Onufrychuk, and David Todd) from the Kalman & Company, Inc. (Kalman) Business Analytics group, the team was responsible for developing the cost analysis for an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) for the Navy’s Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul community. In this capacity, the team developed thorough Life Cycle Cost Estimates and financial evaluation metrics for numerous alternative approaches to meeting the Navy’s maritime maintenance IT toolset requirement. This comprehensive cost analysis was integral to influencing the way forward for maritime maintenance capabilities, a top priority for the Navy’s strategic vision.
The cost analysis challenged technical approaches and assessed their affordability. By identifying the key cost drivers and influencing the discussions in forming viable technical solutions, the SPAWAR 1.6 team was a key contributor of the AoA study. Additionally, the team modified, applied, and advanced key research related to software cost estimating published within the cost estimating and analysis community.
This team differentiated itself as a high performing and effective group through its efficient processes for communicating, implementing, and reviewing cost estimating approaches and methodologies while challenging ideas in a collaborative and constructive way. This collaboration was fostered by intellectual curiosity amongst the group, where they always looked for ways to improve upon the analysis through regular cost model development meetings. During these sessions, each component of the analysis was reviewed, scrutinized, cross checked, and adjudicated by the team with appropriate stakeholder engagement.
Ultimately, this teamwork and collaboration helped influence the direction of the AoA study in not only the cost analysis, but also the other AoA evaluation components like effectiveness analysis, schedule analysis, and trade studies. The team worked closely with the other AoA team members and stakeholders to ensure a consistent analysis approach was used. As a result, the SPAWAR 1.6 team played a unique role in the AoA, influencing the Navy’s strategy development through the team’s comprehensive, detailed, and adaptable analysis.
About ICEAA Awards
ICEAA is a 501(c)(6) international non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the profession of cost estimating and analysis through the use of parametrics and other data-driven techniques. Each year ICEAA recognizes the outstanding contributions of its members to improve the field within government, industry, and academia. ICEAA established the Team Achievement of the Year Award to recognize a team that demonstrates significant accomplishment and impact on the mission of the organization, or by influencing critical decision-making through the use of cost analysis.
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