The Joint-Tactical-Radio-System (JTRS) Ground-Mobile-Radio (GMR) agenda launched in 1997 with goals of delivering 32 different waveforms all at once, or as Bauman describes, “a recipe for disaster.” The problem with this en masse approach was that hardware designs were changing incrementally.
So, what’s the moral of this multi-billion-dollar story?
- A modular approach is better than en masse. The wireless consumer market shows that rapidly released products are more effective. When technology upgrades, it’s out with the old.
- More is not better. Rather, the simplest solution is the most effective. While waiting for JTRS GMR, the Marine Corps’ set up a satellite phone with wireless technology (CONDOR), a lower-cost and simpler alternative.
- Use Performance Engineering in the design process. You can’t produce complex products without testing every phase of the systems development life cycle. This includes creating various design alternatives, which would have prevented inadequate results.
- Responding to Change. If JTRS tested and shipped earlier, they could have measured effectiveness by assessing feedback from users.
The agile manifesto suggests having:
- Working system that is continuously updated.
- Consistent customer collaboration.
- Adaptability to changing development.
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