Stages of Life Cycle Development

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Stages of Life Cycle Development


I believe that Raytheon is in the elaboration stage of life cycle development. The elaboration stage is described as mature stage of the life cycle in which red tape crisis is resolved through the development of a new sense of teamwork and collaboration. Raytheon employs a process of Integrated Product Teams. IPTs are focused on improving communication amongst team members. This structure creates an atmosphere where each employee is within close proximity and everyone knows what is being discussed at every stage in their area of responsibility. IPTs are broken down into four tiers that are integrated but independent with a customer support leader, production program leader, design engineering leader, and value stream leader that keep things flowing smoothly. Through the use of IPT production team’s managers develop the skills necessary for confronting problems and working together. This in turn reduces the need for addition formal controls. Raytheon has achieved collaboration throughout the organization by employing IPT teams.

Raytheon’s leadership employs a Six Sigma business model and is routed within the facets of Raytheon management. This philosophy is embedded within the fabric of Raytheon’s business plan. It is used as a method for increasing productivity, growing the business, and building a new culture. Raytheon Six Sigma is the continuous process improvement effort designed to reduce overall costs.

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Raytheon is one of the largest military defense contractors in the world. The Raytheon Company designs develops manufactures integrates and supports technological products services and solutions for governmental and commercial customers in the United States and internationally. It is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts and employs about 73,000 people.

Raytheon’s leadership employs a business model know as Raytheon Six Sigma is the philosophy of Raytheon...