US Navy Office of Naval Research
Best Manufacturing Practices (BMP) Center of Excellence
BMP's mission is to provide a national resource to foster
the identification and sharing of best practices being used
in industry, government, and academia, and to coordinate a
cooperative effort to strengthen the U.S. industrial base
for global competition. Sharing practices is accomplished
through the BMP Web Site, hard copy mailings, and outreach
activities. BMP's unique survey process and methodology, while
simple, has nationally recognized validity and utility. BMP's
on-site Surveys and BPs Database importance and relevance
are: increased quality, reliability and maintainability of
products and services being procured by the Navy at both major
system acquisition level and the supplier base.
- WILLCOR provides expert advice, assistance, guidance
and counseling in support of customer management, organizational
and business improvement efforts.
- WILLCOR provides off-the-shelf, or customized training
packages to meet specific agency needs related to management,
organizational and business improvement services including
Systems Engineering, Risk Management, PMWS and CWE.
- WILLCOR provides services in the management, integration,
and programs and projects.
- WILLCOR provides Portfolio Management Services to yield
more effective program management by focusing on the results
of an entire suite of projects rather than individual projects.
This work is aided by the use of the Technical Risk Identification
& Mitigation System (TRIMS) and other management tools.
WILLCOR operates the BMPCOE. Its main areas of focus
to disseminate best practices include:
Best Practices Surveys (BPs): BPs provide the cornerstone
of BMP and WILLCOR core competencies. BMP's BP Database is
the repository of surveyed BPs and can be accessed by anyone
to improve processes, find solutions to problems, and benchmark.
At the invitation of companies/organizations, BMP conducts
on-site Surveys of practices considered by the host organization
to be best in class, then validates, documents, and disseminates
Program Manager's WorkStation (PMWS) Development: PMWS consists
of a fully integrated suite of systems engineering, risk mitigation,
and production transition readiness tools that provide the
framework for BMP and WILLCOR 's unique ability to achieve
verifiable improvements in major system acquisition programs.
PMWS combines tailored, highly refined risk analysis with
directly related/specific knowledge bases and access to the
validated BPs Database. PMWS's importance and relevance have
resulted in documented cost savings and increased producibility
and effectiveness for numerous Navy and DoD programs. As a
result, it is taught at the Defense Acquisition University
and is required for all program management candidates.
Collaborative Work Environments (CWEs) and associated web
technologies, a 5th generation BMP & WILLCOR core competency,
provides geographically dispersed teams more effective and
efficient state-of-the-art web-based program management. WILLCOR
's CWE capabilities leverage hardware, software and personnel
to provide collaborative tools for users across government
and industry. CWE provides a common, flexible and evolutionary
set of tools to access information regardless of user location
or platform. We employ continuous product improvement processes
to organize, test, prove and launch rapidly emergent program
management communications requirements. CWE leverages technology
for effective communications and program management.