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4 August 2010 Using value-based total cost of ownership (TCO) measures to inform subsystem trade-offs
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Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a metric from management accounting that helps expose both the direct and indirect costs of a business decision. However, TCO can sometimes be too simplistic for "make vs. buy" decisions (or even choosing between competing design alternatives) when value and extensibility are more critical than total cost. A three-dimensional value-based TCO, which was developed to clarify product decisions for an observatory prior to Final Design Review (FDR), will be presented in this session. This value-based approach incorporates priority of requirements, satisfiability of requirements, and cost, and can be easily applied in any environment.
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Nicole M. Radziwill and Ronald F. DuPlain "Using value-based total cost of ownership (TCO) measures to inform subsystem trade-offs", Proc. SPIE 7738, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV, 77380W (4 August 2010);

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