Category Archives: May-June 2013

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Why the TEMP Answers ‘Why?’


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Author: Thomas L. Conroy II

The TEMP, or Test and Evaluation Master Plan, is the framework for an acquisition program’s Test and Evaluation (T&E) program. The TEMP is a four-part critical program document that links directly to the Acquisition Strategy and the System Performance Specification. The TEMP shows how the program will verify and validate the system requirements, whereas the Acquisition Strategy speaks to the management of the acquisition of the requirements, and the System Performance Specification guides the development of those requirements. The TEMP has a crucial role in ensuring that the system meets the users’ requirements and capabilities.

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Values Take Center Stage


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Author: Stan Emelander

The greatest good of a man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living.—Socrates, 399 BC

For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror and asked myself, ”If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” —Steve Jobs, 2005 AD

Values exert a powerful influence on our behavior, whether or not we deliberately choose which are most important. I think this is primarily what Socrates meant. Consider how you start your day. Let’s say you are someone, like me, who sometimes has trouble getting going in the morning. As you hustle through your morning routine, you might feel pressed for time, a little pressured and hassled. What are your concerns when you feel this way? Are you in control? Where are your values? Do you regularly start your day in a positive or negative frame of mind?

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