Critical Success Factors for Crowdsourcing with Virtual Environments to Unlock Innovation

Glenn Romanczuk, Christopher Willy, John Bischoff
2017 Defense Acquisition Research Journal  
Senior defense acquisition leadership is increasingly advocating new approaches that can enhance defense acquisition. Their constant refrain is increased innovation, collaboration, and experimentation. The then Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall, in his 2014 Better Buying Power 3.0 White Paper, called to "Incentivize innovation ... Increase the use of prototyping and experimentation." This article explores a confluence of technologies holding the
more » ... key to faster development time linked to real warfighter evaluations. Innovations in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), crowdsourcing, and virtual environments can enhance collaboration. This study focused on finding critical success factors, using the Delphi method, allowing virtual environments and MBSE to produce needed feedback and enhance the process. The Department of Defense can use the emerging findings to ensure that systems developed reflect stakeholders' requirements. Innovative use of virtual environments and crowdsourcing can decrease cycle time required to produce advanced innovative systems tailored to meet warfighter needs.
doi:10.22594/dau.16-758.24.02 fatcat:qweoomihajep3aq7pa7z7rvu6a