The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) contracted Phil Salmeri in 2008 to perform Service Acquisition Workshops (SAW). He was helping acquisition professionals build their Performance Work Statement (PWS) using large pieces of butcher paper on the wall. He knew there was a better way to do this.
Mr. Salmeri introduced DAU to SimVentions who was contracted by DAU to create the Service Acquisition Mall (SAM) that would act as a repository for information, overview videos, and templates regarding the Seven Step Service Acquisition process. This helped educate people on the Seven Steps, but there was still a gap when it came to helping others write more effective PWSs.
SimVentions came up with the concept of the Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT), an automated tool that assists users in building tasks in a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Using the highly effective A through H method for defining requirements, the tool walks users through a path where they define:
A- the Results or outcomes of the requirement
B- the Context of the requirement
C- the Actions that need to be performed for the requirement
D- the performance Standards and Acceptable Quality Levels (AQL) for the requirement
E- What will be inspected to determine whether a Standard has been met
F- How will the Standard be inspected to determine whether it has been met
G- Who will be performing the inspection to determine whether a Standard has been met
H- What Remedies or Incentives are in place
Version 1.0 of the the Requirements Definition component of the ARRT was released in August of 2011. Two months after Version 2.0 was released in October 2012, the Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy (DPAP) released a memo encouraging that acquisition professionals participate in SAWs and recommended ARRT. As the popularity of ARRT grew, DAU and SimVentions decided to expand ARRT into a suite of four tools that assist in multiple steps of the Acquisition Process. In July 2014, Version 1.0 of the Evaluation Factors component was released. Fourteen months later, Version 1.0 of the Performance Assessment component and Cost Estimation component were released. The Evaluation Factors component aids users in creating evaluation factors and criteria for their Source Selection Plan (SSP). The Performance Assessment component guides users in developing CPARS inputs by creating performance schedules and observations. The Cost Estimation component assists users in building requirements-based Independent Cost Estimates (ICE).
The ARRT Suite is free to download from SAM. As of July 2017, the ARRT Suite components have been downloaded over 26,500 times by more than 17,000 users.