September 8: Crafting Proposals Using The Heilmeier Catechism
DARPA’s 8 questions for managing innovation — similar to Amazon’s 5 Working Backwards questions.
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Published: July 2016
Crafting Proposals Using The Heilmeier Catechism
In the ‘70s, former DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) director George H. Heilmeier crafted a set of questions known as the "Heilmeier Catechism'' to help evaluate research programs.
Over 50 years later, these questions can still be used to create better and more competitive proposals.
What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?
What are the risks?
How much will it cost?
How long will it take?
What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?
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