I start my cycle of alarm snoozing and eventually make it out of bed to get ready for the day. I do my skincare, get dressed and make myself some breakfast. I like to have my lunch prepped in advance so that I can grab and go every morning.
Arrive at the office and log into my computer to check my emails. There are usually some company-wide emails with news/announcements from management and COVID guidelines. We are currently working from home on alternating days to practice social distancing and keeping an eye out for any updates. I also check my calendar to see what meetings I have today so that I can make sure I’m prepared.
I have a daily catch-up meeting with the five other members of the Requirements Team. We’re working on the Future Submarines Program, where Lockheed Martin Australia is integrating the combat system onto the platform designed by Naval Group in France. My team is responsible for analysing requirements from our customer, the Commonwealth of Australia, and exchanging requirements with Naval Group. We fill each other in on our progress with current tasks and share any problems that we might be having. My team lead also gives us a heads up on upcoming work and any other announcements from Systems Engineering.
I’m currently working with the set of requirements allocated to Lockheed Martin from Naval Group. This is a set of around five hundred requirements imposed on the combat system to ensure that it can be integrated with Naval Group’s platform system. A new release of this set of requirements was provided by Naval Group recently, so we need to analyse the updates and make an assessment about whether we can accept the requirements or not. I have been working closely with all product teams to record their assessments of whether we can achieve the requirements.
It’s time for my meeting with the Requirements Lead, the Systems Engineering/Integration and Testing Lead, the Deputy Chief Engineer and the Chief Engineer. My team lead and I inform the others of any updates we’ve received since the last meeting through our discussions with product teams or meetings with Naval Group. We go through the achievability assessments and discuss strategies to address any high-risk requirements.
I grab some fruit from the kitchen and then head over to the other office wing so that I can discuss some actions with different product team leads. I inform them of new approaches suggested by the Chief Engineer and ask for status updates. I then make sure the achievability assessments are updated.
As the requirements point of contact for two of the Integrated Product teams in the Combat System Integrator program, I attend weekly or fortnightly team meetings to keep up to date. Today I dial in over Skype, and the team lead shares his screen so we can all see the agenda and meeting minutes. We discuss recent activities or tasks such as vendor evaluations and document reviews, and I inform the team of any updates from Systems Engineering.
By now I’m hungry and ready for my lunch break. I love that the office is only a short walk away from the lake, so I can get some fresh air and sunshine while I eat. There are also some great food options in the area if I want to treat myself.
I’m now back in the office with my headphones in, ready to get stuck into my afternoon work. I keep a running to-do list in my logbook, which captures all my tasks and deadlines and helps me to prioritise. Today, I’m working on some requirement changes in DOORS. This might involve adding updates to the requirements to match the new release from Naval Group, or improving wording based on feedback from subsystem teams or the customer. If I get stuck, my team is always there to help out and give me guidance. In some cases, I need to consult the relevant subject matter experts to ask further questions and make sure I have a better understanding of the requirement. Everyone I’ve worked with has been very receptive to questions and happy to share their knowledge, which really helps me learn and broaden my understanding of the project. At some point, I start to feel sluggish so I make some green tea, eat a snack or have a short break outside.
Our colleagues in France have just started their work day, so it’s time for a meeting with my team lead and our counterparts in the Naval Group Requirements team. We dial into a videoconference call from a meeting room and go through the Requirements Feedback Table. This is a collection of queries from Lockheed Martin Australia to Naval Group about the set of requirements that they have given us. These include requests for further clarification about scope or specific terminology used, proposals for updates to the performance metrics, and other questions about how the requirements should be used. These types of meetings can prompt further discussions between Lockheed Martin Australia and Naval Group, which ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Home time! I do a last check of emails, update my logbook with today’s activities, edit the team status chart with my progress and fill in my timesheet. If I’m feeling motivated, I’ll stop at the gym on the way home or go for a run if it’s still light outside. Otherwise, I’ll enjoy a relaxed night in. I like to spend my weeknights reading, making weekend plans with my friends and watching Netflix.
I’m now ready to get to bed and I set my alarm a little later than usual because I’ll be working from home tomorrow.