The scientific method applies to more than science or technology. It has application equally to processes of technical
development, invention, innovation, communications, practical application and, ultimately, operations. Differences
between the practice of pure science and the themes of effective operations exist only in terms of the ultimate objective
and the standards by which success is measured. The standard for science is proof of concept; the standard for operations
is a particular utility or effectiveness in solving an operational problem. The scientific method is ideally able to manage
each process against distinct objectives and still achieve the desired success. This paper discusses the tension between
the two orientations and argues for the application of the scientific method to the urgent need for changes to obsolete
organizational structures and processes that impede the effective implementation of new capabilities into operations.
This must occur even as, simultaneously, we must operate within these obsolete structures to achieve the transition
results we desire.