Gaining Control and Predictability of Software-Intensive Systems Development and Sustainment

Report Number: NPS-AM-14-194

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Software-intensive System Acquisition

Report Series: Sponsored Reports

Authors: Brad Naegle

Title: Gaining Control and Predictability of Software-Intensive Systems Development and Sustainment

Published: 2015-02-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2014/NPS-AM-14-194.pdf

Keywords: Software-intensive system acquisition, system acquisition control and predictability, software system sustainability, software system management, Quality Attribute Workshop (QAW), Architecture Trade-o

Abstract:

The Department of Defense (DOD) has faced significant challenges managing the total ownership cost (TOC), schedule, and technical performance of software-intensive systems. These challenges will continue to grow as proposed, and future systems will depend on software for an ever-increasing portion of system functionality, requiring the development of larger and more complex software applications. In addition, the development of the envisioned tactical and strategic net-centric warfighting systems will require unprecedented software development efforts.
This research is a continuation and consolidation of previous research projects conducted for the US Navy Open Architecture Task Force. That previous research is identified and cited where appropriate.
The purpose of this research is to analyze numerous tools, techniques, and processes combined in a unique way to provide more predictability and control to the software development within the restrictive DOD Acquisition Management System. The tools and analyses include the Software Engineering Institute