Exploring Acquisition Strategies for Adopting a Software Product Line

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-041

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Software Development

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Lawrence Jones, John Bergey

Title: Exploring Acquisition Strategies for Adopting a Software Product Line

Published: 2010-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2010/NPS-AM-10-041.pdf

Keywords: Software Development


Many organizations are attracted to the well-documented benefits of a software product line approach. However, special challenges surround product line acquisition in the Department of Defense. We explain some basics of software product line practice, the challenges that make product line acquisition unique, and three basic acquisition strategies. We next describe the key contractual tasks a supplier must perform and map these to an enterprise view of product line acquisition. Using this context, we explain roles and responsibilities for the organizations involved, and describe important activities and deliverables. This provides a basis for building the necessary artifacts for a successful acquisition.