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Results in Relating Quality Attributes to Acquisition Strategies

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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • SEI Identifier: CMU/SEI-2013-TN-026
  • Type: Technical Note
  • Description: This technical note describes the second phase of a study that focuses on the relationships between software architecture and acquisition strategy -- more specifically, their alignment or misalignment.

Abstract

In the acquisition of a software-intensive system, the relationship between the software architecture and the acquisition strategy is typically not specifically examined. The first phase of our research discovered an initial set of failure patterns that result when these two entities become misaligned. Programs with these failure patterns experienced reduced operational capabilities and effectiveness, cost overruns, and significant schedule slips. In other words, these programs resulted in systems failing to satisfy stakeholder needs.

This report describes the conceptual foundations for our project and summarizes the first phase as context for the second phase, which is the major thrust of this report. The current research has centered on demonstrating the existence and utility of acquisition-related quality attributes, embodied in a program’s business goals, which then drive the shape of the acquisition strategy. This is comparable to the relationship between mission goals, software-related quality attributes, and the software architecture. This report describes the approach used in phase two to generate 75 acquisition-related quality attribute scenarios based on data derived from more than 23 large government programs spanning business, logistics, command and control, and satellite domains.
 

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SEI

Brownsword, Lisa; Albert, Cecilia; Carney, David; & Place, Patrick. Results in Relating Quality Attributes to Acquisition Strategies (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-026). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=78312

IEEE

Brownsword. Lisa, Albert. Cecilia, Carney. David, and Place. Patrick, "Results in Relating Quality Attributes to Acquisition Strategies," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-026, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=78312

APA

Brownsword, Lisa., Albert, Cecilia., Carney, David., & Place, Patrick. (2014). Results in Relating Quality Attributes to Acquisition Strategies (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-026). Retrieved July 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=78312

CHI

Lisa Brownsword, Cecilia Albert, David Carney, & Patrick Place. Results in Relating Quality Attributes to Acquisition Strategies (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-026). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=78312

MLA

Brownsword, Lisa., Albert, Cecilia., Carney, David., & Place, Patrick. 2014. Results in Relating Quality Attributes to Acquisition Strategies (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2013-TN-026). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=78312