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Technical Report

Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines

  • November 1996
  • By James Withey
  • This 1996 report introduces an approach that will help managers make resource allocation decisions.
  • Software Product Lines
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    Group, product line, and program managers are faced with of allocating resources to projects. Should all resources be dedicated to meet near-term deliverables? Or should some be siphoned off to build software assets that may improve quality, flexibility, and reduce cost and time-to-market of future products in the product line? These managers also have to determine which assets to buy or build. The choices are many, ranging from reusable code components to design models to application generators, and each has a different risk and cash flow profile. 

    This report introduces an approach that will help managers make these allocation decisions. The report outlines a planning and communication tool for analyzing investments in software assets for product lines.  

    Although the report is not a guidebook, the concepts, criteria, and investment modeling techniques will be useful in making and justifying proposals for funding. The concepts are drawn from the fields of microeconomics, corporate finance, marketing, R&D technology management, and software reuse.

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SEI

Withey, James. Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines (CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12549

IEEE

Withey. James, "Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-010, 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12549

APA

Withey, James. (1996). Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines (CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Retrieved December 28, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12549

CHI

James Withey. Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines (CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12549

MLA

Withey, James. 1996. Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12549