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The DoD Acquisition Environment and Software Product Lines

Abstract

Industrial experience clearly demonstrates that a product line approach for software-intensive systems can save money and result in faster time to field higher quality systems. Many within the DoD recognize the benefits of product lines, but also recognize that there are significant challenges to adopting this approach. Many of these challenges stem from the fact that the DoD is in the business of acquiring systems rather than developing them. 

A key question is how can a software product line approach best be accommodated within the current DoD acquisition environment? In order to answer this question, this technical note examines three key DoD acquisition policies and regulations and their implications for launching a product line approach. This includes examining the DoD acquisition management process and DoD guidance on acquisition strategies that set the context for software product line acquisition planning. Sources of confusing guidance on developing acquisition strategies are examined and terms are defined to clarify what is meant by a product line acquisition strategy. The need for strategic acquisition planning in launching a product line is discussed and insight is provided on how it differs from traditional acquisition planning.

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SEI

Bergey, John; Fisher, Matthew; & Jones, Lawrence. The DoD Acquisition Environment and Software Product Lines (CMU/SEI-99-TN-004). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13261

IEEE

Bergey. John, Fisher. Matthew, and Jones. Lawrence, "The DoD Acquisition Environment and Software Product Lines," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-99-TN-004, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13261

APA

Bergey, John., Fisher, Matthew., & Jones, Lawrence. (1999). The DoD Acquisition Environment and Software Product Lines (CMU/SEI-99-TN-004). Retrieved November 28, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13261

CHI

John Bergey, Matthew Fisher, & Lawrence Jones. The DoD Acquisition Environment and Software Product Lines (CMU/SEI-99-TN-004). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13261

MLA

Bergey, John., Fisher, Matthew., & Jones, Lawrence. 1999. The DoD Acquisition Environment and Software Product Lines (Technical Report CMU/SEI-99-TN-004). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13261