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Mission Thread Workshops: Lessons Learned

  • May 2012
  • By Michael J. Gagliardi, William G. Wood
  • A presentation from the Facilitated Architecture Techniques track at SATURN 2012, May 7-11, 2012, St Petersburg, FL.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    In this presentation, we will discuss lessons learned from using mission thread workshops (MTW) as an early architecture-development step for a number of DoD systems of systems (SoS). The approach is based on defining a number of critical warfare vignettes, then developing some associated end-to-end mission threads that stress the envisioned capabilities of the SoS, and finally, augmenting these threads with quality attribute and capability considerations elicited from the SoS and system stakeholders in a facilitated workshop. Each MTW results in a set of challenges being developed during the follow-on activity. 

    We have reviewed and organized the challenges from 46 of these mission threads and found a surprisingly consistent overlap of the challenges developed, which are usability/automation, capability gaps, resource management, training, migration of legacy systems, and collaboration. The presentation will describe each of these general challenges in detail.

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