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A Software Product Line Vision for Defense Acquisition

  • June 2002
  • By Grady Campbell
  • This report presents a vision for software product lines as an acquisition focus and suggests extensions to current Department of Defense policy and practices to increase the awareness of and receptivity to product line acquisition.
  • Acquisition Support Software Product Lines
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    Experience in industry and government over the last 10 years has shown that a software product line approach can significantly improve productivity and product quality, facilitate change, and reduce life-cycle costs. Defense acquisition policy calls for such improvements related to software but makes no explicit mention of a product line approach as an option. Although policy gives program managers sufficient flexibility to adopt a product line approach, there is little awareness of this possibility and considerable uncertainty concerning when and how to do it. This note presents a vision for software product lines as an acquisition focus and suggests extensions to current Department of Defense policy and practices to increase the awareness of and receptivity to product line acquisition as a viable alternative.

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SEI

Campbell, Grady. A Software Product Line Vision for Defense Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-002). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5865

IEEE

Campbell. Grady, "A Software Product Line Vision for Defense Acquisition," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2002-TN-002, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5865

APA

Campbell, Grady. (2002). A Software Product Line Vision for Defense Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-002). Retrieved December 21, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5865

CHI

Grady Campbell. A Software Product Line Vision for Defense Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-002). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5865

MLA

Campbell, Grady. 2002. A Software Product Line Vision for Defense Acquisition (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TN-002). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5865