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Using Software Development Tools and Practices in Acquisition

Abstract

Acquiring software-reliant systems from an external resource can be time consuming, costly, and often unreliable. During independent technical assessments and customer engagements, the Software Engineering Institute observed many contractors who are not utilizing mature, readily available software development tools when creating code for government programs. These tools include static analysis, test automation, and peer review techniques. In addition to the aforementioned tools being important for software developers, they offer significant insight and confidence to customers who acquire software products.
There are many benefits from making these tools and practices integral to software development and acquisition processes, including:

  • reduced risk: programs deliver more predictably
  • improved customer satisfaction: products developed experience fewer field defects
  • lower cost of ownership: programs experience lower life-cycle maintenance costs when deployed operationally

This technical note provides an introduction to key automation and analysis techniques, the use of which the authors contend will benefit motivated acquirers and developers.

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SEI

Levinson, Harry; & Librizzi, Richard. Using Software Development Tools and Practices in Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-017). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=72893

IEEE

Levinson. Harry, and Librizzi. Richard, "Using Software Development Tools and Practices in Acquisition," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-017, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=72893

APA

Levinson, Harry., & Librizzi, Richard. (2013). Using Software Development Tools and Practices in Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-017). Retrieved October 23, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=72893

CHI

Harry Levinson, & Richard Librizzi. Using Software Development Tools and Practices in Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-017). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=72893

MLA

Levinson, Harry., & Librizzi, Richard. 2013. Using Software Development Tools and Practices in Acquisition (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2013-TN-017). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=72893