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Product Line Acquisition in a DoD Organizational Guidance for Decision Makers

Abstract

In the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition environment, many organizations have not seriously considered adopting a product line approach or are reluctant to because it is not a well-understood acquisition paradigm. Nonetheless, a compelling case can be made for adopting a product line approach because it addresses a problem facing many program managers today's how to cost-effectively acquire, develop, and maintain a set of related software-intensive systems and how to respond to the needs of greater product agility in the face of the current DoD transformation. 

This technical note chronicles the decisions a program manager might face in considering the adoption of a product line approach. This report uses a hypothetical acquisition to focus on why an acquisition organization should consider adopting a product line approach - instead of the traditional stovepipe approach - when acquiring a number of software-intensive systems that have a lot in common. The technical note provides a program manager with insight into the many benefits of adopting a product line approach and examines alternative acquisition approaches for acquiring a product line capability.

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SEI

Bergey, John; & Cohen, Sholom. Product Line Acquisition in a DoD Organizational Guidance for Decision Makers (CMU/SEI-2006-TN-020). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7933

IEEE

Bergey. John, and Cohen. Sholom, "Product Line Acquisition in a DoD Organizational Guidance for Decision Makers," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2006-TN-020, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7933

APA

Bergey, John., & Cohen, Sholom. (2006). Product Line Acquisition in a DoD Organizational Guidance for Decision Makers (CMU/SEI-2006-TN-020). Retrieved October 24, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7933

CHI

John Bergey, & Sholom Cohen. Product Line Acquisition in a DoD Organizational Guidance for Decision Makers (CMU/SEI-2006-TN-020). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7933

MLA

Bergey, John., & Cohen, Sholom. 2006. Product Line Acquisition in a DoD Organizational Guidance for Decision Makers (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2006-TN-020). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7933