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Technical Report

Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks

  • August 2006
  • By Mary C. Ward , Joseph P. Elm , Susan Kushner
  • This report introduces a taxonomy of strategy drivers and strategy elements and provides a method for performing a comparative analysis of the strategy drivers and the resulting strategic choices for the elements.
  • Acquisition Support
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    The goal of acquisition planning is to create a roadmap that a program can follow to maximize its chances of successfully fielding a system that meets users' needs within cost and on schedule. Developing an acquisition strategy is a key component of acquisition planning that provides a means of addressing risks through the program structure. Programs need structured ways to reason about software risks, formulate acquisition strategies to mitigate software risk, and evaluate their current acquisition strategy in an ongoing, systematic manner.  

    This report introduces a taxonomy of strategy drivers and strategy elements and provides a method for performing a comparative analysis of the strategy drivers and the resulting strategic choices for the elements. The primary audience for this technical report and the accompanying Excel-based tool is program managers of government acquisition programs. The main prerequisite for successfully using this information is working knowledge of government acquisition practices. 

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SEI

Ward, Mary; Elm, Joseph; & Kushner, Susan. Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks (CMU/SEI-2006-TR-002). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8053

IEEE

Ward. Mary, Elm. Joseph, and Kushner. Susan, "Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2006-TR-002, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8053

APA

Ward, Mary., Elm, Joseph., & Kushner, Susan. (2006). Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks (CMU/SEI-2006-TR-002). Retrieved December 25, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8053

CHI

Mary Ward, Joseph Elm, & Susan Kushner. Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks (CMU/SEI-2006-TR-002). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8053

MLA

Ward, Mary., Elm, Joseph., & Kushner, Susan. 2006. Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2006-TR-002). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8053