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Technical Note

An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation

  • Abstract

    This technical note focuses on software acquisition and development practices related to the evaluation of products before, during, and after implementation. From engagements with numerous DoD acquisition programs, it has been observed that a number of recurring issues reduce the effectiveness of how software-reliant products are evaluated. An acquisition effort consists of identifying the customer’s needs, selecting or developing a product that is responsive to those needs, and then evaluating the product to determine if it properly addresses the identified needs. This technical note describes the Product Evaluation (verification, validation, and certification) process including test, reviews, and formal methods. It also makes the argument that Product Evaluation should not be deferred until after a product has been built, but should begin as soon as the customer’s needs have been identified and should continue throughout the acquisition effort.

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SEI

Campbell, Grady; Levinson, Harry; & Librizzi, Richard. An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9821

IEEE

Campbell. Grady, Levinson. Harry, and Librizzi. Richard, "An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007, 2011. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9821

APA

Campbell, Grady., Levinson, Harry., & Librizzi, Richard. (2011). An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9821

CHI

Grady Campbell, Harry Levinson, & Richard Librizzi. An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9821

MLA

Campbell, Grady., Levinson, Harry., & Librizzi, Richard. 2011. An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9821