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Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study

  • Abstract

    The architecture of a software-intensive system is critical to its quality. For an acquisition organization within the Department of Defense (DoD), evaluating architectures as early as possible in an acquisition can have a favorable impact on the delivered system. This technical note is a case study of how a DoD organization used architecture analysis and evaluation in a major system acquisition, early on, to reduce program risk. The case study begins by describing the system, the motivation for including architecture evaluation in the acquisition, and the Quality Attribute Workshop (QAW) approach. Following this is a brief description of the system acquisition strategy. The case study then describes the set of events (and supporting artifacts) that were required to incorporate QAW architecture analysis and evaluation in the acquisition strategy. In addition, it describes the relationship of these events and artifacts to the source-selection process. Concluding the case study is a description of the accomplishments and lessons learned, along with sample sections from the request for proposal (RFP). These sections provide additional insight into the contractual language that was used to implement the architecture analysis and evaluation approach.

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SEI

Bergey, John; & Wood, William. Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study. CMU/SEI-2002-TN-013 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5933

IEEE

Bergey. John, and Wood. William, "Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2002-TN-013 , 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5933

APA

Bergey, John., & Wood, William. (2002). Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-013 ). Retrieved March 25, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5933

CHI

John Bergey, & William Wood. Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-013 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5933

MLA

Bergey, John., & Wood, William. 2002. Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TN-013 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5933

BibTex

@techreport{BergeyUseof2002,
title={Use of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) in Source Selection for a DoD System Acquisition: A Case Study},
author={John Bergey and William Wood},
year={2002},
number={CMU/SEI-2002-TN-013 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5933} }