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William E. Novak
September 2013 - Podcast Acquisition Archetypes

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William Novak, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, Bill Novak talks about his work with acquisition archetypes and how they can be used to help government programs avoid problems in software development and systems acquisition.

July 2013 - Presentation Modeling the Evolution of a Science Project in Software-Reliant System Acquisition Programs

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Andrew P. Moore, William E. Novak

This presentation was delivered at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in July 2013.

June 2013 - Podcast Joint Programs and Social Dilemmas

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Bill Novak

In this episode, SEI researcher Bill Novak discusses joint programs and social dilemmas, which have become increasingly common in defense acquisition, and the ways in joint program outcomes can be affected by their underlying structure.

April 2013 - Presentation Understanding the Drivers Behind Software Acquisition Program Performance

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Andrew P. Moore, William E. Novak

This presentation was delivered at the April 2013 STC.

April 2013 - Podcast The Evolution of a Science Project

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Andrew P. Moore, William Novak

In this podcast, Bill Novak and Andy Moore describe a recent technical report, The Evolution of a Science Project, which intends to improve acquisition staff decision-making.

October 2012 - Presentation Evolution of a Science Project

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Julie B. Cohen, Andrew P. Moore, William E. Novak

This presentation was delivered at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in October 2012.

September 2012 - Podcast Misaligned Incentives

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Bill Novak

In this episode, Novak discusses misaligned incentives, misaligned people incentives in software acquisition programs, and how the wrong incentives can undermine acquisition programs and produce poor outcomes.

July 2012 - Technical Report The Evolution of a Science Project: A Preliminary System Dynamics Model of a Recurring Software-Reliant Acquisition Behavior

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William E. Novak, Andrew P. Moore, Christopher J. Alberts

This report uses a preliminary system dynamics model to analyze a specific adverse acquisition dynamic concerning the poorly controlled evolution of small prototype efforts into full-scale systems.

October 2011 - Webinar SEI Technologies Forum: Software Acquisition Program Dynamics

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William E. Novak

This presentation, “Software Acquisition Program Dynamics,” was made by William E. Novak of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at the SEI Technologies Forum in 2011.

September 2010 - Technical Report Success in Acquisition: Using Archetypes to Beat the Odds

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William E. Novak, Linda Levine

This report describes key elements in systems thinking, provides an introduction to general systems archetypes, and applies these concepts to the software acquisition domain.

April 2010 - Presentation We Have All Been Here Before: Recurring Patterns Across 12 U.S. Air Force Acquisition Programs

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William E. Novak, Ray C. Williams

Presentation given by William Novak and Ray Williams at the 2010 Systems and Software Technology Conference (SSTC) on April 29, 2010

January 2010 - White Paper Acquisition Archetype: Shooting the Messenger

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Linda Levine, William E. Novak

When problems are detected in programs, everyone needs to listen and work together towards a solution. Shooting the messenger only delays the process, and hurts program morale.

October 2009 - White Paper Acquisition Archetypes: Happy Path Testing

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Linda Levine, William E. Novak

When time and budget are tight, it's tempting to follow the "happy path" in testing. But be careful: it may be a path that brings your program great unhappiness.

October 2009 - White Paper Acquisition Archetypes: Brooks' Law

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Linda Levine, William E. Novak

This April 2009 whitepaper focuses on the problems of underspending, which can result in funds being shifted from one acquisition program to another.

April 2008 - Presentation Identifying Acquisition Patterns of Failure Using System Archetypes

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Linda Levine, William E. Novak

This presentation was given by Linda Levine and Bill Novak of the SEI's Acquisition Support Program at the IEEE Systems Conference in April 2008.

May 2006 - Presentation Using System Archetypes to Identify Failure Patterns in Acquisition

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Diane Gibson, Linda Levine, William E. Novak

This SEI presentation – “Using System Archetypes to Identify Failure Patterns in Acquisition” – was delivered by Diane Gibson, Linda Levine, and William E. Novak on May 2, 2006.

December 2005 - Handbook Software Acquisition Planning Guidelines

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William E. Novak, Julie B. Cohen, Anthony J. Lattanze, Linda Levine, Patrick R. Place, Ray C. Williams, Carol Woody

This 2005 handbook presents guidance for acquisition planning and strategy topics in a condensed form, and references the primary resources available for each topic.

November 1990 - Technical Report Feature-Oriented Domain Analysis (FODA) Feasibility Study

Topics: Software Product Lines

Authors: Kyo C. Kang (Pohang University of Science and Technology), Sholom G. Cohen, James A. Hess, William E. Novak, A. Spencer Peterson

This 1990 report establishes methods for performing a domain analysis and describes the products of the domain analysis process.

June 1990 - Special Report A Domain Analysis Bibliography

Topics: Software Product Lines

Authors: James A. Hess, Sholom G. Cohen, Kyo C. Kyang, A. Spencer Peterson, William E. Novak, Patrick C. Carroll, Robert R. Holibaugh

This 1990 document presents a bibliography of references on domain analysis.