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A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures

  • Abstract

    In the acquisition of a software-intensive system, the relationship between the software architecture and the acquisition strategy is typically not carefully examined. To remedy this lack, a research team at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has focused a multiyear effort to discover an initial set of failure patterns that result when these entities become misaligned and identify a set of desired relationships among the business and mission goals, system and software architectures, and the acquisition strategy. This report describes the result of the third year of the SEI’s research, where the team defined a method that indicates such areas of misalignment (i.e., between a program’s architecture and acquisition strategy). The alignment method is used as early in a program’s lifetime as practical, ideally before the architecture or acquisition strategy has attained full definition. The authors illustrate the method by means of a case study, during which many of the key elements of the method were piloted.

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SEI

Brownsword, Lisa; Albert, Cecilia; Carney, David; & Place, Patrick. A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures. CMU/SEI-2014-TN-019 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=413600

IEEE

Brownsword. Lisa, Albert. Cecilia, Carney. David, and Place. Patrick, "A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2014-TN-019 , 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=413600

APA

Brownsword, Lisa., Albert, Cecilia., Carney, David., & Place, Patrick. (2014). A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures (CMU/SEI-2014-TN-019 ). Retrieved October 21, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=413600

CHI

Lisa Brownsword, Cecilia Albert, David Carney, & Patrick Place. A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures (CMU/SEI-2014-TN-019 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=413600

MLA

Brownsword, Lisa., Albert, Cecilia., Carney, David., & Place, Patrick. 2014. A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2014-TN-019 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=413600

BibTex

@techreport{BrownswordAMethod2014,
title={A Method for Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Software Architectures},
author={Lisa Brownsword and Cecilia Albert and David Carney and Patrick Place},
year={2014},
number={CMU/SEI-2014-TN-019 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=413600} }