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Programmatic and Constructive Interdependence: Emerging Insights and Predictive Indicators of Development Resource Demand

July 2010 Technical Report
Robert M. Flowe, Mark Kasunic, Mary M. Brown, Paul L. Hardin, III, James McCurley, David Zubrow, William Anderson

This 2010 report describes a series of ongoing research efforts that investigate the role of interdependence in the acquisition of major defense acquisition programs.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2010-TR-024

Abstract

The challenges program managers encounter in attempting to deliver programs on time and on budget are well substantiated. A significant driver of the turbulence experienced by acquisition programs today is the transformation to joint capabilities. This report describes a series of ongoing research efforts, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), that investigated the role of interdependence in the acquisition of major defense acquisition programs. 

The overall goal of the research was to identify, quantify, and assess the degree of programmatic and constructive interdependence and to assess the effects of interdependence on program risk. A number of important findings and noteworthy insights were discovered as programs were examined in light of their interdependencies with other programs. The results indicate that an expanded definition of interdependencies along with the incorporation of network analysis tools may provide important insights into program performance in a joint capability arena.