Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Digital Library

Linda Levine
October 2011 - Technical Note Agile Methods: Selected DoD Management and Acquisition Concerns

Topics: Acquisition Support

This technical note addresses some of the key issues that either must be understood to ease the adoption of Agile or are seen as potential barriers to adoption of Agile in the DoD acquisition context.

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

Topics: Acquisition Support

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

January 2010 - White Paper Acquisition Archetype: Shooting the Messenger

Topics: Acquisition Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2005 - White Paper Reflections on Software Agility and Agile Methods: Challenges, Dilemmas, and the Way Ahead

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Linda Levine

This 2005 whitepaper argues for that the shift toward agile models and methods signals a larger transformation in the workplace toward the organization of the 21st century. The transition is a work in progress and by no means complete.

March 2005 - Technical Report Including Interoperability in the Acquisition Process

Topics: Acquisition Support, System of Systems

This 2005 report explores achieving interoperability in the acquisition process.

May 2004 - White Paper Software Patents: Innovation or Litigation?

Topics: Acquisition Support

This paper summarizes the scope of patent protection in the European Union, the United States, and Japan. In doing so, it examines the patentability of computer software as inventions allowed under E.U. and U.S. patent law.

May 2004 - White Paper Networked Technologies: The Role of Networks in the Diffusion and Adoption of Software Process Improvement (SPI) Approaches

Topics: Acquisition Support

Social networks play a key role in the adoption and diffusion of software process improvement as a networked technology. This panel addressed actual examples of SPI networks and identified key characteristics of and roles in these emergent networks.

April 2004 - Technical Report Systems of Systems Interoperability

Topics: System of Systems

This technical report documents the findings of an internal research and development effort on system of systems interoperability (SOSI).

January 2004 - Presentation SOSI: System of Systems Interoperability

Topics: Acquisition Support

This presentation on System of Systems Interoperability (SOSI) was delivered by Linda Levine, B. Craig Meyers, Edwin J. Morris, Patrick R. Place, and Daniel Plakosh of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in January 2004.

June 2003 - Technical Note Proceedings of the System of Systems Interoperability Workshop (February 2003)

Topics: System of Systems

This report documents the model of interoperability presented and the findings from the System of Systems Interoperability Workshop, held in February 2003.

October 2002 - Technical Report SEI Independent Research and Development Projects

This report describes the IR&D projects that were conducted during fiscal year 2002 (October 2001 through September 2002).

September 2002 - Technical Report Discovery Colloquium: Quality Software Development @ Internet Speed

This report presents the data collected during a 2001 colloquium to explore issues associated with developing quality software at Internet speed.

July 1996 - Technical Report Software Process Automation: Experiences from the Trenches

This 1996 report documents an empirical study that documented practical experiences related to software process automation and to identify what works and what does not.

April 1995 - Technical Report Technology Transition Pull: A Case Study of Rate Monotonic Analysis (Part 2)

This case study reports on efforts to introduce a software technology, rate monotonic analysis, into several software-intensive programs at one site within a multinational firm.

December 1993 - Technical Report Technology Transition Push: A Case Study of Rate Monotonic Analysis (Part 1)

This case study reports on efforts to transform rate monotonic scheduling theory into a practical analytical technique and to transition that technique into routine practice among developers and maintainers of software embedded in real-time systems.

December 1993 - Technical Report A Conceptual Framework for Software Technology Transition

This report presents a conceptual framework that integrates and describes the intersections of three lifecycles of software technology transition: research and development, new product development, and adoption and implementation in organizations.

May 1990 - Curriculum Module Technical Writing for Software Engineers

This module, which is directed specifically to software engineers, discusses the writing process in the context of software engineering.