Entries Tagged as 'Acquisition '

The Latest Research from the SEI

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By Douglas C. Schmidt
Principal Researcher


Douglas C. Schmidt As part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed about our latest work, I would like to let you know about some recently published SEI technical reports and notes. These reports highlight the latest work of SEI technologists in cybersecurity risks,software assuranceadvanced persistent threatinternational insider threat,Wireless Emergency Alerts Servicesecurity and survivability, and acquisition

This post includes a listing of each report, author(s), and links where the published reports can be accessed on the SEI website. 

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Using Quality Attributes as a Means to Improve Acquisition Strategies

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By Lisa Brownsword,
Senior Members of the Technical Staff

Lisa BrownswordAlthough software is increasingly important to the success of government programs, there is often little consideration given to its impact on early key program decisions. The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is conducting a multi-phase research initiative aimed at answering the question: is the probability of a program’s success improved through deliberately producing a program acquisition strategy and software architecture that are mutually constrained and aligned? Moreover, can we develop a method that helps government program offices produce such alignment? This blog post, the third in a series on this multi-year research, describes our approach to determining how acquisition quality attributes can be expressed and used to facilitate alignment among the software architecture and acquisition strategy.

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Looking Ahead: The SEI Technical Strategic Plan

Acquisition , Agile , Cyber-physical Systems , Ultra Large Scale Systems No Comments »

First in a Series
By Bill Scherlis
Chief Technology Officer, Acting

Bill Scherlis The Department of Defense (DoD) has become deeply and fundamentally reliant on software. As a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), the SEI is chartered to work with the DoD to meet the challenges of designing, producing, assuring, and evolving software-reliant systems in an affordable and dependable manner. This blog post—the first in a multi-part series—outlines key elements of the forthcoming SEI Strategic Research Plan that addresses these challenges through research and acquisition support and collaboration with DoD, other federal agencies, industry, and academia. 

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Strategic Planning: Developing Business Drivers for Performance Improvement

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By Linda Parker Gates
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Linda Parker GatesOrganizational improvement efforts should be driven by business needs, not by the content of improvement models.  While improvement models, such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) or the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, provide excellent guidance and best practice standards, the way in which those models are implemented must be guided by the same drivers that influence any other business decision.  Business drivers are the collection of people, information, and conditions that initiate and support activities that help an organization accomplish its mission. These drivers should be the guiding force behind performance improvement because they represent key factors or influences that matter to an organization’s success.  But how do we identify these drivers? This blog posting, the latest in a continuing series on the SEI’s work on strategic planning, describes how we are using integrated strategic planning and the associated information framework to derive the most vital business drivers for performance improvement. 

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Readiness & Fit Analysis

Acquisition , Agile , CMMI No Comments »

By Suzanne Miller,
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Suzanne MillerAll software engineering and management practices are based on cultural and social assumptions. When adopting new practices, leaders often find mismatches between those assumptions and the realities within their organizations. The SEI has an analysis method called Readiness and Fit Analysis (RFA) that allows the profiling of a set of practices to understand their cultural assumptions and then to use the profile to support an organization in understanding its fit with the practices’ cultural assumptions.  RFA has been used for multiple technologies and sets of practices, most notably for adoption of CMMI practices. The method for using RFA and the profile that supports CMMI for Development adoption is found in Chapter 12 of CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement. This blog post discusses a brief summary of the principles behind RFA and describes the SEI Acquisition Support Program’s work in extending RFA to support profiling and adoption risk identification for Department of Defense (DoD) and other highly-regulated organizations that are considering or are in the middle of adopting agile methods.

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