Entries Tagged as 'Acquisition '

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

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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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A Deeper Dive into the Method Framework for Engineering System Architectures

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By Don Firesmith
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Don Firesmith Engineering the architecture for a large and complex system is a hard, lengthy, and complex undertaking. System architects must perform many tasks and use many techniques if they are to create a sufficient set of architectural models and related documents that are complete, consistent, correct, unambiguous, verifiable, usable, and useful to the architecture’s many stakeholders.  This blog posting, the second in a two-part series, takes a deeper dive into the Method Framework for Engineering System Architectures (MFESA), which is a situational process engineering framework for developing system-specific methods to engineer system architectures.

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The Latest Research from the SEI

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By Douglas C. Schmidt
Principal Researcher

Douglas C. SchmidtAs part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed about our latest work, I'd like to let you know about some recently published SEI technical reports and notes. These reports highlight the latest work of SEI technologists in workforce competency and readiness, cyber forensics, exploratory research, acquisition, and software-reliant systems. 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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Reducing Project Failures by Aligning Acquisition Strategy and Software Architecture with Stakeholder Needs

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Second in a Two-Part Series
By Lisa Brownsword
Acquisition Support Program

Lisa BrownswordMajor acquisition programs increasingly rely on software to provide substantial portions of system capabilities. All too often, however, software is not considered when the early, most constraining program decisions are made.  SEI researchers have identified misalignments between software architecture and system acquisition strategies that lead to program restarts, cancellations, and failures to meet important missions or business goals. This blog posting—the second installment in a two-part series—builds on the discussions in part one by introducing several patterns of misalignment—known as anti-patterns—that we’ve identified in our research and discussing how these anti-patterns are helping us create a new method for aligning software architecture and system acquisition strategies to reduce project failure.

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