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An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation

Technical Note
This technical note focuses on software acquisition and development practices related to the evaluation of products before, during, and after implementation.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6571877.v1
Subjects

Abstract

This technical note focuses on software acquisition and development practices related to the evaluation of products before, during, and after implementation. From engagements with numerous DoD acquisition programs, it has been observed that a number of recurring issues reduce the effectiveness of how software-reliant products are evaluated. An acquisition effort consists of identifying the customer’s needs, selecting or developing a product that is responsive to those needs, and then evaluating the product to determine if it properly addresses the identified needs. This technical note describes the Product Evaluation (verification, validation, and certification) process including test, reviews, and formal methods. It also makes the argument that Product Evaluation should not be deferred until after a product has been built, but should begin as soon as the customer’s needs have been identified and should continue throughout the acquisition effort.

Cite This Technical Note

Campbell, G., Levinson, H., & Librizzi, R. (2011, October 1). An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation. (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571877.v1.

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Campbell, Grady, Harry Levinson, and Richard Librizzi. "An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation." (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, October 1, 2011. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571877.v1.

G. Campbell, H. Levinson, and R. Librizzi, "An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007, 1-Oct-2011 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571877.v1. [Accessed: 15-Jun-2024].

Campbell, Grady, Harry Levinson, and Richard Librizzi. "An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation." (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Oct. 2011. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571877.v1. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Campbell, Grady; Levinson, Harry; & Librizzi, Richard. An Acquisition Perspective on Product Evaluation. CMU/SEI-2011-TN-007. Software Engineering Institute. 2011. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571877.v1