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Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines

Technical Report
This 1996 report introduces an approach that will help managers make resource allocation decisions.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-96-TR-010

Abstract

Group, product line, and program managers are faced with of allocating resources to projects. Should all resources be dedicated to meet near-term deliverables? Or should some be siphoned off to build software assets that may improve quality, flexibility, and reduce cost and time-to-market of future products in the product line? These managers also have to determine which assets to buy or build. The choices are many, ranging from reusable code components to design models to application generators, and each has a different risk and cash flow profile. 

This report introduces an approach that will help managers make these allocation decisions. The report outlines a planning and communication tool for analyzing investments in software assets for product lines.  

Although the report is not a guidebook, the concepts, criteria, and investment modeling techniques will be useful in making and justifying proposals for funding. The concepts are drawn from the fields of microeconomics, corporate finance, marketing, R&D technology management, and software reuse.

Cite This Technical Report

Withey, J. (1996, November 1). Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Retrieved July 15, 2024, from https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/investment-analysis-of-software-assets-for-product-lines/.

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title={Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines},
month={Nov},
year={1996},
number={CMU/SEI-96-TR-010},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/investment-analysis-of-software-assets-for-product-lines/},
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Withey, James. "Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines." (CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, November 1, 1996. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/investment-analysis-of-software-assets-for-product-lines/.

J. Withey, "Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-010, 1-Nov-1996 [Online]. Available: https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/investment-analysis-of-software-assets-for-product-lines/. [Accessed: 15-Jul-2024].

Withey, James. "Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-010). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Nov. 1996. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/investment-analysis-of-software-assets-for-product-lines/. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Withey, James. Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines. CMU/SEI-96-TR-010. Software Engineering Institute. 1996. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/investment-analysis-of-software-assets-for-product-lines/