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Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition

Technical Note
This report documents an investigation into issues related to aligning acquisition strategies with business and mission goals.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6574892.v1
Subjects

Abstract

This report documents an investigation into issues related to aligning acquisition strategies with business and mission goals. The investigation was motivated by the observation that a significant contributing factor in troubled or failing acquisitions was the misalignment between the software architecture and the acquisition strategy. An examination of a number of acquisition programs led to the discovery of seven repeatable patterns of failure to: (1) document business goals, (2) resolve conflicts between goals, (3) adapt to changing needs, (4) accommodate turbulence in the acquisition environment, (5) give due consideration to software needs, (6) use appropriate acquisition strategies, and (7) understand and use software quality attributes to create the architecture. 

In addition to a detailed description of these patterns, the authors define the artifacts and the relationships that would have to hold between these artifacts in order to combat the failure patterns. Finally, they offer some suggestions on a method, woven from existing methods, for developing the artifacts with sufficient content that one can reason about the strength of the necessary relationships.

Cite This Technical Note

Brownsword, L., Albert, C., Carney, D., Place, P., Hammons, C., & Hudak, J. (2013, June 1). Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition. (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014). Retrieved February 21, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6574892.v1.

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title={Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition},
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year={2013},
number={CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Brownsword, Lisa, Cecilia Albert, David Carney, Patrick Place, Charles (Bud) Hammons, and John Hudak. "Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition." (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, June 1, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6574892.v1.

L. Brownsword, C. Albert, D. Carney, P. Place, C. Hammons, and J. Hudak, "Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014, 1-Jun-2013 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6574892.v1. [Accessed: 21-Feb-2024].

Brownsword, Lisa, Cecilia Albert, David Carney, Patrick Place, Charles (Bud) Hammons, and John Hudak. "Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition." (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Jun. 2013. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6574892.v1. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Brownsword, Lisa; Albert, Cecilia; Carney, David; Place, Patrick; Hammons, Charles (Bud); & Hudak, John. Isolating Patterns of Failure in Department of Defense Acquisition. CMU/SEI-2013-TN-014. Software Engineering Institute. 2013. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6574892.v1