Software Control During Development and Acquisition.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The Air Force has experienced some difficulty in obtaining quality software under specified cost, schedule, performance criteria. This thesis was undertaken to explore the underlying problem and to research methods for improving Air Force software acquisitions. The literature highlighted a number of problem areas evident in Air Force and DOD in general. The major problem areas were 1 lack of measurable milestones, 2 lack of consideration for the integration of hardware and software, and 3 lack of software visibility during development, and 4 lack of user involvement. The researchers used those problem areas as a basis for conducting interviews at a major non-DOD software userproducer. The effort identified aspects of a software control process with potential applications for Air Force use. The researchers discovered that an effective software control process is feasible, but it rests upon a realization of the unique nature of software. Also, the impact of quality assurance, user involvement, and development planning upon the final software product are discussed. Author
- Computer Programming and Software