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Parametric Modeling to Support System Acquisition

This article describes the use of parametric modeling to support independent government cost estimates at the feasibility/budgeting, acquisition, and on-going…

History is the Key to Estimation Success

It was late afternoon in April of 1999 when the phone in my office rang. The conversation went something like…

A Roadmap for Reforming the DoD’s Acquisition of Information Technology

Senior leaders within DoD, Congress, and industry have grappled for many years with the inability of the Department of Defense’s…

Selling Your Software Estimate

In many instances the software industry continues to flounder when it comes to understanding how to properly plan and manage…

An Innovative Approach to Quantifying Uncertainty in Early Lifecycle Cost Estimation

The inaccuracy of cost estimates for developing major Department of Defense (DoD) systems is well documented, and cost overruns have…

DACS Software & Systems Cost and Performance Analysis Toolkit

The goal of Data and Analysis Center for Software (DACS) Software & Systems Cost and Performance Analysis Toolkit (S2CPAT) is…

Tech Views – Data as a Critical Service in Acquisition

We all understand the importance of data to manage any program, whether it is estimated data for planning purposes or…

Implementing Open Standards in Open Source

Industry standards morph into functional computer software. I use the word “morph” on purpose to avoid any term that can…

Military Open Source Community Growing

Open source software (OSS) usage is growing across the Department of Defense (DoD), not surprisingly so is the community of…

Tech Views

It has been three and a half years since Software Tech News addressed the topic of Open Source Software (OSS)….

Running Open Technology Development Projects

How to get started” is a question continually asked. This article lays out the basic framework for running an open…

Evaluating Open Source Software

There is an overwhelming amount of open source software (OSS) available today that can be used throughout the software development…