Tools

The SEI Acquisition Strategy Development Tool (ASDT) can be used to profile a program’s software-acquisition characteristics, identify key strategy drivers, identify specific strategic choices, and evaluate how those choices mitigate the program’s software risks. Program management offices can use this Excel-based workbook to formulate acquisition strategies for a new program or to evaluate the appropriateness of strategies being executed. In addition, an accompanying technical report, Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks, provides ASDT users in-depth background information and instructions on how to use the tool to achieve optimal results.

The SEI Quality Assessment of Systems Architecture Requirements (QUASAR) assessment method provides a practical way to determine if a system's architecture, including its subsystem, meets quality requirements. SEI technical staff members help architects formulate claims, build arguments, and gather evidence to demonstrate to the program office and other stakeholders that their architectures possess sufficient quality. 

Related Reports and Articles

Report - Techniques for Developing an Acquisition Strategy by Profiling Software Risks. Ward, Mary C.; Elm, Joseph P.; & Kushner, Susan. CMU/SEI-2006-TR-002, August 2006.

Article - "Quality Assessment Of System Architectures and Their Requirements (QUASAR)." Firesmith, Donald G.; and Capell, Peter S., Transactions of the Society for Design and Process Science, 11 (12), June 2007

Tutorial - QUality Assessment of System ARchitectures (QUASAR), Donald Firesimth, given at the 9th Annual Systems Engineering Conference, October 23-27, 2006, in San Diego, California

Handbook - QUASAR: A Method for the QUality Assessment of Software-Intensive System ARchitectures, Firesmith, Donald Firesmith, CMU/SEI-2006-HB-001, August 2006

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