Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Pilot Study

Software Product Line Acquisition - A Companion to A Framework for Software Product Line Practice is an acquisition-oriented companion to the framework adding acquisition specific information. The result is a description of the technical and management areas in which an organization must be competent to successfully acquire and field a product line of software or software-intensive systems.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) has successfully launched a product line based on the RangeWare asset base for open-air Department of Defense ranges for training, testing and evaluation. Currently NUWC is expanding the coverage of its assets in terms of new services as well as applying the assets to new systems. The Acquisition Support Program (ASP) is sponsoring a pilot for applying the Companion. To mature its product line practices. NUWC has initiatives in several practice areas that are supported by the Companion. Success in these practice areas is essential to the continued viability of the product line and to meet the needs of range systems. This pilot will help determine whether specific product line practice areas captured in the Companion address the needs of NUWC and the needs of the general acquisition community.


  • Mature Acquisition Companion Guidelines through pilot application
  • Transition Acquisition Companion Guidelines to a DoD organization
  • Support NUWC product line institutionalization in selected product line areas

Desired Results

  • Mature the guidelines captured in the Companion
  • A case study that will highlight the pilot results and explain successful methods that can be used to put product line approaches into practice for other DoD organizations


Case Study: A Measurement Program for Product Lines, July 2004