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May/June 2017

Operations and Maintenance

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From the Sponsor
by David Saint-Amand
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Assessing DoD System Acquisition Supply Chain Risk Management
By Christopher Alberts, John Haller, Charles M. Wallen and Carol Woody.
Defense capabilities are supported by complex supply chains. This is true for weapons systems and large “systems of systems” that enable force projection and also true for service supply chains. Important requirements for both capabilities now depend on the cybersecurity and related assurance level of third parties that also come with their own risks.
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Issues in Development and Maintenance of Open Architecture Software Systems
By Walt Scacchi, and Thomas Alspaugh
This article identifies and describes six emerging issues that affect the engineering of open architecture software systems that integrate proprietary and open source software components.
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Fathers of Agile: John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton
By Peter Morris
The Founding Pioneers and innovators in their own fields, John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton’s legacies are also early examples of Agile project management.
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Software Process Improvement Standards and Guides for Very Small Organizations: An Overview of Eight Implementations
By Claude Laporte and Rory O’Connor
It has been established that Very small entities (VSEs) — organizations with up to 25 people — often do not utilize existing best practice standards and frameworks such as ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207 software life cycle processes standard. In this paper, we present eight implementations of ISO/IEC 29110 as an exemplar of the potential benefits from the use of this standard.
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Leveraging the Power of Historical Data through the Use of Trend Lines
by Taylor Putnam-Majarian and John Staiger
A recent initiative put forth by the DoD attempts to improve its cost estimation process by leveraging historical data collected from forensic analyses of recently completed software development efforts. This article discusses some of the challenges faced throughout this initiative, the data collection process, and how one can leverage data to improve cost estimates.
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Debunking Agile Myths
by Dick Carlson
This article discusses and analyzes 10 of the most common misconceptions about Agile practices and techniques and identifies real-world examples that debunk these misconceptions.
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Open Forum: Which Agile Method is Best?
by Earle Soukup
People have a tendency to want the “best” of something. It is a valid question, and it has a clear and emphatic answer: “It all depends.”
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BackTalk
by David A. Cook,
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