Accession Number : ADA255066

Title :   Software Acquisition: Evolution, Total Quality Management, and Applications to the Army Tactical Missile System.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Barber, Wayland P.

Report Date : JUN 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : Software acquisition has become the critical path in the procurement of Department of Defense (DOD) weapon systems. Software requirements and their complexity have increased at an exponential rate and support requirements now constitute up to 70 percent of the software life cycle costs. This thesis presents the concept of software Total Quality Management (TQM) which focuses on the entire process of software acquisition, as a partial solution to the software acquisition crisis. A software case study, analysis, and lessons learned with applications to the Army Tactical Missile System (TA MS) is presented. A software process control maturity model, a standard software language, and a set of software metrics are presented. A discussion of program manager's responsibilities to implement a process control mechanism to produce quality software products is presented. The principal finding is that software acquisition is the major challenge to a program manager for weapon systems procurement. The major recommendation of this study is that software TQM can be applied to software acquisition. Software Development, Software Acquisition, Total Quality management (TQM), Army Tactical Missile System (Army TACMS), multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), MICOM Software Engineering Directorate (SED).

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *QUALITY CONTROL, *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, *SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, ACQUISITION, ARMY, CASE STUDIES, CONTROL, COSTS, CYCLES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ENGINEERING, LANGUAGE, LESSONS LEARNED, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, LIFE CYCLES, MANAGEMENT, MODELS, PATHS, PROCUREMENT, QUALITY, RATES, REQUIREMENTS, ROCKETS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, STANDARDS, THESES, WEAPON SYSTEMS, WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Computer Programming and Software
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE