Accession Number : ADA317653

Title :   Investment Analysis of Software Assets for Product Lines.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s) : Withey, James

PDF Url : ADA317653

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 72

Abstract : Group, product line, and program managers are faced with allocating resources to projects. Should all resources be dedicated to meet near-term deliverables? Or should some be siphoned off to build software assets that may improve quality, flexibility, and reduce cost and time-to-market of future products in the product line? These managers also have to determine which assets to buy or build. The choices are many, ranging from reusable code components to design models to application generators, and each has a different risk and cash flow profile. This report introduces an approach that will help managers make these allocation decisions. The report outlines a planning and communication tool for analyzing investments in software assets for product lines. Although the report is not a guidebook, the concepts, criteria, and investment modeling techniques will be useful in making and justifying proposals for funding. The concepts are drawn from the fields of microeconomics, corporate finance, marketing, R&D technology management, and software reuse.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *DECISION MAKING, *INVESTMENTS, *ALLOCATIONS, *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, RISK, CORPORATIONS, MODELS, TOOLS, COSTS, CODING, PROFILES, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, FLOW, GENERATORS, REUSABLE EQUIPMENT, FINANCE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE