Software risk management: a case study of the V-22 program
Whitworth, Lloyd R.
McCaffrey, Martin J.
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Over the past thirty years, software development has become an increasingly important part of the technologically advanced weapon systems acquired by DOD. Program offices for software intensive weapon systems are facing the difficult task of managing software development risk. The purpose of this thesis is to identify and analyze software risk management techniques for their general application to software management problems during the acquisition process. This thesis focused on software risk management and risk management techniques used by the V-22 program office. Lessons learned which can be applicable to other programs are identified. The principal finding is that a formal, systematic, and disciplined risk management process, which includes software risk management, must be in place for software intensive weapon system acquisitions. Two primary recommendations are that the program manager create an environment where risks are freely communicated and that program executive officers assist program managers in the identification of software related development risks by conducting independent assessments
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