Acquisition Best Practices
P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
tutorial presents a comprehensive set of software acquisition
best practices suitable for acquiring today's complex software-intensive
systems. The authors developed these software acquisition best
practices through a multi-year research effort, based upon experiences
with numerous software-intensive space systems over many years.
Dramatic changes in Department of Defense and National Security
Space acquisition policy since the year 2001 provided the opportunity
for identifying and implementing software acquisition best practices
as part of this new acquisition environment. The tutorial covers
the software acquisition best practices in chronological order
through each phase of the acquisition and development life cycle,
from program inception through retirement. Both pre-contract
award and post-contract award best practices are addressed.
Practical information is provided to the attendees to enable
the immediate application of the best practices to their programs.
In addition, specific software acquisition best practices for
ground systems, in general, and COTS software-intensive ground
systems, in particular, are described. Although the authors
developed these software acquisition best practices while working
in the National Security Space systems domain, the best practices
apply to all large, complex software-intensive systems in domains
requiring high reliability and integrity, and thus are applicable
to a large segment of the GSAW 2006 conference attendees.
Eslinger, The Aerospace Corporation
a Distinguished Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, Ms.
Eslinger is the Software Engineering Subdivision's specialist
in software engineering and software acquisition. In 21 years
at Aerospace, Ms. Eslinger has provided full life cycle support
to numerous space programs. She has developed the software-related
areas of Requests for Proposal and has participated in source
selection evaluations as an advisor to the Air Force. She
has also provided technical review and guidance in software
engineering-related areas throughout the system life cycle,
from requirements definition through system acceptance and
transition to operations and maintenance, as part of the Government
acquisition team for multiple space programs. Ms. Eslinger
is currently the principal investigator of a Mission-Oriented
Investigation and Experimentation (MOIE) research project
to develop software acquisition guidance that can be used
across multiple programs. She was previously the principal
investigator of an IR&D project to define a quick response
software risk assessment technique and of an IR&D project
to define the software acquisition processes used by Aerospace
in support of software-intensive programs for the Air Force.
She has also led the development and delivery of in-depth
training courses in software engineering and software acquisition
through The Aerospace Institute. She is the team leader of
the Software Process IPT of the SMC/NRO Mission Assurance
Improvement Task Force. Previously, as a development contractor,
she developed software and managed software development projects
for DoD and NASA software-intensive systems. Ms. Eslinger
has a B.A. degree from Goucher College and an M.S. degree
from the University of Arizona, both in mathematics.
tutorial is targeted toward government, FFRDC, and other personnel
responsible for acquiring (or supporting the acquisition of
) large software-intensive systems. While it is directed toward
best practices that can be applied by the government team, the
tutorial will also be interesting to contractors who are seeking
to learn about the best practices that their government customers
might be using on current and future contracts. The participants
should have some knowledge of software development and management
and/or some knowledge of government acquisition practices.