In 1992 Norm Brown, founder of the Software Program Managers Network (SPMN), was assigned responsibility for planning and conducting assessments of Navy programs in the Assistant Secretary of the Navy's office. He observed firsthand the devastating effect that ineffective software management has on software projects. During the same period Mike Evans,
The Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems
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Practical Software Measurement: A Guide to Objective Program Insight, was developed in response to the need for more effective techniques for managing DOD software intensive programs. The Practical Software Measurement (PSM) Program is sponsored by the Joint Logistics Commanders Joint Policy Coordinating Group on Computer Resources Management. Project
Department of Defense (DoD) programs often take advantage of DACS resources through the use of special Technical Area Tasks (TATs ) . While the DACS has performed many of these TATs over the years, few have had the DoD wide implications as the TAT now supporting the Science and Technology (S&T) Corporate Information Management (CIM) Program. The S&T
There are a number of initiatives and programs underway in the DoD. Some of them have been in place for some time while others are of recent vintage. Our objective is to provide a periodic status of these programs in future issues of this newsletter. Submissions describing other measurement programs are encouraged and welcome.
Part I of this series appeared in the Fall 1993 issue of the DACS Newsletter and discussed how cost analysis can help a program manager throughout the software life cycle. Part II suggests possible reforms to help improve the accuracy of cost estimates, improve software management, and better aid the acquisition process.
Despite the drastic cutbacks in defense spending, military expenditure on software and software intensive programs continues to grow at a fairly rapid rate. Rather than develop new programs, many of the project initiatives on the drawing boards in military Program Offices involve modifications to existing systems and using existing resources to the fullest
Problems which are well suited to neural networks are those in which there are large sets of examples, the task involves associating objects in one set with objects in another set, the problem is not easily solved using another approach, or the problem requires recognition of patterns from incomplete, noisy, or partially incorrect input. In addition, neural
Historically, software testing was the process of exercising a computer program to verify that it performed as required and expected. The strategic goal of software testing was to demonstrate correctness and quality. It is now known that this view of testing is not correct. Testing cannot produce quality software, nor can it confirm correctness. Testing can