Acquisition Essentials for Software-Reliant Systems

The challenges and failures of software development and acquisition of software-reliant systems have been well documented. There are many reasons software-reliant acquisitions fail, including unrealistic estimates, overly ambitious requirements, and inadequate software engineering and testing.

This hour-long course is part of a series of e-Learning modules to acquaint acquisition staff with key aspects of software-reliant systems acquisition. This course provides an overview of three fundamental software acquisition topics, Software Requirements, Software Architecture, and Software Testing. Each of the topics answers the most important questions about that area:

  • What is it?
  • Why should I care about it?
  • What's different about it?
  • What are the key questions I should ask?

This course features stories from real acquisition programs showing the significance of these three aspects of acquiring software-reliant systems. Examples are used throughout the course to provide the learner with a concrete understanding of Software Requirements, Software Architecture, and Software Testing.

Who should attend?

Acquisition program leaders and staff who are experienced with acquisition, but want more information about addressing the software aspects of the program

Topics

  • Why software is important
  • Essential knowledge of software requirements
  • Essential knowledge of software architecture

Objectives

At the completion of the course, learners will be aware of:

  • the unique challenges of software-reliant systems
  • some fundamental aspects of software-reliant systems
  • the knowledge needed to manage software-reliant acquisition programs and keep the programs on track by proactively recognizing problem symptom and implementing recovery strategies

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Materials

This course is presented in the form of narrated instructional pages. Self-assessments following each topic presented assist with comprehension of the subject matter. Learners will also be able to access additional resources related to the subject matter and a downloadable copy of the course presentation slides.

Schedule

Learners will have three weeks to complete the course. Upon completing all course elements, the learner is awarded an electronic certificate of course completion.

Course Details

Course Fees [USD]

eLearning: $75

eLearning

This self-paced course is available online via the SEI Learning Portal.

 

If you wish to purchase this course for a group of learners, please email course-info@sei.cmu.edu or telephone at +1 412-268-7622 for group rate details.

For More Information

E-mail: course-info@sei.cmu.edu
Phone: 412-268-7622


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