NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 01.18-0284

PROJECT TITLE : Software Metrics Decision Support System

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

The objective of this work is to develop a software metrics decision support system to assist managers in making programmatic and technical decisions concerning management metrics program implementation on software projects. Our goal is to provide managers with an innovative decision support system that combines methods from software measurement and decision analysis. The system will: alert a manager to possible problems in a software development, evaluate alternative corrective actions, and evaluate risks. The system will also provide a means for extensive "what if" analyses. The proposed research will combine the power of decision analysis with software metrics to support software development managers. This will be pursued by conducting three tasks in Phase I: (1) identification of important factors in a software metrics decision support system, (2) development of a methodology, and (3) development of a plan of approach for a computer prototype to be developed in Phase II.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
We expect applications for the product of the Phase II R&D in both commercial and Federal Government markets. These include markets for the decision support process (service), the software decision support system (product), and a technology transfer course (service). The product should meet a significant need both in the specific application of a system for software program management support and in the more general application as a general-purpose evaluation system. Clients for the specific service and supporting software are in the federal government, its contractors, and commercial organizations. Customers for the general purpose software are practitioners in the operations research and management science professions as well as program/project managers in corporations. Technology transfer activities, especially in the form of executive education courses and consulting on pilot applications, are also expected to have a commercial market from the organizations that purchase the software metrics decision support system. Targeted companies are those that engage in substantial software product development.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Jacob W. Ulvila
Decision Science Associates, Inc.
10980 Poplar Ford Trail
Manassas, VA 20109

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Decision Science Associates, Inc.
10980 Poplar Ford Trail
Manassas, VA 20109