The development system element addresses the hardware and software tools
and supporting equipment used in product development. This includes CASE
tools, simulators, compilers, test equipment, and host computer
Risks associated with the capacity of the development system
may result from too few workstations, insufficient processing power or
database storage, or other inadequacies in equipment to support parallel
activities for development, test and support activities.
Suitability of the development system is associated with the degree to
which it is supportive of the specific development models, processes, methods,
procedures and activities required and selected for the program. This includes
the development, management, documentation, and configuration management
Usability refers to development system documentation, accessibility and
workspace as well as ease of use.
Development system familiarity depends on prior use of the system by the
company and by project personnel as well as adequate training for new
Development system reliability is a measure of whether the needed
components of the development system are available and working properly
whenever required by any program personnel.
f) System Support
Development system support involves training in use of the system, access
to expert users or consultants, and repair or resolution of problems by
Some contracts require delivery of the development system. Risks may result
from neglecting to bid and allocate resources to ensure that the development
system meets all deliverable requirements.