Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Brent Langhals, PhD
AF DCGS has a recognized need to improve speed of delivery for modification and sustainment of the weapon system. Given that the program office implemented a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) process for the sole purpose of delivering capability to the field faster, there is a need to measure and report the pipeline throughput. This research conducts an independent evaluation of the newly implemented pipeline within AF DCGS’s existing integration and test laboratories. Actual project data from the agile development work environments is studied and hypothesis tests are conducted to substantiate that the CI/CD pipeline improved the speed of delivery. The research definitively shows that the CI/CD pipeline improves speed of delivery for AF DCGS from a range of 22% to 119% depending on the type of work product. Lastly, from observation and detailed study of the processes and data, recommendations are made for standardization and automated metrics collection, with suggestions for additional research to further characterize the pipeline with the intent to create a predictive model for more accurate estimation of delivery timelines.
DTIC Accession Number
Fuller, Carolyn W., "Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery Pipeline for Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS)" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 4540.