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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Joseph R. Wirthlin, PhD.


FIST is an emerging and unproven rapid acquisition model that stands for Fast, Inexpensive, Simple, and Tiny. The purpose of this research is to develop an Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) model based on the FIST concepts, to be applied as a comparative tool against the FIST model. The results indicate that the FIST model is reproducible with the AHP theory and that there are certain program characteristics that denote if a program would benefit from being developed by FIST. However, there are distinct weaknesses to the model that signify not all programs would succeed if FIST was employed during development. Eleven additional FIST activities are recommended for inclusion in the model with key activities comprising of an ambidextrous structured organization, better requirements gathering techniques, and utilizing incremental development.

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