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The following is a brief description of the full-day tutorials presented at this symposium on Monday, October 29, 2007. Tutorials will start at 8:30 AM sharp and finish at 5 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM. For more detailed information on each tutorial click on the tutorial title.



Applying Agile and Software Development Techniques to Process Development

Nelson Perez, Sierra’s Edge, Inc

This presentation presents techniques borrowed from the Agile and software development world to both design processes and to reduce the overall time to achieve institutionalization of new processes. The topics to be covered are a) applying Agile methods to process improvement, b) applying software development techniques to process development, c) what additional gains can be had via technology improvements, f) leveraging the internet and IEEE standards to speed process development, g) employing the continuous representation of the CMMI model, h) issues associated with QA, and i) issues associated with resistance, and j) effective process rollout management strategies.

Bridging the Gap Between Business Strategy and Software Measurement
Dr. Carolyn Seaman and Myrna Regardie, Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering Maryland

In today’s competitive market organizational success depends on synchronizing the corporate strategy, in terms of market opportunities and software project objectives such as increased product reliability or reduced development schedule. Accordingly, in order to understand relationships between these objectives, an integrated quantitative approach is called for to define, measure, and synchronize organization strategies and software project objectives. In our tutorial we present an integrated framework that specifies quantitative objectives at various organizational levels, including measures and data interpretation principles. The presented methods and techniques will be illustrated with industrial experiences gained at Fraunhofer Center Maryland (USA) and Fraunhofer IESE (Germany).

Practical CMMI
Cynthia Wise, Process Transition International, Inc.

This CMMI Tutorial is triple-acting; it provides participants with an understanding of the CMMI, it’s fundamental concepts and use in the organization along with a description of the Maturity Level 2 Process Areas using the pictograms from A Guide to the CMMI by Ken Dymond; helps participants identify their organization’s common problems/ bottlenecks in delivering a quality product and the practical guidance of the CMMI in solving these problems; and provides process improvement practitioners with exercises and techniques that they can use in their organization to jump start the improvement program, identifying the areas of CMMI to focus on first.

Justifying, initiating, establishing, and measuring a CMMI-based improvement effort
Rolf W. Reitzig
, Cognence, inc.

In this tutorial, learn how to determine and justify the business and financial impact of a CMMI-based improvement effort, plan for and mitigate the ever-present people-oriented risks using organizational change best practices, and learn about and overcome insidious “untethered activities” that lead to project delays and poor quality software.

Software Verification and Validation for Practitioners and Managers
Steven R. Rakitin, Software Quality Consulting, Inc.

The increasing demand for complex software coupled with stiff competition for experienced software engineers has put many companies in the uncomfortable position of having to trade off Quality against Time to Market. By applying proven Software Verification & Validation techniques, your organization can improve Quality and meet aggressive Time to Market goals. This one-day workshop can provide your staff with proven tools and techniques that can help save your organization time and money.


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