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Description: Recommendations concerning Capability Maturity Model Integration; effective COTS integration requires a fundamental paradigm shift; a framework for the reliable evolution of software systems; a particular application of the IIDA process model described in Part I; how to improve the quality and efficiency of team-based projects; a method to use CMM practices on small projects; liability issues surrounding the software certification laboratories phenomenon; how to achieve a statistically correct sample for testing and evaluation; three lines of defense managers can use to guard against bad engineering.

 
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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, September...

By: Pamela Engert, Julie Surer, Lieutenant Colonel Lucie M. J. Robillard, Dr. H. Rebecca Callison, John Maurer, Edward A. Addy, Dr. William H. Dashiell, Alka Jarvis, Dr. Vern J. Crandall, Cindy Snow, Dr. Richard Bechtold, Sherrie Chubin, Dr. Thomas I. Mcvittie, Robert B. Miller

Description: A foundation for building interoperable command and control systems; using DII COE to improve the effectiveness of systems performing real-time C2 missions; extending V&V from an individual application system to a product line of systems; a basic year 2000 test model with lessons learned; lack of quality controls in the design and coding stages has led to many of today's software problems; a fictional account of a contractor trying to avoid a software capabi...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, October 1...

By: Norm Brown, Jane T. Lochner, Gary Natwick, Geoff Draper, Lennis Bearden, Darrell Corbin, Russ Hamerly, Roger Cox, Dr. Kenneth Knight, Ralph E. Porter Jr., Deborah A. Detoma, Johanna Rothman, George Jackelen

Description: Focusing on product integrity, product construction, and product control; effective management and technical processes improve the bottom-line; a quick and easy way to assess software process maturity; capturing years of experience in the form of reusable and tailorable processes; using the 3 C's (commitment, continuity, communications) to achieve success; how planning for success led to success; documenting best practices in a simple manner.

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, November ...

By: Mark C. Paulk, Claude Y. Laporte, Sylvie Trudel, Kevin Marler, Linda Levine, Eileen Forrester, Priscilla Fowler, Sharon Guenterberg, Donald J. Welch, Kevin Greaney, Ronald Cobb, Linda Smeraglinolo, Dave Wood, John K. Sharp, J. Michael Brower

Description: An overview of three perspectives of technology change management; follow the process one defense contractor used to make people friendly decisions; using radical learning techniques to manage and keep pace with technology change; part one of a two part series explores the adaptations needed to become a learning organization; what are the leading organizations doing to meet the challenges of technology change?; a process and tools to assess the defect propag...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, December ...

By: Kathy Gurchiek, David Cook, Tracy Stauder, Lynn Robert Carter, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Dufaud, Reed Sorensen

Description: General Lyles' thoughts on the history and future of software engineering in the Department of Defense; why the languages have evolved, and what capabilities the newer languages give us; a look back at the history of CrossTalk--The Journal of Defense Software Engineering; an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Lynn Robert Carter of SEI and Lt. Col. Scott Dufaud; the last 30 years of software standards development in the Department of Defense; software heavywe...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, January 2...

By: Elizabeth Starrett; Elizabeth Starrett; Dr. Lyle N. Long; Lulu He; Dr. Jeffrey C. Carver; Dr. Rayford B. Vaughn; Dr. Nancy R. Mead; Dr. Dan Shoemaker; Jeffrey A. Ingalsbe; Maj Christopher Bohn; Ph. D.; Roger Stewart; Lew Priven; Dr. Robert B. K. Dewar; Dr. Edmond Schonberg

Description: Meet CrossTalk’s 2008 co-sponsors; here is a list of CrossTalk’s article reviewers; long describes the need for more dedicated software engineering educational programs and professional software engineering certification programs in the United States; this article describes an experiment conducted in a graduate-level requirements engineering course to provide students a real world experience in requirements validation; this article discusses the results of a...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, February ...

By: Tom Demarco, Tim Lister, Linda Rosenberg, Al Gallo, Tim Hammer, Frank Parolek, Darrell Corbin, Russ Hamerly, Roger Cox, Kenneth Knight, Peter Hantos, Dana Dovenbarger, Al Krum, August Neitzel, Jo Lee Loveland Link, Richard Barbour, Lori A. Holmes

Description: Can litigation be averted by a contract agreeable to both parties?; six primary functions of risk management per NASA GSFC; an overview of software risk management literature and software tools; a simple approach to risk analysis combining SEI/SRE and COCOMO; only 12 weeks remain to register for STC 2000; how did the National Reconnaissance Organization introduce a disciplined risk management process that has provided significant cost-benefits?; function fit...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, March 200...

By: Mike Parmentier, Dr. Dolores Etter, Dr. Robert Foster, Cmdr. Tim Steele, Rayford B. Vaughn Jr., the Sei Working Group on Software Engineering Education, Training, Gerald Ozment, Sholom G. Cohen, Doug Wetzel, Brian Groarke, Bruce L. Angstadt, Jeremiah Smedra

Description: The Department of Defense is leading the way into the learning environment of the future; the DoD's ADL initiative will provide crucial and timely near- and mid-term enabling capability; software engineering has become a separate degree program in academia; different perspectives of collaborations heighten mutual opportunities; the Automated Computer Program Identification Number System aids CM; to develop a CONOPS or not develop a CONOPS? That is the questi...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, April 200...

By: Barry W. Boehm, Chris Abts, Jongmoon Baik, A. Winsor Brown, Sunita Chulani, Brad Clark, Ellis Horowitz, Ray Madachy, Don Reifer, Bert Steece, Dr. Richard D. Stutzke, Daniel V. Ferrens, David S. Christensen, David Peeters, George Dewey, Jim Restel, Ingmar Ogren

Description: A major team effort was recently completed to re-engineer the original Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) for software cost and schedule estimation into a new model, COCOMO II; this article reviews challenges of software estimation, and research under way to aDress them; many sophisticated parametric models exist; however, their predictive accuracy is questionable; biases in the estimating process contribute to poor estimates. How can they be reduced?; the Aut...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, May 2000;...

By: Kathy Gurchiek, Beverly L. Moody, Richard Bechtold, Mary Sakry, Neil Potter, Johanna Rothman, Doug Dynes

Description: Maj. Gen. Claude M. Bolton Jr. talks about the value of the block approach and ground-based laboratories to the F-22 program; Thomas Brandt, one of the team members on the Independent Technical Assessment of the F-22 avionics program, talks about modeling and simulation as a best practice for the F-22; technical challenges and the value of the block approach are addressed by Ron Dubs, F-22 Weapon System Chief Engineer, with excerpts from the Independent Tech...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2000...

By: Watts S. Humphrey, David R. Webb, Girish Seshagiri, Elizabeth Starrett, Walt Lipke, Jeff Vaughn, Lawrence H. Putnam, Ware Myers, Keith R. Wegner, John R. Evans

Description: It is not practical for one person to do an entire systems engineering job; hence, we need to build productive teams; the Team Software Process regarding risk has come in handy at Hill Air Force Base; an Advanced Information Systems case study based on two projects in Chennai, India; the Personal Software Process Course is difficult and time consuming. Students beware; presenting an approach for software production management, i.e., cost and schedule control...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, July 2000...

By: Scott Lucero, Sandy Shrum, Joan Weszka, Phil Babel, Jack Ferguson, Ronald Starbuck, Aaron Clouse, Curt Wells, Bill Pierce, Matt Welker, Randy Schreifels, Lisa Henderson

Description: The increasing importance of measurement and its use in software process improvement are discussed; process areas, the basic building blocks of CMMI models, describe what to do and why; since 1998, government/industry/SEI have been collaborating to replace legacy maturity models; the CMMI from the perspective of Configuration Management since SW-CMM Version 1.1; CMMI has resulted in changes to practices and amount of information from EIA/IS-731; CMMI is an i...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, August 20...

By: Tim Kasse, Patricia A. Mcquaid, George Jackelen, George Holt, Dr. David K. Mann, Darwin Ammala, John W. Mccormick, Lori Pajerek

Description: Consider critical factors in starting a process improvement initiative; how one group developed best practices and initiated process development; effectively managing risks and challenges is critical in software development and engineering; collaborative software development and sustaining engineering resulted in reduced cost/schedule; using CONOPS to address a single aspect--in this case, security--in a large-scale Navy project; real-time embedded software ...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, September...

By: Kathy Gurchiek, Lisa Brownsword, Patricia Oberndorf, Carol A. Sledge, Lieutenant Colonel Lionel D. Alford, William H. Dashiell, Phil Brashear, Lieutenant Colonel Michael K. J. Milligan, Mike Phillips, Sandy Shrum, Deb Jacobs

Description: Paul Maritz of Microsoft discusses commercial off-the-shelf products, open systems, quality, and Microsoft's software development culture; activities and practices to follow for development and lifetime support of COTS-based systems; commercial and Nondevelopmental Items can cause problems. Here are some ideas on how to plan for and resolve them; as government moves toward commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and government off-the-shelf (GOTS) software, it reali...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, October 2...

By: Rick Hefner, Ron Knode, Mary Schanken, Julia Allen, Christopher Alberts, Sandi Behrens, Barbara Laswell, William Wilson, Richard C. Linger, Robert J. Ellison, Thomas A. Longstaff, Nancy R. Mead, Moira West Brown, Shawn Hernan, Nancy Lee Hutchin, David B. Putman

Description: How the security community is applying the Systems Security Engineering Capability Maturity Model to help solve today's security issues; an emerging approach and activity set for establishing and maintaining network security; here is a systematic means to assess and improve system survivability for risk reduction; be prepared and proactive in detecting and responding to computer security incidents; despite the desire for more secure products, security often ...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, November ...

By: Pamela Bowers, Kristen Baldwin, Laura Dwinnell, Col. J. Michael Hanratty, Dr. James H. Dixon, Charles K. Banning, Timothy Carrico, Jeffrey Herman, Linda Blades, Mary Slagle, Dennis O'Connor, Dan F. Walters, Paul Toscano, John B. Hubbs, Jim Belford

Description: AMRAAM and JASSM program directors dramatically cut costs, increase performance; the Tri-Service Assessment Initiative provides an independent, objective analysis of software processes, product development and integration; open systems and architectures have had outstanding results in this firmly grounded concept; process risk evaluation is a flexible tool for the Army to measure risk and evaluate competing bids; learn how to create an effective watchdog pro...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, December ...

By: Larry Smith, Walt Lipke, Mike Jennings, Arlene F. Minkiewicz, Louis A. Poulin, Donald Reifer, Jeff Craver, Mike Ellis, Dan Strickland, Paul J. Kimmerly

Description: Meeting the needs and expectations of anyone with an interest in your project requires careful up-front analysis and solid communications routes; using statistical representation of earned value goes beyond projecting cost and completion date to indicating the management reserve required for acceptable risk; the language and framework of a software-estimating tool can progressively provide valid and useful comparisons at all levels of process maturity; thoro...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, January 2...

By: Matthew Welker, David A. Cook, Ph. D., Col. Wm. Forrest Crain, Ioana Rus, James Collofello, Timothy K. Perkins, Michael J. Hillelsohn, John Mchugh, Alan Christie, Julia Allen

Description: An interview with Evans & Sutherland vice presidents David C. Janke and Kevin J. McLaughlin; this educational primer leaves no room for simulation tunnel vision as it explains the inherent inseparability of modeling and simulation in project success; through an ambitious set of goals, the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office becomes the warfighters' eyes and ears for technological advancements; if you are wondering how your software reliability will be aff...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, February ...

By: Capers Jones; Carol Dekkers; Mauricio Aguiar; Nancy Redgate; Charles B. Tichenor; Timothy K. Perkins; Al Florence; Lee Fischman

Description: A review of consulting studies shows that companies that are successfully improving quality and schedules are the ones with the best measurements; function point analysis provides analysts with one extra frame of reference to gauge completeness of known user requirements; breaking down algorithms into functional components is a repeatable and reliable way to measure size and complexity, estimate cost, and develop schedule; the Software Technology Support Cen...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, March 200...

By: Paul Kimmerly, Maj. Joel Ogren, Carol Mullins, Shannon Morten, Pamela Yancey, Captain Wendell Bazemore, Pam Bowers, Don Scott Lucero, Fred Hall, Benjamin M. Brosgol, Michael W. Evans

Description: Six employees within a government organization, ranging from the director, vice deputy director down to brand new SEPG members, share their views on the SEPG's role; this interview with two top engineers details the ins and outs of going from Capability Maturity Model® Level 2 to Level 5; this article provides some practical advice on implementing a software measurement program based on experience at the U.S. Army Software Metrics Office; the language is evo...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, April 200...

By: Robert A. Martin, P. A. Dargan, David A. Hayes, Eli Schragenheim, H. William Dettmer, Lieutenant Colonel Lionel D. Alford Jr.

Description: The Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering is sponsoring an effort to recognize the top five software projects in the government; the commercial software used to build systems is an often overlooked security weakness that could be solved by adopting common vulnerability naming practices; the Intelligence Community Collaboration Forum envisions the ideal environmental mix of e-mail, bulletin boards, chat sessions, and virtual rooms, and th...

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