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Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) Seminar
Using Software Measures in Productivity and Quality Improvement Programs

Wednesday, 0900 - 1600, March 20, 2013

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Seminar Objectives:

The objectives of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) Seminar are to:

  • Motivate participants to use software sizing and structural quality measures to reduce the risk and cost of software. 
  • Present the CISQ/OMG measures for Automated Function Points, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Security, and Maintainability.
  • Present best practices for deploying and using software measures in productivity analysis and improvement, vendor management, benchmarking, and structural quality management.
  • Identify pitfalls to avoid in analysis and use of measures. 
  • Describe experiences and lessons learned using software measures in large organizations.


This full day seminar is intended for IT Executives, application managers, software measurement and improvement specialists, quality assurance professionals, and others interested in using automated software measures.


0900 - 0915 Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ
0915 - 0945 Introduction to Productivity Analysis
Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ
Dr. Curtis will introduce the uses of productivity analysis with a strong emphasis on continual improvement. He will discuss the three types of measures required for productivity analysis-size, effort, and application demographics-along with how to avoid pitfalls in collecting them. He will describe how Function Points have emerged as a preferred measure of size.
0945 - 1015 Using Automated Function Points in Sizing and Estimating
Mike Harris, CEO, The David Consulting Group
Mr. Harris will discuss the importance of OMG's recent approval of an Automated Function Points and what it means for the future of size measurement. He will describe how Function Points are used in estimating size before code exists and how Function Point data can be used in benchmarking. He will also discuss the importance of using Enhanced Function Points to analyze the productivity of maintenance activity. He will use examples from DCG's Function Point repository and extensive experience in Function Point consulting.
1015- 1045 Morning Refreshments
1045 - 1200 Best and Worst Practices in Productivity Analysis and Improvement
Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ
Dr. Curtis will discuss techniques for conducting productivity analysis and present examples from his extensive consulting background as well as published case studies from major corporations and government projects. Best and worst practices will be discussed for analyzing and using productivity data. He will describe how to match the collection and use of productivity data to the maturity of the organization. He will end by discussed best practices for using size and productivity data in SLAs.
1200 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1400 Introduction to Structural Quality Analysis and Management
Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ
Dr. Curtis will discuss the critical importance of measuring the structural quality of applications along with the functional correctness. He will describe three levels of structural analysis-code unit, technology, and system-and why system level structural flaws are the most costly. He will end with a description of the recently released CISQ standards for measuring Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Security, and Maintainability.
1400 - 1430 Experience Using Multiple Tools for Managing Structural Quality
John Keane, CIV, OASD(HA)/TMA, US DoD
Mr. Keane will describe how he is using static analysis tools to measure and manage structural quality on DoD contracts. He will describe how he uses analysis from several tools to get more complete coverage of structural quality issues. He will present data from his extensive use of these tools to show what quaity benefits can be achieved.
1430 - 1500 Measuring and Managing Software Security
Bob Martin, Project Lead, Common Weakness Enumeration, MITRE
Mr. Martin will describe the national effort to identify and eliminate the causes of security breaches through the development of the Common Weakness Enumeration repository. He will describe best practices for using information in the repository for improving the security of software. He will describe how to measure the security of software and how this is done using the CISQ measure for Security, whose definition he led.
1500 - 1515 Afternoon Refreshments
1515 - 1545 Measuring and Managing Technical Debt
Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ
Dr. Curtis will describe the concept of technical debt and how it can be used to communicate about the structural quality of software to both IT and non-IT management. He will describe a method for measuring technical debt and how it can be adjusted to the experience of different IT organizations. He will present some examples of how technical debt has been used to control IT quality and costs.
1545 - 1600 Open Discussion
Object Management Group

NOTE: If you register for the Technical Meeting Week, you do not have to pay the additional fee(s) to attend any or all of the special events.  If you register only for special events, the special fees apply.

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