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

Wednesday, 0900 - 1630, September 25, 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.

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Program Agenda:

0900 - 0930 Welcome and Introduction
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.
0930 - 1015 Using Automated Function Points in Sizing and Estimating
Mike Harris, CEO, The David Consulting Group
Mr. Harris will describe how Function Points have emerged as a preferred measure of size and the importance of OMGs recent approval of an Automated Function Point specification. 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 DCGs Function Point repository and extensive experience in Function Point consulting with DCG clients.
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 (Attendees are on their own for lunch, this is not included in the registration fee.)
1330 - 1400 Introduction to Structural Quality Analysis
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 discuss the recently released CISQ standards for measuring Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Security, and Maintainability.
1400 - 1500 Industrial Experience with Productivity and Quality Analysis
Robert Shay, Capgemini
Mr. Shay will discuss the importance of OMGs recent approval of a specification for Automated Function Points and what it means for the future of size and productivity measurement. He will describe how Capgemini is using Function Points in estimating size and benchmarking results. He will then describe how they measure the structural quality of the software they produce. He will discuss the relationship between productivity and quality. He will then present data showing the relationship between improving structural quality in an industrial environment and the business results that were achieved.
1500 - 1515 Afternoon Refreshments
1515 - 1600 Structural Quality Issues in Software Resiliency and Security
Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ
This talk will begin by discussing the structural quality issues affecting software resiliency and the practices that are necessary to control them. Dr. Curtis will then 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. This talk conclude by describing the national effort to identify and eliminate the causes of security breaches through such developments as the Common Weakness Enumeration repository and the practices necessary to use these resources.
1600 - 1615 Open Discussion


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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