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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, January 2...

By: Tim Perkins, Roald E. Peterson, Larry Smith, Louis S. Wheatcraft, Cheryl Jones, Theron R. Leishman, Dr. David A. Cook, Claude Y. Laporte, Guy Boucher, Louis A. Poulin, Vinu George, Dr. Rayford Vaughn

Description: This article outlines some of the key practices to creating or implementing projects that will help organizations and project managers succeed in meeting goals; here are sound reasons to spend time at the beginning of a project on the basics - product need, goals, and objectives - before jumping into design; learn how a successful measurement program can become a way of doing business that allows people to make fact-based decisions; this article introduces b...

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

By: Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Schorsch, Dr. David A. Cook, Dennis Ludwig, Richard Riehle, Fran├žois Coallier, Dr. Paolo Donzelli, Elizabeth Starrett

Description: This article discusses the needs and forces that have shaped the evolution of programming languages, and the various evolutionary paths of current languages; after some real-world examples of how programming languages were chosen, this author provides some decision-making parameters that could be formalized into a decision table to aid in the programming language selection process; this article explains that the true intent behind abrogating the military's A...

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

By: David N. Card, Dr. Kenneth D. Shere, Gary E. Mogyorodi, Don O'Neill, Dr. Randall W. Jensen, Ingmar Ogren, Gary E. Mogyorodi

Description: This article presents two simple approaches to measuring and modeling software quality across the project life cycle so that it can be made visible to management. Both approaches include developing a life-cycle defect profile; although largely ignored by the government, Lean Six Sigma offers many benefits to system acquisition that this author says should not be ignored, including a bottom-line focus and requirements critical to customers; here is an overvie...

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

By: Dr. Gerald M. Weinberg, Dr. Bill Curtis, Dr. William E. Hefley, Sally A. Miller, Virginia Slavin, Paul Kimmerly, Kasey Thompson, Juris Kelley, Diana Mekelburg

Description: This article explains how large systems-development projects fail when people destroy communication and control within an organization, either intentionally or not. The author also reveals where and when project managers can intervene with countermeasures; in the seven years since its release, the People Capability Maturity Model has become a road map for implementing practices that continually improve the capabilities of an organization's work force. if you...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, May 2003;...

By: Gary Natwick; David W. Carey; Dr. Bill Brykczynski; Bob Small; Dr. Barbara Tyson; Cecilia Albert; Lisa Brownsword; Dr. Richard Bechtold; Dr. Mark R. Blackburn; Robert D. Busser; Aaron M. Nauman; Lieutenant Colonel Scott B. Dufaud (Ret.); Dr. Lynn Robert Carter

Description: The Harris Corporation used a Goal-Question-Metric approach to develop an integrated metrics set that helped it achieve Capability Maturity Model for Software Level 4; protecting the U.S. homeland requires information sharing on an unprecedented scale among agencies; this article details the standard ISO 17799 ""Code of Practice for Information Security Management"" and British Standard 7799-2 ""Information Security Management Systems"" that provide framewor...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2003...

By: Elizabeth Starrett; William J. Mcdermott; Dr. David A. Maluf; Yuri Gawdiak; Peter B. Tran; Steve Callaghan; Hugo Fruehauf; Dr. James A. Forbes; Maj. Kurt Bodiford; Dr. Emanuel R. Baker; James E. Bagley; 2nd Lieutenant James Caldwell; Dr. Kevin R. Slocum; Lieutenant Colonel John R. Surdu; 2nd Lieutenant Jeffrey Sullivan; 2nd Lieutenant Marek Rudak; 2nd Lieutenant Nathan Colvin; Cadet Christopher Gates

Description: In this interview, Program Manager John Schneider discusses how civilian and military air traffic requirements are blending throughout global airspace in a new Global Air Traffic Management system; a simulation of Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on NASA's Virtual National Airspace Simulation prototype identified air transportation safety improvements by identifying precursors to component failure; two key contributors to global positioning system ...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, July 2003...

By: Elizabeth Starrett; Dennis R. Goldenson; Joe Jarzombek; Terry Rout; Carol A. Dekkers; Sarah A. Sheard; Paul Manz; Lieutenant Colonel John R. Surdu; 2nd Lieutenant Alison M. Adas; 2nd Lieutenant Zachariah R. Miller; 2nd Lieutenant Allen J. Peplinski; 2nd Lieutenant Erica J. Watson; Joop Van der Linden

Description: CrossTalk is proud to present this series of articles featuring the winners of the 2002 U.S. Government's Top 5 Quality Software Projects; measurement and analysis as a distinct process area provides the management visibility and focus that organizations need to guide their use of measurement in process improvement; this article seeks to overcome management resistance to software measurement by addressing management expectations for silver-bullet metrics; pr...

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

By: Michael Acton, Dr. Malcolm Morrison, Dr. Joel Sherrill, Ron O'Guin, Deborah A. Butler, Eric Z. Maass, Bradley C. Logan, Gregory T. Daich

Description: This article defines high availability and offers approaches for producing maintainable, highly available Web applications to serve the warfighter, including an architecture that designs away all single points of failure; to support the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems program, a versatile, modular fire control software architecture is being developed that is capable of satisfying the flexibility and rapid mission reconfiguration requirements of this future...

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

By: Lisa Anderson, Brenda Francis, Dr. Kenneth D. Shere, Houman Younessi, Iraj Hirmanpour, Joe Schofield, Don Opperthauser, Dr. Randall W. Jensen, Raymond Grossman

Description: Nominations have begun for your organization to enter to become a Top 5 winner; want to improve testing and quality assurance efforts? These authors discuss careful handling and tracking of software bugs by using a database and a little organization; a comparison of differences and commonalties between these two process improvement efforts shows that adding Lean Six Sigma to the mix can further reduce software defects; this author presents a fault model and ...

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

By: John Wunder, Dr. Will Tracz, Peter Winter, Richard L. Conn, Captain Greg Lindsey, Kevin Berk, Neil Potter, Mary Sakry, Kent Petersson, Tobias Persson, Dr. Bo I. Sanden, Don O'Neill, Kelly L. Smith

Description: Learn how to design an information architecture that provides the right information, in the right format, to the right person, at the right time, all through a secure access; the National System for Geospatial Intelligence has met the challenge to integrate disparate information sources and provide a common user view into imagery data; this article uses a real-world example of collaboration between people and smart devices in a teaching environment that is a...

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

By: Dennis Ludwig; Brian Dobbing; Alan Burns; Andy German; Timothy J. Budden; Dr. John A. Hamilton Jr.; Col. Kevin J. Greaney; Gordon Evans; Dan W. Christenson; Lynn Silver; Walt Lipke

Description: This article provides a thorough walkthrough of considerations real-time programmers make regarding hardware, operating system, and programming language options; developers using this profile for real-time and high integrity systems can establish high confidence levels in concurrency properties and requirements within international standards early in the development life cycle; here is a definition of static code analysis, reviews of some of the tools, and l...

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

By: Richard Turner, Barry Boehm, Tim Perkins, Roald Peterson, Larry Smith, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Walt Lipke, Dennis Linscomb

Description: The agilists have it right in valuing individuals and interactions over processes and tools, say these authors. They cite people factors as the most critical success factors in software development and management; this article highlights the basic principles of measures and metrics as the key tools to understanding the behaviors, successes, and failures of programs and projects. A checklist is provided to help you develop a metrics program, and define and us...

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

By: John P. Stenbit, Lieutenant Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., John M. Gilligan, David M. Wennergren, Milton Smith, Phil Sperling, Lisa Pracchia, Mary Ann Widing, Kathy Lee Simunich, Dariusz Blachowicz, Mary Braun, Dr. Charles Van Groningen, Dr. Randall W. Jensen

Description: The Department of Defense's Horizontal Fusion Initiative will equip warfighters with the ability to access real-time information at the right time to make the right decisions; the Defense Information Systems Agency's net-centric technologies enable today's technologically superior warfighter to gain power from information, access, and speed; the future vision for software within the Air Force must integrate software with other engineering disciplines, set a ...

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

By: Dr. David A. Cook, Theron R. Leishman, Gregory T. Daich, Sarah A. Sheard, Suzanne Zampella, Albert J. Truesdale, Patrick Swan, Jennifer Tucker, Abmackness, Hile Rutledge, Michael Ochs, Rini Van Solingen, George Jackelen, Ambareen Siraj, Rayford B. Vaughn

Description: Based on their combined 15 years as consultants with the Software Technology Support Center, these authors talk about the patterns that emerge from observing and analyzing many different organizations and the lessons they have learned; if you are planning training for your employees, read this author's advice on how to get more value from technical training by planning and determining training objectives and following up to evaluate progress; these authors o...

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

By: Deb Jacobs, Dr. Miguel A. Serrano, Dr. Carlos Montes de Oca, Marilyn Bush, Ronald A. Starbuck, David A. Gaitros, Michael West, Bob Mccann

Description: With a small, agile process team, it is possible for organizations to accelerate process improvement and still keep costs reasonable and time optimal with minimal project impact; the Team Software Process is a powerful set of practices that provides the right information at the right time to prepare an accurate quote for a buying decision; the submerged links in Level 2 maturity models that lead to Level 3 are key to performing profitable peer reviews that c...

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

By: Lisa Pracchia, Dr. Richard Turner, Robert W. Ferguson, John S. Willison, Michael S. Russell, Michael J. Hillelsohn, D. B. Robi

Description: This article outlines the Department of Defense's implementation guidance for section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003, including one approach taken by the Naval Air Systems Command's software acquisition and process improvement program; this author proposes that a methodical approach to gathering and analyzing data about best practices can help build tools to select practices that are appropriate for a particular project; t...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, May 2004;...

By: Dr. Barry Boehm, A. Winsor Brown, Dr. Victor Basili, Dr. Richard Turner, Gregory S. Shelton, Randy Case, Louis P. Dipalma, Dan Nash, Paul E. Mcmahon, Udai K. Kudikyala, Dr. Rayford B. Vaughn Jr., Dr. Richard Bechtold, Theron R. Leishman, Dr. David A. Cook

Description: These authors discuss the benefits that software provides to network-centric and knowledge-based systems of systems, and how the Win-Win Spiral model mitigates software-intensive system risks; this article explains how model-driven computing, reference architectures, and supporting technology enablers are being integrated to develop robust systems that are key to America's defense; using actual project experience, this article will help you understand the ri...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2004...

By: Robert Vickroy, Lauren Heinz, Dr. Linda Ibrahim, Joan Weszka, Scott A. Hissam, Dr. Curtis Cook, Shreenivasarao Prabhakararao, Martin Main, Mike Durham, Dr. Margaret Burnett, Dr. Gregg Rothermel, Don O'Neill, Dr. Yuri Chernak

Description: Based on his experience as a quality system appraiser, this author walks through the steps to acquiring ISO 9000 certification, including where and how to start, time, cost, and before-and-after expectations; this article uses advice from early adopters and model experts to help debunk several myths that may cause concern about upgrading from the Capability Maturity Model for Software to the CMM Integration model; these authors describe approaches taken at t...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, July 2004...

By: Elizabeth Starrett; Dr. Ricky E. Sward; Dr. A. T. Chamillard; Dr. David A. Cook; Walt Lipke

Description: CrossTalk is proud to present this series of articles featuring the winners of the 2003 U.S. Government's Top 5 Quality Software Projects; these authors discuss how program slices produced from a single software module are sorted by the respective values of the metrics to guide refactoring, which improves software system quality; this article introduces quality efficiency indicators that facilitate right sizing the quality assurance function to the customer'...

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

By: Ivy Hooks, Brian P. Gallagher, Sandy Shrum, Dr. Norman F. Schneidewind, Dr. Robert Charette, Laura M. Dwinnell, John Mcgarry, Lawrence Bernstein, Dr. Chandra M. R. Kintala, John Wunder

Description: Here is a look at needed processes when developing a system of systems, including applying requirements management, considering dynamic scope, and using standards to interface systems; the best practices in this article form a foundation for an acquisition process discipline that provides repeatable product and service development with high levels of acquisition success; this article reports on advances and revisions to the ""American Institute of Aeronautic...

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