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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, March 199...

By: Mark E. Nissen, Paula S. Shafer, Niraj Joshi, V. C. Ramesh, Watts S. Humphrey, Tom Gilb, Greg Fox, Karen Lantne, Steven Marcom, Lon Mehlman, Retired Lieutenant Gen. Emmett Paige Jr.

Description: Those who survive their first ""dogfight"" with acquisition increase their oDs of continued success; how to make sure the learning pays off; bookmark automation using ""logobots"" increases efficiency in Internet learning; solid data on the effectiveness of the Personal Software Process; twenty-five tips on how to improve your Inspection process; a model to facilitate and control COTS evaluation, selection, and integration early in the development process; h...

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

By: Mike Patriarca, Mark Zhelesnik, Jimmy W. Selph, Windie Borodin, Danielle King, Frank Delgado, Mike Abernathy, Janis White, Ed Payne, Col. Kevin Dietrick, Michael W. Evans, Corinne Segura, Frank Doherty, Joe H. Lindley, Ellen George, Dr. Steve Janiszewski, David P. Quinn

Description: These authors provide sample best practices along with implementation considerations that provide realistic outcomes in acquiring, producing, or upgrading software-intensive projects; when the late Col. John Boyd developed the Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act Loop as a strategy for air combat and warfare, he probably never guessed it would benefit the measurement and analysis process; this article dispels the myth that the Personal Software Process and Team ...

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

By: Michael S. Russell, Neeraj Sangal, Frank Waldman, Ilya Lipkin, Dr. A. Kris Huber, Dr. Hans Peter Hoffmann, Arlene F. Minkiewicz, Jeffrey Voas

Description: This author proposes using a repeatable, matrix-based approach to select the architecture products required to support a larger systems engineering effort, to define the content of each product, and to identify each product’s customer; this new approach using inter-module dependencies to specify and manage software architecture is simple, intuitive, and appears to scale better than currently used directed graph representations; these authors relate their exp...

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

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: This issue of CrossTalk provides an in-depth look at the implementation and development of safety-critical software systems. It also explores how these systems will likely face unplanned challenges during long-term development, requiring developers to build flexibility into their approaches.

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, April 199...

By: Mark D. Schaeffer, Lisa Brownsword, David Carney, Tricia Oberndorf, Lui Sha, John B. Goodenough, Bill Pollak, Greg Fox, Steven Marcom, Karen W. Lantner, Watts S. Humphrey, Rita Hadden, Jeffrey Voas, Jesse H. Poore, Carmen J. Trammell, Norman F. Simenson

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; ho...

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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, 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, May 1999;...

By: Maj. Gen. Richard H. Roellig, Mark C. Paulk, Et. Al.; Patrick W. Cosgriff, Leon G. Oldham, David B. Putman, Mark Peterson, Bruce Rudd, Kevin Tjoland, Rushcraig, Patrick W. Cosgriff, Mark C. Paulk, David B. Putman, David P. Quinn

Description: An announcement of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Software Engineering Division's Level 5 achievement; a quick refresher on key process areas and maturity levels; the answer to the question, ""How long does it take to reach Level 5?""; the return on both cost savings and employee satisfaction makes the initial investment well worth it; the QuEST for quality requires a dedicated, independent team; it is more important to improve software processes than to me...

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

By: Theron R. Leishman, Dr. David A. Cook, Dr. Ralph R. Young, Al Florence, Michael W. Evans, Alex M. Abela, Thomas Beltz, Barbara Cavanaugh Phillips, Susan M. Polen, David Cottengim

Description: This article presents several requirements risks that can impact a software project's success, along with strategies to help mitigate their impact; applying and using the requirements gathering practices recommended in this article can make a significant difference in understanding, prioritizing, tracing, and changing requirements throughout development efforts; the author lists 11 examples of legacy systems requirements initially specified by project teams,...

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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, 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: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: Part of our role at DHS is to better enable all stakeholders to secure their part of cyberspace. Given that our adversaries will exploit even the smallest weakness, identifying and mitigating exploitable weaknesses before they become a pathway for attack is vital to the defense against predatory practices. One weak link in the chain can compromise an entire software application and degrade our enterprise capabilities.

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

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: This month’s CrossTalk features excellent articles on the topic of software and systems integration.

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

By: Robert C. Bamford, William J. Deibler, II, Karl E. Wiegers, Margaret Kulpa, Lewis Gray, Steve Neuendorf, Dave Zubrow, Randall W. Rice

Description: A method to choose the most appropriate software model for your organization; a plan of attack when your organization encounters symptoms of these process improvement killers; a candid look at common misconceptions concerning process improvement; how software process improvement coaches differ from sponsors, champions, and change agents; a fresh look at the often misunderstood practice of process improvement; meaningful metrics collection with specific busin...

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

By: Lieutenant Colonel John Surdu Ph. D., Doug J. Parsons, Dr. Kenneth D. Shere, Diane A. Glaser, Michael D. Barnett, Dr. Andrew J. Kornecki, Dr. Janusz Zalewski, Eduardo Miranda, Dr. Ronald J. Leach, Joe Schofield

Description: These authors discuss how they combined agile and traditional software development techniques for this award-winning program; here are some helpful guidelines for managing cultural changes in your organization whether you implement maturity models, Six Sigma, or other techniques to improve your processes; this article describes the authors’ efforts in performing post-award cooperative appraisals, the lessons learned, and the benefits to both the government a...

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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, October 2...

By: Dr. Barry Boehm, Jo Ann Lane, Patrick M. Kern, Alan C. Jost, Dr. Richard Hall Thayer, Dr. Ronald J. Leach, Dr. Ricardo Valerdi, Dr. Adam M. Ross, Dr. Donna H. Rhodes

Description: This article presents the Incremental Commitment Model which emerged from a National Research Council study and related efforts; it shows promise of improving integration of hardware, software, and human; this article describes an approach at the enterprise level for systems engineering for the Global Information Grid; this article covers the Concept of Operations document--what it is and what it is not--and describes the role it played in four Air Force pro...

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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, 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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