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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, July-Augu...

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: If you’ve been involved with software and system process improvement for even a short time, you’ve most likely experienced the challenges associated with applying process methodologies and tools to your real-life projects

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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, 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: Dr. Bill Hefley, Jeff Schwalb, Lisa Pracchia, Robert Musson, David R. Webb, Dr. Carlos Montes de Oca, Dr. Miguel A. Serrano, Gregory P. Fulton, Dr. Ioana Rus, Dr. Carolyn Seaman, Dr. Mikael Lindvall, Dr. Victor Basili, Dr. Barry Boehm, Jim Mchale, Noopur Davis, Paul J. Solomon

Description: Nominations have begun for your organization to enter to become a Top 5 winner; here's how the AV-8B Joint System Support Activity successfully prepared for a Capability Maturity Model Level 2 appraisal in just 14 months; the model in this article shows how the Team Software Process reduced costs to find and fix defects, and provided savings that positively affect an organization's balance sheet; the Team Software Process can help teams effectively use earne...

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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, 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-Apr...

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: Software has increasingly become modern infraístructure. Ones and zeros permeate most aspects of our daily existence. Yet software is not nearly as trustworthy or reliable as our physical infrastructure. For those in security, we’ve become painfully aware of the seemingly infinite vulnerabiliíties in digital infrastructure.

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

By: Daniel Galorath, Lee Fischman, Karen Mcritchie, Herb Krasner, Dan Houston, Jeffrey Voas, Linda Ibrahim, Paul A. Szulewski, Faye C. Budlong, Ilene Burnstein, Ariya Homyen, Robert Grom, C. R. Carlson

Description: Parametric models allow the inclusion of many variables that affect quality; how to understand the economic trade-offs involved in producing high-quality; three approaches to certifying the quality of software; the FAA-iCMM's architecture, domain, capability levels, maturity levels, and its appraisal method; current software development processes do not fully suit VLs and VPEs; an overview of the Testing Maturity Model Assessment Model.

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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, June 1999...

By: Captain Thomas Augustine, Charles Schroeder, Don Scott Lucero, Carol Dekkers, Mary Bradley, A. Todd Steadman, Elizabeth K. Bailey Clark, James A. Forbes, Emanuel R. Baker, Donald W. Hutcheson, Gregory T. Daich, Donald Przebowski, J. Michael Brower

Description: Poorly contrived measurements can make for poor decisions; a tool with the flexibility to support an effective, tailored measurement process; how people issues can cripple a measurement program or lead to its resounding success; implementing the necessary software process improvements required to achieve Level 2; an initial characterization of Department of Defense mission-critical software maintenance; putting out critical fires before they start; enhance d...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, May 2008;...

By: Defense Science Board Task Force, Jim York, James M. Sutton, Paul E. Mcmahon, Bas Vodde, Dr. Alistair Cockburn

Description: The DoD’s growing dependency on software is a source of weakness that could be exploited by an adversary at a critical moment. The Defense Science Board Task Force suggests solutions; when an organization fails to alter the way it sees a problem, it will flounder in its efforts to transform to a Lean enterprise. How can an organization successfully transition?; Sutton suggests that may be changing through Lean production; can CMMI and Lean practices work tog...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, May 2007;...

By: Elizabeth Starrett; Ian Brown; Mary Linda Polydys; Stan Wisseman; Dr. Mary Maureen Brown; Robert M. Flowe; Sean Patrick Hamel; Dr. Peter

Description: In this article, Army Program Executive Offices answer questions pertaining to the Global War on Terror and it’s effect on software acquisition; this article proposes an approach that can help buyers of software take control of unwanted situations by providing the ability to objectively evaluate software development proposals, select the best value for their needs, and effectively manage acquisition costs from kickoff to product delivery; this article provid...

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

By: Pamela Bowers, Capers Jones, Dr. Barry Boehm, Dr. Dan Port, Liguo Huang, Winsor Brown, Walt Lipke, L. John Michel

Description: CrossTalk proudly announces the 2001 U.S. Government's Top 5 Quality Software Projects. These projects demonstrate how competent software project teams go about building successful products; Top 5 judge Capers Jones sees proof in the government that large software projects can be successfully delivered; Here is how to use the MBASE process framework to generate a family of acquisition process models for delivering user-satisfactory systems; when indicators p...

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

By: Paul E. Mcmahon, Esther Derby, Ross Seider, Michael F. Siok, Clinton J. Whittaker, Dr. Jeff Tian, David Lechner, Walt Lipke, Kym Henderson, Dr. Robert B. K. Dewar, Paul E. Mcmahon

Description: This article helps readers understand the similarities and differences of traditional and agile project management approaches while introducing factors to consider when contemplating implementation of Agile into project life cycles; in this article the author describes five pragmatic practices that will help managers focus on the right work and create an environment for success; this article describes Phase Containment Effectiveness as a project measurement ...

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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, June 2007...

By: Dr. Betsy Clark, Dr. Brad Clark, Dr. David A. Cook, Harold Lowery, Kim Stults, Dr. Kelvin Nilsen, Bob Mccann, Dr. David A. Umphress

Description: The authors use anecdotal evidence from interviews to discuss source of hidden costs of COTS-based systems and strategies to manage these; this article discusses some basic, but often-neglected factors, affecting COTS selection and use; in this article, the author briefly describes the Avionics Integration Support Facility and then discusses several examples of how it is using COTS to reduce maintenance costs and improve performance; this article presents th...

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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, January 2...

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: The articles in this issue of CrossTalk address an innovative look at a wide spectrum of possibilities to consider when focusing on SPLs.

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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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