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

By: Captain Steven J. Lucks (Ret.), Nelson Perez, Ernest Ambrose, Deb Jacobs, Harvey Reed, Col. Fred Stein (Ret.), Dr. Yun Tung Lau, Joe Schofield

Description: This article tells the story of an American and Iraqi team that successfully built a world-class data center; this article presents lessons learned from a Capability Maturity Model Integration process improvement effort and summarizes techniques used to reduce the overall time to achieve institutionalization of new processes; this article notes that applying a combination of innovative theories for achieving organizational change and considering the implicat...

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

By: Kenneth Littlejohn, Michael V. Delprincipe, Jonathan D. Preston, Dr. Ben A. Calloni, Dr. David Corman, Jahn A. Luke, Douglas G. Haldeman, William J. Cannon, Philip Newcomb, Randy A. Doblar, Dr. Barry Boehm, Dr. Daniel Port

Description: The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate and Lockheed Martin have developed a legacy software reengineering capability that parses and converts JOVIAL source files into language-neutral graph-based representations of their operation; this article introduces three suggested types of software wrappers and describes their use as a key technology for modernizing legacy systems, discusses a process for selecting which upgrade path to use, and exp...

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

By: Mike Phillips, Rushcraig, George Jackelen, Watts S. Humphrey, Dr. Michael D. Konrad, James W. Over, Dr. Jan Pries Heje, Jorn Johansen, Mads Christiansen, Morten Korsaa, Claude Y. Laporte, Alain April, Alain Renault, Gary A. Gack, Karl D. Williams

Description: This article provides a view of what has been included--and not included--in Capability Maturity Model Integration Version 1.2 (CMMI V1.2), describing the major elements of change for each CMMI product; this article describes how the 309th Software Maintenance Group used Standard Capability Maturity Model Integration Appraisal Method for Process Improvement B to identify opportunities for additional improvements, educate key project personnel in the organiza...

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

By: Elizabeth Starrett; Elizabeth Starrett; Dr. Lyle N. Long; Lulu He; Dr. Jeffrey C. Carver; Dr. Rayford B. Vaughn; Dr. Nancy R. Mead; Dr. Dan Shoemaker; Jeffrey A. Ingalsbe; Maj Christopher Bohn; Ph. D.; Roger Stewart; Lew Priven; Dr. Robert B. K. Dewar; Dr. Edmond Schonberg

Description: Meet CrossTalk’s 2008 co-sponsors; here is a list of CrossTalk’s article reviewers; long describes the need for more dedicated software engineering educational programs and professional software engineering certification programs in the United States; this article describes an experiment conducted in a graduate-level requirements engineering course to provide students a real world experience in requirements validation; this article discusses the results of a...

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2008...

By: Watts S. Humphrey, Capers Jones, Thomas D. Neff, Dr. Paul Anderson, D. Richard Kuhn, Dr. Yu Lei, Dr. Raghu Kacker, Dr. Jeffrey Voas

Description: As the software in today’s systems grow larger, it also contains more defects that adversely affect safety, security, and reliability of the systems. This article explains why the common test-and-fix software quality strategy is no longer adequate, and offers some suggestions for improvement; this article discusses two measures that have strong influences on the outcomes of software projects: defect potentials and defect removal efficiency, and relates the p...

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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, 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, March 199...

By: Reed Sorensen, Ronald Starbuck, Clive Burrows, Walter H. Lipke, Robert L. Moore, Roberta H. Krupit

Description: Basic principles that govern the formation of control boards; how to ""reverse configure"" for projects built without CM; what the future holds for configuration management tools and processes; the Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria technique can help projects achieve expected completion date and cost; how to understand logical events such as Y2K failures and create the most appropriate contingency plans.

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, January 1...

By: Captain Chris Stephens, Peter de Jager, Tom Burton, Don Estes, Sarah J. Reed, Don O'Neill, Jeffrey Voas, David P. Quinn, Lieutenant Gen. Ronald T. Kadish

Description:Description: The Air Force Y2K Program Management office is guiding the Air Force to year 2000 compliance; organizations may not properly grasp the magnitude of year 2000 reengineering; why year 2000 project changes should be concurrent with day-to-day project revisions; benefits of two time-shifting strategies: program encapsulation and data encapsulation; lessons learned from the DLA's year 2000 project; a compliance checklist to assess affected programs; ...

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

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: Simply stated, absent secure and resilient software at the core of our cyber defenses, the nation’s critical infrastructure is at risk. Everything we do as a nation—from national defense to re-energizing the economy—depends on secure information technology systems and networks

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

By: Bala Subramaniam, Alan M. Davis, Dean A. Leffingwell, Col. Henry M. Mason, Larry W. Smith, A. Todd Steadman, Alan M. Christie

Description: How to implement a defect-tracking process in your organization; quality software products begin with the requirements phase; lessons learned from one sponsor's experiences; the major principles and purposes of these important management tools; a method to bring insight into complex process behavior.

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, May-June ...

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: The fact that many of our customers reside in a theater of war only heightens the stakes and drives delivery times to shorter and shorter periods. The shorter delivery time compels the software community to find better methods and tools for increasing the rate of development while maintaining, if not increasing, the dependability of our wares. Just in time, this issue of CrossTalk provides an in-depth examination of such methods.

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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, 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, 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, July-Augu...

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: Management practices leading to the delivery of quality products are affected first and foremost by the responsibiliíties associated with the roles of the managers in an organizaítion. By this I mean those responsibilities should be pushed further down into the organization to have an affect on the plans and the quality of the products delivered.

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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2000...

By: Watts S. Humphrey, David R. Webb, Girish Seshagiri, Elizabeth Starrett, Walt Lipke, Jeff Vaughn, Lawrence H. Putnam, Ware Myers, Keith R. Wegner, John R. Evans

Description: It is not practical for one person to do an entire systems engineering job; hence, we need to build productive teams; the Team Software Process regarding risk has come in handy at Hill Air Force Base; an Advanced Information Systems case study based on two projects in Chennai, India; the Personal Software Process Course is difficult and time consuming. Students beware; presenting an approach for software production management, i.e., cost and schedule control...

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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, September...

By: Kase Johnstun, Editor

Description: This issue’s cosponsor, the DHS Software Assurance Program, offers many free resources for Application Security – just follow the link on the back cover. So, to all those charged with the difficult duty

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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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