2006-2007 Highlights and Upcoming 2007-2008 Events
Each year around its nominal May Affiliate renewal time,
CSSE summarizes the highlights of its past year’s results and next
year’s planned events. The 2006-2007 highlights are below.
Our primary planned next year events are:
- June 18, 2007 – Tutorial at SSTC 2007; Tampa, Florida
by Barry Boehm and Jo Ann Lane on the Incremental Commitment Model.
- July 25, 2007. Workshop at PSM 2007 in Golden,
Colorado on Lockheed Martin risk and reuse extensions to the
Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model (COSYSMO-R)
- October 29 – 30, 2007. Workshop at USC on Integrating
Systems and Software Engineering, Software Engineering and System
Acquisition Life Cycles.
- October 31 – November 2, 2007. 22nd International Forum on COCOMO®
and Systems/Software Cost Modeling. Abstracts due August 17,
2007. Includes workshops November 1 on COSYSMO/COSOSIMO and
- March 17 – 20, 2008. 15th Annual Research
Reviews and Executive Workshop, USC Campus
- April 1 – 3, 2008. 12th Ground System Architectures Workshop
(co-sponsored with Aerospace Corp.) at the Crown Plaza Hotel; Redondo
- April 3, 2008. INCOSE Systems Engineering
Academic Network (SEANET) doctoral workshops, USC Campus
- April 4 – 5, 2008. Conference
on Systems Engineering Research (CSER 2008) with Los Angeles INCOSE
Chapters, LAX Area.
- May 10 - 11, 2008. International Conference on Software
Process (ICSP 2008), Leipzig, Germany (Co-located with ICSE
2008). Paper submissions due December 15, 2007.
Here is more information about our 2006-2007 highlights
and 2007-2008 events:
- We participated in producing a National Research
Council (NRC) study report, “Human System Integration in the System
Development Process: A New Look.” The study involved a refinement
and extension of our spiral model into an Incremental Commitment Model
(ICM) for integrating the hardware, software and human aspects of
commercial and government system definition and development. The
NRC report is scheduled for publication at the end of June; a softcopy
is available for review at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11893
- We received two research contracts in the area of
integrating systems engineering and software engineering. One
with the Data Analysis Center for Software has produced a draft report
by JoAnn Lane and Barry Boehm entitled, “Modern Tools to Support DoD
Software-Intensive Systems of Systems Cost Estimation.” A
softcopy is available on request.
- The other research contract, from the OUSD (AT&L)
Systems and Software Engineering Directorate, is to evaluate current
DoD systems engineering lifecycle processes and standards and the ICM
with respect to their support of integrating systems engineering,
software engineering and system acquisition life cycles. We are
planning to have an Affiliates’ workshop on the emerging study results
on Monday, October 29th, the day before the COCOMO® forum at USC,
October 30 – November 1, 2007.
- The COCOMO® forum theme this year will be Systems and
Software Sizing. 1 – 3 page abstracts are due to Rick.Selby@ngc.com
by August 27. We are also making a major push led by Don Reifer
to obtain more calibration data for COCOMO® II and related models.
Please provide as much data as you can to make sure that our new
calibrations will reflect your experience. For more information
and access to simplified data submissions, please contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- JoAnn Lane is receiving this year’s INCOSE Foundation
Stevens Doctoral Award for her research on systems of systems and cost
- Barry Boehm is receiving the INCOSE journal’s “Best
Paper of 2006” award for his paper, “Some Future Trends and
Implications for Systems and Software Engineering Processes”.
- We are graduating 12 Ph.D.’s between December 2006
and December 2007. Five will be with CSSE Affiliates: Yue Chen
(Cisco), Alex Lam (Aerospace), DeWitt Latimer (Air Force), Chris
Mattman (JPL) and Danni Wu (Microsoft). Three are interning with
IBM under our Eclipse Process Framework Collaboration before taking
academic faculty positions: LiGuo Huang (Southern Methodist
University), Molly Phongpaibul (Thammasat University) and Ye Yang
(Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Software). Two are
going to other organizations: Jesal Bhuta (Infosys) and Sam Malek
(George Mason University). Two are still undecided: Apurva Jain
and Hasan Kitapci.
- Our CSSE Convocation in October 2006, Annual Research
Review (ARR) in February 2007 and their associated Executive Workshops
produced a number of useful insights on software-intensive systems,
including a new systems-oriented Top-10 Risk List and perspectives on
the top three risks: Architecture Complexity and Quality Tradeoffs;
Requirements Volatility; and Acquisition and Contracting
Mismatches. You can find the results at http://sunset.usc.edu/csse/event/past.html
- At the ARR, we demonstrated some new prototype tools
developed on our NASA and NSF research grants, including Dan Ingold and
Ray Madachy’s Macro Risk assessment tool, Ray’s Orthogonal Defect
Classification version of COQUALMO, Jesal Bhuta’s COTS Integration
Mismatch Analysis tool and a differencing version of our Code Count
toolset. We should have beta-test versions of these available on
the Affiliates-Only web site soon.
- Our Systems Architecting and Engineering (SAE) MS
Program now has over 300 students; and has added new courses in
Net-Centric Systems, Lean Operations, and Six Sigma. Stan Settles
is now coordinating a new SAE Ph.D. program.
- We will provide attendees of our October meeting with
two new books. One is the NRC study report discussed above; the
other is an 818 page Wiley-IEEE/CS Press book edited by Rick Selby
called, “Software Engineering: Barry W. Boehm’s Lifetime Contributions
to Software Development, Management and Research.” Some
Affiliates are ordering multiple copies and organizing a short course
in which Barry highlights its most significant contents. If
you’re interested in doing this, please contact Rick.Selby@ngc.com
- By our March 17 – 20, 2008 Annual Research Review, we
are likely to have two more books to hand out: Ray Madachy’s definitive
Wiley-IEEE/CS Press book on Software Process Dynamics and Ricardo
Valerdi’s definitive Wiley book on Systems Engineering Cost Estimation
with COSYSMO. Coming up later in 2008 will be Neno Medvidovic’s
also definitive co-authored book on software intensive system
- Our being - refurbished website at http://csse.usc.edu
has many more items of interest. We welcome any questions or feedback
you have on its content. To access the Affiliates-Only portion at
the web site, click on Affiliates-Private on the home page and enter a
user name of Millard and contact Julie at email@example.com
for the password.
- Our new CSSE Administrator, Julie Sanchez, will be
happy to answer any questions you may have about our activities or
about becoming a CSSE Affiliate.
We look forward to continuing our win-win relationship
with our Affiliates and we will do our best to ensure that it continues
to be a win for you.
Barry Boehm and Stan Settles