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Successful Software Managment: Fifteen Lessons Learned[presentation]

We normally think about process improvement as something applied to projects. But process improvement is also for people-and even for managers.

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Managing Upward: Getting Approvals for the Tools You Need[presentation]

Executive management does not like to spend money (on others); however, to build better software you may need to purchase better tools.

Doug Smith, Aberro Software
Validation: What It Means in an FDA Regulated Environment[presentation]

Even though formal validation may not be required in unregulated environments, many mission-critical applications could benefit from performing some of the same activities required for FDA regulated systems.

Chrys Kyee, Genentech Inc
Testing SOA Middleware: Automating What You Can't See[presentation]

SOA projects employing Web services have multiple back-end integration points, volatile data, and no direct, visible user interface. Together, these factors make SOA applications complicated to test.

Jon Howarth, Wells Fargo
Industry Benchmarks: Insights and Pitfalls[presentation]

Software and technology managers often quote industry benchmarks such as The Standish Group's CHAOS report on software project failures; other organizations use this data to judge their internal operations.

Jim Brosseau, Clarrus Consulting Group, Inc.
Successful Outsourcing with the Crawl-Walk-Run Strategy[presentation]

Large organizations may have the resources for expensive, big-bang offshore outsourcing projects. But what should small- and medium-sized organizations do when tasked with outsourcing?

Uttiya Dasgupta, Omnispan LLC
Process Improvement - Can I Make a Difference?[presentation]

Although some organizations already have formal processes in place, many do not. Most process improvement begins with one person or one department deciding to do something rather than accepting the status quo.

Stephanie Penland, SAS Institute Inc
Managing Distributed Teams[presentation]

Globalization, open source software, and cheap communications have forever changed the structure of software development project teams. Project managers face a new set of challenges with geographically distributed work teams.

Keith Casey, CaseySoftware, LLC
Beat the Odds in Vega$: Measurement Theory Applied to Development and Testing[presentation]

James McCaffrey describes in detail how to use measurement theory to create a simple software system that predicts with 87 percent accuracy the results of NFL professional football game scores.

James McCaffrey, Volt Information Sciences, Inc.
Smoke Tests to Signal Test Readiness[presentation]

Plumbers use "smoke tests" to find leaks in pipes when it is impractical to completely seal a plumbing system.

Aditya Dada, Sun Microsystems Inc
A Metrics Dashboard to Drive Goal Achievement[presentation]

Some measurement programs with high aims fall short, languish, and eventually fail completely because few people regularly use the resulting metrics.

Wenje Lai, Cisco Systems Inc
Even the Best Get Stuck: Transitioning to Agile Developement[presentation]

For some organizations Agile methodologies like XP, Scrum, and Crystal work well off-the-shelf.

Alex Pukinskis, Rally Software Development
Why Are Requirements So Poorly Defined?[presentation]

Studies have shown that the quality of the requirements is one of the most important factors in the quality of an application and also in the time and costs required to deliver a system.

Richard Bender, Bender RBT Inc.
An Integrated Configuration Management System Revealed[presentation]

Many people talk about an end-to-end software development process in which requirements are developed and transitioned seamlessly into code with tests tracing back to the requirements.

Geree Streun, ANS
Lightning Talks: A Potpourri of 5-Minute Presentations[presentation]

Lightning Talks are nine five-minute talks in a fifty-minute time period. Lightning Talks represent a much smaller investment of time than track speaking and offer the chance to try conference speaking without the heavy commitment.

Julie Gardiner, QST Consultants Ltd.

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