e-Talk Radio: Zubrow, David, 1 March 2001


Ms. Dekkers and Dr. Zubrow talk about the global perspective on high-level maturity organizations.

Copyright 2001 Quality Plus Technologies and Carol Dekkers. All rights reserved.

Announcer: Welcome to Quality Plus e-Talk! with Carol Dekkers, brought to you by StickyMinds.com, the online resource for building better software. This program will focus on the latest in the field of technology. All comments, views, and opinions are those of the host, guests, and callers. Now let's join your host, Carol Dekkers.

Carol: And thank you for joining Quality Plus e-Talk! with Carol Dekkers. I'm Carol Dekkers, and I'd like to say thank you for listening, whether you're listening over the Internet or listening from the Phoenix area. Welcome to the show. This week's guest for show number nine is Dr. David Zubrow, and before I get into introducing David - you're on the line, correct, David?

David: I'm here.

Carol: You finally got through. It's interesting that with the old technology of phone lines, that oftentimes they're busy. So I'm glad that you're here, I'm glad that you got through. This is show number nine in a series of thirteen shows on building better software. And we've had a lot of different guests that have been here talking about testing, software developers versus software testers, we've talked about Test Management 101, we've had emerging extensions to the COCOMO II estimating model, and everyone has been looking forward to this show as much as the Tom DeMarco show we had last week. So David, I know that you have a lot of listeners who are out there. He's freshly back from India, and we're going to be talking about that in a couple minutes.

First I'd like to tell you just a little bit about myself and what I do. I'm the president of a company called Quality Plus Technologies, and we focus on allowing companies to build better software by measuring what they do. And through doing that, they can find out what they're doing well and what they're not doing well. And we use measurements such as function point analysis, which is really a square foot for software, defect tracking, and a lot of different things that can really tell you about your process. And one of the things that we've developed, which fits in well with this week's show, is we've developed a calendar that on the left-hand side of it, not interchanged with the months, on the left-hand side of it shows the capability maturity model integrations model. The new capability maturity model, paired with where function point analysis can help you achieve the process area. So if anyone would like a copy of that, I'd like to invite you to send an email to [email protected], and many of you may be listening through this Web site already, or through StickyMinds.com, who is our sponsor, and I'd like to say thank you to our spoonsor.

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce Dr. David Zubrow, who is the team leader for the Software Engineering Management and Analysis, the SEMA group, within the Software Engineering Institute, at Carnegie Mellon University. His areas of expertise include empirical research methods, data analysis, data management, it goes on and on. Since his arrival at the SEI in 1992, he has been a member of the Capability Maturity Model Integration product development team, the CMMI development team. He's the lead developer of the software process maturity questionnaire. He has co-authored technical reports entitled "Software Process Automation." He has been the assistant director of analytic studies at Carnegie Mellon University. So, he has been a research coordinator. He has got a PhD in social


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