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


that provides, so that they can be used more consistently and coherently within organizations. Hence was born the notion of CMMI. And right now, the current, and in fact it's available from the SEI Web site, are some various drafts of particularly the combination of systems engineering and software engineering. I think that's been good, because the original CMM acknowledged there is a need for an interface between those two engineering groups.

Carol: And would you like to give out the SEI Web site for people that may not know it?

David: Sure. For folks who don't know it, it's www.sei.cmu.edu. And if you go to the home page there, you can look, there's a little drop down menu, and you can pick out CMMI - capability maturity model integration.

Carol: And we'll be back with more of Dr. David Zubrow after these short messages. Please join us.

Welcome back to Quality Plus e-Tech! with Carol Dekkers, and we've been talking to Dr. David Zubrow of the Software Engineering Institute, of the Software Engineering Measurement and Analysis Group. I got that right this time. And I'd like to invite people to call in if you'd like to talk to us or say hi or just give us a comment. The toll-free number is 866-277-5369, that's 866-277-5369. And before we went into break, we were just talking really briefly about the Software Engineering Institute Web site. And for anyone that doesn't know, the SEI Web site is similar to StickyMinds.com's Web site - I don't know if you've been out there. It's really a full-fledged resource. The StickyMinds.com Web site is there for testing and software development professionals and has a plethora of articles, news releases, and that type of thing. And the Software Engineering Institute Web site, which I've been out to a number of times, is the same type of thing, specific for process improvement. The .... piece there actually collects measurement data, doesn't it, David?

David: We do get some things, actually where we've really focused that effort is something the Software Engineering Information Repository.

Carol: Which is the SEIR?

David: And that's the seir.sei.cmu.edu. And while we do ask people to register with us, there's no fee for using the site. And that, on the Web site, one of the things we're trying to do is sort of this idea of establishing a community of interest, really making it sort of a two-way exchange of information. So we ask people to contribute either articles or presentations, or templates, various kinds of documents, data if they have it. It's a repository, and turn that around, organize it, and make it available to the rest of the community. And so we have an awful lot of information, as you might expect, in terms of software process improvement out there. And for the listeners that are familiar with the community maturity profile, which is the briefing that the SEI produces twice a year on how many companies are at level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, the interactive version of that within the Software Engineering Information Repository, that will allow a user to filter the data, for instance, by Standard Industrial Classification Code. So if you wanted to create your own maturity profile for the financial industry, let's say, you can actually go in and filter the data and do that within the SEIR.

Carol: And you can get to that within, if you go to the main sei.cmu.edu, you can get into the repository and to the analysis, and it's really a gateway that allows you to go in

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