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Software SIG: Predicting Software Quality Early in the Software Development Lifecycle  

Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Oct 25, 2011    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Predicting Software Quality Early in 

the Software Development Lifecycle

and Producing Secure Software

by: Girish Seshagiri

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Even with all the emphasis on writing software with security in mind, most software applications remain riddled with security holes. The current method of dealing with the increasing number of cyber attacks is reactive patch management. We provide details of how to pro-actively predict software quality early in the software development life cycle and produce secure software with little or no vulnerabilities. We share real life examples of using a Process Quality Index (PQI) metric to successfully predict whether components that have been unit tested will have down-stream defects in integration, system, and customer acceptance testing. We recommend a rapid transformation of the U.S. software industry from the current “Deliver now, Fix later” culture to one committed to delivering substantially defect-free code within predictable cost and schedule.


Girish Seshagiri is CEO of Advanced Information Services Inc. (AIS), a winner of the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award. AIS is among the very few organizations whose  software process capability is certified at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 5.


Girish is a frequent speaker at many of the international conferences on software engineering, software quality, and process improvement. Girish has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Michigan State University.

6:30 PM – Networking and Pizza(*)

7:00 - 8:00 PM – Program

(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


Ms. Hadden will be presenting from McLean, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976




MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704

For details and driving directions, see the

October 2011 Software SIG Announcement.

If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)

TO ATTEND THE MeetingPlace Collaboration CONFERENCE:

1. Go to: http://audioconference.mitre.org/  2. Click on Attend Meeting. If MeetingPlace Collaboration Window does not automatically open, press connect.  3. Dial your telephone to connect to the audio of the meeting.

·        Dial 703-983-6338 (x36338) from the Washington DC region.

·        Dial 781-271-6338 (x16338) from the Bedford, MA region.

Meeting ID: 509509, when prompted.   Meeting Password: 05090509, when prompted.

Visit http://audioconference.mitre.org to test your web browser for compatibility with the web conference. Follow this link to the browser test link on the page.


Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

You must register by noon on Monday, October 24. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dialin when you register. To RSVP for FDA (Silver Spring), please indicate citizenship. If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address. Allow two business days for registration before the meeting.