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Software Special Interest Group Meeting  

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

Apr 23, 2013    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

High Maturity Practices and Lifetime

 Warranty Against Software Defects �

A Disruptive Innovation?

by: Girish Seshagiri

Tuesday April 23, 2013

Please note the return to our old time!!!!

6:30 PM � Networking and Pizza(*)

7:00 � 8:00 PM � Program

In this presentation, Girish Seshagiri will share a business owner's point-of-view on the combined impact of high-maturity processes and disciplined agile teams on business competitive advantage. Seshagiri describes how Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and Team Software Process (TSP) have helped his organization understand the leadership challenge in the knowledge economy; make the connection between agility, quality, innovation, joy in work, profits, and human values; and begin the transformation to a life of greatness. He will share data on nearly defect-free software delivery, customer satisfaction, company profitability, and strategic decision-making, and will discuss intangible results such as self-directed teams, low staff turnover, and job satisfaction.


Seshagiri will lead a discussion of software engineering�s persistent problems: Exponential rise in cybersecurity vulnerabilities due to defective software; Unacceptable cost, schedule, and quality performance of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and legacy systems modernization projects; Cost of finding and fixing software bugs (i.e. scrap and rework) as the number one cost driver in software projects; Arbitrary and unrealistic schedules leading to a culture of "deliver now, fix later";  Inability to scale software engineering methods even for medium size systems; Lack of understanding of the impact of variation in individual productivity; Absence of work place democracy and joy in work. Seshagiri suggests the way forward for high maturity practices in both the contractor and acquisition organizations. The presentation ends with Seshagiri�s challenge to the community to make seven �outrageous commitments� to begin addressing software engineering�s persistent problems including requiring/providing warranty against software defects.


Girish Seshagiri is CEO of Advanced Information Services Inc (AIS).  AIS is a winner of the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award, which is similar to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence. AIS is the only small business, and one of only 23 organizations in the U.S., certified at SEI CMMI Maturity Level 5.  Seshagiri has a strong commitment to sharing of knowledge and ideas with the rest of the software community. He is a co-chair of the ASQ Lean Six Sigma (LSS) SIG.  He is one of the co-founders of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN), Heartland SPIN, and the Chennai SPIN. He served on the IEEE Software Industrial Advisory Board from 2001 to 2004 and has presented at various international conferences on software engineering, including providing several keynote addresses.

Details and driving directions at: April Software SIG Announcement Flyer


The meeting will originate at McLean, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE-2, 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, Northgate Bld A

209 Research Blvd., #200A

Aberdeen, MD 21001

host: Terry Devine

cell: 732-337-8570

MITRE, room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Aaron Dagen

desk: 732-578-6301

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MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704

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

Join online meeting  https://meet.mitre.org/ankrums/RLD0Z4VY

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Conference ID: 5005783

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

You must register by noon on Monday, April 22. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register. FDA (Silver Spring) cannot host non-citizen visitors. If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address. Allow 2 business days for registration before the meeting.

For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: or 703-983-6127