Daily Archives: May 1, 2009

New! At the ASQ World Congress in 2009: Institute for Software Excellence (ISE)

It’s hard to believe that it is almost here — “it” being the Institute for Software Excellence (ISE), the conference within a conference for which I am the chair and we’ve been planning it since last August.  The ISE is a new concept within the American Society for Quality (ASQ – 50,000+ members worldwide) annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI) – a 2000 attendee grand event focused on quality in every industry.  For those of us who believe in the importance of software quality, having our own separate track wihtin the main conference is an achievement and a recognition of the importance of software in the whole arena of quality.
Take a look at the program lineup (click program on the left hand menu) and plan to register as an ISE attendee (you can then attend ANY WCQI session and event at no additional charge) – in Minneapolis May 18-20, 2009. http://www.asq.org/conferences/institute-for-software-excellence/index.  We have an outstanding lineup of expert presenters on timely topics waiting to transfer knowledge to you. (I’m presenting the lively “Are you smarter than a CSQE- Certified Software Quality Engineer” at the conference on Wednesday May 20, 2009).
I hope to see you there!!!  Here’s the registration link again for your reference:  http://www.asq.org/conferences/institute-for-software-excellence/index.html
Regards,
Carol
Carol Dekkers
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Software and Systems Technology Conference

Last week I attended the Software and Systems Technology Conference (SSTC) in Salt Lake City, UT where close to 1000 attendees representing the Department of Defense and related industries and IT contractors  presented leading edge presentations over 4 days.

It was a pleasure to present the basics of scope management to interested attendees from a variety of agencies and private organizations – several of whom commented after the presentation that the concepts were solid and definitely what the software intensive systems world is lacking.  Scope management based on northernSCOPE(TM) is different from the traditional software project/program development in that instead of firm fixed price before requirements (where both the acquisition group and the supplier lose) – it is based on unit pricing by subproject.

Customers win with scope management because they are always in control of their investment and the functionality delivered by the supplier. Suppliers also win with scope management because they are paid for all the work that they perform on behalf of the customer/acquisition group.  The two sides are facilitatebd to work together by a Certified Scope Manager (CSM) who is specifically trained to be competent in software measurement, business analysis, project management, progress reporting, change management, communication, and software and systems development.

For information on upcoming scope management workshops leading up to the CSM examination (administered through an agreement with the European Certificates Association),  please visit www.qualityplustech.com.

The next CSM training week is scheduled for August 10-14, 2009 in Tampa, FL, USA.

Have a great week!
Carol

Carol Dekkers
email: dekkers@qualityplustech.com
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Contact Carol to keynote your upcoming event – her style translates technical matters into digestible soundbites, humorously and forthright. View also Carol Dekkers’ general blog at http://caroldekkers.wordpress.com/ The Dekkers Report
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