DC SIGAda
Program for Thursday, 13 April 2000


Our Next Meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, 13 April 2000 at 7:30 P.M.
Mr. Scott Donaldson and Mr. Stanley Siegel
from SAIC, co-authors of
Cultivating Successful Software Development: A Practitioners View
will be speaking on
Measurement in Everyday Language via Object Measurement®
at Lockheed Martin in Rockville, Maryland, our DC SIGAda Venue


Please also put Tuesday, 9 May 2000 on your calendar
when DC SIGAda will meet jointly with Baltimore SIGAda for a presentation on
Ada Development hosted on, or targetted for Linux
Please see the Baltimore SIGAda Home Page for details


Attention:

To Members and Friends of DC SIGAda

Next Meeting:

Our Next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 13 April 2000. I am pleased to announce that Mr. Scott Donaldson and Mr. Stanley Siegel from SAIC, co-authors of their book Cultivating Successful Software Development: A Practitioners View (Prentice Hall), will be speaking on Measurement in Everyday Language via Object Measurement®. The talk will focus on measuring product quality using objective measurement techniques. The presentaion will be given at Lockheed Martin in Rockville, Maryland, our DC SIGAda Venue. Attendees will receive a copy of their book and presentation. The presentation will start at 7:30 P.M. (Refreshments and Social at 7:00 P.M.) at the Lockheed Martin Corporation in Rockville, Maryland (see below for directions).

Abstract: Measurement in Everyday Language via Object Measurement®

This material in this presentation is adapted from Chapters 3 and 6 of the following book written by Scott Donaldson and Stan Siegel: Cultivating Successful Software Development (Prentice Hall, 1997). Understanding how to define, collect, use, and communicate measurements is a significant contributor to successful software projects. Measurements should be expressed in everyday terms that are familiar to the organization; otherwise, they may be of little value. We present a measurement technique: Object Measurement® - that enables you to measure software products and software processes in everyday terms familiar and therefore meaningful to your organization. To help you apply Object Measurement®, we present several examples. We show you how to relate software product and software process measurements to one another to help you focus your process improvement efforts.

Object Measurement® is a registered trademark owned by Scott E. Donaldson and Stanley G. Siegel.

Presenter: Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson, a Corporate Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation, has been in the computer field since 1974. He has a broad range of software engineering experience in the government and commercial domains. This experience includes the design, development, implementation, technical management, and evaluation of computer systems applications. Mr. Donaldson was the director of an SEPG that helped a 400-person organization achieve SEI Level 3. He was also the deputy program manager for this $28+ million/year business. He was the program manager of a large organization providing systems integration support to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Together with Stan Siegel, he wrote a book on software process improvement Cultivating Successful Software Development: A Practitioner's View that was published in March 1997. Together with Stan Siegel, he is working on a second edition of this book that is scheduled to appear the end of 2000. Mr. Donaldson received a bachelor's degree in operations research from the United States Naval Academy and master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.

Co-Presenter: Stan Siegel

Stan Siegel, a Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation, has been in the computer field since 1970. Since 1976, he has specialized in the area of software product assurance. He coauthored a textbook on the subject that appeared in 1987. He is a coauthor of the first textbook on software configuration management, which was published in 1980. Together with Scott Donaldson, he wrote a book on software process improvement Cultivating Successful Software Development: A Practitioner's View that was published in March 1997. From 1992 until 1997, Dr. Siegel was a member of an SEPG in an organization working on approximately thirty to forty software projects of various sizes. He is currently the chief scientist in an organization providing systems integration support to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Dr. Siegel received a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from Rutgers University.

Venue/Directions

Lockheed Martin Corporation
9211 Corporate Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20874
Directions:
From all points: Get to I-270 West from the I-495 Beltway,
  1. Take I-270 West to Shady Grove Exit;
  2. Turn left at light;
  3. Turn right on Corporate Dr (at light);
  4. Turn right at end of access road (can only turn left or right);
  5. Go to end of driveway.
  6. The building for the meeting is on the right, opposite the open courtyard area. It is building #9211, as marked. Parking lots are on the left and right.
  7. Enter main lobby. Stop at guard desk to check in.
Also, to obtain a map of the location, visit Mapquest, select Driving Directions for the destination address: "9211 Corporate Drive, Rockville, Md."

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Business:

We will have light foods and refreshment at 7:00. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm.

Many thanks to all earlier participants, contributors, speakers, advisors, and friends, who are involved in helping to produce and attend the meetings.

Please forward this message to people who might be interested in attending. We welcome all new members as our attendance and interests grow.

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Jeff Castellow, Vice Chair (Acting Chair), DC SIGAda


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updated 26 March 2000