CNF:MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Software Quality Group Meeting (and book giveaway), Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2000, Software Configuration Management - What is it?

CNF:MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Software Quality Group Meeting (and book giveaway), Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2000, Software Configuration Management - What is it?

Post by Paul E. Ratt » Mon, 28 Feb 2000 04:00:00

Hi Everyone,

Again, at this month's meeting, 2 lucky attendees will each receive a copy
of the book, Total Quality Management for Software, edited by Gordon
Schulmeyer and James McManus.

Best wishes,
John Pustaver
Region I Councilor
ASQ Software Division

                  Meeting of the Software Quality Group of New England

Meetings of the Software Quality Group are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each
month at the facilities of Sun Microsystems,  Burlington (Driving
directions below).

MEETING DAY & DATE:    Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2000    TIME: 6:15 PM

HEADLINE:  Software Configuration Management - What is it?

SPEAKER: Valerie Nolen, Senior Systems Consultant

LOCATION:  Sun Microsystems,  Burlington (Driving directions below)

DESCRIPTION:  The only constant into todays' marketplace is 'Change'.
Time to market, competitive edge, availability are examples of the language
of today's business environments. Software Configuration Management
is the implementation of practices and principles to manage and control your
assets: source code, documentation, changes, and metrics throughout the
project life cycle. The implementation of these practices provides
traceability, auditability, and recoverability. The challenge of
Software Configuration Management (SCM) is threefold: People, Process and
Technology - this includes Sponsorship from Executive Management,
marketing, training, organizational alignment including cross-functional
development organizations, etc. Tools may vary. Configuration Management
is an 'industry challenge' to be embraced and conquered through education,
practice and patience.

Val Nolen, Senior Systems Consultant is currently working for an insurance
company in Massachusetts as Program Manager of Change Management
Offfice- within the Software Configuration Management arena.
Information Technology has been her profession for 20 years. Serving within
business disciplines: Government, Finance, Environment, Health, and
Safety(EHS), and Insurance .

Val has implemented Configuration Management technology nationally and
internationally (Germany and England).  She works with Senior management for
Sponsorship and development project teams for implementation.

NEXT MEETING NOTE:  The next meeting will be held on Apr 12, 2000: Bill
Harmon, Meaningful Metrics

                            1999 Software Quality Group Calendar

Oct. 13, 1999: Mike Sowers, Getting results with Technical Reviews and
Inspections through web based automation.
Nov. 10, 1999: Anna Allison , Managing for Success: The High Quality
Dec. 8, 1999: Test Automation Panel Discussion
Jan 12, 2000: Chuck Connell, Turning Around Software Projects That Are Off
Track (tentative title)
Feb 9, 2000:  Stephanie Beach, Aspect Communications: The basics you need
to start working with when you are all alone in the lab.
Mar 8, 2000:  Valerie Nolan, Configuration Managment topic TBD
Apr 12, 2000: Bill Harmon, Meaningful Metrics (tentative title)
May 10, 2000: Elfriede Dustin, Software Test Automation
Jun 14, 2000: (tentative) EXCEED and other rapid application development
July 12, 2000: Annual Hot Topics Night

The Software Quality Group holds monthly meetings.  Topics covered at these
meetings have included software testing, inspections, ISO 9000, metrics
configuration management, and demonstrations of vendor QA tools. There is no

The Software Quality Group meets monthly at 6:15pm on the second Wednesday
of the month at the facilities of Sun Microsystems, Burlington, MA.

Driving directions:
From 128/95
                   Take the Rt. 3 exit heading north (not the Middlesex
Turnpike exit if you're coming form the south).
                   From Rt. 3N take the first exit (which is Rt. 62 -
Bedford Ave).
                   Turn east toward Burlington.
                   Approximately 0.3 mile after the interchange, turn right
onto Network Drive, which leads to the campus on your right.

              Take the second drive off of Network Drive into the Sun
parking lot.
                   Park in the visitor lot and enter the lobby opposite the
Sun clock tower.

Information about future meetings will be available on the Software Quality
Page at To be on the email

The Software Quality Group is cosponsored by Sun Microsystems and the ASQ
Software Division and all are welcome. There is NO

Directors of the Software Quality Group are John Pustaver, Region I
Councilor, American Society for Quality, Software Division and Paul Ratty,
 Sun Microsystems.

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