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
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
MEETING DAY & DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 TIME: 6:15 PM
HEADLINE: Turning Around Troubled Software Projects
SPEAKER: Chuck Connell, CHC-3 Consulting
LOCATION: Sun Microsystems, Burlington (Driving directions below)
DESCRIPTION: A lot of attention has been paid lately to long-term,
strategic improvements to an organization's software development process.
(The CMM from SEI is the most common example.) Long-term improvements are
great, but what can you do when a particular software project is in trouble
right now? In this case, you don't have the luxury of carefully changing
your whole methodology. You have to fix the problem in the next couple
This talk presents a method for turning around software projects that are
off track. We describe a way to take a quantitative "snapshot" of a project,
which identifies and measures the problem areas. The snapshot then guides
the team to focus on the aspects that are most in need of change, and
suggests what those changes should be.
The quantitative project snapshot and turnaround analysis can be performed
quickly, usually in one to five days depending on the size of the project.
This allows the organization to make rapid improvements to get a project
back on track and progressing efficiently
Charles Connell is president of CHC-3 Consulting in Woburn, MA
(www.chc-3.com) which helps organizations manage and turn around software
projects. Prior to CHC-3, Mr. Connell was a development manager at Lotus,
where he helped to create the Notes/Domino product. Mr. Connell teaches
software engineering at Boston University and has published widely on
software project management, including recent articles in the Boston Globe
NEXT MEETING NOTE: The next meeting will be held on Feb 9, 2000: Bob Beach,
SQA Engineering: The basics you need to start working with when you are all
alone in the lab.
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: Bob Beach, SQA Engineering: 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: (tentative) Managing the relationships between QA, Dev &
Software Product Management
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.
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 -
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
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 http://www.swquality.com/users/pustaver. To be on the email
The Software Quality Group is cosponsored by Sun Microsystems and the ASQ
Software Division and all are welcome.
Directors of the Software Quality Group are John Pustaver, Region I
Councilor, American Society for Quality, Software Division and Paul Ratty,
Software Quality Consulting