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November 2014 - Podcast Agile Software Teams and How They Engage with Systems Engineering on DoD Acquisition Programs

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Eileen Wrubel, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Eileen Wrubel and Suzanne Miller discuss issues with Agile software teams engaging systems engineering functions in developing and acquiring software-reliant systems.

November 2014 - Podcast Coding with AADL

Authors: Julien Delange, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Julien Delange summarizes different perspectives on research related to code generation from software architecture models.

October 2014 - Podcast The State of Agile

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Alistair Cockburn, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Alistair Cockburn, an Agile pioneer and one of the original signers of the Agile Manifesto, and SEI principal researcher Suzanne Miller discuss the current state of Agile adoption.

October 2014 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Eighth Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Suzanne Miller, Mary Ann Lapham

In this episode, the eighth in a series exploring Agile principles across the DoD, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham discuss the eighth Agile principle.

September 2014 - Podcast Agile Metrics

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Will Hayes, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast Will Hayes and Suzanne Miller discuss research intended to aid U. S. Department of Defense acquisition professionals in the use of Agile software development methods.

September 2014 - Podcast Four Principles for Engineering Scalable, Big Data Systems

Topics: Software Architecture

Authors: Ian Gorton, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Ian Gorton describes four general principles that hold for any scalable, big data system.

August 2014 - Podcast HTML5 for Mobile Apps at the Edge

Topics: Pervasive Mobile Computing

Authors: Grace Lewis, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Grace Lewis discusses research that explores the feasibility of using HTML5 for developing mobile applications, for "edge" environments where resources and connectivity are uncertain, such as in the battlefield.

July 2014 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Seventh Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Suzanne Miller, Mary Ann Lapham

In this podcast, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham explore the application of the seventh Agile principle in the Department of Defense, working software is the primary measure of progress.

July 2014 - Podcast AADL and Edgewater

Topics: Software Architecture

Authors: Serban Gheorghe (Edgewater Computer Systems, Inc.), Peter H. Feiler, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Peter Feiler and Serban Gheorghe of Edgewater discuss their work on the Architecture Analysis and Design Language.

July 2014 - Technical Note Agile Software Teams: How They Engage with Systems Engineering on DoD Acquisition Programs

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Eileen Wrubel, Suzanne Miller, Mary Ann Lapham, Timothy A. Chick

This technical note addresses issues with Agile software teams engaging systems engineering functions in developing and acquiring software-reliant systems.

June 2014 - Podcast Security and Wireless Emergency Alerts

Topics: Cybersecurity Engineering

Authors: Christopher Alberts, Carol Woody, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast Carol Woody and Christopher Alberts discuss guidelines that they developed to ensure that the WEA service remains robust and resilient against cyber attacks.

June 2014 - Podcast Safety and Behavior Specification Using the Architecture Analysis and Design Language

Topics: Software Architecture

Authors: Julien Delange, Suzanne Miller

Julien Delange discusses two extensions to the Architecture Analysis and Design Language: the behavior annex and the error-model annex.

May 2014 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Sixth Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham discuss the application of the sixth Agile principle in the Department of Defense.

May 2014 - Podcast Using Quality Attributes to Improve Acquisition

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Patrick Place, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Patrick Place describes research aimed at determining how acquisition quality attributes can be expressed and used to facilitate alignment among the software architecture and acquisition strategy.

April 2014 - Podcast Best Practices for Trust in the Wireless Emergency Alerts Service

Topics: Pervasive Mobile Computing

Authors: Robert Ellison, Carol Woody, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, CERT researchers Robert Ellison and Carol Woody discuss research aimed at increasing alert originators' trust in the WEA service and the public's trust in the alerts that they receive.

April 2014 - Technical Note Potential Use of Agile Methods in Selected DoD Acquisitions: Requirements Development and Management

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Kenneth Nidiffer, Suzanne Miller, David J. Carney

This report explores issues that practitioners in the field who are actively adopting Agile methods have identified in our interviews about their experience in defining and managing requirements.

April 2014 - White Paper The Readiness & Fit Analysis: Is Your Organization Ready for Agile?

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Suzanne Miller

This paper summarizes the Readiness & Fit Analysis and describes its extension to support risk identification for organizations that are adopting agile methods.

April 2014 - Podcast Three Variations on the V Model for System and Software Testing

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Don Firesmith, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Don Firesmith presents three variations on the V model of software or system development.

March 2014 - Podcast Adapting the PSP to Incorporate Verified Design by Contract

Topics: TSP

Authors: William Nichols, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Bill Nichols discusses a proposal for integrating the Verified Design by Contract method into PSP to reduce the number of defects present at the unit-esting phase, while preserving or improving productivity.

March 2014 - Podcast AADL and Aerospace

Topics: Software Architecture

Authors: Myron Hecht (The Aerospace Corporation), Peter Feiler, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Peter Feiler and Myron Hecht discuss the use of AADL by the Aerospace Corporation.

February 2014 - Podcast Assuring Open Source Software

Topics: Software Assurance

Authors: Kathryn Ambrose-Sereno, Naomi Anderson, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Kate Ambrose Sereno and Naomi Anderson discuss research aimed at developing adoptable, evidence-based, data-driven approaches to evaluating (open source) software.

February 2014 - Podcast Security Pattern Assurance through Roundtrip Engineering

Topics: Software Architecture

Authors: Rick Kazman, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Rick Kazman discusses these challenges and a solution he has developed for achieving system security qualities through use of patterns.

January 2014 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Fifth Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, the fifth in a series, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham discuss the application of the fifth principle, Build projects around motivated individuals.

January 2014 - Technical Note Agile Metrics: Progress Monitoring of Agile Contractors

Authors: Will Hayes, Suzanne Miller, Mary Ann Lapham, Eileen Wrubel, Timothy A. Chick

This technical note offers a reference for those working to oversee software development on the acquisition of major systems from developers using Agile methods.

January 2014 - Podcast Software Assurance Cases

Topics: Software Assurance

Authors: Charles "Chuck" Weinstock, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Charles Weinstock introduces assurance cases and how they can be used to assure safety, security, and reliability.

December 2013 - Podcast From Process to Performance-Based Improvement

Topics: TSP

Authors: Timothy A. Chick, Gene Miluk, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Tim Chick and Gene Miluk discuss methodology and outputs of the Checkpoint Diagnostic, a tool that provides organizations with actionable performance related information and analysis closely linked to business value.

November 2013 - Podcast An Approach to Managing the Software Engineering Challenges of Big Data

Topics: System of Systems

Authors: Ian Gorton, John Klein, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, Ian Gorton and John Klein discuss big data and the challenges it presents for software engineers. With help from fellow SEI researchers, the two have developed a lightweight risk reduction approach to help software engineers manage the ch

November 2013 - Podcast Situational Awareness Mashups

Topics: Pervasive Mobile Computing

Authors: Soumya Simanta, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast Soumya Simanta describes research aimed at creating a software prototype that allows warfighters and first responders to rapidly integrate or mash geo-tagged situational awareness data from multiple remote data sources.

October 2013 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Fourth Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, the fourth in a series about the application of agile principles in the DOD, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham discuss the application of the fourth principle, "Business people and developers must work together daily."

October 2013 - Podcast Architecting Systems of the Future

Topics: Cyber-Physical Systems

Authors: Eric Werner, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, Eric Werner discusses research that he and several of his colleagues are conducting to help software developers create systems for the many-core central processing units in massively parallel computing environments.

October 2013 - Technical Note Parallel Worlds: Agile and Waterfall Differences and Similarities

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Steve Palmquist, Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Timothy A. Chick, Ipek Ozkaya

This report helps readers understand Agile. The report assembles terms and concepts from both the traditional world of waterfall-based development and the Agile environment to show the many similarities and differences.

September 2013 - Podcast Acquisition Archetypes

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William Novak, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, Bill Novak talks about his work with acquisition archetypes and how they can be used to help government programs avoid problems in software development and systems acquisition.

September 2013 - Podcast Human-in-the-Loop Autonomy

Topics: Pervasive Mobile Computing

Authors: James Edmonson, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

In this episode, James Edmondson discusses his research on autonomous systems, specifically robotic systems and autonomous systems for robotic systems.

August 2013 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Third Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

A discussion of the application of the third Agile principle, "Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale."

July 2013 - Podcast Application Virtualization as a Strategy for Cyber Foraging

Topics: Pervasive Mobile Computing

Authors: Grace Lewis, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, researcher Grace Lewis discusses application virtualization as a more lightweight alternative to VM synthesis for cloudlet provisioning.

July 2013 - Podcast Common Testing Problems: Pitfalls to Prevent and Mitigate

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Donald Firesmith, Suzanne Miller

Don Firesmith discusses problems that occur during testing as well as a framework that lists potential symptoms by which each can be recognized, potential negative consequences, and potential causes, and makes recommendations for preventing them.

June 2013 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: Second Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, SEI researchers discuss the application of the second Agile rinciple, “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development.

May 2013 - Podcast The Business Case for Systems Engineering

Topics: Performance and Dependability

Authors: Joseph Elm, Suzanne Miller

Joe Elm discusses the results of a recent technical report, which establishes clear links between the application of systems engineering (SE) best practices to projects and programs and the performance of those projects and programs.

April 2013 - Podcast Applying Agile in the DoD: First Principle

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham discuss the application of the first Agile principle, "Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software."

March 2013 - Podcast The State of the Practice of Cyber Intelligence

Authors: Jay McAllister, Troy Townsend, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Troy Townsend and Jay McAllister discuss their findings on the state of the practice of cyber intelligence.

February 2013 - Podcast Technology Readiness Assessments

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Michael Bandor, Suzanne Miller

Michael Bandor discusses technology readiness assessments, which the DoD defines as a formal, systematic, metrics-based process and accompanying report that assess the maturity of critical hardware and software technologies to be used in systems.

September 2012 - Podcast Agile Acquisition

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

This podcast explores the SEI's research and work to assist the DoD in Agile acquisition.

April 2012 - Webinar Getting the performance you need from processes that work: The CMMI Accelerated Improvement Method

Topics: CMMI, Performance and Dependability, Process Improvement, TSP

Authors: Timothy A. Chick, David Cox (ABB Corporate Research), Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Gene Miluk

This 2012 webinar introduces a process improvement method called the CMMI Accelerated Improvement Method, which provides quantifiable performance improvements - leading to a high ROI.

October 2011 - Technical Note Agile Methods: Selected DoD Management and Acquisition Concerns

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Lorraine Adams, Nanette Brown, Bart Hackemack, Charles (Bud) Hammons, Linda Levine, Alfred Schenker

This technical note addresses some of the key issues that either must be understood to ease the adoption of Agile or are seen as potential barriers to adoption of Agile in the DoD acquisition context.

December 2010 - Technical Report Beyond Technology Readiness Levels for Software: U.S. Army Workshop Report

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Stephen Blanchette, Jr., Cecilia Albert, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

This report synthesizes presentations, discussions, and outcomes from the "Beyond Technology Readiness Levels for Software" workshop from August 2010.

April 2010 - Presentation Status of Ongoing Work in Software TRAs/TRLs

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Michael S. Bandor, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

In this 2010 presentation, Michael Bandor and Suzanne Garcia-Miller focus on software issues and shortfalls observed during the DoD Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) processes.

December 2009 - Technical Note Generalized Criteria and Evaluation Method for Center of Excellence: A Preliminary Report

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: William Craig (AMRDEC SED), Matt Fisher, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Clay Kaylor (AMRDEC SED), John Porter (AMRDEC SED), Scott Reed

Criteria and standards to certify an organization as a COE are presented in this Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute preliminary report.

October 2009 - Presentation Organizational Implications of Systems of Systems

Topics: System of Systems

Authors: Lisa Brownsword, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Patrick Kirwan

The is a tutorial presentation on systems of systems and their organizational implications, including effects on governance and reward structures. Replete with examples.

May 2009 - Presentation Limits to the Use of the Zachman Framework in Developing and Evolving Architectures for Complex Systems of Systems (SATURN 2009)

Authors: Philip J. Boxer, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

Presentation given at SATURN 2009, which took place in Pittsburgh, PA on May 4-7, 2009.

June 2008 - Presentation Beyond IPPD: Distributed Collaboration in a Systems-of-Systems (SoS) Context

Topics: System of Systems

Authors: Urs Andelfinger, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

Urs Andelfinger and Suzanne Garcia-Miller look at the possible implications of issues stemming from complex system of systems for IPPD content in CMMI V. 1.2 (2008 presentation).

June 2008 - Technical Note SoS Navigator 2.0: A Context-Based Approach to System-of-Systems Challenges

Topics: System of Systems

Authors: Philip J. Boxer, David J. Carney, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Lisa Brownsword, William Anderson, Patrick Kirwan, Dennis B. Smith, John Morley

This report introduces the fundamental concepts, processes, and techniques of the SoS Navigator approach. It also presents case studies that show the use of SoS Navigator in healthcare, military, and civilian government systems-of-systems contexts.

June 2007 - Presentation Survival in a Systems of Systems World

Topics: System of Systems

Authors: Lisa Brownsword, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

Presented: June 2007

October 2006 - Presentation CMMI Survival: Principles to Adhere to on Your CMMI Journey

Topics: CMMI

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Richard Turner

This presentation provides principles to guide CMMI adoption in various organizations and settings.

October 2006 - Book CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement

Topics: CMMI, Process Improvement

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Richard Turner

This book is a guide to making the most out of a successful CMMI implementation, with real examples provided to help you navigate around potential pitfalls and other dangers.

January 2006 - Special Report Proceedings of the First International Research Workshop for Process Improvement in Small Settings, 2005

Topics: Process Improvement

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Caroline P. Graettinger, Keith Kost

This 2006 report includes papers from the Proceedings of the First International Research Workshop for Process Improvement in Small Settings workshop, and presents conclusions and next steps for process improvement in small settings.

March 2005 - Presentation Lessons Learned from Adopting CMMI in Small Organizations

Topics: CMMI

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller

This presentation provides a case study of CMMI adoption within a small organization, along with general guidance for CMMI adoption in small businesses.

January 2005 - Presentation Thoughts on Applying CMMI in Small Settings

Topics: CMMI

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller

This presentation provides an overview of CMMI adoption in small settings, and gives a case study of one such adoption.

April 2004 - Special Report Standard Systems Group (SSG) Technology Adoption Planning Workshop

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Lorraine Nemeth-Adams, Jan Vargas

This 2004 report presents the results of the SSG Technology Adoption Planning Workshop, which was held in October 2003 in Alabama.

February 2004 - Technical Report Working with Small Manufacturing Enterprises: An Analysis of TIDE

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Len Estrin, William Anderson, Joseph P. Elm, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, John T. Foreman, John E. Robert, Alfred Schenker

This 2004 paper documents some of the challenges and risks facing programs or organizations trying to help small manufacturing enterprises (SMEs).

September 2003 - Technical Report SEI Independent Research and Development Projects (FY 2003)

Authors: Felix Bachmann, Sven Dietrich, Peter H. Feiler, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Mark H. Klein, Edwin J. Morris, Patrick R. Place, Daniel Plakosh, Robert C. Seacord, Anthony J. Lattanze, B. Craig Meyers, John McHugh, Len Bass, David J. Carney

This report describes the IR&D projects that were conducted during fiscal year 2003 (October 2002 through September 2003).

June 2003 - Technical Report Overcoming Barriers to Technology Adoption in Small Manufacturing Enterprises (SMEs)

Authors: Len Estrin, John T. Foreman, Suzanne Garcia-Miller

This 2003 report summarizes technology demonstrations, workforce development activities, and technology development efforts of the SEI's TIDE Program.

January 2003 - Presentation TRL Corollaries for Practice-Based Technologies

Topics: Acquisition Support

Authors: Jack R. Ferguson, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Caroline P. Graettinger

This presentation was delivered in January 2003.

January 2003 - Presentation Back to the Future: Leveraging Your SW-CMM Investment to Support Transition to CMMI

Topics: CMMI

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller

Presentation by Suzanne Garcia (SEI) which discusses how businesses can leverage their SW-CMM investment to help them transition to CMMI (January 2003).

September 2002 - Special Report Using the Technology Readiness Levels Scale to Support Technology Management in the DoD's ATD/STO Environments (A Findings and Recommendations Report Conducted for Army CECOM)

Authors: Caroline P. Graettinger, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Jeannine Siviy, Peter J. Van Syckle, Robert J. Schenk

This report describes the results of the SEI study of the feasibility of (a) using TRLs in STO technology screening, (b) developing or acquiring a TRL tool, and (c) implementing a TRL tool.

March 2002 - Presentation Are You Prepared for CMMI?

Topics: CMMI

Authors: Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Margaret Glover

This presentation provides information on the transition from the Software CMM to CMMI.

February 1996 - Handbook A Description of the Systems Engineering Capability Maturity Model Appraisal Method Version 1.1

Authors: Dorothy Kuhn, Curtis Wells, James Armitage, Kerinia Cusick, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Mark Hanna, Peter Malpass, Hal Pierson

This 1996 document summarizes the elements of the SE-CMM SAM, a method for using the SE-CMM to benchmark the process capability of an organization's systems engineering function.

December 1994 - Handbook A Systems Engineering Capability Maturity Model, Version 1.0

Authors: Roger Bate, Al Reichner, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, James Armitage, Kerinia Cusick, Robert Jones, Dorothy Kuhn, Ilene Minnich, Hal Pierson, Tim Powell

The Systems Engineering Capability Maturity Model (SE-CMM) describes the essential elements of an organization's systems engineering process that must exist to ensure good systems engineering.

February 1993 - Technical Report Key Practices of the Capability Maturity Model Version 1.1

Authors: Mark C. Paulk, Charlie Weber, Suzanne Garcia-Miller, Mary Beth Chrissis, Marilyn Bush

This 1993 document provides key practices that correspond to each maturity level of the CMM and information on how to interpret the key practices.