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Watts S. Humphrey

Software Quality Award 

Nomination Period Begins: January 1, 2024

The Humphrey Award is given to individuals or groups to recognize the excellence of their work.

To nominate an individual or group, you must submit nomination material specifying the nominee, describe the nominee's software engineering quality improvement work, and make a case for why the nominee's work has led to those improvements. The nomination material must be accompanied by at least one endorsement letter, signed by a senior executive from the nominee's organization with the appropriate responsibility and authority to certify agreement to the award conditions. Nominations must be submitted to the Humphrey Award Coordinator as outlined in the Award Schedule.

Nominate an Individual or Group

Eligibility Requirements

The Humphrey Award may be presented to nominees that meet the following requirements:

  • The award may be presented to an individual or a group. Recipients are most often employees of the target organization. The recipient may also work for an organization that provided software engineering quality improvement services to the target organization. For example, the recipient's organization may be an organization that provides training or quality measurement consulting to the target organization, or it might be an association that supports activities related to software engineering quality improvement that benefit one or more target organizations.
  • Because software engineering quality improvement activities are normally group activities, a nominee is usually a team of professionals. However, to recognize work within small organizations or within organizations that do not formally define a software engineering quality improvement-related team, a nominee may be an individual or a small, informal group or team.
  • The target organization may be for-profit, not-for-profit, or non-profit; may be an industrial, academic, or government organization or foundation; and need not be based in the United States.