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Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Topic: Managing Software Risks in Software Intensive Systems with Metrics and Measures
Speaker: Robert A. Martin


The incorporation of a metrics-centered software risk management approach can bring important improvements in the practices used by the Government and it's contractors so that they can more repeatedly and economically produce re-usable, reliable, and low maintenance software for our Government systems. This presentation will discuss and describe the benefits, goals, and objectives of a quality metrics and measurements management approach for software-based systems. The presentation will offer up specific "tried and true" metrics and measures that can be tracked and used in assessing the risks facing software development and maintenance projects. The talk will draw heavily upon lessons learned from the use of the Air Force's AFOTEC's Maintainability Assessment and Rome Lab's QUES, along with lessons from our subsequent development and use of MITRE's Software Quality Assessment Exercise (SQAE).

The SQAE tools and methodology have been used for many years to analyze the risks associated with developing and maintaining over 110 fielded military systems and it is licensed to industry and academia. The availability of a repeatable, easy to use, evaluator independent, and validated process like the SQAE can greatly improve the understanding of software risks within a project as well as improving your ability to address and resolve issues before they become critical and expensive to resolve. The SQAE is a well-structured software risk management approach built on top of a foundation of objective metrics, measures, and basic software engineering principals.

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About the Speaker

Robert A. Martin is the primary point of contact for CVE Compatibility efforts, a co-lead for MITRE's Cyber Resource Center web-site and a Principal Engineer in MITRE's Information Technologies Directorate. At the culmination of his five years of Y2K leadership and coordination efforts, Mr. Martin served as the Operations Manager of the Cyber Assurance National Information Center, a 24x7 cyber security watch center within the President's Y2K Information Coordination Center. Prior to these efforts, Martin developed a standardized software quality assessment process that was used to helped over 110 of MITRE's Air Force, Army, and FAA customers improve their software acquisition methods as well as the quality, cost, and timeliness of their delivered software products. Today, Martin's efforts are focused on the interplay of cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, and e-Business technologies and services. Martin received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's of business degree from Babson College. He is a member of the ACM, AFCEA, NDIA, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society.

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