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Date: October 18, 2005
Topic: Programming Can be Fun
Speaker: Watts Humphrey

Abstract

Some projects are exciting, productive, and fun while others are just a lot of work.

In this talk, Watts Humphrey discusses both hardware and software projects he has worked on and what made some of them memorable. He also describes his experiences in establishing the conditions that make projects rewarding for team members and why these conditions are not common for software work.

After reviewing the actions some hardware teams have found helpful in improving their working performance, he discusses some steps we in the software community can take to make our work more exciting, productive, and fun.

In closing, he comments on the techniques software developers can use to improve their personal working environment and the impact these actions can have on project performance.

About the Speaker

Watts S. Humphrey founded the Software Process Program of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow of the Institute and is a research scientist on its staff.

From 1959 to 1986, he was associated with IBM Corporation, where he was director of programming quality and process.

His publications include many technical papers and nine books.

His most recent books are Managing the Software Process (1989), A Discipline for Software Engineering (1995), Managing Technical People (1996), Introduction to the Personal Software Process (1997), Introduction to the Team Software Process (2000), Winning With Software: An Executive Strategy, and PSP: A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers (2005)..

He holds five US. Patents.

In 1991 he served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.

He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Humphrey was awarded an honorary Ph.D. degree in software engineering by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998.

In 2000, the Watts Humphrey Software Quality Institute in Chennai, India was named in his honor and the Boeing Corporation presented him with an award for innovation and leadership in software process improvement.

In 2005, at the White House, the President of the United States awarded Mr. Humphrey the National Medal of Technology.

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