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TSP Symposium 2012 Keynotes to Speak About Engineering Approaches for Developing Secure, Reliable Software

Pittsburgh, Pa., August 8, 2012—The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has announced the slate of software engineering thought-leaders who will serve as keynote speakers for the Team Software Process (TSP) Symposium 2012. Held in St. Petersburg, Fla., on September 17-20, the TSP Symposium 2012 keynote line-up includes Girish Seshagiri, chief executive officer at Advanced Information Services; Rod Chapman, principal engineer at Altran Praxis; and Fernando Jaimes, fellow at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.

The symposium theme, Delivering Agility with Discipline, explores the idea that to be agile, teams must start with a disciplined, defined approach, but recognize the opportunity to make changes based on information gathered along the way.

“The Team Software Process is an agile, disciplined, high-performance process that helps organizations address issues associated with cost, schedule, quality, and predictability, and to plan for quality,” said Bill Nichols, TSP Symposium 2012 technical chair. “The keynote speakers and representatives from industry and government entities from around the world will share how using TSP helps organizations establish a mature and disciplined engineering practice that produces secure, reliable software in less time and at lower costs.”

  • Seshagiri will share a business owner’s point-of-view on the combined impact of high-maturity processes and agile TSP teams on business competitive advantage. CMMI and TSP have helped Seshagiri’s organization understand the leadership challenge in the knowledge economy; make the connection between agility, quality, innovation, joy in work, profits and human values; and begin the transformation to a life of greatness. He will share data on customer satisfaction, company profitability, and strategic decision-making, and will discuss intangible results such as self-directed teams, low staff turnover and job satisfaction. 

  • Chapman will reflect on his experience in building high-assurance software systems, which include safety-critical applications in aerospace and rail, as well as security-critical systems such as cryptographic devices and network switches. Chapman will discuss how Altran Praxis plans to develop an engineering approach that combines the best aspects of formal methods, CMMI, TSP, and Lean to achieve agility with discipline.

  • Jaimes will discuss the journey to implement TSP in the Mexican outsourcing industry, an effort started in 2006 that requires collaboration from government, private business, and academia. The SEI and the Monterrey Institute of Technology have been collaborating to improve software quality in the world and developed a strategic plan to position the Mexican industry in the international outsourcing market using TSP as its technological leverage. Jaimes will share updates and lessons learned from the Mexican TSP initiative.

In addition to the keynote speakers, data-rich technical program, and organized networking events, the TSP Symposium 2012 also offers practitioners an in-depth learning opportunity with full-day tutorials on introductory and advanced TSP concepts.

“Engineers, TSP coaches, team leaders, executives, and potential TSP users who are interested in learning how to plan for quality will find value in the content presented at the TSP Symposium,” added Nichols.

About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

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