SEI Software Engineering Workshop for Educators

SEI Software Engineering Workshop for Educators

Pittsburgh, PA — August 1–3, 2017


14th SEI Software Engineering Workshop for Educators

Registration information is coming soon!

For the past 13 years, the SEI has hosted an annual Workshop for Educators to foster an ongoing exchange of ideas among educators whose curricula include the subjects of software architecture and software product lines. Formerly called the Architecture-Centric Engineering Workshop, this workshop has broadened its scope to cover the entire field of software engineering. The event, in keeping with our tradition for this workshop, is free of charge and open to any accredited, college-level educator.

Facilitating this year's workshops are the SEI's Grace Lewis and Robert Nord. 


Lewis is deputy lead of the SEI's Advanced Mobile Systems Initiative and principal investigator for the Tactical Computing and Communications research project. Her interests include mobile computing, cloud computing, software architecture, and service-oriented architecture.


Nord conducts research in the areas of software architecture, agile at scale, and technical debt. He is a coauthor of the books Applied Software Architecture and Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond.

Grace Lewis Robert Nord

Three Reasons to Attend

1. Attend two SEI courses at no charge.

2. Connect with a network of collaborators for research and education. 

3. Gain new material to incorporate into your courses.

Note: The workshop is open to any accredited college-level educator. It is not open to the general public.


August 1, 2017: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Design Guidelines and Patterns for Microservices

Many organizations are adopting microservices, but often their developers are not aware of the tradeoffs involved and the design strategies available. In this course, we will cover the essential knowledge for successful microservice designs. Topics include Event-Driven Architecture (EDA), design standards for REST APIs, asynchronous messaging patterns, remodeling services to avoid distributed transactions, the Service Data Replication pattern ("cache"), CQRS, and event sourcing. The course includes exercises and a hands-on design lab where you will employ different design strategies to improve an existing design.


Paulo Merson has been programming in the small and programming in the large for over 25 years. Paulo is a software architect at the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). He has collaborated with the SEI in several projects and is a certified instructor for SOASchool and a faculty member of the master program in Applied Computing at University of Brasilia. Paulo often delivers professional training to software developers in the North America, Latin America, and Europe. His speaking experience also includes tutorials at JavaOne, SPLASH/OOPSLA, SD Best Practices, SATURN Conference, Dr. Dobb’s Architecture & Design World, The SOA and Cloud Symposium, lectures to graduate students in different universities, and invited talks at different companies. He is co-author of Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond, 2nd edition. Paulo holds a BSc in Computer Science from University of Brasilia and a Master of Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

August 2, 2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

QUELCE: Planning for Change, a New Era in Cost Estimation

Extensive cost overruns in major programs are common, and studies have implicated poor cost estimation as a major contributor. Research and experience have identified several factors associated with poor cost estimates. These include

  • optimistic expectations about achievable program scope and technology that can be delivered on schedule and within budget
  • an enormous amount of unknowns and uncertainties that exist at the time when estimates are made about large-scale, unprecedented systems that take years to develop and deploy
  • a heavy reliance on expert judgment

In this class, we teach the steps of a novel cost estimation method, Quantifying Uncertainty in Early Lifecycle Cost Estimation (QUELCE). QUELCE synthesizes future scenario thinking techniques—such as dependency structure matrices, Bayesian belief network models, and Monte Carlo simulation—into an estimation method that quantifies domain-specific uncertainties, allows subjective inputs by calibrated experts, visually depicts influential and cascading relationships among sources of uncertainty, plugs into the front end of existing cost models, and naturally produces a rich basis of estimate. QUELCE digests greater program execution information than traditional estimation tools but leverages techniques to limit the combinatorial explosion of complex, interacting, and cascading program change drivers for a more tractable cost estimate.


Robert Stoddard has over 11 years’ experience with the SEI and currently serves as a Principal Researcher within the measurement team of the Software Solutions Division. Bob previously served for over 24 years in industry (Texas Instruments & Motorola) in the fields of software quality, test, reliability, and Six Sigma. Bob's current research interests include machine learning, based on Shannon's information theory, and statistical causal discovery and modeling, based on revolutionary advances by Dr. Richard Scheines and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Judea Pearl. He is applying their work to cost estimation and jet engine reliability.

August 2, 2017: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
August 3, 2017: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The afternoon of the second day and the third day are devoted to invited talks and group sessions, facilitated by SEI team members, where participants share experiences, ideas, and tangible artifacts for introducing software engineering topics into the college curriculum. 

In lieu of an entry fee, attendees are expected to bring a shareable artifact to the workshop.

Pittsburgh, PA


The SEI Software Engineering Workshop for Educators will be held at the Software Engineering Institute.

Software Engineering Institute

4500 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2612

Accommodations are available nearby at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, where the SEI has a block rate of $129 per night. All guest rooms are subject to the current Pennsylvania state sales tax and local city occupancy tax, currently 14%. Reservations in this room block must be made by July 10, 2017. Reservations made after Monday, July 10, 2017, will be accepted based on availability and at prevailing published rates. Mention the workshop name and ask for the SEI group rate when reserving your room. You must make reservations by phone to receive the SEI group rate. These rates are not available when making reservations online.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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