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December 2006

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NEWS
A Message from the Chair - David Walker
IEC 62304 Medical Device Software
“World Class” Software Planning
ASQ Software Division Webinar – The Use Case Technique: An Overview
Region 1 New England
Region 4 Canada
Region 6 Pacific Northwest US

CONFERENCES
2008 World Congress for Software by Taz Daugherty
Announcing the 2007 National Conference on Software Quality (ICSQ’07)
ICSQ 2007 Call for Papers

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Submit Articles for SQP Journal

MEMBERSHIP
Membership Update

GET CERTIFIED
October 2006 CSQE Practice Quiz
CSQE Update

STANDARDS
Latest IEEE S2ESC and US SC7 TAG Meeting News


NEWS
A Message from the Chair - David Walker

So, what you do think of when you hear the word “SOFTWARE”?

Not all good thoughts, right? Is “Software Quality” an oxymoron?

We have much work to do. There is vast experience, knowledge, and proven techniques that need to be communicated to various levels of software organizations. There is much opportunity to improve the quality of software products, thereby changing the connotation associated with the word “software”.

The ASQ Software Division Council is a team of volunteers who have taken the next step beyond membership to promote and support our vision and mission. Through various roles and positions, these volunteers donate valuable time to open doors and create opportunities for you to extend your competency as a software quality professional. With resources such as discussion boards, web sites, searchable libraries, newsletters, conferences, webinars, certification programs, etc, the Software Division is a community of software quality professionals.

Please watch for the Winter 2007 issue of this newsletter, where I will provide a summary of new and ongoing activities that make your membership ever more valuable.

IEC 62304 Medical Device Software
At the ASQ World Conference in Milwaukee May 1, 2006 we talked about the draft IEC 62304 Medical device software – Software life cycle processes. This international standard was published on May 9, 2006 and is available at: http://webstore.iec.ch
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“World Class” Software Planning
Aerospace products; including Systems and Subsystems software products, are typically developed utilizing a World Class Quality System and Process. Most often, in Large Aerospace Corporations ( >$5 revenues), and Medium Corporations (between $1 – 5 billion revenues); World Class Quality Systems are typically compatible with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, and/or AS9100B, as well as quality system and process requirements imposed by applicable contracts and regulatory authorities. Clearly defined, complete, correct and well-coordinated compliance plans for Aerospace software developments are typical for management of World Class Quality.
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ASQ Software Division Webinar-The Use Case Technique: An Overview
The second ASQ Software Division Webinar, “The Use Case Technique: an Overview” was conducted on Friday, November 3, 2006 from noon to 1pm, eastern standard time. Karl Wiegers, a name synonymous with Requirements Definition and the Use Case Technique, was a superb presenter as always. During Karl’s presentation he mentioned that Use Case templates were available on his website at www.processimpact.com, as well as the two books that he has written on software requirements for further information.
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Region 1 New England
The Software Quality Group of New England (SQGNE) is into its 13th season, sponsored by the ASQ SW division and Sun Microsystems. Meetings are held monthly, typically on the second Wednesday, from September through July at Sun Microsystems in Burlington Massachusetts. Topics cover concepts and techniques related to software quality engineering and the software engineering process. In September, Johanna Rothman spoke about managing and preventing scope creep. In October, Steve Rakitin spoke about designing for testability. The upcoming schedule and past presentations are posted on the Web site.
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Region 4 Canada
This column provides members with information on relevant association meetings, conferences and other events in Canada. If you have information that you would like to share with fellow ASQ Software Division members, or you would like to get involved with the Division, contact me at chris@orioncanada.com or (613) 563-9000. Read more…

Region 6 Pacific Northwest US
The Pacific Northwest Quality Conference (PNSQC.org) held their twenty-forth annual conference October 9-11, 2006 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland OR. The workshops attracted over 150 people and featured presenters Karl Wiegers, Cem Kaner, Michael Bolton , Rex Black and Jean Tabaka. The workshops on Writing Requirements and Rapid Testing were very well attended. The two-day technical program had 300 attendees and 16 exhibitors. The topics presented received excellent evaluations and the increased networking opportunities provided for lively exchange and professional growth. Over all it was a successful conference with excellent attendance. Read more…

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CONFERENCES
2008 World Congress for Software by Taz Daugherty
The Fourth Congress for Software Quality is tentatively slated for September 15-19, 2008, in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The intent is not to have “yet-another-conference conference” but to offer unique and targeted professional growth opportunities for experienced as well as less senior practitioners. Read more…

Announcing the 2007 National Conference on Software Quality (ICSQ’07)
The 2007 International Conference on Software Quality (ICSQ’07) will be held in Denver - Lakewood, Colorado at the Sheraton Denver West. The programs committee is committed to filling this event with informative sessions. Our goal is to search out, elicit, and foster tutorials, technical presentations, and panels from which participants can take away valuable knowledge. With that in mind, I once again encourage you to let us know what area of our discipline currently engages your interest or concern. Also, please see the “Call for Papers and Tutorials” in this issue of the newsletter. As conference details become available they will be posted on the ASQ Software Division Conference Web site. Mark the site and check back often for updates including tutorial and technical program schedules. The October Software Division quarterly Council meeting is scheduled for Sunday October 14th at the Sheraton Denver West, as is a special offering of the Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) exam (the exam is regularly administered in June and December). The web site will be updated as more detail becomes available regarding the October exam special offering. Read more…

ICSQ 2007 Call for Papers
We invite you to submit a proposal for a technical presentation or tutorial for the 2007 conference based on your research, experiences and insight on current issues in the software industry. The deadline for submission of proposals for technical presentations and/or tutorials is January 31, 2007. In the near future the ASQ Software Division’s Conference Web site will be updated to include instructions for proposal submissions. Please bookmark the site.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Submit Articles for SQP Journal
Software Quality Professional journal is looking for authors and reviewers. To be appropriate for SQP, articles should give readers a working understanding of how software quality practices are used successfully. Articles should support theory with real-world accounts of how to implement the processes described. To the extent possible, use data to demonstrate conclusions. Typical article lengths are 4,000-6,000 words. All articles go through a peer review process and copyediting prior to publication. Please see the author guidelines for submission format. Articles should align with topics listed in the CSQE Body of Knowledge.

We also accept short articles (<1000 words) as a Quality Nugget at the end of each issue. A quality nugget should be practical tips to help the software quality professional.

Quality principles:

  • Professional conduct
  • Ethics

Software:

  • Quality management
  • Processes
  • Project management
  • Metrics, measurement and analytical methods
  • Inspection, testing, verification and validation
  • Audits
  • Standards and models
  • Configuration management.

For more information regarding the suitability of a proposed topic, contact the editor.

Seeking Reviewers
SQP is looking for reviewers for articles as well as books and other resources. Guidelines for Resource Reviewers are available. An average review is about 700 words long. Article reviews are anonymous while resource reviews (books and other materials) are printed with the reviewers name and email - and a short bio is added to the web page version.

Sue Carroll, Editor-in-chief
E-mail: sqp_editor@sas.com
http://www.asq.org/pub/sqp/

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MEMBERSHIP
Membership Update
As of Oct 23rd, the Software Division has a total membership of 3,670 which is a decline of 144 since the 2005/2007 year began in July and up by 81 since January of 2006. Below are some extracts of member types, top states, top sections, companies represented and sustaining member companies. Read more…

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GET CERTIFIED
October 2006 CSQE Practice Quiz
Ready for the CSQE Exam? Try this practice quiz. Read more…

CSQE Update
ASQ and the Software Division have sponsored the Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) exam since 1996. Leadership for developing the exam was provided primarily by Linda Westfall and Doug Hamilton. Since then a number of individuals have served as designated chair for the exam. The CSQE exam chair is appointed by the certification board chair and is responsible for workshop recruiting and to staff an exam subcommittee, whose members help with the exam process. Via the exam chair, each exam has representation on the certification board. ASQ’s certification department works with the certification board to develop and promote exams and to maintain process consistency across all of ASQ’s certifications. Read more…

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STANDARDS
Latest IEEE S2ESC and US SC7 TAG Meeting News
The reports for the August IEEE Software & Systems Engineering Standards Committee meeting and the September US (ISO/IEC JTC1) SC7 TAG meeting can be found through links on our Standards page. As has been the case for the last year, in particular, many changes are occurring in the software & systems standards offered through both the S2ESC and SC7. For example, standards coordination efforts between the two have continued to increase as each looks to adopt one another's work where appropriate and attempt to collaborate on joint standards in other instances. IEEE's S2ESC continues to move toward moving their standards from document focused to process oriented ones while the SC7 community looks to fill in gaps in their collection (such as in the testing area where SC7 has never specifically had standards).

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Software Division Leadership
David Walker, Chair
Rufis Turpin, Chair-Elect
Robert Stoddard, Secretary
Eva Freund, Treasurer

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