Published on January 23, 2008
Report on AP-SEPG 2002: Report on AP-SEPG 2002 César A. González Pérez FIT · UTS Conference Overview: Conference Overview “Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Process Group Conference 2002” Organised by the Hong Kong Productivity Council. 19 times held in the USA; 3rd time in the AP region. 2 days of talks; 1 day for tutorials. Over 80 attendees and 20 speakers. What Speakers SaidSoftware Crisis: What Speakers Said Software Crisis The lack of a solid theoretical foundation is one of the largest problems in software engineering, and a key cause of its immaturity. Stephen Law, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. People reject change. Judy Bamberger, Process Solutions (Australia) What Speakers SaidCaveats and Pitfalls: What Speakers Said Caveats and Pitfalls Most process models for SQA assume a waterfall-based lifecycle. K. H. Li, Hong Kong Polytechnic University ROI from process improvement takes long; managers’ frustration shows soon. Jacob Sylvanus Okyne, Gartner (UK) CMM implementation can be harmful. Gururaj Managuli, QAI India What Speakers SaidFacts and Figures on Capability: What Speakers Said Facts and Figures on Capability Two thirds of software development subcontracts will include capability-related clauses by 2004. [p = 0.8] Implementing CMM costs 1% - 3% of annual IT budget; 3% - 5% of application development budget. Jacob Sylvanus Okyne, Gartner (UK) What Speakers SaidRecommendations: What Speakers Said Recommendations Have an SQA practitioner in every project. John Goh, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (Hong Kong) Use “soft” approaches to introduce change. Judy Bamberger, Process Solutions (Australia) Spend 70% of project effort on requirements engineering and management. Steve Devinney, Quality Assurance Institute (USA) What Speakers SaidTools: What Speakers Said Tools The use of automated tools for process institutionalisation is a major differentiator for success. They also help keep high motivation levels after quality assessment. They should make data collection easy and automatic. Vishwas Mahajan, Compulink (India) What Speakers SaidSelf-Evident Truths: What Speakers Said Self-Evident Truths Software must be developed with “new generation technologies” such as object-orientation, UML, design patterns, use cases and iterative lifecycles. Simon Or, Enetron Ltd. (Hong Kong) RUP can help you attain a CMM certification. Alfred Tse, Rational Software Greater China Ltd. Our Contribution: Our Contribution “Assessing the capability of OO/CBD processes: the OOSPICE project” Probably the most technical. Over 30 attendees; 6 questions asked. Some people very interested in a copy of the full methodology. Nice response to both OOSPICE and our talk. Shared Feelings: Shared Feelings “Maybe we can tweak CMM so it works with more modern approaches such as components” Michael Song, msPi Ltd. (UK) “We [Hong Kong] have a long way to go, and looking at some Indian organisations can be very helpful” John Goh, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (Hong Kong) Summary: Summary Many businesspeople and a few academics. Only 2 people from Australia. Much CMM and little SPICE. Very focused on quality assurance and process assessment & improvement. Barely addressed “hard” methodological issues. The organisers insinuate that they are losing money.