Based on the feedback from last year's Affiliates' Steering Group meeting, we are reducing the USC-CSE Annual Research Review from two days to a single day, Tuesday February 8, 2000.  We will pack a number of exciting new developments into the day's presentations and demos: the book version of COCOMO® II; a WinWin implementation on Ventana Corp's Group Systems product; formal extensions of UML analysis and support; a hyperlinked new version for architecture of MBASE guidelines using SEI's Electronic Process Guide framework; a new summer industry internship program we successfully started in Summer 1999. 

This year's Executive Workshop and following technical workshop have been merged into a special joint workshop we are co-sponsoring with SEI February 9-11 (ending 11:30am Friday on "Spiral Development Experience and Implementation Challenges."

The workshop will begin with set of plenary presentations and discussions keynoted by Dr. Delores Etter, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Science and Technology, on Wednesday February 9.  On February 10, it will have five parallel breakout sessions addressing such issues as critical success factors; integrating software and systems; the changing role of requirements; institutional challenges; and process issues.  A half-day plenary session Friday morning, February 11, will summarize and discuss the breakout group result. The results will be documented in an SEI Technical Report.  A preliminary agenda is provided below.

A number of organizations are successfully applying spiral development and finding it valuable in addressing such challenges as rapid development, COTS integration, new technologies, and product line management.  Other organizations have experienced difficulties with spiral-development due to over relaxed controls; underestimated risks; legacy sequential policy, financing, and cultures; and confusion about what spiral development is and how to apply it.

The objectives of the Workshop are to clarify the nature of spiral development; to share experiences in applying it in various situations; to identify its critical success factors; and to identify and address institutional inhibitors to successful spiral usage such as policy, financial, or cultural constraints.

I hope you will be able to join us, both for the Annual Research Review and to share your insights on this increasingly important Workshop topic.  Note that we still some TBD slots for speakers.  If you have any good candidates for these slots, please let me know via email  or phone (213)740-8163.