USC Center for Software Engineering
Focused Workshop on System Integration with Commercial Software (COTS Integration)

Nov 6-8, 1996, Seaver Science Library (SSL) Auditorium USC Campus

Wednesday, Nov. 6

7:30 - 8:15 Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 11:30 USC Presentations and Discussion, including:
Abd-Allah - A COTS Integration Assessment Tool
Abts - Preliminary COTS Integration Survey Results
Balzer - Software Architecture Technology for COTS Integration
Boehm - COTS Integration Cost Modeling
Scacchi - TBD

11:30 - 12:15 Lunch

12:15 - 3:00 Affiliate Presentations and Discussion. Candidates include:
Kent Bimson (SAIC), Marvin Carr (SEI),Tom Haley (Raytheon), Walt Johnson (Lockheed Martin), Erik Mettala (MCC), Lolo Penedo (TRW), Dewayne Perry (Lucent), Art Pyster (SPC), Walker Royce (Rational), Ron Rudman (EDS), Tony Wasserman (IDE)

3:00 - 4:00 Affiliate issue paper response presentations (All)

4:00 - 4:30 Determine Breakout Groups

4:30 - 5:30 Breakout Group Session

5:30 - 7:00 Reception

Thursday, Nov. 7

7:30 - 8:15 Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 12:00 Breakout Groups

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch and Plenary Breakout Group Progress Reports

1:30 - TBD Breakout Groups

Friday, November 8

7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 10:30 Breakout Group Presentations and USC Responses

10:00 - 11:30 General Discussion and Wrap-up

Candidate Breakout Groups Three breakout group topic areas are discussed in the USC-CSE Issue Paper:

1. Architecture technology solutions;
2. Risk management approaches;
3. Cost estimation approaches.

Other breakout group areas can be suggested before and during the workshop. For each selected area, the breakout group will discuss such topics as the most critical issues in the area; the most promising opportunities; and suggestions and priorities for USC-CSE and other research. The groupÕs end product will be the summary briefing, including notes and priorities. USC graduate students will be available as breakout group scribes.

Workshop Objectives and Guidelines

Focused Workshops bring together USC-CSE Principals and Affiliate counterparts to explore emerging issues in a research area USC is investigating. Their objectives are to assess the maturity of emerging technology in the area; to identify Affiliate needs and priorities in the area; to provide feedback for improving the effectiveness of USC research in the area; and to stimulate further CSE-Affiliate collaboration.

Focused Workshops involve a mix of USC presentations, Affiliate presentations, and breakout group discussions. These are preceded by exchanges of issue papers, to get each workshop off to a running start. The preparation schedule for this focused workshop is as follows:

September 5, 1996: USC sends Affiliates a draft agenda for the workshop, plus a background issue paper summarizing knowledge to date, hypotheses, and issues to be addressed prior to and at the workshop.

October 6, 1996: Affiliates select one or two experts in the issue area to participate in the workshop. Experts send USC issue papers responding to the issues in the CSE package.

October 29, 1996: Affiliates receive from USC a final agenda, and copies and summaries participantsÕ issue papers.

November 6-8, 1996: Workshop: Two and a half days of mixed presentations, discussions, breakout sessions, and freeform time to discuss issues and aggregate insights. USC graduate students serve as session scribes.

January, 1997: USC sends Affiliates a Workshop Proceedings which codifies the insights, heuristics, and promising approaches identified at the Workshop.

USC holds two Focused Workshops per year, currently in June and November. Previous and scheduled Workshop topics have been:

October 1993: Next Generation Software Processes
June 1994: Software Architectures
October 1994: Software Reuse
May 1995: COCOMO® 2.0
November 1995: Software Understanding and Reengineering
June 1996: Groupware for Software Engineering
November 1996: System Integration with Commercial Software
June 1997: TBD

Future Workshops are planned to cover a mix of new and revisited topics.

As indicated in previous Affiliate feedback, Affiliates have found the Focused Workshops highly useful for technology assessment, benchmarking, and planning. for USC, the Workshops have helped us better focus and prioritize our research; provided us with valuable insights; and provided our students with a much stronger understanding of how software engineering is practiced.