Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Software through Iteration

Steven FraserGreetings from the Australian National University where Steven Fraser, Head of Cisco Research is speaking on "Best Practices: Tales of Adoption and Agility through Iteration". He is starting back in the early days of software engineering with the first NATO Software Engineering Conference and Fred Brooks.

The seminar is taking place in the Computer Science and IT Common Room. This is a curious room with two doors: one marked CS Staff Room and the other CSIRO Staff Room, but leading into the same shared room.

Steven discussed ways to encourage the adoption if best practice in software development. Curiously, given that he was talking at a unviersity, he did not mention the role of education. He then went on to discuss CISCO's work with universities on research. CISCO has $5M for "gifts" to researchers, typically for small projects with a couple of students (4% currently goes to Austrlaian projects). CISCO issues RFP-Based Research Proposals. I noticed there is an RFP for "Green" including "Business Sustainability in the Context of Energy Efficiency: organizational and business aspects of energy conservation and sustainability".

Software "Best" Practices: Tales of Adoption and Agility through Iteration

Steven Fraser (Cisco Research Center)


DATE: 2010-11-30
TIME: 16:00:00 - 17:30:00
LOCATION: CSIT Common Room, Level 2, CSIT Building
CONTACT: Elisa.Baniassad@anu.edu.au

Software "best" practices have been increasingly embraced through a mix of enthusiast passion and practical need. Agile practices no longer have the luxury of "choosing" small non-mission-critical projects with co-located teams as first suggested by early practitioners. This talk will outline a variety of "best" practices and processes to share observations on approaches and adoption.

Steven will also address "Collaboration Opportunities with Cisco"

Note that "afternoon tea" (inc. wine, beer and nibbles) will be provided.

Steven Fraser is the Director of the Cisco Research Center (http://www.cisco.com/research) in San Jose California with responsibilities for developing university research collaborations and facilitating technology transfer between researchers and Cisco Business Units. Previously, Steven was a member of Qualcomm's Learning Center in San Diego, California enabling technical learning and development in software engineering best practices. Steven held a variety of technology roles at Bell-Northern Research and Nortel including Process Architect, Senior Manager (Global External Research), and Design Process Advisor. In 1994, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) collaborating on the development of team-based domain analysis (software reuse) techniques. Fraser was the XP2006 General Chair, the Corporate Support Chair for OOPSLA'07 and OOPSLA'08, Tutorial Chair for both XP2008 and ICSE 2009 and co-Publicity Chair for XP2010. With a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Fraser is a member of the ACM, a senior member of the IEEE, and a frequent impresario of conference panels and special events. (For Steven's publications, see http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/%7Eley/db/indices/a-tree/f/Fraser:Steven.html)

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