CPSC 681 Graduate Seminar, Fall 1999

Monday, October 4, 1999
4:10-5:25 pm
Room 124, H. R. Bright Building



The Competitive Advantage of Software Engineering Processes


Curtis Hite


Curtis Hite is the Vice President of Professional Services and co-founder of Valtech Technologies in North America - one of the world's leading advanced technology consulting firms. Before Valtech, Curtis was a chief software architect at Raytheon, responsible for analyzing and designing system architectures for very large C++ applications. At Raytheon he helped conceptualize and establish the company's Object Technology Center. Curtis received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Texas A&M in 1992 and 1994.


In today's advanced technology industry, software processes are becoming increasingly more important. Time to market, software quality, and staff mobility are just a few of the pressures which have caused companies to actively adopt and enforce complete software engineering processes. These processes must not only cover the technical aspects of software development, but also the management and support activities which are necessary to build software systems. Software frameworks such as ISO 9001 and the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (SEI CMM) provide the foundation for commercial/defense software engineering processes, but companies must elaborate on these to meet specialized needs and requirements. As the software industry moves forward into the next decade, software processes will become an important competitive advantage for companies, and those who fail to adopt them are likely to lag behind.
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend the seminars in this series.