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Agile Software Development: S/w Engr'g Inst. (SEI) seeks indvs/teams to interview for research

From: Eric F
Sent on: Monday, May 20, 2013 3:54 PM
Hello, DC JUG members. I'm Eric Ferguson, of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). My team needs to do some short ~1hr research interviews before July 1st with folks in gov't, industry, or academic orgs about their experience w/ Agile software development. We're specifically interested in learning more about various Configuration Management (CM) and Information Assurance (IA) practices being used by Agile teams.

If you're interested in volunteering to be interviewed--at your job site, via Web conference, or by telecon--pls send an e-mail to me at [address removed] **before June 1st** with your name, e-mail addr, and a phone # where you can be reached. I'll follow up with you to make arrangements.

BACKGROUND: We have a U.S. federal agency customer who asked us to do a quick survey of other orgs' Agile practices for CM & IA/security. They're using Agile methodologies, Java and Web services to develop a hybrid cloud-based replacement for a legacy mainframe-based business system. They're a couple years along and are doing well. They have a seasoned development team and environment--with extensive use of automation to facilitate their daily routine. However, they're eager to learn more about any novel, "lightweight" Agile CM & IA practices that might help up their game...e.g., recommended best practices or tools to use, or negative practices & fads to avoid.

- Just so we don't scare off anyone: this is not a "fishing trip" for new SEI business (we're funded and happy), nor are we seeking/poaching talent for ourselves, or the customer.

- Either telecons or in-person discussions would work...perhaps 2 or 3 interviews per org (or whatever time they can spare), scheduled at their convenience. We could also just send questions in a short "survey", and get responses that way.

- Non-attributional interviews...we won't mention interview subjects by name.

- If we need to visit secure or classified facilities to do the interviews, we have current DoD TS/SCI security clearances, and can supply visit requests and credentials to the interviewee's security office. Our actual report to our customer will be unclassified.

Thanks in advance to anyone avail to help us out with this.


Eric Ferguson, Senior Engineer
Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
[address removed]

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