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Putting the Engineering in Software Engieering: A Case Study for Automated Defect Prevention

Like other engineers, software developers transform ideas into usable products.  Unlike other engineers, they create a product that is inherently invisible, not completely testable and often transitional.  Moreover, a software product in an interim development stage is often unusable, producing free-floating anxiety in developers and users alike.  Behavioral science tells us that invisibility and the effect of "all or nothing" are psychological factors that negatively impact developer effectiveness.  Mundane tasks such as repeated testing often result in frustration while the transitional nature of software creates a false notion that the defects can always be removed in the future.  Moreover, there is growing realization that we humans are incapable of fully applying and maintaining our own best practices.  Based on aforementioned factors Dr. Huizinga, will explain how to establish an automated technology infrastructure that supports effective software development.  This infrastructure defines people roles, necessary technology, and interactions between people and technology.  This infrastructure provides product visibility, automates repetitive tasks, tracks project status, and seamlessly collects project data to provide measures necessary for decision making.  This infrastructure forms a software production line, thereby putting the engineering into software engineering.  Most of all, by putting the engineering into software engineering this infrastructure sustains and facilitates the improvement of human-defined processes.

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About the Speakers

 Dorota Huizinga, PhD, Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Professor of Computer Science, California State University, Fullerton.  Dr. Huizinga is a recipient of several CSUF Outstanding Faculty Recognitions in the areas of scholarly and creative activities and teaching.  In her capacity as Associate Dean, she oversees all IT activities in the college, including networks and laboratories consisting of hundreds of computers.  She has supervised numerous software projects undertaken by working IT professionals pursuing computer science degrees from companies such as Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Filenet.  In 2004 Dr. Huizinga led the team that successfully implemented the professional, online Master of Science in Software Engineering program for the college.  This program has quickly grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the country.  She has published and presented work at ACM and IEEE-sponsored professional events, and had her research funded by the National Science Foundation, State of California, and private industry.  Recently, she co-authored (with Adam Kolawa) a book “Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management”, published by John Wiley & Sons / IEEE  Computer Society, 2007.

Dr. Adam Kolawa is the co-founder and CEO of Parasoft, a leading provider of Automated Error Prevention (AEP) software solutions.

Kolawa's years of experience with various software development processes has resulted in his unique insight into the high-tech industry and the uncanny ability to successfully identify technology trends. As a result, he has orchestrated the development of several successful commercial software products to meet growing industry needs to improve software quality - often before the trends have been widely accepted. Kolawa, co-author of Bulletproofing Web Applications (Hungry Minds 2001), has contributed to and written over 100 commentary pieces and technical articles for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Computerworld, Dr. Dobb's Journal, and IEEE Computer; he has also authored numerous scientific papers on physics and parallel processing.

His recent media engagements include CNN, CNBC, BBC, and NPR. Kolawa holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology, and has been granted ten patents for his recent inventions.

In 2001, Kolawa was awarded the Los Angeles Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the software category.

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