Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NYC SPIN 4/14: An Evening of Shorts

Our April event features several short presentations:
  • Christelle Scharff: Software Engineering Education goes Global and Agile
  • Yuri Chernak: Requirements Reuse: the State of the Practice
  • Larry Cooke: Kanban – Japanese Productivity Tool

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April 2011 NYC SPIN Meeting Announcement
Date: April 14, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
An Evening of Shorts
Presenter(s): Christelle Scharff, Yuri Chernak, Larry Cooke
Location: Microsoft


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Software Engineering Education goes Global and Agile
(Christelle Scharff)

Since 2005 we have been running an annual global software development project that engages students in both acquiring and exercising the competencies and skills considered desirable for working in a global setting. The project implemented different educational models where students distributed across three to four countries developed software together. The focus of the project evolved each year based on the lesson learned and state-of-the-art practices of the industry, ranging from global supply chains, tooling, software quality assurance, integration, deployment and maintenance, entrepreneurship, socialization, mobile application development, process, and distributed teams of developers. Students experienced different roles: developers, clients, auditors, coaches, lead- and sub-contractors, and socialization leaders. In 2009, we switched to the use of Agile methodologies and Scrum and end-to-end tooling solutions to support them. This talk will focus on the findings and lessons learned from using Agile and Scrum supported by an end-to-end tooling solution in the last 2 versions of the global software development project. We will propose a model to introduce Agile and Scrum for distributed teams in an educational context.

Requirements Reuse: the State of the Practice
(Yuri Chernak)

For several decades, software reuse has been a recognized solution to improving efficiency of software development.  However, implementing reuse in practice remains challenging and the IT community has little visibility into the state of the practice specifically as it pertains to reusing software requirements. In this presentation we discuss the state of the practice for software requirements reuse based on the results of a survey conducted in the global IT industry in 2010. The survey studied reuse adoption in two different contexts, i.e., Software Product Lines and Software Maintenance. The analysis of the survey data focuses on the latter context as a more common case in practice and investigates the impact of various project and process factors on reuse effectiveness.

Kanban – Japanese Productivity Tool
(Larry Cooke)

Kanban is still a lesser-known productivity tool. Born of the Toyota TPS industrial process, it now is widely accepted in many contexts, especially under the covers in Supply Chain systems.

Biography - Christelle Scharff, Ph.D.

Dr. Christelle Scharff is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Pace University in New York City. Her research background is in Formal Software Verification with a Ph.D. from the Universite Henri Poincare in Nancy in France. She has taught courses including Discrete Mathematics, Programming Languages, Databases, Data Mining, Internet Programming, Mobile Application Development, Software Quality Assurance & Reliability, and Software Engineering at Pace University. She has teaching experience in the US, France, Senegal, Cambodia and Vietnam. She was awarded grants from Linden Lab, NSF, Microsoft, NCIIA, and Google. She is leading an annual global software development project at Pace University. In this project students in the US, Cambodia, India, Thailand and Senegal collaborate to develop software. She also initiated a project on mobile for social changes in Senegal called MobileSenegal where she organize bootcamps, training for faculty, competition and do pilots to test mobile solutions. Contact her by email: cscharff [at] See:

Biography - Yuri Chernak, Ph.D.

Yuri Chernak, Ph.D. is the president and principal consultant of Valley Forge Consulting, Inc. Yuri has worked for a number of major financial firms in New York leading IT Governance Committees and helping clients improve software requirements, software testing, and production management practices. Yuri has pioneered for financial applications on Wall Street a new discipline - aspect-oriented requirements engineering. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society. He has been a speaker at several international conferences in the US and Canada and has published papers in the IEEE publications and other professional journals. Yuri has a doctorate in computer science. Contact him by email: ychernak [at]

Biography - Larry Cooke, MBA, PMP, ASQ Certified Quality Auditor

Larry Cooke has been a member of SPIN for 7 years, of PMI for 11 years, and ASQ for 4 years. Besides going to meetings, he is an author with over 30 technical articles on Quality, Risk, and Business Process Management, and speaks at professional meetings and symposiums. He is Board Director for PMI’s Quality Community of Practice, where as a volunteer, he travels and enjoys an occasional dinner. Larry has an AB in Political Science from Boston University, an MBA in Economics from New York University, and Graduate Study in Political Science at University of Paris’ Institut d’Etudes Politiques, (Science Po). He is an International Management Consultant, having worked for IBM, EMC, Federal Reserve, CitiGroup, Unilever, and other companies in IT and Reengineering assignments. Contact him by email: LHC209 [at]

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