IEEE Computer Society / Software Engineering Institute
Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award
Nomination Deadline: 15 October 2013
The award nomination requires a minimum of 1 endorsement.
IEEE Computer Society/Software Engineering Institute Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Awards (SPA) are presented to recognize outstanding achievements in improving an organization's ability to create and evolve software-dependent systems. This is an achievement award rather than a competition: awards are not necessarily made every year, and multiple awards may be made in a year.
An SPA Award may be presented to an individual, group or team. Nominees are most often employees of an organization that produces, supports, enhances or provides software-dependent systems. However, the Nominee's work may have been undertaken in alternative contexts: for example, within an organization that produces, supports, enhances or provides software engineering or process improvement-related services or within an association supporting improvement-community activities. The Nominee's organization may be for-profit, not-for-profit or non-profit; may be industrial, academic, government organizations or foundations; and need not be based in the United States
Anyone may nominate, and organizations may nominate themselves. All nominations must be seconded by a senior executive of the organization in which the nominated individual or team works, and supported by a ten-page nomination package Nominee's software engineering or process improvement work is, to an exceptional degree, significant, sustained, measured and shared. Further information about the Award's criteria, as well as information about the nomination and decision-making process may be found at http://www.sei.cmu.edu/process/casestudies/processawards/.
Awardees will be announced and recognized by the IEEE Computer Society and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Awardees will receive an engraved, commemorative plaque presented at the annual International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) or a similar event. Awardees will be required to produce a technical report describing their accomplishments, to present a paper at the Annual Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) Conference or a similar event, and will receive a total honorarium of $1,500.
Past recipients for IEEE Computer Society /
Software Engineering Institute Watts S. Humphrey Software
Process Achievement Award
|2009||Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore, India|
|2006||Productora de Software S.A (PSL)|
|2004||IBM Global Services, Australia: Application Management Group.|
|2002||Wipro: Software Process Engineering Group.|
|1999||Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center: Aircraft Management Test Software & Industrial Automation Branches.|
|1998||Advanced Information Services, Inc: Development Group.|
|1997||Hughes Electronics: Software Process Improvement Team.|
|1995||Raytheon Company: Software Engineering Process Group, Equip. Div.|
|1994||Goddard Space Flight Center: Software Engineering Laboratory.|
2013 IEEE Computer Society / Software Engineering Institute
Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award
DEADLINE 15 OCT. 2013
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 1 August, 2011 – The IEEE Technical Activities Committee has approved changing the name of the Software Process Achievement (SPA) Award to recognize the outstanding achievements of the late Watts S. Humphrey, a software engineering process pioneer at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and early supporter of the award.
The award’s new official name will be the IEEE Computer Society/Software Engineering Institute Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award. The name change was also endorsed by the SPA Award Selection Committee, the IEEE Computer Society Awards Committee, and the IEEE Board of Governors.
Humphrey’s legacy includes development of the Software Capability Maturity Model, the Software Process Assessment and Software Capability Evaluation methods, and the Personal Software Process and Team Software Process methodologies.
“Watts was a strong proponent for the establishment of this prestigious award and continued to be an advocate in the selection process for many years,” said SEI Director and CEO Paul D. Nielsen in requesting that the award’s name be changed to honor his accomplishments.
Humphrey founded the Software Engineering Institute’s Software Process Program in the 1980s and served as its director from 1986 until the early 1990s. The author if 11 books, Humphrey was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2005.
Co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Software Engineering Institute, the SPA Award is presented to recognize outstanding achievements in improving an organization's ability to create and evolve software-dependent systems. An SPA Award may be presented to an individual, group, or team. Nominees are most often employees of an organization that produces, supports, enhances, or provides software-dependent systems.
Anyone may nominate, and organizations may nominate themselves. All nominations must be seconded by a senior executive of the organization in which the nominated individual or team works, and supported by a ten-page nomination package detailing how the nominee's software engineering or process improvement work is, to an exceptional degree, significant, sustained, measured, and shared. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/awards.
About the IEEE Computer Society
With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of IEEE’s 38 societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org.
About the Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at
Infosys Technologies Receives 2010 Software Process Achievement Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 28 May, 2010 – Infosys Technologies Ltd., headquartered in Bangalore, India, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Software Process Achievement Award for establishing an extremely cost-effective, sustained, and culturally integrated quality and productivity improvement program during a period of extraordinary corporate growth.
Co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, the award is handed out each year to recognize outstanding achievement in improving the software process. Dieter Rombach, chair of the SPA Selection Committee announced the award at the recent International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).
SPA Award recipients receive an engraved commemorative plaque and make presentations at appropriate practitioner and researcher community events. Award recipients also produce an SEI Technical Report describing their accomplishments, experiences, and the lessons learned.
The SPA award competition is open to all software professionals who participate in software development, support, or management, and are employed by and participate in the software work of an organization that produces, supports, enhances, or otherwise provides software-intensive products or services.
Infosys defines, designs, and delivers technology-enabled business solutions for Global 2000 companies. Its offerings include business and technology consulting, application services, systems integration, product engineering, custom software development, maintenance, re-engineering, independent testing and validation services, IT infrastructure services, and business process outsourcing.
Infosys pioneered the Global Delivery Model, a disruptive force that led to the rise of offshore outsourcing. The GDM is based on the idea of taking work to the location where the best talent is available, where it makes the best economic sense, with the least amount of acceptable risk.
Infosys operates more than 50 offices and development centers in India, China, Australia, the Czech Republic, Poland, the UK, Canada, and Japan. The company and its subsidiaries employ nearly 114,000 people. More than 97 percent of its revenues come from existing customers.