IEEE Computer Society / Software Engineering Institute
Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award

New Extended Deadline: 15 January 2015

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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.

The achievements being recognized can be the result of any type of process improvement activity. In particular, they need not be based on a specific framework, model, or body of software engineering principles, practices, techniques, or methods.

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/.  Electronic submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.PDF). Questions should be directed to the SPA Award Coordinator (award@sei.cmu.edu).

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.

Nomination Material
The Nomination Material must contain an overview that consists of no more than two pages identifying the nominee, briefly describing the nominee's software engineering process improvement-related work, and concretely demonstrating the work's impact and excellence.

This overview must identify the following:

  • the nominee, the target organizations, and the nominee's relationship to the target organizations
  • one-to-three individuals who will represent the nominee organization in any Award-related activity
  • a point of contact for interactions between the Award Committee and both the nominating and nominee organizations

In addition, and most importantly with respect to demonstrating award-winning work, the overview must, with respect to the target organizations do the following:

  • define the goals for the nominee's software engineering process improvement work
  • describe the work briefly and succinctly
  • summarize evidence that the work met the goals and had a positive effect on the target organization
  • summarize the work's direct impact and significance
  • summarize the work's indirect impact and significance to the software engineering process improvement community at large

The overview must be supplemented by no more than ten additional pages of graphs, figures, tables, or other supporting data and explanatory material, and be written in coherent, readable English. These additional pages should provide more details of how the nominee satisfies the evaluation criteria.

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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.

 

2014 IEEE Computer Society / Software Engineering Institute
Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award

Subcommittee Chair

MICHAEL KONRAD

NOMINATE     |    Nomination Questions   |  Nomination Material

NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE:  15 january 2015

Evaluation Process

For each nomination, the following steps are completed:

  • The Award Committee evaluates the degree to which the nominee's work satisfies the award criteria for significant, measured, sustained and shared improvement.
  • To evaluate whether the work is significant, the committee considers factors such as the breadth and depth of the work's impact throughout the target organizations (e.g., the number of projects that have benefited), and the certainty of the connection between the software engineering process improvement work and achievement of the target organizations' performance goals (e.g., the strength of the link between the work and the improvements).
  • To evaluate whether the work is measured, the committee considers factors such as the breadth to which the data demonstrate the improvement (e.g., the measurement of customer satisfaction factors as well as workforce capability-related factors), the depth of the data regarding the improvement (e.g., the consideration of defect containment as well as defect incidence data), and the use of well-defined measures to demonstrate the improvement (e.g., the definition of a concrete measure relating planned vs. actual  project effort).
  • To evaluate whether the work is sustained, the committee considers factors such as the work's level of documentation (i.e., whether the results of the work are described in informal memoranda, internal reports, or organizational standards), the likelihood that the results achieved to date are permanent (e.g., as indicated by the support of senior executives), and the likelihood that there will be additional improvements in the future (e.g., as indicated by establishing procedures for collecting, considering, and implementing process improvement suggestions).
  • To evaluate whether the work is shared, the committee considers factors such as the degree to which the work has directly affected other organizations (e.g., the number ofother organizations using methods influenced by the nominee's work) and the extent to which the nominee's work has impacted (or will impact) the nominee's local and global software engineering process improvement communities (e.g., in terms of presentations in professional society meetings).
  • The Award Committee decides whether the nominee's work satisfies all of the criteria to at least a minimal degree. If this is not the case, a detailed list of deficiencies is sent to the nominator and nominee accompanied by advice regarding a resubmission in the future. If the work at least minimally satisfies all of the criteria, then a detailed list of questions and issues is sent to the nominee.
  • The Award Committee interacts with the nominee to gather information addressing the questions and issues. If the Award Committee feels it is necessary (and, recently, this has been the exception rather than the norm), they may conduct an on-site visit to interact with the nominee and personnel from the target organizations.

Award Criteria

The nominee's productivity improvement must, to an exceptional degree, be significant, measured, sustained, and shared.

  • To be significant, the work must have a demonstrated impact on the target organizations' software engineering activities. It should also consider, as pertinent, the impact on the target organizations' management, workforce, and system development and maintenance processes.
  • To be measured, the work must include the collection of data used to guide the work and clearly demonstrate its impact. Concrete software engineering process improvement goals, factors, and metrics must be defined. The work must involve assessing the cause-and-effect relationship between changes and their impact.
  • To be sustained, the work must lead to a continuing impact on the target organizations' software engineering activities. In particular, the work should result in well-documented support for effective process performance and continuous software engineering process improvement.
  • To be shared, the insights, experiences, and proven practices stemming from the work must have been made available beyond the target organizations. This could, for example, be to other parts of larger organizations within which the target organizations are sub-units. It could, additionally or alternatively, be throughout software engineering process improvement communities in which the nominee and target organizations participate.

Eligibility Requirements

The Award may be presented to nominees that meet the following requirements:

  • The Award may be presented to an individual or a group. Recipients are most often employees of the target organization. If not, the Recipient may work for an organization that provided software engineering process improvement benefits to the target organization, e.g., the Recipient's organization may be an organization that provides software engineering process improvement-related services to the target organization, or it might be an association supporting software engineering process improvement activities that benefit one or more target organizations.
  • Because software engineering process improvement activities are normally group activities, a nominee is usually a team of professionals. However, to recognize work within small organizations or within organizations that do not formally define a software engineering process improvement-related team, a nominee may be an individual or a small informal  group.
  • The target organization may be for-profit, not-for-profit, or non-profit; may be an industrial, academic, or government organization or foundation; and need not be based in the United States.

Software Process Award Renamed to Honor Humphrey's Contributions

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

http://www.sei.cmu.edu

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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. 

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