University of California, Irvine
Irvine Research Unit in Software (IRUS)
is proud to sponsor the

Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN)

Acquisition Best Practices -
Issues and Experiences

Friday, July 30, 1999

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
University Club Library
University of California, Irvine

There is a $15.00 charge for non-sponsors.
Checks should be made payable to UC Regents.

No reservations required.

Featured Speaker: Donald J. Reifer, Reifer Consultants, Inc.,

This talk will focus on a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II effort that developed product line and supplier management practices for insertion into the processes that organizations are using to develop/acquire software and systems. These practices are becoming increasingly important as organizations try to figure out how to implement changes to their business practices that have been fostered by the increased use of COTS, outsourcing and open systems. This SBIR's aim was to make product line, architecture and software reuse concepts a natural part of the processes organizations like yours use to develop systems and software according to the Systems, Software and Software Acquisition Capability Maturity Models (SE-CMM, SW-CMM and SA-CMM). The talk will start by providing background on the SBIR effort, its motivation and what it has accomplished to date. It will then summarize its Phase I and Phase II findings, conclusions and recommendations. Finally, the talk will describe the best processes/ practices that RCI has developed based upon these results and inputs from a market survey and six process assessments. The talk will conclude with a stimulating question and answer session.

Biography: Donald J. Reifer is one of the leading figures in the field of software engineering and management with more than 30 years of progressive experience in both government and industry. While Director of the DoD Software Initiatives Office, Mr. Reifer served as Chief of the DoD Software Reuse Initiative and Ada Joint Program Office under an intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency. Currently as President of RCI, Mr. Reifer lead this BMDO, Northrop and U.S. Army sponsored SBIR effort that developed best acquisition processes/practices for product line management.

Coordinator: A. Winsor Brown, USC/CSE,

UCI Maps and Directions to meeting are available.

Next Meeting:

Date: August 27, 1999
Topic: Public Release of SW-CMM v2.0
Speakers: Jack Ferguson, Software Engineering Institute, Rick Hefner, TRW
Coordinator: Rick Hefner, TRW,

The Irvine Research Unit in Software wishes to thank its corporate sponsors:


The Boeing Company * IBM * Microsoft Corporation * Northrop Grumman Corporation
Raytheon Company * Sun Microsystems * TRW


Beckman Coulter * FileNet Corporation * Printronix, Inc.
Continuus Software Corporation * Hewlett-Packard

For further information on SPIN or IRUS,

contact Debra Brodbeck at (949) 824-2260,

Irvine Research Unit in Software
Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine CA 92697-3425