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                                         Software Process
                                    Improvement Network (SPIN)

      November 2002 VISIT OUR WEB PAGE AT Issue # 28

                               OMAHA SPIN SPONSORS
The following organizations have committed to excellence in software process improvement
and are sponsors of the OMAHA SPIN.

         Officer                Name                Contact Information
     President/Web Master:   John Sautter 
     Vice President:         Denise Holland
     Treasurer:              Russ Barnes  
     Secretary:              Bob Hogzett  
     Newsletter Editor:      Michelle Miller

                                 SPIN SPEAKERS
         Date/Time                   Topic                         Speaker

   December 17,               Project Management.                Brad Poeckes
  11:30 A.M-1:00
 Anthony’s 72nd’F

If you are someone or know someone who would like to share a
presentation or an experience with the SPIN group, please contact
one of the SPIN officers. Also, if you have a suggested topic for a
future meeting but don’t know anyone to present, please notify one
of the SPIN officers.

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                         Brief Description                    Comments                    Contact
  December 13,                                              Social Hour            http://www.aitpomaha.or
       2002              IT Professional’s Holiday        Starts at 6:30             g/forms/confirm.htm
   Peter Kiewit                    Party                   Buffet Starts           Select this link
   Conference                                                   at 7                    to Register
Center– Room 100                                           Cost is 12.50
   State Office
Building - on 13th
                                                             Due by the
 Street between
Harney & Farnam

                                   November Meeting
                     November’s meeting was a planning and discussion meeting

     Attending a session on getting on the email list through yahoo groups make you a member forever.
Using the Yahoo Site
     John discussed the Yahoo groups site and how he administers it.
     Presentations on new technology would increase interest.
     Only Source of Non-Profit Revenue.
     Recruited Via Omaha Spin Vice President.
     Looking for suggestions for incentives for sponsorship besides logo on website and newsletter.
     Recruited Via Omaha Spin President
     Presenters currently receive a paperweight and certificate for presenting.
             o Open to suggestions for change.
     Presentations should be less sales oriented and more general so information can be applied.
     Looking at doing Net meetings which would allow us to get more quality presenters without the cost of
        Distinguished Speaker Series
     We discussed night sessions vs. lunch sessions.
             o Lunch sessions seem to have better attendance.
     We discussed the Tie to the Infotec Conference.
             o We have decided to continue.
Newsletters and Website
     Remove redundant sections of the newsletter that are available on the website
     Find a condensed way to display the image logos on the newsletter.
     Open to suggestions of additions to the newsletter that would add value.
     gets hits from around the world.
     Open to suggestions for additional sections.
     Elected each year.
     It was decided to have an open call for new SPIN officers.
        We will pass out surveys at a future SPIN meeting to receive member feedback.
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                             Want Ads – Sharing Information
          The purpose of this column is to provide a place for you to advertise for needed information, assistance,
          etc. from other SPIN members. Often when an organization is having a problem with a tool,
          technology, process, or even a technical problem, someone at another organization has already resolved
          it. Send in your requests and we will include them.

          WANTED: Process success stories and lessons learned. No lesson is too small. Send all
          submissions to

                                       SHARE         YOUR WISDOM

          This newsletter is distributed monthly and is available on the Omaha
          SPIN web site (      Our goal is to publish each
          month’s newsletter within 10 days after each monthly meeting. If you
          wish   to  subscribe,   have   a   suggestion,  have   a   recommended
          topic/column, or would like to submit an article, please contact the
          Newsletter    Editor,     Michelle     Miller    at    998-2707     or
 or any other SPIN Officer. Give me
          your ideas to help make the Omaha SPIN newsletter a useful tool for
          Process Improvement at all organizations!!!

“Frequently Forgotten Fundamental Facts about Software Engineering”
P1. The most important factor in attacking complexity is not the tools and the techniques that programmers use
but rather the quality of the programmers themselves.
P2. Good programmers are up to 30 times better than mediocre programmers, according to “individual
differences” research. Give that their pay is never commensurate, they are the biggest bargain in the software
Q1. Quality is a collection of attributes. Various people define those attributes differently, but a commonly
accepted collection is portability, reliability, efficiency, human engineering, testability, understandability and
Q2. Quality is not the same as satisfying users, meeting requirements, or meeting cost and schedule targets.
However, all these things have an interesting relationship: user satisfaction = quality product + meets
requirements + delivered when needed + appropriate cost. Q3. Because quality is not simply reliability, it is
about much more than software defects.
Q4. Trying to improve one quality attribute often degrades another. For example, attempts to improve efficiency
often degrade modifiability.
M1. Quality and maintenance have an interesting relationship (see Q3 and Q4).
M2. Maintenance typically consumes about 40 to 80 percent (60 percent average) of software costs. Therefore,
it is probably the most important life cycle phase.
M3. Enhancement is responsible for roughly 60 percent of software maintenance costs. Error correction is
roughly 17 percent. So software maintenance is largely about adding new capability to old software, not about
fixing it.”
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Source: Robert L. Glass, “Frequently Forgotten Fundamental Facts about
Engineering”, IEEE Software, May/June 2001

                                 LIGHTIN’ UP

The Software Engineering Approach

A Software Engineer, a Hardware Engineer and a Departmental Manager were on their way to a meeting in
Switzerland. They were driving down a steep mountain road when suddenly the brakes on their car failed. The
car careened almost out of control down the road, bouncing off the crash barriers, until it miraculously ground
to a halt scraping along the mountainside. The car's occupants, shaken but unhurt, now had a problem: they
were stuck halfway down a mountain in a car with no brakes. What were they to do?

"I know", said the Departmental Manager, "Let's have a meeting, propose a Vision, formulate a Mission
Statement, define some Goals, and by a process of Continuous Improvement find a solution to the Critical
Problems, and we can be on our way."

"No, no", said the Hardware Engineer, "That will take far too long, and besides, that method has never worked
before. I've got my Swiss Army knife with me, and in no time at all I can strip down the car's braking system,
isolate the fault, fix it, and we can be on our way."

"Well", said the Software Engineer, "Before we do anything, I think we should push the car back up the road
and see if it happens again.

                          CIA - Computer Industry Acronyms
CD-ROM: Consumer Device, Rendered Obsolete in Months
PCMCIA: People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms
ISDN: It Still Does Nothing
SCSI: System Can't See It
MIPS: Meaningless Indication of Processor Speed
DOS: Defunct Operating System
WINDOWS: Will Install Needless Data On Whole System
OS/2: Obsolete Soon, Too
PnP: Plug and Pray
APPLE: Arrogance Produces Profit-Losing Entity
IBM: I Blame Microsoft
DEC: Do Expect Cuts
MICROSOFT: Most Intelligent Customers Realize Our Software Only Fools Teenagers
CA: Constant Acquisitions
COBOL: Completely Obsolete Business Oriented Language
LISP: Lots of Insipid and Stupid Parentheses
MACINTOSH: Most Applications Crash; If Not, The Operating System Hangs
AAAAA: American Association Against Acronym Abuse.
WYSIWYMGIYRRLAAGW: What You See Is What You Might Get If You're Really Really Lucky And
All Goes Well

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