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Updated 31 Oct 2000

A Panel on Configuration Management
Thursday, October 5, 2000

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A Panel on Configuration Management

Amy Marrinan's panel presentation is available in a PowerPoint file.
( Microsoft Windows PowerPoint viewers are available for download from Microsoft.)

For October we had a unique panel presentation for SPIN members. We have a panel of three SPIN members from different firms in our area who have agreed to discuss Configuration Management (CM) as it pertains to their organizations. A different CM perspective will be discussed by each of our panelist.

We will start with Karen Nowicki, who will address the initial stages of CM maturity. Our second panelist, Catherine Wajda will address CM from a mature process perspective. Our final panelist, Amy Marrinan will give a twist to the traditional CM approach by addressing a Website content CM process.

These three short presentations will be followed by an open discussion period where our membership can drill into these three diverse CM view points.


Karen Nowicki, Install Shield
Karen A. Nowicki is a program manager with the InstallShield Software Corporation. She has been in the software industry for 14 years and has been interested and championed the improvement of the software development process since her first Software Engineering course. Her experience with Software Configuration Management (SCM) includes the development and later the management of tools to support the SCM process, the evaluation of commercially available SCM tools, and the assessment of the SCM methods used on numerous projects in a number of companies.
Catherine Wajda, Northrop Grumman
Catherine Wajda is the Tools and Configuration Management Coordinator for the Software Engineering organization of the Defensive Systems Division in Rolling Meadows of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. She has over 20 years experience in various aspects of software tools for the support of real-time embedded systems. In her support of Configuration Management, she managed the requirements through delivery of the initial internally developed Configuration Management tool, covering a six-year period of development, delivery and various tool updates. She has recently been assigned to manage the continued development and delivery of phase updates for the second internally developed Configuration Management tool, which has replaced the first tool for project use. The second CM tool encompasses more than CM with assisting in "wrapping" the site's Software Engineering processes into its use. Catherine has also been the Software Engineering Process Group's training coordinator.
Amy Marrinan, marchFirst
Amy Marrinan directs the Experience Architecture practice within marchFIRST's Brand Building Studio in Chicago. Experience Architecture team members collaborate with creative strategy, design, technology and business disciplines to optimize interactive experiences on large-scale Internet projects. Experience Architecture offerings include editorial strategy, content migration and management, content creation, information architecture, and usability strategy and analysis. Last year, Ms. Marrinan led the establishment of marchFIRST's Content Strategy group and its methodologies. In her past position she served as Marketing Communications Manager for a product safety consulting company. In addition to managing the development of all internal and external corporate communications, she worked closely with senior managers at several leading corporations including McDonald's, Frito-Lay, Marks & Spencer and Nestle. Previously, she spent three years as a campaign organizer for national, state, and local issue-based campaigns for a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization. Ms. Marrinan has Bachelors of Arts degrees in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University. In 1999, she earned a Master of Science in Managerial and Business Communications from Northwestern University.

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