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October 3, 1996
"Benchmarking Software Profit: Process vs. Innovation"
Mr. Roman Sikaczowski, Rockwell Switching Systems

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Benchmarking Software Profit: Process vs. Innovation

This presentation will be divided into two sections. The first will be an introduction to the benchmarking process. It will provide an overview of the ten steps of proper benchmarking and differentiate between benchmarking and industrial tourism. The second part of the presentation will be to share the results of a recent benchmarking study. Insights into development processes used by successful software companies will be provided and discussed. Surprisingly, they are far removed from ISO and SEI standards! Should we dump the methodology manuals, inspections, and metric forms and get on with coding and testing? The answer may surprise you...

Roman Sikaczowski

Roman Sikaczowski is the Manager of Customer Quality Awareness at Rockwell Switching Systems Division (SSD). He has over 20 years of experience in the software engineering discipline. This includes development, system test, software configuration management, and software quality assurance. He has published several articles in industry journals and has presented at numerous national seminars on topics related to software engineering and quality assurance.

Rockwell's Switching Systems Division achieved several key benchmarks in software process quality. They were the first division within Rockwell to achieve SEI levels 3 and 4. In 1991, SSD was also honored by the Quality Assurance Institute (QAI) with the "Best of the Best" achievement award for software inspections and software metrics. In 1992, SSD won QAI's first ever "Best Overall" award for software excellence.

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