e-Talk Radio: Davis, Alan, 8 March 2001


In this discussion, Dr. Alan Davis advises software developers to "make sure you write your requirements down, make sure you learn what your customer's needs are, and make sure you pick the right set of requirements that enable you to actually meet your schedules and your budgets."

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CAROL: Welcome to Quality Plus! e-Talk with Carol Dekkers. I am Carol Dekkers, and I would like to welcome you to show number 10. It is March 8, 2001, and I am excited about our guest today. We are going to be talking about requirements management in Internet time, which is an exciting type of topic. I'd like to welcome our guest, Dr. Alan Davis. Welcome, Alan, to the show.

ALAN: Hi, Carol, glad to be here.

CAROL: Glad you're here. Before I introduce Alan, I'd like to tell you...extend the offer that I've extended for the past several weeks about a calendar that equates and ties together function point analysis, which is one of the things that I do for a living, .... software and tied into measurement programs. We've developed a calendar that has the CMMI, the capability maturity model integration model, tied together with function point analysis and together with a 12-month calendar for 2001. So, if anyone is interested in that, I offer you, if you'd like to send me your mailing address please, you can send it to: [email protected]. And I will give out the toll-free number: 1-866-277-5369.

I'd like to introduce our guest today. I am very pleased to introduce to you the president of Omni Vista Incorporated, a Colorado corporation dedicated to helping companies to prevent software disasters. Alan was a member of the Board of Directors at ............. which was acquired by Rational Software in February of 1997. He is a non-managing general partner and investment advisor for Catalyst Information Technology Development Fund, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in software start-ups in the Rocky Mountain region. He has consulted for many corporations over the past 20 years, including a lot of notables that you'd recognize: Boeing, British Telecom, ....... Design Systems, Cigna Insurance, Federal Expression, Flight Dynamics, MCI, McDonald's, IBM, Sharpe, I can go on and on. Previously, he was the vice president of Engineering Services at BTT, a Virginia-based software start-up that went public in 1995. He has been the Editor-In-Chief emeritus of IAAA Software and serving as Editor-In-Chief from 1994 to 1998. He continues to be an Editor for the Journal of Systems Software from 1987 to present. He is Editor for the Communications of the ACM from 1981 to 1991. He has been the author of several books, including Software Requirements, Objects, Functions and States, which the First Edition came out in 1990, the Second Edition in 1993. He has written The best-selling 201 Principles of Software Development, which came out by McGraw-Hill in 1995, and he's been the founder of the IAAA International Conferences Requirements Engineering. I can't think of anyone more qualified or eminent in the industry of requirements management than Dr. Alan Davis. So, I'd like to welcome you to the show, and thank you for taking time out of your busy day, Alan.

ALAN: Thanks, Carol. No problem.

CAROL: To get started, I think for some of our guests that are listening who were in the test management, quality assurance of any area - First of all, I'd like to welcome you to our listening audience, no matter how you're listening, whether it's in


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