Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation Summit 2018

Date: June 11 – 12, 2018
Venue: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD
Special rate: CISQ members save $350 off the registration fee! Apply the code GARTCISQ at registration


Digital business is having a profound impact on how organizations develop and pursue new technology-enabled business models. Learn how to scale your role to meet your organization’s digital business expectations to ensure you’re not left behind.




Explore the agenda tracks:

  • Delivering World-Class EA
  • Developing EA Leadership Skills and Competencies
  • Engaging Technology-Enabled Business Strategy
  • Mastering Strategic and Emerging Technology Innovation
  • Senior Executive Track


Additionally, explore hot topics across the event with deep-dives into cloud, AI, roadmaps, migration plans and more.


CISQ members, save $350 off the standard registration rate when you sign up with code GARTCISQ at







Northrop Grumman Joins CISQ as Sponsor

Partners with CISQ to Advance Code Quality Standards


Needham, MA – March 26, 2018 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) announced today that Northrop Grumman Corporation is joining the Consortium as a sponsor. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman joins the prominent roster of CISQ sponsors that are advancing the adoption of software quality and sizing standards in the IT industry.


This year, CISQ is launching a working group to produce specifications for measuring the security, reliability, and quality of embedded and real-time software. The project team consists of delegates with expertise in embedded software, from each participating sponsor, including Northrop Grumman, in addition to experts from the Software Engineering Institute and the Common Weakness Enumeration project at MITRE Corp.


“CISQ is delighted to welcome Northrop Grumman as a sponsor. Their deep expertise and experience in areas such as avionics, sensors, and space will be invaluable in helping CISQ extend its quality measures to cover embedded software,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director, CISQ.


“In partnering with CISQ, our goal is to heighten software quality in every line of code delivered to our customers,” said Paul D. Seay, Jr., Northrop Grumman Fellow. Seay has joined the CISQ Governing Board as the lead executive from Northrop Grumman.


For more information about CISQ sponsorship, please visit:


About CISQ

The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is an IT industry leadership group comprised of IT executives from the Global 2000, system integrators, outsourced service providers, and software technology vendors committed to introduce a computable metrics standard for measuring software quality and size. Founded by the Object Management Group (OMG®) and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon, CISQ is a neutral, open forum in which customers and suppliers of IT application software can develop an industry-wide agenda of actions for improving IT application quality and reduce cost and risk. CISQ is sponsored by CAST, CGI, Cognizant, ISPHI, Northrop Grumman, Synopsys and Tech Mahindra. For more information, visit



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Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps West





Wondering why you should attend the Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps West conference June 3-8 in Las Vegas this year? With over 100 learning and networking sessions on digital transformation, agile, automation, testing, and more, there will be a wide variety of new things to learn. One registration gives you access to all three of these industry-leading events.


CISQ members receive a special $200 off the registration fee with the code CWCM. Register early to enjoy this discount with early bird savings!


Conference highlights:

  • Pre-conference training and certification classes
  • The Expo, bringing you the latest in agile software development solutions
  • In-depth half and full day tutorials that focus on your area of interest
  • Keynotes featuring recognized thoughtleaders
  • A full day to explore unique challenges at the Agile Leadership Summit
  • Networking events: receptions, breakfasts, lunches and breaks included


Agile Testing Days USA


Agile Testing Days and TechWell join forces to launch Agile Testing Days USA 2018.


Europe’s fun and widely popular agile testing festival is coming to Boston from June 25-29, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore. This event features over 50 of the top agile testing enthusiasts from Berlin to Boston.


The Agile Testing Days USA conference will be a festival of learning and sharing for the agile and testing community. The agile-focused learning experience will provide an interactive way to get deep insights and the latest developments in testing and agile excellence as well as many opportunities to network with fellow passionate agile software professionals.


CISQ members use promo code ATDCM to save up to $200 off your registration!







March 20 Cyber Resilience Summit Announces Speakers from White House, Pentagon, DHS, and HHS among others

Event focuses on IT modernization, security and resilience


Needham, MA – March 6, 2018 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) today announced the agenda is published and registration is open for its fifth semiannual Cyber Resilience Summit, co-hosted with the IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC). The Summit will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. Distinguished speakers from the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Agriculture (USDA), Commerce (DOC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present.


Headline speakers Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, will keynote how DHS is strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical IT infrastructure, followed by a joint talk with Rob Joyce, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator and Major General Burke E. “Ed” Wilson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. They will discuss the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act and other key policy decisions.


The agenda also includes discussions with IT standards experts, innovative federal CIOs, and policy makers including:

  • “Lessons Learned from Major IT Outages and Security Breaches” panel moderated by Dr. Bill Curtis, CISQ Executive Director, with: Dr. Ron Ross, Computer Scientist and Fellow, NIST; Adam Isles, Principal, Chertoff Group; and Michael Chung, Head of Solutions, Government, Bugcrowd
  • Fortune 100 case study, led by Marc Cohen, a vendor management practitioner, discussing how the commercial sector puts software quality standards into vendor agreements to manage acquisition and delivery
  • Second panel moderated by Dr. Curtis about “Risk Management Standards in Practice,” with: Dr. Ron Ross, Computer Scientist and Fellow, NIST; Robert Martin, Senior Principal Engineer, MITRE; Herb Krasner, University of Texas at Austin (ret.), Designer of new Texas IT reporting law; Brian E. Finch, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and Jeff Barksdale, Principal Security Advisor, UL
  • “Success Factors for Effective IT Modernization – FITARA and CISO Perspectives” panel with: Jose Arrieta, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Senior Procurement, HHS; Chad Sheridan, CIO, Risk Management Agency, USDA; and Rod Turk, Acting CIO, DOC

Visit to view the complete Cyber Resilience Summit agenda and to register. Government employees, elected and appointed government officials receive complimentary admission with pre-registration. The code CISQPR18 is required for complimentary media registration. General registration costs $250 USD.


The event is sponsored by Bugcrowd, CAST, CGI, Cognizant, Ishpi Information Technologies, IT-AAC, Northrop Grumman, Synopsys and Tech Mahindra. Partners are: AFCEA Washington, DC chapter, OWASP and IAOP.


About the Event Hosts


The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) is an IT leadership group that develops international standards for automating the measurement of software size and structural quality from the source code. The standards written by CISQ enable IT and business leaders to measure the risk IT applications pose to the business, as well as estimate the cost of ownership. CISQ was co-founded by the Object Management Group® (OMG®) and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University.


The Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium with representation from government, industry and academia. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes.


The IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC) is a public/private “do tank” composed of leading IT public interest groups, standards bodies and government agencies working together to fundamentally transform how the government acquires and manages IT and Cyber solutions. As the “architect of FITARA”, we are ushering in agile standards of practice and innovations emanating from the $4T Global IT market.



Ann McDonough
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IAOP and CISQ Announce Strategic Partnership

Needham, MA, March 1, 2018 – Today, IAOP® and Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) announce their partnership to provide standards, education and thought leadership to the Information Technology (IT) outsourcing industry.


“We are pleased to partner with CISQ and look forward to working with them in the future to deliver the most relevant information on software development and delivery for outsourcing professionals,” said IAOP CEO Debi Hamill. “Through alliances like this one, IAOP continues to promote and advance the management practice and industry of outsourcing.”


The missions of both organizations are complementary and intersecting: IAOP is the largest active global community of outsourcing professionals worldwide who consult IAOP for strategic guidance on the outsourcing industry; CISQ is an IT leadership group that develops international standards for automating the measurement of software size, structural quality, and related measures from source code. Standards from CISQ are starting to be leveraged in outsourcing agreements as the equivalent of software quality requirements to manage the delivery of secure, reliable and resilient software.


“Software quality standards are critical to benchmarking, scorecarding, and establishing acceptance criteria for software deliverables,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, CISQ Executive Director. Prior to leading CISQ, Dr. Curtis led development of the Capability Maturity Model at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, a CISQ co-founder. “We look forward to partnering with IAOP to advise the outsourcing industry on best practices for measuring quality code and architecture.”


As a result of this partnership, IAOP and CISQ will offer new membership benefits and educational opportunities. IAOP members are invited to a March 7 webinar, Using Software Quality Standards in Outsourced IT Vendor Engagements – a Fortune 100 Case Study, hosted by CISQ. IAOP hosts its Outsourcing World Summit® series of conferences and events in the U.S. and Europe, as well as chapter meetings, courses, and workshops where CISQ will participate. CISQ members are now eligible to receive a discount on IAOP membership and events.


About IAOP®
IAOP is the global association that brings together customers, providers, and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional and organizational development, recognition, certification, and excellence to improve business service models and outcomes. Our members and affiliates worldwide are digging deep at IAOP conferences, learning at IAOP chapter meetings, getting trained and certified at IAOP courses and workshops, and connecting through IAOP social media, all with one goal: better business results. Whether you are a customer, provider or advisor, new to collaborative business models like outsourcing, or you are an experienced professional, IAOP connects you and your organization to our growing global community and to the resources you need to get the results your company deserves and demands. Visit


About CISQ
The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) is an IT leadership group that develops standards for automating the measurement of software size, structural quality, and related measures from static analysis of source code. Standards developed by CISQ are “acquisition-ready” to help the IT industry measure and manage the quality of software products developed internally or by third parties. CISQ was founded in 2010 when the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University and the Object Management Group (OMG), a technology standards consortium, were approached by system integrators and asked to develop standards for measuring software attributes such as reliability and security. These attributes were appearing in development and outsourcing contracts as the equivalent of service level agreements, and every customer had a different definition of how they were to be measured. To date, CISQ has delivered automatable standards for Function Points, Enhancement Points, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Maintainability and Technical Debt. Visit



Ann McDonough
+1 781-444-0404



Note to editors: Object Management Group and OMG are registered trademarks of the Object Management Group.  For a listing of all OMG trademarks, visit All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

PNSQC 2018



We’re hitting the road to quality and we want you to join us!
Be a speaker at PNSQC 2018 – On the Road to Quality

Set your GPS for Portland, Oregon, home of PNSQC 2018. Come tell your peers about how you’re growing your QA team, improving UX, meeting deliverables with Agile, expanding automation – and learn from the tips they’ll share with you!

Submitting a proposal is straightforward and easy.
Tell us in a few paragraphs what you’d like to share with the software engineering community. Visit the PNSQC website – we’ve made some changes for 2018 conference, we offer some new ideas – and then simply submit your proposal! You’ve got until April 1, but the sooner you share your idea with us, the sooner we can help you hone your work into an amazing presentation!


Why get in the driver’s seat to be a speaker at PNSQC 2018?

  • A peer-supported process to ensure success
  • A career boosting advantage you can leverage
  • A chance to earn waived fees to the technical program
  • A perfect time to visit Portland, Oregon in the fall – food, beer, mountains and a river!

We’ll help you craft your presentation.

Does public speaking make you a bit nervous? We have lots of resources available to help you draft your presentation and paper. Deadline April 1 to submit a proposal. Come on, tell us, be a speaker, go to







The QUEST 2018 Conference is May 21-25, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.


QUEST is the best source for new technologies and proven methods for Quality Engineered Software and Testing. Thought leaders, evangelists, innovative practitioners, and IT professionals from across North America gather together for a week packed with classes, tutorials, educational sessions, hand-on workshops, discussions groups, EXPO, and networking events. Let your quest to build, test, and deliver quality software begin with QUEST 2018!



Dr. Bill Curtis, CISQ Executive Director, presents a keynote:

Software Intelligence: Structural Quality Analysis and Machine Learning


The C-suite is fed up with software disasters putting the quarterly statement at risk as they digitize the business. They will demand more accountability and force improvements in software processes that may clash with agile culture. Business critical applications have become so complex and demand for functionality so immediate that human-based quality practices are no longer sufficient. Developer capabilities must be enhanced by improved software quality technology integrated into DevOps toolchains. Providing deeper intelligence about structural weaknesses and operational risks is enabled by new structural quality measurement standards supplemented by machine learning. Recent results from machine learning research in software quality will be discussed along with some caveats about what to expect. International standards for measuring the structural quality of software developed by the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) will be reviewed along with results of empirical research on how some of the most severe flaws are distributed in business applications. The talk will conclude with organizational requirements for successfully adopting these advances.




Joe Jarzombek, CISQ Governing Board Member and Global Manager, Software Supply Chain Solutions, Synopsys, presents:


Software Integrity: Integrated Focus for Software Quality and Security


Evolving roles for QA/Testing must focus on product integrity to reduce enterprise risks attributable to exploitable software. As the cyber threat landscape evolves and software dependencies grow more complex, understanding and managing risk throughout the software supply chain is more critical than ever and must focus on the entire lifecycle that includes development, acquisition, and testing. During his presentation, Joe will provide details on the types of test tools and services used to determine resilience of products and residual risk exposures attributable to software and the value proposition for software integrity as an integrating focus for software quality and security. He will also explain how software integrity is an enabler for IoT cybersecurity and how using standards-based automation enables the exchange of information internally and externally with vendors for IoT/ICT products. Everyone will leave understanding how addressing supply chain dependencies throughout the lifecycle enables enterprises to harden their attack surface by comprehensively identifying their risk exposure.



Click here to view the QUEST program and register





CISQ Webinar: Using Software Quality Standards with Outsourced IT Vendor Engagements – a Fortune 100 Case Study

Speaker: Marc Cohen, Vendor Management practitioner at Fortune 100 institution

Presented live on March 7, 2018


In this webinar, Marc Cohen will discuss how to use software quality standards from CISQ in vendor management engagements. Drawing from nearly two decades of technology deployment experience at American Express, he will explain how to derive better software, better development resources, and better vendor relationships by leveraging software quality standards.


Speaker bio:

Marc Cohen is a seasoned strategic analytical leader who focuses on creating and delivering successful transformational large-scale marketing, risk and information management initiatives. As Technology Vendor Manager at American Express, Marc developed, implemented and managed the American Express Technology Performance Measurement initiative. He led a process that enabled development teams to hold their IT labor vendors accountable by ensuring robust quality code development to contractual service level targets, resulting in the maximum optimization of over $1B in outsourced labor spending.


Watch the webinar on CISQ YouTube / Download the presentation deck




Webinar: Solving the Software Development Pipeline Crisis

Using Apprenticeships to Develop IT Talent


This hour-long webinar starting at 10:00am ET will feature two presenters implementing innovative apprenticeships in IT Coding and Cybersecurity:


Heather Terenzio, CEO of Techtonic Group and Tectonic Academy, started the Software Developer Apprenticeship Program to address talent deficiencies in software development. Techtonic Group operates a proprietary system to identify promising developer talent, help apprentices develop increasingly complex skills and prepare them for full-time employment.


Girish Seshagiri, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ISHPI, partnered with the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute to start a U.S. Dept. of Labor Computer Programming for Secure Software/Cybersecurity Registered Apprenticeship. The program offers a standard college curriculum for secure software development resulting in a two-year degree for program graduates.


Add this webinar to your calendar