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STEP Program Director Speaks at Test and Evaluation Mangers' Symposium 2019 in Washington DC (April 2019)

April 10, 2019 – Hosted by Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, STEP Director Dr. Robin Poston talks about cyber resilience for major acquisition programs utilize the STEP research teams fifteen (15) years of accumulated knowledge from working intensively with industry partners, such as FedEx Corporate, AutoZone, Hilton Hotels, and more. At the Test and Evaluation Mangers' Symposium 2019 held at the US Department of Interior building in Washington DC, the panel and audience shared and debated best practices in cyber security test and evaluation (T&E). With more than 300 government and industry representatives in attendance, multiple panels discussed state-of-art issues and addressed hot topics in cyber resiliency T&E. Dr. Poston's panel discussed how it is everyone's job to remain vigilant when it comes to cyber resiliency, and software-intensive systems development must infuse cyber resilient awareness into its processes, including those focused on T&E. The event was a day-long affair where industry and government experts could network and socialize new ideas in this arena. Being a leader in the T&E space, STEP was called upon by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology group to help provide speakers and its own expertise.

STEP supporting The Academia Industry Software Quality & Testing (AISTQ) Conference being held April 24-25, 2018 (February 2018)

Hosted by Shamoon College of Engineering in Beer Sheva, Israel, The Academia Industry Software Quality & Testing (AISTQ) Conference brings together researchers and leaders from industry who are interested in contemporary software testing and software quality topics. The AISTQ conference provides an opportunity for academic and industry practitioners to meet, present, and discuss novel approaches, algorithms, and techniques for improving software quality. We invite those interested in software quality and testing, from both the industrial sector and academia, to take part in this event. The goal of AISTQ is to increase the important cooperation between academia and industry in any areas that are relevant to software quality and testing. See the following URL for more information: https://en.sce.ac.il/academic-units/software-engineering/aistq

STEP to participate in the CAST Foundations Cyber Security Certification Program September 25-29, 2017 (October 2017)

STEP team members will lead testing modules in the Cluster to Advance cyber-Security and Testing (CAST) Certification Program covering topics on how testers support better cyber security efforts. This foundational program covers the foundations of cyber security and cyber security vulnerabilities over a broad scope of topics. The week long certification course is comprised of multiple modules, each taught by an expert in the relevant subject area. This face to face course will be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology. For more information, please reach out to Dr. Robin Poston, rposton@memphis.edu.

STEP to offer Foundational Level Training October 2-6, 2017 (September 2017)

STEP research team will also be sharing industry best practices and the latest research findings of the testing field in the Foundational level training class. Classes are to be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The five-day foundational course, developed in conjunction with the FedEx Corporation, provides a broad and comprehensive survey of software testing. The goal of the training week is to provide attendees with a solid working knowledge of the major aspects of software testing so that they can successfully work as software testers or software developers who interact more effectively with software testers. For more information, please reach out to Dr. Mark Gillenson, mgillnsn@memphis.edu.

STEP Doctoral Graduate has Paper Accepted to the Premier IS Conference (August 2017)

The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) is a conference of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and premier outlet for the top ideas and leading thinking of our field. Dr. Jignya Patel, jpatel@fit.edu, a faculty member at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida and doctoral graduate of the University of Memphis, has a paper accepted to this conference which will be held in Seoul, South Korea December 10-13, 2017. Dr. Patel’s paper which is co-authored with other STEP researchers is about how agile adoption is gaining popularity in organizations, even those steeped in traditional software development because it has been shown to offer significant benefits. Yet project managers are often unable to implement agile to its full potential given stakeholder resistance. Project managers find workarounds as a compromise to resistance in certain situations, whether the actions are harmless or essential to resistance. This paper unfolds a case study to examine how project managers’ social intelligence competencies that include working with, persuading, and influencing people plays a pivotal role in working around resistance to agile adoption emanating from stakeholders within and outside the team. These findings apply to testing team members on agile teams and offers lessons on how they should engage with their project managers.

International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) 2018 Coming to FIT (July 2017)

STEP to host and participate in the prestigious IEEE’s 29th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology in 2018. ISSRE is the premier conference on the theory and practice of software systems reliability. ISSRE is an annual event that allows the top tier of research and industry to interact. In attendance, will be hi-tech and IT businesses partners and many researchers from Higher Education Institutions from around the world. ISSRE is the best Industry-Academia Technical Conference in Software Engineering. Most conferences cater either to the academia or the industry, but rarely bring the two together. Prior attendance illustrates an even split between researchers and senior technical people from industry. Over the past decade, ISSRE is credited as one of the few ACM or IEEE Software conferences that brings in the highest number of senior technical people from Industry. Please plan to join us for several days of stimulating idea sharing and international networking. For more information, please reach out to Cody Behles, cbehles@memphis.edu.

STEP Earns Research Contract with the Department of Homeland Security (June 2017)

STEP Researchers have been asked to perform a Competency Assessment & Skills Gap Analysis of the DHS testing workforce. Based on this analysis, customized training will be delivered to raise the overall sophistication of the testing at DHS. The contracted research work extends from June 2017 through June 2018. Today, executive management must focus on the strategic leveraging of an organization’s bundle of skills and competencies of their workforce. As the organization moves quickly to take advantage of ever-changing operating environments and opportunities, information technology workforce capabilities must not only ensure that business-as-usual demands are met, but be in a position to support new ventures quickly and continuously adjust to the ever changing technology landscape. Today’s workforce management strategies require specific focus on developing and maintaining a bundle of skills and competencies among employees that is ready for anything, agile in nature, and capable of being deployed at any time. DHS is seeking the help of STEP researchers to improve how well testing and evaluation is performed in order to prepare for the next era of information intensive systems testing.

BIT Department’s Jasmine Jackson earns the Dave J. Miller Excellence Award (May 2017)

At the 10th International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing, held at the FedEx Institute of Technology, BIT student Jasmine Jackson received the Dave J. Miller Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in software testing coursework. The award comes with a stipend for Ms. Jackson. Dave Miller was personally presented this award in front of an audience of 95 testing professionals and academics attending the workshop run by the System Testing Excellence Program (STEP). STEP is an interdisciplinary research program that brings together the Departments of Business Information and Technology, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering to engage with industry partners in advancing the science of software testing.

“I was honored and thrilled to present the Excellence Award to Jasmine for all of the exceptional work she has done in software testing,” said Dave Miller, former VP of IT at FedEx Services, owner of Miller Mentoring and Consulting, and co-founder of STEP. “Jasmine is a model for others, demonstrating talent and character in her work. She will always be remembered as being the first to earn this award. I am extremely proud of her for representing the essence of excellence in software testing."