Subject: Call for Participation - Acquisition of Software-Intensive Systems Conference
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 15:05:00 EDT
From: Carol Biesecker <>

Call for Participation
Acquisition of Software-Intensive Systems Conference
January 28-30, 2003
Software Engineering Institute
Arlington, Virginia
World Wide Web:

All inquiries to:

Important Deadlines:
September 30, 2002 - last day to submit proposal abstracts
November 1, 2002 - last day to notify presenters of proposal acceptance


The Acquisition of Software-Intensive Systems Conference is an an opportunity for government acquisition organization employees,
their support agencies (i.e., support contractors, federally funded
research and development centers [FFRDCs]), and federal government
contractors to share experiences and insights about acquisition.

This inaugural conference will focus on the theme of improving the
acquisition of software-intensive systems throughout government. The experience and expertise of practitioners in the field provide the best
insight for professionals who are trying to enhance the effectiveness of
their acquisition methods and techniques. We encourage you to submit
proposals for presentations that explore key issues currently of interest
to the government acquisition community.


The following are a few suggestions for session topics:

- - State of acquisition practice in federal (and state) agencies
- - Experiences with improved acquisition practices such as
. Agile acquisition
. Evolutionary acquisition
. Known "best practices"
. Improved acquisition processes
. Improved contract language
. Spiral development
. Acquisition technology issues
. DoD/Service acquisition improvement initiatives
. Managing risk
- - System of system issues
- - Legal, regulatory, and policy issues
- - Improving the acquisition workforce

Proposal abstracts should be no longer than one page (750 words) and should include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address of each author. E-mail abstracts no later than September 30, 2002
to conference co-chairs:

Jack Ferguson -
Rob Gold -

For more information, contact

Customer Relations
Software Engineering Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: 412 / 268-5800
FAX: 412 / 268-5758