Date: June 19, 2013 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Angela Tuffley on SCRAM: A Method for Assessing the Risk of Schedule Compliance [Presentation]

Abstract: The Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Method (SCRAM) utilises a framework for organizing the information gathered during an assessment, to identify the root causes of slippage, to communicate the reasons behind the schedule slippage, and for structuring recommendations to address the root causes.

This framework, referred to as the Root Cause Analysis of Schedule Slippage model (or RCASS) depicts the major areas impacting schedule and the relationships between these areas. SCRAM includes schedule health checks to evaluate the construction and logic of the program schedule, schedule risk analysis (SRA) to show the probability distribution of completion dates and software metric analysis (SMA) to estimate and benchmark software development.

SCRAM has been applied to a number of defence programs in Australia and the US.  These assessments have typically been applied when schedule problems occur during the Integration and Testing phase. However prior to this critical phase, SCRAM can be used at the commencement of a program to identify and mitigate potential risks or during program execution to monitor schedule.

This presentation will discuss the SCRAM Methodology, the RCASS Model that underpins the root causes of schedule slippage, use of schedule risk analysis (SRA) and software metric analysis (SMA) and includes real-world examples of successful assessments using SCRAM to identify schedule risks both prior and during the systems integration and testing phase.

About the Speaker: Angela Tuffley is the Director of RedBay Consulting, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Griffith University, Australia and Visiting Scientist, Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She has over 30 years of industry experience and provides expert professional services in training, assessment and advice for the acquisition, engineering and support of software intensive systems, with a focus on Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment, the adoption of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI); and ISO/IEC 15504 Information Technology Process Assessment (SPICE). In 2004, she was a member of the Australian Federal Government Working Party for Software Quality Accreditation providing expert advice to a Ministerial Report on Software Quality Accreditation in the Australian Context. For six years she actively participated in working groups for ISO/IEC –developing international standards to improve the development of software.

Angela is one of the principal authors of the Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM) developed as a collaborative effort between the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation, Software Metrics Inc and RedBay Consulting.


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sign-in and Networking/Dinner

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Speaker Presentation


CareFusion, Bldg D, 2nd deck, room C300

10020 Pacific Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA

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