New Date TUTORIAL: Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Project Planning

Description:   A growing number of large software-intensive system solutions 2015-June-Tutorial-Agile-Project-Managementare Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)  projects, in which the roles and responsibilities of Systems Engineers (SEs), Software Engineers (SWEs), and Project Managers (PjMs) are rapidly evolving. The purpose of this activity-based Tutorial is to acquaint SEs, SWEs, and PjMs with some of these evolving roles, specifically in the initial Project Planning phases of Agile ALM projects. Activities will be based on an example Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for a Critical Infrastructure Protection and Recovery (CIPR) capability needed to support national infrastructure security. A primary objective of the Tutorial is to highlight the value of collaboration during Agile ALM project planning, in this case a BAA Response. Using information from briefings and the example CIPR-related BAA, Tutorial participants will be introduced to and practice process steps and techniques involved in developing Agile ALM project initial planning information and artifacts such as Product Vision Board Extended (PVBE), Persona Templates, Product Canvas, and Product Backlog Items (PBIs).


Bio:  Mike Pafford has over 40 years of active duty Air Force & Navy, commercial industry, and applied research experience in the analysis, design, development, and operation of complex systems used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.  He holds a BS in Business & Management from the University of Maryland University College, an MS in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and three Professional Certifications in Vietnamese and Russian from the Defense Language Institute.


An INCOSE member since 1998, Mike is currently Co-Chairman of the INCOSE Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method Working Group, and is President-Elect of the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter. He was named Systems Engineer of the Year for the Chapter in 2011. Since 2008 Mike has also been an Instructor of Software Systems Engineering in the MS in Systems Engineering curriculum for the Johns Hopkins University.

Who:               Mike Pafford, Pres Elect for INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter and JHU Instructor

When:            Friday, 15 July @ 0745 to 1500

Where:            Wyle Labs, 22309 Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653           

Bill of Fare:    Continental Breakfast & Lunch Provided      RSVP required

Cost:              $35 members, $45 non-members

For reservations,

please RSVP by 12 pm, 14 July to:

 Karl Geist


 and thanks!!!


Download: Flyer

A review of Alexander Wulff’s Smart Broken Bone Cast System

I was one of the judges that evaluated over 200 projects at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) this year in Phoenix AZ.  It has been a passion of mine to participate this INCOSE endeavor since 2009 because of all the exceptional good projects you get see and exceptional students you get to meet.  Relatively few get their names called to the international award stage compared to the number that deserve it.  It is my pleasure to honor Alexander Wulff from Skaneateles High School in Skaneateles. New York.  He was one of our INCOSE honorable Mentions that are not called up on stage.

Alexander Wul at his project "CastMinder" being judged for INCOSE award at 2016 ISEF

Alexander Wulff at his project “CastMinder” being judged for INCOSE award at 2016 ISEF

I was lucky growing up never breaking a bone and needing a cast; however my sister had a tragic leg injury that required many pins and a cast for six months at a time. I wish the technology in Alexander’s system was is use at the time.  This project dealt with adding low powered and cost sensors to casts that give an alert when abnormal moisture, pressure and temperature are encountered which could indicate an infection or other medical problem that would require medical attention.   To me that would be enough but Alexander is taking it a step further by adding two mode elector stimulus.  The first mode has been shown to keep muscles from atrophy which is common in cast bound limbs and the second mode has been shown to help bones knit together faster.  He still has some work left to do but the World can certainly use a cast that reduces the infection complications from casts, decreases the time needed in a cast and also reduces the therapy time needed once the cast is been removed.

Great work Alexander!