Wednesday Plenary Session Includes SEPM Director Remarks, Keynote Speakers

The SEI’s SEPM Program Director Anita Carleton offered opening remarks on Wednesday morning, during which she recognized the talent and dedication of the worldwide community of practice and shared her perspective on themes for next generation of our models, including more flexibility, iterative releases, and integration with other methods and practices such as Agile and lean.

Carleton closed her remarks by introducing today’s keynote speakers: Carl Wyrwa, former director of quality at Beckman Coulter, and Khaled El Emam, senior investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute.

Wyrwa delivered a presentation on medical device software development during which he imparted that software quality must be extremely high to meet the demands of providing safe and effective products involved in the critical care of patients. Wyrwa spoke poignantly about the constant focus on software quality and oversight of the processes used to develop the software that are necessary to reduce errors that might pose regulatory problems.

Wyrwa passed along to attendees a piece of advice he received from his father: “Always do your work in a way that you would be proud to put your name to it.”

El Emam also used the medical field for context in his presentation that focused on software security.  Through real-world examples including an extortion plot involving personal information from patient prescriptions and the unsecure nature of the wireless link in implantable medical devices, El Emam illustrated the vital importance of a set of practices to secure data and protect patient privacy.

El Emam concluded his talk by emphasizing that privacy must be the default–and embedded into design and architecture of software and business processes–rather than something that needs to be explicitly set.

Palma Buttles, SEPG North America 2012 program co-chair, closed the plenary session by thanking the many individuals who make the conference a success. The time and dedication of Program Committee and abstract reviewers helped to shape a top-notch technical program that anchors SEPG North America 2012.
El Emam concluded his talk by emphasizing that privacy must be the default–and embedded into design and architecture of software and business processes–rather than something that needs to be explicitly set.

Palma Buttles, SEPG North America 2012 program co-chair, closed the plenary session by thanking the many individuals who make the conference a success. The time and dedication of Program Committee and abstract reviewers helped to shape a top-notch technical program that anchors SEPG North America 2012.

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