Here is a recap of what I said at the EuroSIW FEDEP discussion:

We have some great standards for simulation interoperability but they aren't used to the extent that they deserve.

Most, or all, of us in this business: users, vendors, government, academia, have a strong interest in users being successful in their development of interoperable simulation systems. If we see a large number of successful use cases based on standards this makes a great business case for organizations like SISO.

Many projects, maybe even the majority of all projects, if you look worldwide, would be significantly more successful if they used a process like FEDEP that provides guidelines, captures a lot of best-practice and gets people to "solve the right problems in the right order". How can we get there?

First of all: better marketing of SISO and SISO standards. The low attendance at the recent EuroSIW shows that SISO needs to do a better job here. I know that there are thousands of professionals in Europe for which this event could have been highly interesting. But that's another story that I will be happy to pass on to EXCOM.

For the FEDEP standard I think that more practical guidance is needed. Some examples from somewhat related areas that I have found useful over the years are:

A) The book "Implementing the IEEE Software Engineering Standards" by Michael E C Schmidt contains a "Pyramid of applicability" that describes how and when to use the different standards depending on the size and scope of the project (one man-week project or 200 man-year project). The first level, applicable to all projects, is to decide on a life-cycle model using a life-cycle process standard. The second level, for a rather small project, is to capture requirements and test cases.

Would it be possible to provide more guidance on when and how to use our standards?

B) Another example is the Word templates that you can find for, for example, the IEEE Software Requirements Specification. It contains a number of guiding texts that helps people getting started.

Would it be possible to provide this type of template for Federation Agreements and other important documents throughout FEDEP?

Bjorn M

"Pitch GE Adapter - Put Your Simulation on the Google Earth Map"
Bjrn Mller, Pitch Technologies, Nygatan 35, SE-58219 Linkping, Sweden
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