On July 22nd, Mark Paulk – Senior Systems Scientist at the Institute for Software Research International, Carnegie Mellon University and world’s top expert on software processes– presented at LUXOFT’s Summer 2004 Software Outsourcing RoundTable in Bellevue, WA.

LUXOFT, wishing to address the importance of strict methodology on both the client and vendor sides, and RUSSEE, which represents the Institute for Software Research in Russia, invited Mr. Paulk to speak about the software process and outsourcing, an area in which Carnegie Mellon is widely recognized as a world-wide expert and standard setter. Mr. Paulk’s presentation, entitled “Managing Outsourcing – Business, People, Technology, and Process,” discussed the past and the future of CMU’s initiative to design the e-Sourcing Capability Models for Service Providers and for Clients (eSCM-SP and eSCM-CL). Mr. Paulk outlined the need for such models, how they compare to other models, the issues they address, and the benefits they bring to vendors and to customers in the software outsourcing industry. He encouraged companies to participate in this work in order to ensure that the models meet their needs. Mr. Paulk’s presentation generated lively interest, numerous questions, and thought-provoking roundtable discussions.

These discussions will continue in October 2004 when Mr. Paulk speaks at a series of seminars in Moscow, Russia organized by RUSSEE. These open events are aimed at developing and supporting the high quality of software development enjoyed by the Russian software outsourcing industry and are part of an initiative by the Institute for Software Research International to promote best-practice process, management and technology standards developed by the global software industry.

The quarterly SORT meetings are organized by LUXOFT, Russia’s premier software development vendor, for a select group of IT executives representing leading Pacific NW organizations. Executives responsible for managing their company’s strategic sourcing of software development attend these networking/educational events in order to establish a peer network, to share best practices and risk-mitigation strategies, to hear advice from industry experts, and to catch up on the latest industry trends. The Summer 2004 SORT was attended by twelve representatives from eight major regional corporations. Participants rated this event an “8” on a scale from 1-10, and stated that they would continue their participation and would recommend to others to attend future meetings based on the networking opportunities and informative value.

To get an overview of LUXOFT SORT program please click here.

About Mark Paulk

Mark Paulk is a Senior Systems Scientist at the Institute for Software Research International. He had been with the Software Engineering Institute from 1987 to 2002. Mark was the "book boss" for Version 1.0 of the Capability Maturity Model for Software and was the project leader during the development of CMM Version 1.1. He is also involved with software engineering standards, including ISO 15504, ISO 12207, and ISO 15288. Mr. Paulk is a senior member at IEEE and ASQ. Prior to joining the SEI, Mark was a Senior Systems Analyst for System Development Corporation at the Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Research Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

About Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon is a US national research university of about 7,500 students and 3,000 faculty, research and administrative staff. The institution was founded in 1900 in Pittsburgh by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and is renowned for its Engineering programs. According to US News and World Report, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science is ranked 1-4 together with Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT. The university is particularly strong in the fields of robotics, distributed computing and software engineering. The School of Computer Science faculty has won the annual ACM Turing award - the most prestigious award in computer science, 6 times since its inception. More information can be found at www.cmu.edu or www.cs.cmu.edu.


RUSSEE (short for Russian Software Engineering Education) provides training and consulting services to the Russian/CIS software companies and is partnered with Carnegie Mellon University, the top US school in the fields of Software Engineering and Computer Science. Carnegie Mellon is also home to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) that developed the CMM and CMMi standards. RUSSEE provides open and corporate training services for software developers, team leads, senior technology specialists, project managers and executives. We also provide process improvement consulting and CMMi appraisal services. Our services are certified by Carnegie Mellon University and are conducted by Carnegie Mellon faculty and/or Carnegie Mellon certified Russian-speaking instructors and consultants. Among RUSSEE's 49 clients are industry leaders Luxoft, ABBYY, Deutsche Bank, Kaspersky Labs, EPAm Systems, IBA. RUSSEE is partnered with RUSSOFT, Fort-Ross, Sirius and Silicon Taiga IT/software industry associations. More information can be found at http://www.russee.com


LUXOFT (http://www.luxoft.com/) is the leading provider of software development and R&D services in Russia. It has built its reputation for creative and complex problem solving. LUXOFT’s work with multinational IT, manufacturing, energy, financial services and aerospace companies has established a solid knowledge base for the company’s vertical industry expertise. With offices in Seattle, Atlanta, UK, Germany, as well as development centers across Russia and the CIS, LUXOFT serves the world’s leading companies, such as Boeing, IBM, Dell, and Deutsche Bank. In 2003, LUXOFT became first worldwide in achieving CMM and CMMI Level 5 simultaneously, as well as the first European company with CMMI Level 5. LUXOFT is member of the IBS Group, Russia’s leading IT enterprise since 1992. IBS has over 3,000 employees that provide complex IT solutions to Russian, European and US customers, including Shell, British Petroleum, JP Morgan, Ford, Mars, and the US Department of Energy.