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InnerWorkings Releases Accredited Online Learning Content for the PSP in Partnership with the SEI at Carnegie Mellon University

March 24, 2009

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire/ — SEPG Conference — InnerWorkings(R), the leading provider of practice-based solutions for improving developer skills and software processes, announced today the release of its introductory online learning content for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Personal Software Process(SM) (PSP). This accredited online course covers the prerequisite skills that software developers need to participate fully in Team Software Process(SM) (TSP) teams. Developed in partnership with the SEI, it offers a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective alternative to PSP classroom training for companies with increasingly globalized needs.

The PSP was established to improve software quality by providing individual developers with a set of disciplined practices for software development, and is a prerequisite for developers who join a TSP team. The InnerWorkings PSP Fundamentals course is the first instalment of a comprehensive program of online learning content supporting the PSP. The company intends to release an approved PSP Advanced course later this year.

PSP Fundamentals is comprised of highly-interactive, exercise-driven modules covering the basic planning, tracking, and quality principles of software development with PSP. Developed in close collaboration with the SEI, this modular and highly-interactive content places a strong emphasis on practical coding assignments. InnerWorkings PSP Fundamentals also blends the best elements of traditional teaching by supporting access to SEI-authorized PSP Instructors (called LiveGuides) who assess and grade trainee assignments, and answer students’ questions as they arise.

“The SEI is a household name in the world of software process engineering and we are delighted to partner with an organization of such international renown,” says InnerWorkings’ CEO Fran McKeagney. “We share a common goal of extending the reach of TSP and making it more accessible and cost-effective for companies to take on board. At InnerWorkings, we see this partnership as the first step in an ongoing collaboration to transition TSP to a broader community.”

In a separate initiative, InnerWorkings plans to develop tailored platform tools to help facilitate TSP adoption within software organizations worldwide. Since early 2008, InnerWorkings has been working with a Fortune 500 systems integrator on a global implementation of TSP. InnerWorkings is also collaborating with Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico to streamline the implementation of TSP. This development effort stems from Mexico’s nationwide TSP initiative, which aims to train 57,000 PSP software developers by 2013.

“Achieving widespread TSP adoption provides an important means of substantially improving the quality of the software we produce in Mexico, in order to achieve our goal of becoming the number one in software quality around the world,” says Rafael Salazar, Director of the Mexican TSP Initiative at Tecnologico de Monterrey. “Organizations that successfully implemented TSP have reported a 70% increase in team productivity and dramatic improvements in code quality – studies show that the typical defect rate is 17 times lower than that achieved by CMMI Level 5 certified software organizations. The results we are getting from the Mexican organizations where we are implementing TSP show those improvements also, with one organization achieving 0.028 defects/KLOC delivered to the customer in a 500 KLOC system. The work we are doing with InnerWorkings to enhance platform tools will make it easier for organizations to implement the TSP and achieve those benefits faster.”

About the SEI

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

About InnerWorkings

InnerWorkings helps software organizations gain clear insight into development team capabilities, and optimize skills and processes. The ability to improve development skills and processes enables increased developer utilization, and reduces the risks of offshoring, outsourcing, and recruiting. InnerWorkings has been a Gold-Certified Microsoft Partner and a Visual Studio Integration Partner since 2003. The company’s enterprise customer base includes Microsoft, Dell, HP, EDS, GE Healthcare, Intel, Wells Fargo, Nike, and Clear Channel. For more information, visit http://www.innerworkings.com.

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