BLS steps up to software management tool

BLS steps up to software management tool

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has bought 250 copies of a software project management tool, processMax2, from Pragma Systems Corp. of Reston, Va., to move up to the second level of the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model.

Sean Curran, BLS' director of software improvement, said that there are several hundred developers at the bureau besides the managers who will use processMax2. BLS systems are 'home-grown'we do almost all of our development in-house' for the Consumer Price Index, unemployment and other statistics, Curran said. The bureau last month redesigned its Web site, at, for greater accessibility; that work also was done in-house, he said.

Rebecca Bowerman, Pragma's president and chief executive officer, said the $120,000 purchase was from a General Services Administration IT schedule contract. She said processMax2 comes with a guarantee that organizations using it will comply with Level 2 of the CMM, which means that software development processes are repeatable. Higher levels 3, 4 and 5 indicate increasingly better managed and more reliable processes.

ProcessMax2 runs on a Web server to keep software managers working from the same policies and templates. It also serves as an online repository for project documents. It comes in Microsoft Windows, Unix and Mac OS versions.

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