DOT-COM Activity: Vietnam - CMM/Software Engineering and Management Workshops
Funder(s): USAID/EGAT/IT, USAID/ANE
Short Description: dot-GOV held two workshops for software companies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on software engineering and management in April 2004.
Phase/Type of Activity: Buy-in or Incremental Funding Status: Completed
Start date: January 01, 2003 End Date: September 01, 2004
Person(s) to contact
Alejandro Bermudez-Del-Villar , Program Associate
dot-GOV , Internews Network Email: Tel: 202 883 5740 x 205
Full Description: As part of dot-GOV efforts in the ASEAN region to create an enabling environment for ICT policy reform and to link Internet policies with economic development, dot-GOV held two workshops for software companies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on software engineering and management in April 2004. Eighty executives, about 1/3rd of which were women from small and medium Vietnamese software businesses attended the workshops.
The workshops covered the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), a broadly accepted industry standard for establishing the quality of software development. The workshops in Vietnam were conducted with the assistance of the Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative. Dot-GOV awarded sub contract to an Indian firm to conduct the workshops. The second phase consisted of intensive technical assistance to the ICT cluster. The nonprofit GeekCorps was provided with a sub-grant to provide four volunteers to work with 18 companies that had the potential to improve their IT capabilities. These volunteers worked closely with these companies to advise them on improving business and production processes to prepare for CMM certification.
The volunteers identified and consulted on the following issues: Organization Structure, Requirements Management, Proposals / Project Scoping, Project Management, Product Management, QA Testing, and Software Design. According to feedback from companies, the role of QA division was better recognized while the consultant working with various functions in a company. Materials supported by GeekCorps were put on a public server so other companies could use the resources. Some professional networks (including the Vietnam Software Cluster, and VietRose a Vietnamese software designer and manager network) have carried over these resources to support/train other technical staff in various companies.
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.