UPDATE: Southern Maryland Rational User Group hosts IBM Open Lab

The Southern Maryland Rational User Group of Lexington Park hosted an IBM open lab June 29-30 at Engility Corp., where attendees could try out the Rational software applications of their choice under the guidance of IBM experts.

“There’s nothing like learning a complex program with someone right beside you who knows it inside out,” said Group Lead Adam Hammett of HTii.

IBM’s Rational software group includes a range of applications for managing large complex projects such as military aircraft development. Some are already standard tools for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for new aircraft programs.

Besides instruction from the IBM experts, the event gave attendees an opportunity to share experiences with people they knew from work and exchange tips on best practices.

Open lab participants could sign up for all or part of either or both days to suit their work schedules. Lunch was provided each day with a featured guest speaker from IBM. Gavin Arthur lectured June 29 on model-based systems engineering, discussing the Jazz suite of applications and the Rhapsody architecture program in great detail. Ed Gafron gave a presentation June 30 on DOORS Next Generation.

The luncheons were open to all, with around 40 people attending each lecture. But those participating in the open lab had to register online with IBM ahead of time to reserve a laptop with the software they wished to work with during the sessions.

“There were consistently around 15 people in the room working on the sessions at any one time,” Hammett said.

IBM provided laptops loaded with Rational Group software tailored to six different instructional sessions:

o Continuous engineering with Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering v5.0.2
o DOORS Next Generation v6.0.1
o IBM Rational Rhapsody and IBM Jazz™
o Custom reports from DOORS Next Generation with Rational Publishing Engine
o Publishing DOORS Requirements with Rational Publishing Engine
o Agile development with Rational Team Concert v4.0

The Southern Maryland Rational User Group meets quarterly to increase awareness among the local NAVAIR community about the system and software engineering processes and tools that support model-based systems engineering. The organization won the Rational User Group of the Year award at the 2016 IBM Interconnect conference in Las Vegas.
HTii Program Manager Adam Hammett recently became group lead, taking the reins from Terry Tucker of J.F. Taylor, who founded the organization in late 2014.