A Proposed Paper Template for improving the Quality of Practitioner Written Papersat Conferences and Symposia      Joseph ...
Topics   Why we need one   Process for writing the paper   The Template   Filling in the template   Where to find an ...
Why we need one   Students use these papers for research and    education   The academic quality of the published papers...
Case studies and personal      experience papers   Gather data about the case   Organise the data to highlight the    fo...
Requirements for Papers   Shall be organized to facilitate the    writing of information   Shall be organized to facilit...
Templates   UMUC experience       Leveraged research into development of        predictive metrics for project failure ...
Process for producing the        paper1.   Decide on the point(s) to be made in the paper2.   Determine what data needs to...
Template1.   Overview2.   Background3.   The Story4.   Analysis    Lessons learned    Summary    Conclusion    Referen...
1. Overview   A one or two slide abstract of the    presentation that tells the viewer why    they should watch the prese...
2. Background   This is where you describe the    background to the story you are about    to tell   This should be one ...
3. The Story   This is where you tell the story without    any comments, analyses, or references    to the literature   ...
4. Analysis   Why what you did worked.   Where you link the story to that knowledge (in the    form of the literature) a...
5. Lessons Learned   This is where you itemise and briefly    discuss the lessons learned   You may also reference them ...
6. Summary   Summarise the presentation here   This could be as simple as a copy of the    Topics slide       you’ll ju...
7. Conclusion   State the conclusion here                                15
8. References   If there is no accompanying paper       List the references in the same format as        for papers     ...
9. Glossary/Acronyms   If there is no accompanying paper       List all the acronyms in alphabetical order       Use as...
10. Questions and discussion   This is the last slide of the presentation   Put an interesting graphic here             ...
Prototyping @ SETE 2004   Non-refereed practitioner    presentation category   Template and example    supplied to autho...
Examples   2005 MCSS    Upgrade Case    Study   2006 Pacor    Upgrade Case    Study – in paper                       20
Summary   Why we need one   Process for writing the paper   The Template   Filling in the template   Where to find an...
Conclusion   Recommend to the Conference    Committee that the template be made    mandatory for case study and personal ...
Questions and Discussion                           23
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Conference papers are a major source of information in postgraduate education and research. However, the quality of many practitioner-written conference papers describing their experiences is less than optimal. This paper suggests a template to try to improve the quality of practitioner presentations and papers in the Case Study genre (prototyped at SETE 2004) to format practitioner papers as a way to link their experiences into the literature to provide data to assist researchers improving the practice of systems engineering. Examples of the use of the template are included.

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  1. 1. A Proposed Paper Template for improving the Quality of Practitioner Written Papersat Conferences and Symposia Joseph E. Kasser DSc, CEng, CM Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre University of South Australia Joseph.kasser@unisa.edu.au 1
  2. 2. Topics Why we need one Process for writing the paper The Template Filling in the template Where to find an example Summary Conclusion Questions and discussion 2
  3. 3. Why we need one Students use these papers for research and education The academic quality of the published papers is less than desired Papers repeat discoveries instead of reinforcing theory It is difficult to find information in the papers There are few references to the literature We are not building a Framework of Ideas  Critical to the development of a discipline 3
  4. 4. Case studies and personal experience papers Gather data about the case Organise the data to highlight the focus of the study Develop the narrative Validate the narrative Compare the study with appropriate others to identify areas of improvement 4
  5. 5. Requirements for Papers Shall be organized to facilitate the writing of information Shall be organized to facilitate the retrieval of information Shall indicate how the lesson(s) learned from the story may also apply in other situations 5
  6. 6. Templates UMUC experience  Leveraged research into development of predictive metrics for project failure MIL-STDs  MIL-STD-490 for requirements documents RFPs 6
  7. 7. Process for producing the paper1. Decide on the point(s) to be made in the paper2. Determine what data needs to be collected to reinforce the point(s) to be made3. Collect the data4. Research the literature to determine if the points have been made before5. Write up the story6. Analyse the story and document the analysis.7. Write up the lessons learned8. Summarise the Case Study9. Develop and document the conclusions 7
  8. 8. Template1. Overview2. Background3. The Story4. Analysis Lessons learned Summary Conclusion References Glossary of acronyms and corporate terms Questions and comments 8
  9. 9. 1. Overview A one or two slide abstract of the presentation that tells the viewer why they should watch the presentation Think of this as the newspaper headline that entices the reader to read the section 9
  10. 10. 2. Background This is where you describe the background to the story you are about to tell This should be one or two slides Use colour to stress or highlight points 10
  11. 11. 3. The Story This is where you tell the story without any comments, analyses, or references to the literature Use as many slides as you feel are necessary  Remember the presentation does have a time limit This is the part that most practitioner case study papers tend to do well 11
  12. 12. 4. Analysis Why what you did worked. Where you link the story to that knowledge (in the form of the literature) and show that a (see examples later)  Section of the story is supported by or found similar to a reference  Section of the story is refuted found different from a reference Use as many slides as you feel are necessary Standards, corporate handbooks, the INCOSE systems engineering handbook, the proceedings of past conferences, journals, web sites, and text books that you may have on the shelves in your office 12
  13. 13. 5. Lessons Learned This is where you itemise and briefly discuss the lessons learned You may also reference them to the literature if appropriate In the paper/presentation use indented text for the discussion  see example in paper 13
  14. 14. 6. Summary Summarise the presentation here This could be as simple as a copy of the Topics slide  you’ll just talk it from a different perspective 14
  15. 15. 7. Conclusion State the conclusion here 15
  16. 16. 8. References If there is no accompanying paper  List the references in the same format as for papers 16
  17. 17. 9. Glossary/Acronyms If there is no accompanying paper  List all the acronyms in alphabetical order  Use as many slides as necessary  Show the slide during the presentation but don’t read them all! 17
  18. 18. 10. Questions and discussion This is the last slide of the presentation Put an interesting graphic here 18
  19. 19. Prototyping @ SETE 2004 Non-refereed practitioner presentation category Template and example supplied to authors  MCSS Case Study Papers that used the template seemed better than those that didn’t  Anecdotal evidence  General delegate impression 19
  20. 20. Examples 2005 MCSS Upgrade Case Study 2006 Pacor Upgrade Case Study – in paper 20
  21. 21. Summary Why we need one Process for writing the paper The Template Filling in the template Where to find an example Summary Conclusion Questions and discussion 21
  22. 22. Conclusion Recommend to the Conference Committee that the template be made mandatory for case study and personal experience papers. 22
  23. 23. Questions and Discussion 23
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