The AASHTOWare ProjectTM Task Force – An Overview!

February 08, 2017

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) includes nine members from member agencies, but no more than one from each agency. Appointments are for 3-year terms, and terms are staggered so at most three members are up for appointment/reappointment in any given year. Appointments to the PTF are based upon information in resumes and from interviews conducted by the Task Force Chair, Vice Chair, Special Committee on AASHTOWare® Liaisons and AASHTO Staff, which recommend candidates for appointment by the Special Committee on AASHTOWare. A member may serve two full terms (plus the completion of an uncompleted term of a member who has left the Task Force). New members are appointed periodically to the PTF.

The PTF provides the strategic direction for the AASHTOWare Project software, which includes:

  • Strategic vision for the AASHTOWare Project suite of products
  • Annual goals
  • Product Objectives
  • Management of the AASHTOWare Project software including:
    • Preparing annual Maintenance, Support and Enhancement (MSE) work plans to be executed with the AASHTOWare Project contractors that include levels of support, levels of maintenance, and enhancement items that will be developed and included in the next release of a product
    • Preparing a Strategic Plan
    • Preparing and submitting a budget for AASHTOWare Project activities to the Special Committee on AASHTOWare
    • Determining appropriate platforms and length of support on each platform and/or version
    • Determining when new products should be developed or added as AASHTOWare Project software
    • Managing and directing the contractors by modifying and approving the contractors’ budgets, and approving or disapproving the contractors’ tasks

In order to oversee the development and management of the AASHTOWare Project product, the PTF is required to attend a number of meetings both in person and via conference call/webinars.

  • Four PTF Meetings/year normally 3.5 days
    • July – Discuss strategic planning, preparation for the Project Users Group (PUG) meeting and reviewing end of fiscal year results
    • October/November – Provide direction to the contractors on the development of the next fiscal year’s MSE as well as review the results of the PUG enhancement ballot and provide direction to the contractors on selected enhancement items
    • January – Finalize the MSE, determine enhancements for the next MSE and finalize the AASHTOWare catalog
    • April – Discuss any directions received at the Special Committee on AASHTOWare/Product Task Force Chairs/AASHTOWare Contractors Meeting, review the status of the current year’s MSE, discuss the year-end Maintenance and Enhancement software releases and update the AASHTOWare Project Strategic Plan.
  • PUG Conference
  • Weekly conference call/webinar, typically one hour
  • Technical Review Teams and Feature Package Groups
  • Subgroups (often assigned to oversee on-going issues or special assignments to be completed between meetings)
  • Other Meetings as Required

The PTF is currently seeking two additional members, if you are interested in applying, applications are requested by February 27, 2017. Check out the recruitment flyer for more information.

The May 2017 edition of the e-Newsletter will highlight PTF members Kevin Fox, PTF Chair, Michigan Department of Transportation and Jeremy Kampeter, PTF Vice-Chair, Missouri Department of Transportation.

– Jeremy Kampeter, Project Task Force Vice-Chair,
Missouri Department of Transportation