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2006 Conference Agenda


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

7:15 - 8:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:00 am

Welcome Remarks, Logistics, Sponsor Thanks

8:15 am

Morning Keynote Presentation:

Scaling Up the Process

Watts Humphrey, Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon University



Software Process Improvement Implementing CMMI Software Measurements & Estimation Managing People & Cultural Change 

9:30 am

CMMI vs. Lean Six Sigma – What’s it all about?

Doug Smith & Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner, Northrop Grumman Information Technology

Traceability:  A Radical Approach Based on User Involvement

Thomas M. Cagley Jr., TMConsulting Services and David Consulting Group
Building and Using a Successful Measurement Program: A CMM Level 5 Organization Perspective

Bruce Rogora & Gregory Allen, Pershing LLC

Executive roles in successful change: Practical implementation in a dynamic IT delivery organization

Charles B. Rosen, PMP, PMOLink, Inc.

10:10 am

Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:40 am

A Practical Approach to Process Improvement

Robert Fantina, NorthwesTel, Inc.

Transforming a Burdensome Software Quality Assurance Audit to Value-Added Process and Product Quality Assurance (PPQA) Evaluation

James R. Bindas,
BAE Systems

Making sure your metrics program is providing business value

John (Jack) T. Harding, Software Technology Transition (

Extending The People CMM To Create Effective Talent Management Applications

Paul D. Storfer, Personnel Decisions International

11:30 am

Guide to Asking the Right Questions at the Senior Management Project Review Sessions

Robert Eagan, CTG Inc.

Catch 22: Lessons Learned from a SCAMPI B Organizational Unit Coordinator

Maureen Foster, L3 Communications ILEX Systems, Defense Systems Services Division

Exploring Use Case Points Estimation

Lori Montanari Gottshall, Software Management Solutions, Inc.

Team Innovation Management

Don O’Neill, Center for National Software Studies

12:10 pm


1:20 pm  

Afternoon Keynote Presentation:

A CIO’s Journey to CMM Level 5 and Beyond

Suresh Kumar, Managing Director & CIO Pershing LLC


Software Process Improvement General Topics Software Measurements & Estimation Managing People & Cultural Change 

2:20 pm

"Wag the Dog: Driving SPI Through System Testing"

Nathan Petschenik, Software Testing Services, Inc

Balancing Agility and Discipline: SQA perspective on becoming Agile in a regulated environment

Eugene Levin,  Citigroup, Corporate and Investment Bank Technology

The Real Cost of Developing COTS Software

Arlene Minkiewicz, PRICE Systems, LLC

“Converting the Unbelievers:  Managing Process Hard Cases”

L.D. Robinson, Software Management Solutions, Inc.

3:00 pm

Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 pm

The Value of Managing the Review Process

Robert M. Chapman, Integrated Software Metrics, Inc.

Web-based Collaboration Environments: A Best Practice for Process Improvement

Sharon Miller, L3 Communications ILEX Systems

The Limitations of Estimation

Linda Laird, Stevens Institute of Technology

Is There a Workforce Crisis on the Horizon?

Palma Buttles-Valdez, Software Engineering Institute
4:20 pm  

Closing Keynote Presentation:

Upgrading to CMMI Version 1.2

Mary Beth Chrissis, Co-Author, CMMI, Software Engineering Institute

5:10 pm



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