Chicago Software Process Improvement Network (C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way at

Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


Be sure to check the C-SPIN website ( to confirm details.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium: Registration, Networking, & Light Dinner

6:20 - 6:40 PM – Birds-of-a-Feather Topic [See sign-in table for details]

7:00 - 8:30 PM – Auditorium: Presentation

8:30 - 9:00 PM – Auditorium: Additional Q&A and discussion


Program: Agile Transformation

Presenter: Pete DuPre’, Borland Inc.



Two years ago, Borland’s executive team made the decision to transition its globally distributed development organization to Agile as part of an effort to reduce development costs, boost efficiency and quality, and introduce more operational oversight. Today, more than 60 percent of Borland’s development teams are Agile. Through this transformation, Borland has increased the productivity and morale of its teams, forged deeper relationships with its most valuable customers, and has become a more adaptive, responsive and predictable delivery organization.

Like most organizations considering a large-scale Agile shift, Borland faced a major process renovation while still needing to execute on an aggressive product roadmap. As Borland began to scale its Agile efforts across an organization with more than 350 developers in five geographic locations, teams needed a better way to collaborate, share information and manage their work. At the same time, management needed visibility in order to establish a baseline for performance and be able to measure the progress and benefits of the transition to Agile.

At Borland, we have experienced Agile transformation first-hand. In this session, we will share the background and intentions of Borland’s transformation, the approach, challenges, lessons learned and real results.


About the Presenter

Pete DuPre’ has 23 years of experience in applications development and in management of software and systems, with a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering. In a career with rapid advancement, he has created complex technical solutions, managed WW development organizations, and is a former CIO of a Fortune 100 company. Well acquainted with international business, Mr. DuPre’ has developed relationships and built organizations throughout Asia, South America and Europe, as well as in North America. His speaking engagements have included multiple industry events worldwide, including particular many Gartner Symposiums, PMI Events and US DOD Forums.


Driving and Parking Directions

From I-90 Northwest Tollway, exit North on Barrington Road. Take Barrington Road to Lakewood Blvd (2nd light) and turn East (right) onto Lakewood Blvd.  Turn right into the AT&T Campus Center’s West Employee Entrance (the first entrance past Eagle Way) and follow the signs to the West Parking Structures.

Parking in covered lot W3 is recommended.  Look for parking spaces near the west entrance/exit of parking structure W3.  Then walk west from the parking structure to the Institute Building to the main door, which has a big ENTRANCE sign over the door.  The Institute is approximately 100 yards from the parking structure–back across the road you came on.  Visit for a map of the AT&T Campus Center.  (Additional parking is available in covered lot W2 as well as upper level parking lot W1.)


About C-SPIN

            C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of Lee Bennett, Alan Berow, Jamie McCabe, Karen Mermel, Donna Miller, and Robert Stalzer. Other key volunteers are Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Steve Huck.

                C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality, and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations, and individuals are invited. For more information regarding this meeting, contact Robert Stalzer at For information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Karen Mermel at

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