Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

 (C-SPIN) Meeting

**** Special Additional Meeting Notice ****

Downtown location, Feb 18th at 5:30 PM  -  Registration Required!


                      Aon Building, 200 E. Randolph Street, 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601


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

          Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

5:30 PM Light Appetizers and Mingle        6:00 PM Panel Discussion Begins        8:00 PM Wrap Up

This is a special event for members of C-SPIN and The Chicagoland Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), in addition to their respective regularly scheduled monthly events.

Seating is limited & advance registration required

This free event hosted is by ThoughtWorks.  To register, go to

Note:  Attendees will need a photo ID to check in with the building security system.


Program:  Agile Outside Application Development

Panel:  including Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist for ThoughtWorks



      This panel discussion will focus on what happens as Agile development practices move outside of the IT Organization.  Agile practices focus on the individual, on collaboration between individuals, on high performance work teams, on developing working high quality products and on iterative development.  These practices can be applied to projects outside of the IT Organization.  They are beginning to move past the highly efficient application development team and are touching many parts of the organization. As Agile practices move outside the IT Organization, a number of questions come to mind:  Where are they being used? How are they being used? How are they changing? How well are they working?
Join our panel for a spirited and informative discussion of “Agile Outside of the IT Organization”.  The panel will discuss and address the benefits and potential issues with this growth.  The panel will be composed of Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist for ThoughtWorks (see bio below), a ThoughtWorks client (TBD) and another consultant from ThoughtWorks (TBD).


About the Lead Panelist

      Martin Fowler is a leading author, international speaker, and consultant.  His primary areas of interest are in object-oriented development, refactoring, patterns, agile methods, enterprise application architecture, domain modeling, and extreme programming. He has written five books on the topic of software development, including: UML Distilled, Refactoring and Planning Extreme Programming as well as books on Analysis Patterns and Patterns of Enterprise Application Architectures. He joined ThoughtWorks in 1999, and in March 2000, became their Chief Scientist.  ThoughtWorks is a global IT consultancy.  Martin has been a columnist for Distributed Computing magazine, on the advisory board of Software Development magazine and IEEE Software.  He also edited the design column at IEEE Software for five years. He has been keynote speaker, program committee member and conference chair of key conferences such as OPPSLA, XP2000-2003 and the RAILS 2006 Conference.  


Parking Information

               The AON Building parking facility has provided the following information about their parking services:

Parking availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you arrive between 3:00 & 6:00 PM and leave by 8:30 AM, the cost is $6.00 -- payable by cash or credit card.  Note that you will need to show your driver’s license and your vehicle will be subject to search such as the trunk & under carriage.  For information about the entrance to the Aon building parking area, go to

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, Jamey McCabe, Karen Mermel, Donna Miller, and Robert Stalzer. Other volunteers are Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, and 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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