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 (C-SPIN) Meeting 

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way at

 Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

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          Wednesday, April 1, 2009 

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

6:20 - 6:40 PM – Birds-of-a-Feather Topic - "Has your company implemented a Risk metric?"  

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

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


Program:  Manage Risk in an Uncertain World                             

It’s the Future of How Businesses Will Be Run

Presenter:  Scott Stribrny, President and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc.


Abstract  For corporations, risk management has become a top concern in the face of increasing demand for greater corporate accountability as well as world events that have changed the risk landscape and their impact on the business world. Governance mandates such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, along with the continuing uncertainty of the business-economic environment, have made it compulsory for corporations to rethink their approaches to identifying and managing risk.

     Project and program managers everywhere face a daunting mix of challenges, including ever changing program demands, program environments of unprecedented complexity, tough new oversight requirements, and the constant pressure to do more with less. The need for risk management for making effective decisions and communicating the results within program organizations has never been more urgent.

     This briefing looks at the rapid rise of risk management and aims to expose project & program managers to the essentials of effective risk management for 2009 and beyond. The briefing provides an exclusive glimpse of a company that has been at the forefront of risk management, and describes how risk management has made the company one of the best managed in the US.


About the Presenter  Scott Stribrny is the Cofounder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Enterprise Risk Management & Governance practice. He is currently advising on techniques for effective product requirement specification and risk management. His courses on requirements, risk management, peer review, estimating and high performance teams are well known for their innovative workshops and practical applicability.

     Mr. Stribrny has more than 30 years experience in systems specification and building. He has designed and built real-time mission critical software and has led successful multi-year, multimillion-dollar development programs. His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to Fortune 50 conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing. 

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 http://www.c-spin.net 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 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 or for information about C-SPIN, contact Karen Mermel at kmermel@yahoo.com.

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