Chicago Software Process Improvement Network (C-SPIN)

Meeting - Thursday, September 4, 2003


William Rainey Harper College
The Theatre Center of the Business and Social Science Center

(Known as the Auditorium and signed as Building J)
Park in Parking Lot 5 (New identification)

Algonquin and Roselle Roads
Palatine, Illinois


"The Legal Aspects of Managing Risk in Software Development Projects"

Matt Furton and Diana McKenzie, Partners, Gordon & Glickson LLC


Software development projects are filled with risk and uncertainty, not the least of which are uncertainties arising from the law that affects the software development process. From the outset of a project, however, steps can be taken to mitigate the legal risks associated with a development project. Proper identification and handling of the legal issues that are likely to arise during the development process can help avoid disputes and even increase the probability of project success. Achieving success on development projects generally requires attention to be focused on certain aspects of the contractual agreements between corporations and employees or independent contractors as well as certain terms in development agreements and statements of work. This presentation will highlight the legal issues on which IT professionals should focus their time and energy and give practical information on how to minimize the legal risks associated with any development project.


Matt Furton and Diana McKenzie are partners at the law firm of Gordon & Glickson LLC. Matt Furton's legal practice at Gordon & Glickson is primarily focused in the area of commercial litigation related to information technology. Matt's experience includes litigating several failed software development projects. Diana McKenzie is co-chair of the commercial information technology and e-commerce practice for Gordon & Glickson. Diana focuses her practice on providing strategic and practical legal advice to clients on negotiating and drafting technology transactions, including software development agreements.




6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking (Refreshments courtesy of Group Atlantic, Inc.)

7:00 - 7:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

7:10 - 8:10 p.m. Presentation

8:10 8:30 p.m. Questions and Answers


C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Nicole Bianco, Susan Bidwill, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, Bob Ferguson, Ross Fraser, Bob Freer, George Gatsis, Tony Kvitek, Donna Miller, Bob Pauwels, Scott Stribrny, and Lance Welter.


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. There is no need to register before the meeting, but please check in at the

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