Back to the Future:

Leveraging your SW-CMM Improvement

Program to Support CMMI

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003


Special Time! 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Complete Event runs from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Special Location! Siemens Building Technologies, Buffalo Grove


Advance email registration is required by Wednesday, October 1.


Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

Chicago Quality Assurance Association


Program Overview:

This program will explore and review approaches to use and modify your Software Capability Maturity Model (SW-CMM) experience to support Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).  Specifically it will look at the infrastructure and practices needed to support increasing your scope and audience with CMMI and includes an exercise on how to analyze your existing process improvement assets to support understanding how much can be reused. Information from the recent study at the SEI on providing interpretive guidance for software organizations using CMMI will also be highlighted.


CMM and Capability Maturity Model are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CMMI and CMM Integration are service marks of Carnegie Mellon University.


Information about CMMI can be found at


SuZ Garcia is a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, working in the Technology Transition Practices group. From Nov. 1997-May 2001, she was the Deployments Manager for aimware, Incorporated's US customers, focusing on using their technologies to support organizational improvement. The 5 years prior to this were spent at the SEI working in various capacities on all the Capability Maturity Models the Institute was involved in. She spent the previous 12 years in multiple improvement-related roles at Lockheed Missile and Space Co. Education: BA, Ergonomics, 1980; MS, Systems Management, 1988.



Siemens Building Technologies

1000 Deerfield Parkway

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Directions to Siemens Building Technologies:

From I294 exit West on Lake Cook Road. Follow Lake Cook Road to Milwaukee Avenue and exit North (right) on Milwaukee Ave.  Follow Milwaukee Ave to Deerfield Parkway and turn West (left) on Deerfield Parkway.  Turn right into the Siemens Building Technologies parking lot at 1000 Deerfield Parkway.  This is on the North side of the street. (You will see 2 buildings connected by a raised walkway). 



You may use any available parking space in the lot, but empty spaces will most likely be found at the back (North) end of the lot.



The Lobby and Reception area is at the Front (South East) corner of the 1000 building. This is the building to the East side.



Registration will begin on Monday September 22, 2003. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY Wednesday, October 1, 2003.
Send an e-mail to with a subject of "October Program" and include your name, phone, company name, and the name of each person attending.

iemens employees should register directly with Fabrizio Stortoni ( or 847-941-6374).


Please register only once for this event.

Note that
CQAA has implemented a new auto reply feature to their registration mailbox that you may use for confirmation of your registration.



2:00-2:30 Registration & Networking
2:30-2:45 Welcome and CQAA and C-SPIN Announcements
2:45-5:00 Leveraging your SW-CMM Improvement Program to Support CMMI

5:00-5:30 Closing Questions and Answers


Details are also posted at




C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The
Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, 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 registration table. For more information regarding this
meeting, C-SPIN, or the steering committee, contact George Gatsis at or (815) 578-7638.

To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address
(include name, address, company, phone) to Steve Coffman,