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(C-SPIN) Meeting


Wednesday (not our usual Thursday), November 5, 2003 6:00 to 8:30 pm


William Rainey Harper College

Building J – Theatre (J143)

Algonquin and Roselle Roads, Palatine, Illinois


Park in Lot 4 or 5.  If you enter from Algonquin Road, turn right at first stop sign and follow the road around the curve.  Parking lots 4 and 5 will be on your left.  If you enter from Euclid Road, turn left after turning into Harper; follow the road around two curves.  Parking lots 4 and 5 will be on your right.  

PMO Panel

The term PMO is becoming more prevalent in the management arena.  But what is it really?  Is it Program Management Office, Project Management Office, or both?  Is it worth the hype?  What impact does it have on the software process community?  These questions and more will be addressed by our three panelists who will bring us their unique experience and expertise in this organizational phenomenon. 

Each panelist will give a short presentation followed by a moderated Q&A session.  If you have questions for our panelists please e-mail them to ggatsis@fsc.follett.com in advance for inclusion in the program.

The panel will be moderated by:

Tony Kvitek, Sogeti-USA

Tony is an Information Technology Performance Improvement consulting practice leader with Sogeti USA.  He has over 16 years of software development and IT leadership experience.  Tony has been acting in leadership roles and applying CMM practices for over ten years at companies like McDonald's Corporations, ABN AMRO, and Motorola.  Tony's CMM implementation experience encompasses a wide range of scopes from individual IT groups with unique responsibilities to corporate wide initiatives.  While at ABN AMRO and Washington Mutual he applied CMM practices within Program Office environments.

Our three distinguished panelist are:

Shaun Ajani, Spherion

Shaun Ajani is an expert in management training. He is the author of many books and articles, including, "If You Row, You Will Not Drift - Perfect Life Management - The Life Wizard", and “Extreme Project Management”. He has recently appeared on ABC News & CBS News to discuss his unique management theories. Shaun has consulted for aviation, IT, retail, HR, finance, education, and training industries, in companies like Motorola, Dollar Stores, Nation Gifts, Code Factory, Washington Mutual, Boise Cascade, Sears, and Spherion. In 2002, his work was selected at NASA for program and project leadership. Shaun Ajani speaks on "The Art of Solving Impossible Problems" and "Extreme Project Management".

Thomas Janik, CSTE, Strong Financial Corporation

Tom is a Senior Tester and Project Manager in the Project Management Office at Strong Financial Corporation.  Tom has been a quality professional focusing on Automated Testing and Test Team Management for the past 10 years.  Prior to his move to Strong in February, Tom spent 9 years working for Rockwell Automation's software division (RSI) where he created the first manual and automated test teams there and managed the Validation and Verification Services business unit.  Hailing Marquette University as his alma mater, Tom is currently one of two Certified Software Test Engineers (QAI) at Strong will be taking the ASQs Certified Software Quality Engineer exam in December.


Wally Splitt, Abbott

Wally joined Abbott Laboratories in 2002 where he is the Manager of the IT Project Management Office within Abbott's Diagnostics Division. This position is responsible for implementing a project management methodology as well as project manager competency development. Wally began his IT career in 1983 as a "C" language software developer for Illinois Bell working on complex data network systems. He then moved into UNIX system administration with responsibility for the company's regional change management tracking system. Wally subsequently moved into project management where he was responsible for regional Bellcore and Ameritech service order system projects. In 1993, Wally accepted a management position responsible for software development and maintenance activities on three UNIX-based Ameritech legacy operations support systems. From 1994 through 1999, Wally was a Solutions Director with Ameritech New Media, Ameritech's non-regulated venture into broadband communications. During this period Wally had various responsibilities, which ranged from the initial implementation, integration, and testing of New Media's call center operations support systems to developing and implementing a project management office responsible for project prioritization, planning, resource allocation and methodology. In 1999, Wally joined Process Management Group (PMG) as a Practice Manager. At PMG, Wally focused on software quality and testing initiatives.


·         6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking, Refreshments (complimentary sandwich buffet), and Registration (no cost)

·         7:00 – 7:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN

·         7:10 – 8:00 p.m. Panelists' Opening Remarks

·         8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session

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, Nimmi Shamdasani, 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 pre-register for the meeting, but please check in at the registration table when you arrive. For more information regarding this meeting, C-SPIN, or the steering committee, contact George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com or (815) 578-7638.

To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address (include name, address, company, phone) to Steve Coffman, CSPIN.membership@pscoffman.com.