*** Afternoon Meeting ***

Downtown Chicago


ChicagoSoftware Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting



See the future meeting and location later in this announcement.

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Thursday, February 3, 2005


Networking 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Presentation 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.


Rubloff Auditorium

Loyola University Chicago

1st floor (SE corner) of 25 E. Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611



Reducing Project Failures with Value-Driven Project Leadership

Moderated by Dr. Gezinus Hidding 

Associate Professor in

Information Systems at the School of Business at Loyola University Chicago



I.T. Project failures rates have been high for decades, with U.S. losses of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars. New project management tools, techniques and approaches have been tried, also for decades, but failure rates remain high. How can you reduce I.T. project failure rates? Answer: Think about project management in a different way! Change the paradigm! During the past 6 months, a group of seasoned I.T. project managers has begun to develop a new paradigm for managing, particularly, medium-sized I.T. projects. It is called Value-Driven Project Leadership (VDPL). This C-SPIN presentation will highlight three key aspects of VDPL: Value (business value-added), Leadership (people-to-people relations), and Architecture (the structure of the I.T. system).


This C-SPIN presentation will highlight three key aspects of VDPL: Value (business value-added), Leadership (people-to-people relations), and Architecture (the structure of the I.T. system).


VDPL emphasizes the tight interdependence between business issues and I.T. issues. Business-and-technology issues cannot be solved by business people alone, nor by I.T. people alone. Instead, such issues are solved through collaboration between business and I.T. people. In order to stimulate such collaboration in your organization, we propose you bring your "business buddy", i.e., your counterpart in the business department, to this C-SPIN meeting. We trust VDPL will become the common language for managing I.T. projects.


About the Panel

VDPL will be presented by a panel of three of our group's members (Mark Bills, Bob McMurray, and Paul Tedesco). The moderator will be VDPL's founder, Dr. Gezinus Hidding, an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. Before joining Loyola in 1996, Dr. Hidding spent 10 years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), mostly in its Methodology group that supported the world-wide consulting practice.

Mark Bills has 22 years of experience with information technology, including 17 years in strategic management and technology investment management. He has worked with the senior executives of Fortune 500 companies in several industries, including information services, software, telecommunications and financial services. He is the CEO of Darwin Corporation, a start-up that provides management development services and business tools that improve the knowledge, skills and judgment of those responsible for executing key business processes.

Bob McMurray has 18 years experience as an IT Executive, and was CIO for 7 years with a manufacturer and distributor of consumer goods for the specialty/ fashion retail industry. He is an industry thought leader in portfolio project management and software development methodology and an expert in consumer products distribution processes and Internet business applications. He is currently the CTO of 3 Olive Solutions, L.L.C. provider of portfolio project management software service.

Paul Tedesco has over 40 years of project management experience. He has created innovative project management processes and successfully applied systems architectural processes to projects. He founded Cognitor, Inc., a company that applies AI solutions to simplify knowledge handling in Customer Relationship Management. He is author of the e-book Intrapreneurial Project Management.


- 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Networking & Registration (No cost)

- 3:30 - 3:40 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

- 3:10 - 5:00 p.m. Panel Presentations and Q & A

Future Program Schedule

Thursday, March 3, 2005, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Vernon Area Public Library
"Estimating Return on Investment (ROI) of Process Improvement Activity"
Anand Paropkari


The building is approximately 820N. on Wabash Street; 2 blocks west of the Water Tower on Michigan Avenue. The CTA's red line "Chicago" EL/subway station is right around the corner. There are several parking facilities nearby: 111 East Chestnut, 900 N. Michigan (Bloomingdale's), 100 East Walton, 1005 N. State (at Oak), 18 W. Chicago, 1 E. Delaware, 1 W. Superior Street. Parking information can be obtained here.

About C-SPIN

C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Alan Berow, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, 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.

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 George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com.