Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting


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Thursday April 7th, 2005


Networking 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Presentation 7:00 – 8:30 PM


Vernon Area Public Library

300 Olde Half Day Road

Lincolnshire, IL 60069




The Spiritual Life of Projects

Phillip G. Armour




The development of software is a wholly human activity.  The only thing that makes software is a person and the only thing that makes lots of software is lots of people – working together.


Understanding the nature and characteristics of the executing domain and processor is important in any systems development, and if we wish to better understand how to build software, we need to better understand the nature of human beings.


People have capabilities that span several dimensions.  There are four aspects to human behavior: physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.  We can pick up and carry things, we can analyze and calculate formulae, we can be angry and we can be happy. 


In software, we have spent a lot of effort working on the physical and intellectual, with our workstations and our methodologies, our networks and our programming languages.  We have also recently started looking at some of the emotional aspects of business, with the work of Daniel Goleman and the concept of “Emotional Intelligence.”


But what about the “spiritual” aspects of working together and building software?


These spiritual components of people as much a part of our makeup as our intellect, and may be a lot more important in helping us learn how to work more effectively. 


This talk addresses what these spiritual components of people are, where they operate, what the effect of working on them would be, and how we can construct the software development environment to nurture and support them.


About the Author

Phillip G. Armour is VP for Systems Development at Corvus International Inc., Deer Park, IL and a Research Director at the Center for Software Development Innovation at Number Six Software in Arlington VA. 


Phil has been developing software for over thirty years.  He has been a programmer, analyst, project manager, DBA, process engineer, metrics engineer, consultant and executive coach and has worked for organizations as diverse as United Airlines, Motorola, and Argonne National Laboratory.  Phil has personally taught software development techniques to over 20,000 engineers, managers, and executives over the last 15 years.


Phil is a contributing editor on ACM’s flagship magazine “Communications of the ACM” and writes a regular column entitled “The Business of Software” where he explores issues to do with, well, the business of software.  He has been on the extended faculty at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame.  Phil is also the author of “The Laws of Software Process” (Auerbach/CRC Press 2003) and is a Research Affiliate at the SEI. 



- 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking & Registration (no cost)

- 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. Question and Answer Session

Future Program Schedule

Wednesday May 4th, 2005 6:00-8:30 PM
Vernon Area Public Library
Legacy Systems of the Past, Present, and Future

Conrad Weisert

Thursday June 2nd, 2005 6:00-8:30 PM

IIT in Wheaton

Michael Mah


Driving Directions

It's not the easiest place to find using the street address:


·    From I-294 Tri-State Tollway: Exit West on Half Day Road (Route 22). Proceed West on Half Day Road (Route 22) 4 miles, crossing Milwaukee Ave (Rt 21/45). Turn right at the first light west of Milwaukee Ave which is Olde Half Day Road/Barclay Blvd. The Vernon Area Public Library will be the first building on the left and the parking lot is on the left.


·    From Route 53: Exit east on Lake Cook Road. Continue east on Lake Cook Road about 5 miles and exit at Milwaukee Ave (Rt 21). Turn left (north) on Milwaukee Ave (Rt. 21) and proceed about 3 miles to Half Day Road (Route 22). Turn left (west) on Half Day Road (Route 22). Turn right at the first light west of Milwaukee Ave which is Olde Half Day Road/Barclay Blvd. The Vernon Area Public Library will be the first building on the left and the parking lot is on the left.


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 or (815) 578-7638.

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