Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting


See the list of future meetings and locations later in this announcement.

Book mark your calendars now.


Wednesday May 4th, 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




Legacy Systems of the Past, Present, and Future

Conrad Weisert



We usually associate the designation "legacy system" with the most inflexible and un-maintainable sort of application developed by the most unenlightened programmers for an obsolete mainframe computer.  Today, however, despite decades of dramatic breakthroughs in software development methodologies, many organizations are surprised and disappointed to discover that they have replaced those old applications with expensive new ones that are just as costly to maintain.  They're still developing legacy applications!


Conrad Weisert will explain how blame for this alarming situation is shared by software vendors, academic programs, fad methodologists, and contract development firms. He will then suggest remedies that are well within the reach of disciplined management.


About the Author

Conrad Weisert is a Chicago-based consultant specializing in development methodologies and large-scale project management. Before establishing his own consulting firm, Information Disciplines, Inc. ( he held technical management positions at the The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and at Union Carbide Corporation. His latest book, Object-Oriented Computing in C++ and Java (Dorset House, ISBN 0-932633-63-3), will be published this summer.

Conrad Weisert holds an MS degree from DePaul University in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence). He teaches part-time, most recently at IIT. He last spoke to C-SPIN in May, 2002, on "A Participative Approach to Methodology Development and Dissemination"


- 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

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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