Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting


 See the list of future meetings and locations at the end of this announcement so you can bookmark your calendars now.


Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Networking 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Presentation 8:00 – 8:30 PM


Schaumburg Township District Library

130 S. Roselle Road

Schaumburg, IL 60193


eXtreme Programming, Tools and Team

a story of commercial software development

Dave Deuchert, Brian Spears, RJ Lindelof, Brian Smith, Mike Gedzyk

Follett Software Company

In April of 2001, an overview of the agile method eXtreme Programming (XP) was presented at the C-SPIN.  Present in the audience that evening were several members of the software development staff of the Follett Software Company. Impressed by what they heard that night, the team decided to try it on their next generation of commercial software development. What started out as a 6[-]person team is now running 40 strong and is producing a suite of state-of-the-art software applications.

What will be presented here is a review of this effort, part case study and part reflection, what worked and what was, to use an XP term, refactored along the way. The story will be presented by the project’s team leads who champion the technical, testing, and project management aspects of the effort.

About the Presenters
Dave Deuchert, Brian Spears and RJ Lindelof are principal developers, and Brian Smith and Mike Gedzyk are project managers at the Follett Software Company. Together they possess a wealth of software development, testing, Q&A, project management, and people management skills.


6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking and Registration

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

Driving Directions

The library is at 130 S. Roselle Road 3.8 miles S. of Algonquin Rd (62). For more specific directions go to

Future Program Schedule

Wednesday October 5th, 2005 6:00-9:00 PM
Schaumburg Township District Library
The program is still being determined

Monday, November 7th 2005
”Programming Can Be Fun”

 Watts Humphrey

Location and presentation time are still being determined

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.

To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address (include name, address, company, phone) to George Gatsis at