Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting


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Special Date and Time:  Monday, November 7, 2005

Networking 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Presentation 5:00 – 6:30 PM


SBC Center Campus

SBC Institute Auditorium – Room 129

Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

(See directions and parking information at end of announcement)



Programming Can Be Fun

Watts S. Humphrey

The Software Engineering Institute

Carnegie Mellon University

Some projects are exciting, productive, and fun while others are just a lot of work.  In this talk, Watts Humphrey discusses both hardware and software projects he has worked on and what made some of them memorable.  He also describes his experiences in establishing the conditions that make projects rewarding for team members and why these conditions are not common for software work.  After reviewing the actions some hardware teams have found helpful in improving their working performance, he discusses some steps we in the software community can take to make our work more exciting, productive, and fun.  In closing, he comments on the techniques software developers can use to improve their personal working environment and the impact these actions can have on project performance.

About the Presenter
Watts S. Humphrey founded the Software Process Program of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a Fellow of the Institute and is a research scientist on its staff.  From 1959 to 1986, he was associated with IBM Corporation, where he was director of programming quality and process. His publications include many technical papers and nine books.  His most recent books are Managing the Software Process (1989), A Discipline for Software Engineering (1995), Managing Technical People (1996), Introduction to the Personal Software Process (1997), Introduction to the Team Software Process (2000), Winning With Software:  An Executive Strategy, and PSP: A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers (2005)..  He holds five US. Patents.  In 1991 he served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.  He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.  Mr. Humphrey was awarded an honorary Ph.D. degree in software engineering by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998.  In 2000, the Watts Humphrey Software Quality Institute in Chennai, India was named in his honor and the Boeing Corporation presented him with an award for innovation and leadership in software process improvement.  In 2005, at the White House, the President of the United States awarded Mr. Humphrey the National Medal of Technology.



- 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Networking and Registration

- 5:00 – 5:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

- 5:10 – 6:30 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

Driving Directions

From I-90 Northwest Tollway exit North on Barrington Road.  Take Barrington Road to Lakewood Blvd (2nd light) and turn East (right) onto Lakewood Blvd.  Turn right into the SBC Campus Center’s West Employee Entrance (1 entrance past Eagle Way) and follow the signs to the West Parking Structures.   Parking is available in covered lots W2 or W3 and additional parking is available in the upper level parking lot W1. The Institute Building is located across the road (west of the parking structures). 

Future Program Schedule

No Program in December


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, Karen Mermel, 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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