Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting



Note – See Call for Speakers below


January 5, 2006

Networking: 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Program Start: 7:00 PM

Vernon Area Public Library

300 Olde Half Day Road

Lincolnshire, IL 60069



Assessing Your Career

John Keister

The Stanton Group, Inc.


Plans, goals, results. These words are in the vocabularies of all process improvement professionals. Why else should they matter to you?


During this lively and interactive presentation, John Keister will discuss how successful career growth doesn’t happen by chance – it requires goal setting and planning for results.


Three topics of interest that will help you achieve a thriving and satisfying career will be presented:



Please attend this meeting and bring your questions for discussion.


About the Presenter
JOHN KEISTER is the president and founder of The Stanton Group, Inc., an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of engineering and science professionals. John and the firm have particular expertise in the fields of Software Process Improvement, Architecture, and Systems.


John combines his knowledge of recruitment and placement practices, gained through more than 18 years of work in executive search, with several years of experience in the engineering field. Prior to founding The Stanton Group in 1987, John enjoyed a mix of design engineering positions with leading companies including Martin  Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), Northrop, and Motorola. He remains active in the technical community and has been an invited speaker at meetings and other events. John resides with his family in Vernon Hills.



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

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.


Call for Speakers

Do you have a process improvement story to share with the membership?  Do you have expertise in software related areas to share?  If so, e-mail an overview to


Future Program Schedule

February 2nd

Effective Functional Specifications – A Cooperative Approach

Fabrizio Stortoni

Schaumburg Township District Library


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.

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