Chicago Software Process Improvement Network
(C-SPIN) Meeting


Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006

Informal Networking 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Program 7:00 – 8:30 PM


 Schaumburg Township District Library

130 S. Roselle Road

Schaumburg, IL 60193


See the future program schedule at the end of this announcement.
There will be no meeting in December.



Program:  CMMI V1.2 – What has Changed?

Mike Phillips, Program Manager

Software Engineering Institute





This presentation describes the current state of CMMI Adoption around the world, and then describes the V1.2 update of CMMI to simplify the model and better address key elements like IPPD. Emphasis will be on the specific changes to the goals and practices, as these are the ones most important to future measures of progress.


It will also cover a high level look at the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) V1.2. The strategic direction of the CMMI Project will also be addressed, including future expansions to include services and acquisition. Current status of the two new “constellations” will also be included. An extended version of the talk will be supplied to give attendees more access for those needing more detail for transition.


About the Presenter

Mike Phillips is the Program Manager for CMMI at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a position created to lead the Capability Maturity Model* Integration [CMMI®] teams for the SEI. He was previously responsible for Transition Enabling activities at the SEI. He has authored Technical Reports, Technical Notes, CMMI Columns, and various articles in addition to presenting CMMI material at conferences around the world.


Prior to his retirement as a colonel from the Air Force, he managed the $36B development program for the B-2 in the B-2 SPO and commanded the 4950th Test Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. In addition to his bachelor's degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Academy, Mike has masters degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Tech, in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and in International Affairs from Salve Regina College and the Naval War College.


* Capability Maturity Model, CMM, and CMMI are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.




6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking and Registration (free)

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 south of Algonquin Rd (Route 62). For more specific directions go to


Future Program Schedule


Second Week of January 2007

Practical Uses of Software Measurement for Process Improvement
Larry Dribin, Ph.D., DePaul University

Date and location TBD



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, Tony Kvitek, Karen Mermel, Donna Miller, and Robert Stalzer.

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 Karen Mermel at

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