Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus (formerly SBC Center Campus)

AT&T Institute Atrium & Auditorium (Room 129)

Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Be sure to check the C-SPIN website ( to confirm details.

(See directions and parking information near the end of announcement)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Networking 6:00 7:00 PM Atrium Program 7:00 8:30 PM Auditorium (Room 129) 


Program: Enterprise Strategic Decision Management: A disruptive business process innovation

Presenter: Gary DeGregorio, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff

Science Advisory Board Associate, Motorola, Inc.



A group of leading companies have banded together to define international standards of excellence for Enterprise Strategic Decision Management (IEEE P1694 ESDM). Currently enterprises of all sizes have no common framework from which to manage all the decisions across the organization and/or its roles. This makes it extremely difficult to understand how any one decision sits in context with other decisions and to manage the consequences of all the decisions across the enterprise and over time.

This decision framework provides a common language and information structure to enable true collaboration across the diverse roles (strategy, market planning, portfolio management, program management, engineering ...) existing in most companies. It also introduces a new requirements traceability paradigm which more clearly answers the age-old questions "Where do requirements come from?" and "How can we better manage requirements change?" Software tools have been created to assist individuals and teams in the use of the ESDM decision framework. C-SPIN members will be informed on how to join the IEEE P1694 Working Group, if interested.


About the Presenter

Gary DeGregorio is currently leading the Enterprise Strategic Decision Management/Enterprise Knowledge Collaboration project within Motorola. He has worked in the area of business and system & software engineering process, methods, and tool applied research for over 23 years. His work in the last twelve years has been focused on decision mgmt, decision to requirements traceability, decision quality, decision-based processes, innovation and collaboration frameworks, knowledge/information architectures, as well as strategic roadmapping methods and tools.

Gary has recently been interviewed by the Editor-in-Chief of BPM Strategies magazine for an article "Decision Management is an Essential Business Process" for their "Industry Leader Q&A Section" published in September 2006. Gary can be contacted at


6:00 7:00 p.m. Networking, Registration and Refreshments (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 and Parking 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 AT&T Campus Centers West Employee Entrance (the first 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. Look for parking spaces towards the west side of the parking structures. The Institute Building, located across the road (west of the parking structures), is approximately a 3 to 5 minute walk from the parking structure.

Visit the C-SPIN website for a map of the AT&T Campus Center.

About C-SPIN

C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of, Alan Berow, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Susan Davidowski, 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, contact Kathy Brown at For information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Robert Stalzer at

To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address (include name, personal email address, company, and phone number) to Robert Stalzer at