Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

 (C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way at

 Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, IL 60196


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

          Wednesday, March 5, 2008

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium:  Registration, Networking, & Light Refreshments

7:00 - 8:30 PM –  Auditorium:  Program


Program:  Methodology Implementation – More Than Meets The Eye

Presenter:  Dr. Glenn A. Stout

Manager, Quality & Methods for Internal Business Systems, Hewitt Associates





Those who have implemented a new company process often find this to be one of the largest challenges they ever encounter.  Process is easy, change management is hard!  The speaker has the “been there – done that” experience in rolling out software development methodology to various teams and organizations, and has plenty of tips and advice on how to best do it. Embedded in this presentation are some ways to determine what actual software development methodology may fit your company best. 


His approach, based on the methodology components of Workflow, Activities, Artifacts and Roles will show attendees how to break methodology down into those components, and assemble them to best meet the company’s needs.  Sections of the presentation include; How to read the culture, “Mapping” your methodology, GET HELP!!!, Creating Training, Rolling Out, and importantly “SHOW BIZ!!”  At the end of the presentation, you will have a clear roadmap not only of how to frame up a new process for your company, but practical guidelines on how to roll it out and have the best chance at adoption – and hopefully have fun doing it.


About the Presenter

Dr. Glenn A. Stout is currently the Quality and Methods Manager at Hewitt Associates, in the Internal Business Systems group, where he manages a quality assurance team, as well as a software development methodology. As a consultant for 10 years previous to his current position, he helped clients roll out appropriate methodologies and tools to support a solid software development approach. A frequent attendee at the Rational User Conferences, he has presented at the conference 9 times, generally in the Quality and Requirements tracks. Glenn earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. During his doctoral studies, he wrote papers that were published both online and in print on Requirements Traceability, Testing Best Practices, Public Key Infrastructure, and his development of an Information Security Decision-Making methodology.  He currently runs the 400-member strong Chicago Rational User Group (CRUG) and is the current sitting President of the Global Rational User Group Council. Contact him at, or at


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 Center’s 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 as well as upper level parking lot W1. Look for parking spaces towards the west end of the parking structures. The Institute Building, located across the road (west of the parking structures), is approximately a 3-5 minute walk from the parking structure. Visit 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, Steve Huck, Nan Krull, Karen Mermel, Donna Miller, Sara Reif 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


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