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 60192


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

          SPECIAL DATE:  Thursday, November 6, 2008

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

6:20 - 6:40 PM – Birds-of-a-Feather Topic [See sign-in table for details]     

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

8:30 - 9:00 PM – Auditorium: additional Q&A and discussion


Program:  Source Code Quality And Security

Presenter:  Tony Czarnik, Klocwork



            The costs and risk of detecting and correcting security vulnerabilities and quality defects late in the software development process can be high. When those bugs escape into the market and are discovered by customers, the fallout can affect the bottom line and damage reputations.


Static source code analysis is fast becoming a standard part of the development process for leading software development organizations that build or maintain mission-critical applications. For these organizations, software bugs can seriously affect business. Bugs increase risk, including:

*              Software development costs

*              The likelihood of annoying or losing customers

*              Reduced developer productivity


Identifying and correcting critical bugs early in the software development cycle mitigates these risks and the costs associated with them. Static source code analysis tools identify potentially catastrophic security vulnerabilities and quality defects automatically and accurately early in the development process. Static analysis is efficient because it does not require running code - it can operate even before software is compiled and integrated. This approach improves the

quality of software while enhancing developer productivity.


About the Presenter

            Tony Czarnik is currently an Account Executive with Klocwork ( and has held both technical and consulting roles earlier in his career.  As an adjunct faculty member at the community college level, Tony has metamorphosed his career to business development and teaching and has marketed, developed and sold a software training course. His other areas of interest include enterprise data integration, business intelligence and IT/software security.  He graduated from DePaul University with honors in Computer Science and holds a Masters of Management Information Systems. 


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. Recommend parking in covered lot W3 and walking straight west to the Institute building.   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  Lee Bennett, 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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