Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reason #8 to Attend SEPG 2013 in Pittsburgh this year!


As a longtime speaker at SEPGNA conferences and practitioner of the CMMI, I love thinking and talking with people about using the Model for process improvement and performance innovation. I’ve found no better place to do that than at the SEPGNA Conference every year. That’s why I put together this list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA 2013 – to share all the ways you, too, may come to make North America’s premier CMMI experience the number one conference of the year.

So let’s continue the countdown with Reason #8.


Drum roll, please! Reason #8 is ... 

SEPGNA is a great place to have meaningful conversations.

Do you enjoy a good, spirited conversation about process improvement and performance innovation? Of course you do! And you’ll get a lot of that at the CMMI Conference.

Every year, the SEPG North America conference draws a wide variety of engineering, project management, and software professionals, who come from a vast array of disciplines. Some are organizations that are getting started with CMMI, and are interested in hearing user stories that offer applicable lessons. Some are experienced in using the guidance of the CMMI and are looking for ways to take the next step in performance improvement. And some are industry experts who are excited about sharing some new and powerful ways the CMMI is being used by companies small and large around the globe.

As a CMMI Appraiser, I always enjoy to talking about the amazing results I’ve seen companies achieve with the CMMI. I know that if you adopt the CMMI you will likely experience improved performance, increased productivity and fewer project delays. You’ll be on-time and on-budget more often, and your workforce will be happier and more productive.

Whatever your interest, this year, you’ll have plenty of chances to join the conversation, as the CMMI Institute is planning an even richer, more interactive CMMI conference experience. Some of the hottest topics in the industry are slated for discussion, including:

  • Protecting agile values in the presence of demanding customers
  • Utilizing the architectural structure of the CMMI to strengthen what you are ALREADY doing
  • Drawing insights from stories aggregated from dozens of CMMI users
  • Using the CMMI to strengthen and compliment Kanban, DevOps, and Agile

With this year’s theme of Connect. Explore. Apply. Achieve, the 25th annual SEPG North America conference promises to give companies even more to think about. There is a full slate of high-quality, proven speakers, workshops and break-out sessions to choose from, with opportunities to discuss both principle and practice that we can all take home to our organizations.

What better place for conversations about the power of process improvement than at SEPGNA, with people like you and me, who get it?

So come on out to Pittsburgh and join the conversation! Register here.

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

To download eBooks about CMMI, visit Jeff’s Author Page on Amazon.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reason #9 to Attend SEPG 2013 in Pittsburgh!


Hello, my friends, and welcome to the countdown with the Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA 2013!

If the past is any indicator of the future, this year’s SEPGNA 2013 Conference promises a CMMI experience that will pay dividends for years to come. How will your organization benefit? Let me count the ways.

Recently we posted our #10 Reason: To help you get better at what you do. Today, we’re sharing Reason #9 to attend SEPGNA 2013.


Drum roll, please! Reason #9 is …

It’s a great place to form successful business partnerships.

Engineering and software professionals tend to be straight-forward people. We make no bones about the fact that we are all trying to make our organizations as successful as possible. That’s why we look for opportunities to create strategic relationships with compatible companies, so that we have them in place when we need them. And there’s no better place to form these relationships than at SEPGNA!

Care for some proof? Two years ago, at the SEPGNA Conference in Portland, I had a discussion with another CMMI Institute Partner about his service offerings and our service offerings.

Having discovered that our offerings were complimentary, we struck an informal agreement to refer some business to each other when it made sense for our clients. Nothing fancy, just a handshake.

Since then, I’ve referred him a number of times. In turn, he has introduced us to several companies, one of which was an information technology company with whom we were already in discussions. His referral helped them make a decision that was right for them – and we subsequently earned their business and conducted some CMMI Training with them.

We connected with more Partners to form alliances for sharing work at last year’s Conference in Albuquerque. So far, this has led to several new opportunities to help spread the word about CMMI and conduct SCAMPI A or SCAMPI B Appraisals.

For full details about the Conference logistics and to register for the Conference, visit the SEPG North America Conference site (http://sepgconference.org )

Need more reasons to attend this year’s SEPGNA? Check back soon for Reason #8.

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec!

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

To download eBooks about CMMI, visit Jeff’s Author Page on Amazon.

Monday, August 26, 2013

SEPG North America 2013 coming to Pittsburgh!


It’s that time again! The SEPGNA 2013 Conference is coming to Pittsburg, PA on October 1st and 2nd. And I know that many of you – whether you are just starting to think about adopting the CMMI for your organization, or already have extensive experience with the Model – may be wondering whether this year’s CMMI experience is for you.

Wonder no more! As veteran attendee and sometimes speaker at SEPGNA conferences, and longtime practitioner of the CMMI, I feel so strongly about the value of the Conference that I’ve developed a list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA 2013. I will be counting down the reasons in the weeks ahead, starting today with Reason #10.


Drum roll, please! Reason #10 is …


It’s all about helping you get better at what you do.

As you know if you’ve attended the Conference in the past, SEPGNA is the premier software process improvement conference. Hundreds of professionals come from around the world come to learn, network and explore solutions to their performance problems. I like to call it “the greatest show on earth!”

This year, the show will be even better! The new host, the CMMI Institute, has been working hard to make sure this year’s Conference has something for everyone who attends, wherever you are in your professional journey. Following a theme of Connect. Explore. Apply. Achieve, the Program Committee has created two days of content focused on positively impacting your performance. The re-imagined format is designed to help you explore using the CMMI to improve performance through first person case studies, interactive workshops, and powerful presentations that can help you to get started with CMMI or take your organization to new levels of success.

Whether your interest is multi-model, practical process improvement, high maturity, agile, DevOps or any other discipline, you will find ample opportunities to dive into the principles and practices that can help your organization better harness the power of performance improvement with the CMMI. Click here to check out the great speaker line-up.

The variety of learning opportunities alone is incredible. You can expect to come away with real life, practical and implementable ideas. For full details about the Conference logistics and to register, navigate around the SEPG Conference site (http://sepgconference.org )

SEPGNA 2013 is an amazing opportunity to spend two days focusing on how you can get better at what you do. For some, this will be reason enough to attend this year’s conference. Others may be preparing for their SCAMPI A or SCAMPI B Appraisals and just want to learn more about it.  Still others may appreciate more of our Top 10 reasons to attend, so be sure to check back soon for Reason #9!

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec!

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

To download eBooks about CMMI, visit Jeff’s Author Page on Amazon.