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.

          Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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:  AGILE/SCRUM and QA Framework

Presenter:  Srikant Chellappa, eMids Technologies, Inc.



In the last decade Agile Software development has taken hold in enterprise application development environments. There is skepticism that Quality in terms of QA processes is often compromised since Agile is generally adaptive in nature as opposed to Waterfall-based methodologies that are fully planned and predictive in philosophy. This presentation aims to dispel that myth. QA when done right and in the right “self-organizing” team spirit can deliver generally higher levels of quality than traditional methods by incorporating the concept of “continuous quality”; and quality is the team’s responsibility, not just of the QA person standing at the tail end of the assembly line. We will discuss some practical approaches to implementing a proven quality framework with milestones within the Scrum-UP (Unified Process) methodology adopted at eMids, as well as some lessons learned in the process.  Scrum-based project delivery in a global or a distributed delivery model requires some creative modifications to the Scrum methodology set forth by Ken Schwaber.   At eMids, we use “Unified Scrum”, encompassing best practices from Agile/Scrum, Rational Unified Process (RUP) and PMI project management principles, to best support our global delivery team.


About the Presenter

Srikant Chellappa is an experienced executive in the business consulting domain and has spent more than ten years consulting clients in Healthcare, Finance and Insurance sectors. Srikant pioneered the delivery of software development projects using a blended technique called Unified Scrum adapted to the distributed delivery model used by eMids.  He provides high-level delivery framework and global delivery roadmap for all engagements in the Application Development and Management space.  eMids Technologies, Inc.

A CMMi Level 3 and ISO 27001 Company



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 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 information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Karen Mermel at

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