Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

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

Wednesday, May 5, 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: CMMI Maturity Level 4 Results in a LOT of BS

Presenter: Patrick O'Toole



When people think about CMMI maturity level 4 (ML4), they contemplate statistical methods, process performance baselines, and process performance models. And why not? If you’ve taken the SEI’s four-day “Understanding CMMI High Maturity Practices” course you cannot help but form that impression. But that view of ML4 is incomplete as it overlooks the vast amount of BS associated with ML4.

Most SCAMPI appraisal teams do a good job of verifying the correct implementation of the ML4 methods and tools. But the real ML4 smell test is this: If you find no hint of BS, then it ain’t ML4! (BS stands for Behavioral Stimulation!)

You’ve been told the SEI party line; now it’s time to get the rest of the story…

About the Presenter

Pat O’Toole  is one of the most active SEI certified SCAMPI high maturity lead appraisers.  Pat is an authorized instructor for the “Intro to CMMI” course and has taught the course more than 70 times.  Pat is a Visiting Scientist at the SEI, and as such has taught the “Intermediate Concepts of the CMMI” course, the “CMMI Instructor” course, and has observed more than 14 “Intro to CMMI” candidate instructors on 5 continents.  He has served as a member of the SEI’s 12-person Expert Group for CMMI Interpretive Guidance project, and co-teaches a course in the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Science in Software Engineering degree program. 

In addition to his popular “Do’s and Don’ts” and “CMMI-SVC for Dummies” articles, Pat facilitates ATLAS (ATLAS = “Ask The Lead AppraiserS”), an email forum that poses model interpretation questions to the SEI-authorized community, and then compiles and publishes the results. His other claim to fame is being the leading revenue producer at PACT, his one-person company, founded in 2000. 


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. Look for parking spaces towards the west end of the parking structures. The Institute Building is located across the road (west of the parking structures.) 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 and its board, contact Karen Mermel at

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