Chicago Software Process Improvement Network
(C-SPIN) Meeting


Aon Building, 200 E. Randolph Street
25th floor
Chicago, IL 60601

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

3:00 - 4:00 PM Registration & Networking (ThoughtWorks will provide refreshments!)
3:20 - 3:40 PM Birds-of-a-Feather: Discussion on a topic related to program.
4:00 - 5:30 PM Presentation
5:30 - 6:00 PM Additional Q&A and discussion 

Seating is limited & advance registration required

To register, go to

Note:  Attendees will need a photo ID to check in with the building security system. 

Program: Optimizing Distributed Software Development
Make the right decisions to minimize your risk and maximize your return on investment
Presenter: Matt Simons, Offshore Principal, ThoughtWorks


In today's globally-connected world, the ability to effectively leverage distributed teams to deliver great software is a critical capability for most organizations.  However, more than 10 years on from the dawn of large-scale distributed outsourcing, results of globally distributed development remain highly variable.  Smart organizations have learned through hard experience how to set up, manage and utilize high-performing global delivery teams.  Others continue to struggle to realize the expected benefits from their effort and investment.

Options in today's marketplace abound.  There are literally dozens of choices of geography, provider, and delivery models.  This flexibility demands more sophisticated decision-making when it comes to setting up your distributed development sourcing strategy and delivery model.

Join us for a discussion that will help you get the most out of your investment in globally distributed software development.  You'll learn about factors to consider when choosing what work to do where and tactics to employ to maximize your success.

About the Presenter

Matt Simons is an Offshore Principal for ThoughtWorks. He has spent many years as a consultant helping organizations around the world. Matt also spent a number of years working in Bangalore, India to establish and strengthen ThoughtWorks' global delivery offering. He writes and speaks regularly on distributed agile development and other hot topics in enterprise software development.

Driving and Parking Directions.

ThoughtWorks is located at 200 East Randolph Street, 25th floor of the Aon Center.

Getting to the Office and What to Expect:
As the second tallest building in Chicago, security at the Aon Center is rather tight. All guests are required to show proof of identification through valid picture IDs, and all bags will be subject to
search. Once you arrive at the building, please enter through the South lobby doors located
on Randolph Street and proceed to the Guest Registration Center. Building Greeters will welcome guests, locate their names on the I-Visitor system, request photo identification, and print guest badges.
Guests will then be directed through the automatic portals, allowing unescorted access to the building elevator banks. Please use the elevators in the lower lobby labeled Levels 21-37. Exit the elevator on the 25th floor and proceed to the reception area.


From the North:
Lake Shore Drive South to Randolph Drive Exit (turn right).
Drive 2 blocks to Columbus Drive (stop light) (turn right)
(immediately into the left lane).
Drive one block to Lake Street (stop light) (turn left).
Drive ½ block, entrance to the garage is located on the
left side of the Lake Street.

From the South:
Lake Shore Drive North to Randolph Drive Exit (turn left).
Drive 2 blocks to Columbus Drive (stop light) (turn right)
(immediately into the left lane).
Drive one block to Lake Street (stop light) (turn left).
Drive ½ block, entrance to the parking garage is located
on the left side of Lake Street.

From the West (I 90/I 94 – Dan Ryan/O’Hare Airport):
Ohio Street exit East to Michigan Avenue (turn right).
Drive 2 blocks (past the river) to Inter. South Water
Street (stop light) (turn left).
Drive ½ block to Inter. Stetson Street (stop sign) (turn
right) the road will curve east,
Entrance to the parking garage is on the right.

From the West (I 290 – Eisenhower):
Congress East to Columbus Drive (turn left).
Drive about 1½ miles(1block past Randolph Drive) to Lake
Street (turn left).
Entrance to the parking garage is located on the left side
of Lake Street.

Expect to spend between $20 and $25 on parking.

CTA Red, Brown, Green, Purple and Orange Lines have stops
that are within easy walking distance of the Aon Center. For more
information please visit

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 Tony Kvitek at

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