NOTE CHANGE OF TIME AND LOCATION 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, June 29, 2011

4:45 - 5:30 PM – Registration & Networking (ThoughtWorks will provide refreshments!)

5:30 - 6:30 PM – Presentation

6:30 - 7:00 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.


Beyond the Burn Down

Governance tips for software projects


Presenter: Mark Rickmeier, Client Principal with ThoughtWorks



Governance has received a bad reputation in the news recently (The sub-prime mortgage crisis, Bernie Madoff, etc) With each of these failures - we all rightly ask: "Where was the oversight? What is the point of the governance team, if they can't prevent these problems?"

Software is no exception. The IT industry has a terrible reputation for overspending, delivery poor quality, or releasing unwanted features. So where is the governance? What control do we have over our projects?


In this talk, Mark Rickmeier will discuss how organizations should assess the health of their software delivery projects.  He will identify some of the techniques used by successful delivery teams to track and forecast their projects, assess risk, and communicate with the PMO


About the Presenter

Mark Rickmeier has spent over a decade with ThoughtWorks working in all aspects of software delivery (testing, analysis, management, and development). He specializes on IT governance and designing the PMO for his client's largest and most complex projects. He has lead software teams in the insurance, retail, leasing, transportation, healthcare, and finance verticals. After living and working with clients in India, Germany, England, and Australia, he is now a Client Principal with ThoughtWorks and based out of Chicago. 


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

               To receive future announcements electronically, register your e-mail address (include name, personal email address, company, and phone number) at



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.  In the Millenium Garage, parking is $14.


 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