Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

                   (C-SPIN) Meeting

                     Thoughtworks - Aon Center

200 E. Randolph Street

25th floor

Chicago, IL 60601

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

      Tuesday, May 29, 2012         


                             This is a Free Event --- Advance registration is required


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


4:45 – 5:30PM: Registration, Networking & Light Refreshments    5:30 – 7:00PM: Presentation and Q&A



Topic: Beyond the Pain of Traceability: Cost Effective Techniques for demonstrating safety, security, and compliance of software intensive systems

Presenter: Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang, DePaul University




Many software systems fall under regulated areas in which software traceability is a critical requirement of the development process.  Unfortunately, traditional traceability techniques are generally arduous, error-prone, and costly, primarily because they attempt to create a brittle infrastructure of links across an otherwise dynamically changing project environment.  Software developers today are therefore faced with a dilemma.  On one hand they are required to establish traceability in order to comply with regulations and guidelines, and to provide ongoing support for change-management; while on the other hand their traceability efforts are constrained and thwarted by excessive costs, time overheads, and constantly eroding traceability links, which impact time-to-market and increase development costs.  In this talk Dr. Cleland-Huang will address these issues by presenting practical techniques and supporting tools for establishing and implementing a cost-effective, just-enough, responsive-to-change, traceability process.


About the Presenter

Jane Cleland-Huang received a PhD degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002.  She is currently an associate professor in the School of Computing at DePaul University, Chicago, where she serves as the director of the Systems and Requirements Engineering Center. She also serves as the North American Director of the International Center of Excellence for Software Traceability. Her research interests emphasize the application of machine learning and information retrieval methods to tackle large-scale Software Engineering problems, with special emphasis on automating the creation and maintenance of traceability links. 


She has authored or co-authored two books “Software by Numbers, Low-Risk, High-Return Development” (2004) and “Software and Systems Traceability” (2012).  She has served as Principle Investigator on grants worth $3.5 Million over the past 7 years.  Dr. Cleland-Huang serves on the Editorial Board for IEEE Software, the Requirements Engineering Journal, and as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.   She has been the recipient of the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, three ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards, and the 2006 IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for Excellence in Software: Theory and Practice.  She is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Women in Engineering.


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 @

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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