Chicago Software Process Improvement Network (C-SPIN) Meeting
AT&T Center Campus: AT&T Institute - 2501 W. Eagle Way -- Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


CMMI Live: Reinventing CMMI Implementation Easier, Faster, Lower-Cost, Higher ROI


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium: Registration & Networking
6:20 - 6:40 PM – Refreshments By: Maggiano’s Little Italy
7:00 - 8:30 PM – Auditorium: Presentation
8:30 - 9:00 PM – Auditorium: additional Q&A and discussion


When you think about CMMI do you think about how it helped your organization improve quality, consistency, and customer satisfaction?  Or, do you wonder why it:

·         Costs too much money.  (Consultant, preparation and Appraisal often cost $250,000+)

·         Takes too much time to implement. (Average 12-18 months per level)

·         Has not improved your operations. (But made them more complex.)

Many organizations adopt CMMI because they are forced to by their customers.  Instead of using CMMI as a golden opportunity to create a quality culture, they “game” the Appraisal process with a heavy dose of resistance and resentment. The time seems right to reinvent your CMMI implementation and unlock its benefits. Please join us to discuss how a few simple adjustments in the way you deploy CMMI can make it easier, faster, lower cost, and higher ROI.  You will learn how to:

·         Avoid the time, cost, and distraction of Class B and Class C Appraisals

·         Save hundreds of hours preparing your PIID

·         Skip Level-2 and jump directly to Level-3.

·         Engage your frontline staff to embrace and benefit from CMMI

[The materials presented will benefit current CMMI users, prospective users and Appraisers.]

About the Presenters:

Kevin Cotherman is a CMMI Institute-Certified Lead Appraiser and has conducted CMMI® SCAMPI (Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement) Class A, B, and C Appraisals.  He has Led 43 CMMI® SCAMPI Class A Appraisals in all types of industries, and all sizes of companies worldwide; appraisal team member for 11 SCAMPI Class A Appraisals. Kevin has 30 years of experience in software and business process improvement, software systems analysis, requirements gathering, project management, and leadership with commercial companies, federal agencies, and the military. He specializes in process improvement implementation and support, which includes defining and documenting processes, setting up and working with Organization Process Groups and Process Action Teams. Kevin was nominated for the 2012 International Cooperation of China Friendship Award.

Michael Kramer is founder of, a Web 2.0 social-collaboration platform that helps organizations dramatically improve productivity, efficiency, team-communication, quality, and customer satisfaction. Michael created courses in “Best Management Practices” for the University of Chicago, lectured at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and DePaul University. Kramer founded the SBDC Think Tank and was awarded the “Most Innovative Program of the Year” by Chicago's Duman Center of Entrepreneurship.

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 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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