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.

                    Monday, September 30, 2013

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.


Introduction to Continuous Delivery


Presenter: Rolf Russell, ThoughtWorks



This talk will introduce the principles and practices of Continuous Delivery, a software development approach pioneered by companies like Facebook, Flickr and Google, that aims to make it possible for an organization to deliver in short cycles (weekly, daily or even hourly) and confidently. It highlights as a key metric idea -> live (the time from an idea being conceived until the feature is live), minimizing that metric across the whole path to production.


To achieve short cycle times a variety of activities must change, ranging from build/deploy to test automation to the relationship between development and IT operations. As organizations mature their Continuous Delivery capability, they start to have code that is always production releasable and business stakeholders pressing the release button as often as it makes business sense to do so. The talk will touch on systems thinking, build pipelining, trunk-based development and automation, automation, automation.


About the Presenter

Rolf was the global lead for Continuous Delivery @ ThoughtWorks. He went on to head up ThoughtWorks operations in South Africa as Co Managing Director. He focuses on helping IT organizations become nimble and reactive in meeting their customers’ needs through pragmatic improvements to the way software is developed and taken into production. Rolf developed his passion for this space in the traditional way, through painful experience as ineffective ‘paths to production’ endangered projects he was delivering. His experiences come through working with Fortune 1000 companies across an array of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, energy and media.


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