Chicago Software Process Improvement Network
(C-SPIN) Meeting
Thursday May 2nd, 2002 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

William Rainey Harper College
The Theatre Center of the Business and Social Science Center
(Formally known as Auditorium, Building J)

Algonquin and Roselle Roads,
Palatine, Illinois

Park in Lot 9 or 10. If you enter from Algonquin Road, turn right at
first stop sign and follow the road around the curve. Parking lots 9 and 10 will be on your left. If you enter from Euclid Road, turn left after turning into Harper; follow the road around two curves. Parking lots 9 and 10 will be on your right.

"A Participative Approach to Methodology Development and Dissemination" Conrad Weisert / Information Disciplines, Inc

Once an organization makes a commitment to disciplined software development, it faces choices in how to choose its best practices and how to communicate those choices to its professional staff. Two common approaches that rarely if ever work well are:

- committees that propose, develop, or approve methodology components
- methodology czars who simply issue standards based on their own expertise

Instead experience in large and small organizations confirms the effectiveness of a high degree of participation by the professional staff in all phases of methodology administration. The participative approach works especially well in a decentralized organization that allows each area a great deal of autonomy in customizing its methods. It is particularly attractive during periods of severe budget constraints. No organization is too small or too poor to afford the cost of developing, disseminating, and supporting enlightened software development practices. Conrad will describe the organizational and documentation infrastructures for methodology administration, and will examine the costs and the human factors.

Conrad Weisert is a Chicago-based independent consultant specializing in software development methodologies and large-scale project management. Before establishing his own consulting firm, Information Disciplines, Inc. ( he held technical management positions at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and at Union Carbide Corporation. He holds an MS degree from DePaul University in Artificial Intelligence, and currently teaches part-time at IIT.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking, Refreshments (complimentary sandwich buffet), & Registration (no cost) 7:00 - 7:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Speaker Introduction 7:10 - 8:10 p.m. Presentation 8:10 - 8:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session

C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Nicole Bianco, Charlotte Bowens, Kathy Brown, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Bob Ferguson, George Gatsis, Donna Miller, Bob Pauwels, and Scott Stribrny.

If you are interested in participating on the Steering Committee, contact Bob Pauwels at, 773 394-6761, or 773 394-6601 (fax). Visit the C-SPIN website at

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.

-- Jean