May 2008 NJ SPIN Meeting Announcement


Appraisals and CMMI Gotchas - Lessons in CMMI Use and Appraisal Preparation


Are you thinking about using CMMI or conducting a CMMI-based appraisal and arriving at Maturity Level X soon? Or maybe you are burned out with CMMI and are looking for a fresh perspective? Here are some lessons learned that can help you spend your efforts well and avoid some common hazards on your journey.

This session is for managers and practitioners who are starting to use CMMI, or ones that are preparing for an appraisal. In this session, participants learn about these common process improvement mistakes and how to address them and how you can rethink your CMMI approach to make sure that it is meeting your organization’s needs. Address common blind spots related to size, configuration audits and using thresholds to trigger corrective actions and prepare for your appraisal with minimal overhead


Mary Sakry is co-founder of The Process Group, a software engineering process improvement consultancy. She has 30 years of experience in software and process engineering. For 15 years she was a Software Manager within TI. In 1989 she lead TI’s process assessment effort and was a member of an SEPG. Mary is an SEI authorized lead appraiser for SCAMPI appraisals (including High Maturity certification) and Intro to CMMI instructor. She has an M.B.A. (St. Edwards) and B.S. in Computer Science ( Minnesota ). She is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, Addison-Wesley


5:45    Networking

6:15    Introductions

6:20    SPIN News, Updates
6:25    Presentation
7:05    Networking Update

7:10    Break, Refreshments and more Networking

7:25    Next Month's Topic 
7:30    Part 2 of Tonight's Topic

8:15    Q & A
8:30    Wrap-up & conclude meeting

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The NJ SPIN will be raffling two outstanding raffles at this meeting: 1) an autographed copy of  “Making Process Improvement Work: A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners”.book by Neil S. Potter, Mary E. Sakry 2)  one complimentary admission to the 6th Annual Software Process Symposium to be held on October 14th, which is valued at over $300.00.  

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