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SEPG 2013 – A Success!

As I admitted in my previous blog post, I was anxious to see how this year’s SEPG conference would turn out in its first year under the CMMI Institute. Well, I’m happy to report that the conference is now over, and it was definitely a success!

We had a booth at the conference, and we were pleased to see a lot of new faces this year (though we were happy to see familiar faces too)!


This year’s conference had great attendance and it was a good mix of seasoned and new attendees. The CMMI Institute clearly put a lot of work into making some improvements over the previous events, including the “lightening talks.” This presentation format of 20 slides with 5 seconds per slide challenged presenters to share their information at a faster pace, but also did a lot to make the presentations more informative and interesting. And, by holding the lightening talks in in the same location as the snacks during breaks, attendance was good as well!

As with any conference, is there room for improvement? Of course! But, I can confidently say that DCG will be back next year – and we hope to see you there!

Until then, if we met at the conference and you’d like to connect or you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you!

If you’re interested, our photos from the conference are up on our Facebook page!


Pat Eglin
Certified Intro to CMMI Instructor and Consultant

Written by Default at 05:00
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SEPG North America 2013

SEPG North America

After an absence of more than one year, SEPG North America is back – and DCG will be there! The conference aims to foster the professional development of individuals and the competitive advantage of organizations utilizing the CMMI model.

Previously, the SEPG conference series was hosted by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon, served as the stewards of the CMMI model. In 2013, stewardship of the model transferred to the CMMI Institute.

When the news came a year ago that the conference would be postponed from March 2013 to October 2013, we expressed our support, though there was some concern within the industry. We believed that the conference would benefit from the extra planning time, ensuring that it would return better than ever before.

Only time will tell if the conference meets expectations, but at DCG, we have high hopes. So far, the transition of the model from the SEI to the CMMI Institute has been a smooth one. Overall, we’re excited about the conference’s new format, featuring workshops, presentations, plenary sessions and lightening talks. We can’t wait to connect with some familiar faces and meet some new ones!

We will be exhibiting at the conference, so we hope you’ll stop by our booth – we’d love to hear your thoughts on the conference’s new format and chat about all things CMMI.

See you there!

Pat Eglin
Certified CMMI Consultant

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SEPG 2013 Moved to Fall as part of CMMI Transition

This morning we received an announcement that the 2013 SEPG conference will be held in the fall instead of the spring, as it is every year. Previously hosted by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), SEPG is a long-standing tradition within the CMMI community, and DCG, as well as many of our clients and friends, attend the conference each year.

As we’ve previously discussed, the SEI is in the process of transferring the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) from the SEI to a new unit within Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

While we are supportive of the transition and still believe in the value and importance of CMMI as a process improvement methodology, we are approaching this period with hesitation.

SEPG is an annual conference that has been attended by many for years. The conference has traditionally been held in the spring, and many of us plan for that, scheduling other commitments around it.

The fact that this year’s conference date has been moved from the fall imageraises a few concerns about the organization of the transition. The message from the SEI states that the postponement is to allow for a more thorough transition in advance of the conference; however, given that this conference is always held in the spring, we would have hoped that the SEI and CMU could have better prepared themselves for the transition with the SEPG conference in mind.

DCG will still be attending SEPG, and the actual date of the conference doesn’t really matter. Continuity and momentum are important, and so far this is the only sign we’ve seen of slippage. What do think?


Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 13:34
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SEPG 2012 Day 1

Interesting keynote from Walker Royce of IBM. Walker was good enough to reference a video that he delivered with very similar content, so I thought you might appreciate an opportunity to hear something very similar to what we heard this morning. Measured Improvement in Software Economics Video

Walker sets out a differnt economic perspective on the benefits of agile of traditional waterfall methods based on some measurements from IBM.  In particular, you should pay attention to the the slides showing the different cost of change profile during the duration of the project if integration is done before unit testing. There is a lot of good stuff here in a short video.

Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 13:21

"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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