June 15, 2012—SEPG Europe 2012, a premier software process improvement conference, was presented by the SEI in collaboration with IEEE Software in Madrid, Spain, on June 5-7. This 17th annual conference drew more than 160 delegates from 26 countries from around the world to explore the theme ¡A Passion for Process!
The conference agenda included tutorials, technical session on topics like process improvement, agility, multi-models, security, and organizational change. Delegates also had many opportunities for networking, including at an exhibits opening event and a reception at the Old Town Hall of Madrid.
The SEPG Europe 2012 technical program opened on Tuesday and Wednesday with a line-up of respected keynote speakers from industry, government, and academia.
Angel Jordan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Anita Carleton, SEI, delivered a retrospective of the past 30 years and a look ahead at the future of process improvement. Jordan revisited the origins of the SEI, beginning in 1985 when its U.S. Department of Defense-supported strategic plan was recognized as a fundamental activity. Carleton shared the SEI's vision and strategy for the future of process improvement, including efforts to innovate software for competitive advantage, advance quantitative methods for engineering software, and secure the cyber infrastructure. "Looking ahead, the SEI will continue to look at how architecture, measurement, and cybersecurity can work together in an integrated, interconnected way," said Carleton.
Andrew Nolan, Rolls-Royce, spoke about the common battle between project managers whose primary focus is on early delivery and engineers who focus on maturity. "Delivery is the main point that determines the cost to achieve full product maturity," Nolan said. "The pressure to deliver prematurely reduces maturity and increases cost.” He proposed that many major problems that occur in the life of a project manifest themselves as technical issues, but the root cause is poor risk management. Chaos and instability will drive cost and undermine product maturity, so he emphasized that good management is essential to success.
Mario Piattini, director, Information Systems and Technologies Institute, UCLM-Indra Joint Software Research and Development Center, discussed how combining product line approaches and mechanisms for process tailoring can help organizations better address the multiple contexts of use required to address today's varied business landscape. Piattini said that it is important to have a passion for process—but passion alone is not enough. To establish a sound commitment to software and offer a real global delivery model for process improvement, practitioners need to manage processes by playing the different variations of the same game.
The final keynote speaker, Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, proposed the idea that increasing speed trumps any other improvement research and development can provide to the company, with the goal being continuous deployment of new functionality. Bosch also discussed the ability of open innovation to drive growth by innovating with partners and sharing in the risk and the reward. His shared his belief that data always trumps opinion and that getting first to market with new functionality that closely aligns to customer needs is a significant competitive advantage that drives growth and results in market leadership.
New this year, the collaboration between SEPG Europe 2012 and IEEE Software magazine gave technical session presenters the chance to have a paper selected for inclusion in an SEI Special Report, as well as to be considered for possible inclusion in a future issue of IEEE Software magazine. An IEEE Software article review committee convened to determine the award for the best paper submission, and the announcement was made on Wednesday morning.
Patrick Kirwan, SEPG Europe 2012 technical program chair, announced the winners: Radouane Oudrhiri and Fabrizio Pellizzetti of Systonomy LTD in the United Kingdom received the award for their paper "SPC, Six Sigma, and CMMI: Integration and Deployment Challenges."
Members of the SEI management team participated in a special event celebrating a year-long, 10-country effort to translate CMMI for Development V1.3 into Spanish. Held at the Ministerio de Industria, Energia, and Turismo, the event brought together members of the SEI and organizations that contributed to the translation to share the significance of this effort.
"This timely translation makes CMMI more accessible to Spain and countries in Latin America, and it deepens the understanding of the principles CMMI embodies," said Paul Nielsen, director and CEO of the SEI. "The model will continue to expand its influence throughout the world."
Carleton added that it is because of the strength and commitment of the worldwide community of practice that CMMI has become the global model for process improvement. She expressed her pride in the Spanish translation, which will join the Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, and Portuguese versions. Carleton noted that Arabic and Korean translations are soon to come.
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