TSP Symposium 2014

November 3-6, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA

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Going Beyond Methodology to Maximize Performance

A performance framework for both software and non-software development that has been used for approximately a decade, the Team Software Process (TSP) is a proven method to help teams to plan, evaluate, manage, and control their work.

The TSP Symposium 2014 technical program will go beyond the core methodology of TSP to encompass a broader range of complementary practices that contribute to peak performance on system and software projects. The unifying theme of the conference is quality. Ultimately, a quality product and service must be delivered on time and within budget, be secure, be sustainable, and provide value to end users.

Teams using TSP have achieved unprecedented quality and productivity improvements. However, we as a community have also learned that many benefits accrue from incorporating other aspects of engineering, leadership, and culture change into the disciplined practices of TSP.

Video Highlights

Tutorial Sessions

Make the most of your time in Pittsburgh by registering for one or more of the half- or full-day tutorials on Monday, November 3, or Thursday, November 6, 2014. Attendees who register for two or more tutorials will receive a 10% discount off all tutorials purchased.

The tutorial fee includes participation in the specified tutorial and morning beverages, lunch, and breaks on the day of the tutorial.

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

  • Software Lifecycle Recipes: Making a Process Do What You Want It to Do—Building a Great Product, Meeting Customer Needs, Managing Time, Money, Risk, and Quality
    (Full-Day Tutorial)
    Neil Potter, The Process Group
  • Empowering Teams with Great Data: Using the Process Dashboard
    (Full-Day Tutorial)
    David Tuma, Tuma Solutions
  • The NAVAIR TPI Story: From Software Process Improvement to Process Improvement for All
    (Half-Day Tutorial)
    Jeff Schwalb, Brad Hodgins, Mark Stockmeyer, and David Saint-Amand, NAVAIR
  • Strategic Management of Technical Debt
    (Half-Day Tutorial)
    Neil Ernst, Ipek Ozkaya, and Robert Nord, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2014

  • Eliciting Unstated Requirements
    (Full-Day Tutorial)
    Mary Beth Chrissis, Mike Konrad, Robert Stoddard, and Nancy Mead, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
  • Business Model Canvas and Product Canvas
    (Half-Day Tutorial)
    Noopur Davis, McAfee, an Intel Company
Keynote Speakers

Philip Koopman
Carnegie Mellon University


Holly Ridgeway
PNC Financial Services Group


Jesse Schell
Schell Games


Richard Pethia
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering

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Sheraton Station Square

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

300 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Telephone: 800-325-3535

Hotel Overview

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square is located in downtown Pittsburgh, in the heart of a 52- acre riverfront complex that includes Station Square restaurants and entertainment. Relax in Pittsburgh's only riverfront hotel, adjacent to 20 restaurants within the Shops at Station Square, Bessemer Court, and the Gateway Clipper Riverboat fleet. Experience exceptional service while having easy access to downtown Pittsburgh attractions such as Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Consol Energy Center, the Rivers Casino, and more!


The TSP group rate of $135 is available until Monday, October 20, 2014, or until all rooms at that price have been reserved, whichever occurs first. A limited number of government rate ($125) rooms are also available.

Reservations may be canceled up to 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to arrival without penalty.

To make reservations by phone, contact the hotel at 800-325-3535 and ask for the TSP rate.

Update October 14, 2014: The Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel is fully booked on the night of Sunday, November 2. You can still get the TSP group rate at this hotel for Monday through Thursday, November 3–6.




Parking is available at a self-parking facility for $23 per day.

Local Attractions

Once an industrial hub, Pittsburgh has shed its image as a smoky city and has earned the title of America's "most livable city" by Places Rated Almanac, Forbes, and The Economist while inspiring National Geographic and Today to name the city a top world destination.

Located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers and the head of the Ohio River, Pittsburgh was referred to as the "Gateway to the West" from its early days as a frontier fort and came to be known as both "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and "the City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges.

With 90 charming and unique neighborhoods, Pittsburgh guarantees the perfect place for you to shop, dine, hang out, and explore.





Pittsburgh offers a wide array of restaurants to choose from in and around the city. Throughout the city, award-winning chefs, a slow-food movement, a popular food truck scene, and restaurants specializing in buying local are popping up everywhere.

You can choose from casual family spots, upscale and romantic locations, late-night bites, or convenient take-out. Pittsburgh offers Ethiopian and Mediterranean cuisine, BBQ and steak, fondue and seafood, and much more.

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Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than a 90-minute flight from 50% of North America's population. It's under 6 hours by car or train to 9 states, D.C., and Canada.


The Pittsburgh International Airport continues to rank among the world's elite airports according to Condé Nast Traveler, J.D. Power & Associates, OAG Worldwide, and others. The airport offers more than 155 non-stop flights per day to 37 destinations, domestic and abroad.

The airport is approximately 19 miles from the hotel.


The Amtrak station is approximately 1.5 miles from the hotel.

Public Transit
Port Authority of Allegheny County is the public transit agency for the Greater Pittsburgh area, providing bus, light rail, incline, and paratransit service to thousands of riders daily.

Pittsburgh is featured on Google Transit. This partnership with the Port Authority of Allegheny County allows visitors to search for public transportation routes using interactive Google Maps technology.


Hours: 24 hours
Contact: (800) 258-3826

Hours: 24 hours
Contact: (412) 321-8100


The conference registration fee includes two full days of TSP Symposium presentations and working sessions; morning beverages, lunch, and breaks on November 4-5, 2014; and the evening reception at the Sheraton Station Square on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Tutorial registration is separate.


Sponsor the TSP Symposium 2014

Many TSP Symposium attendees arrive in search of real solutions in new tools, training, and technology.
By sponsoring the TSP Symposium, you can make sure that the solutions they leave with are yours.

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Regular after August 15

TSP Symposium only ... $1000
Half-Day Tutorial ... $250
Full-Day Tutorial ... $400

Available Discounts

Organizations with 4 conference registrants get the 5th conference registration for FREE. This does not apply to tutorial registration. All registrations must be completed at the same time. Simply contact Mandy Mann for detailed instructions.

Some individuals may be eligible to receive the discounted registration rate.

Speakers receive a 40% discount applied to their registration within the discount period in which they register.

TSP Partners may use the code TSP14PART to receive a 10% discount on conference and tutorial registration.

IEEE members may use the code TSP14IEEE to receive a 10% discount on conference registration.

Government and academic employees may use the code TSP14GA to receive a 10% discount on conference and tutorial registration. Eligibility is confirmed by the use of an email address ending in .gov, .mil, or .edu.

Pennsylvania  residents will automatically receive a 10% discount upon entering a valid Pennsylvania address during the registration process.

Students at accredited academic institutions receive a 50% discount on conference registration and, subject to availability, registration for tutorials. You will be required to provide proof of current enrollment with full-time status at an accredited institution, and you will need to present your student ID and a government-issued photo ID at check-in to receive your registration materials.

These discount codes do not apply to tutorial registration fees unless otherwise stated. Discount codes cannot be combined.

Additional Info

Endorsement Disclaimer
This forum has been arranged for the purpose of scientific and technical information exchange. The SEI does not endorse the products or services of any participating organization.

Cancellation Policy
Refund requests received in writing by October 3, 2014, will be processed minus a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after October 3, 2014. If you do not cancel and do not attend, you will be charged the full registration fee. Substitute attendees are welcome at no extra charge; however, we request written notification prior to the conference for preparation of registration materials. For refunds, please allow two to four weeks for processing after the conference. Registration fee payments are not transferable to other SEI events.

Permission to Film, Photograph, etc.
By registering, you grant Carnegie Mellon University and/or anyone acting on its behalf ("Carnegie Mellon") permission to photograph, film, or otherwise record and use your name, likeness, image, voice, and comments and to publish, reproduce, exhibit, distribute, broadcast, edit, and/or digitize the resulting images and materials in publications, advertising materials, or in any other form and for any purpose without compensation. You also agree to not photograph or videotape any portion of this event without the prior approval of Carnegie Mellon. Additionally, you grant the Software Engineering Institute ("SEI") permission to communicate with you regarding this Symposium, and other SEI-related services, via the contact information you have provided.

Copyright Permission
Please note that each author must sign off on the copyright permission, not just the primary speaker or author.

Alternative Methods

If you prefer to complete your registration by fax or mail, download the PDF registration form and return the completed form with a credit card or check payment via fax or mail.


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