Friday, February 3, 2012

Why I'm coming to SEPGNA this year - Reason #7

The #7 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: Albuquerque is a treasure of the Southwest

By Jeff Dalton
Howdy, Partners!  As anybody with horse sense knows, this CMMI appraiser is a straight-shooter (maybe a little too straight I’ve been told).  There ain’t no ballyhoo to my Top 10 Reasons for moseying down to the SEPG North America rodeo on March 12-15 in Albuquerque (for proof, you can skedaddle over to Reason #10Reason #9 and Reason #8).  Now, before y’all start raising Cain about my phony cowpoke accent, allow me to drop it like a hot tater, and give you Reason #7.
There, I dropped it.  Just in time, too.  My neighbors here in Michigan were starting to look at me funny.
So, without further delay, let’s get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.
Drum roll, please!  Reason #7 is …
Albuquerque is a treasure of the American Southwest.
As you may know, every year a different, unique location plays host to the SEPG North America conference.
This year, the 24th annual SEPG North America conference is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  You’ll keep busy with 100 technical sessions, designed to equip you with implementable solutions that can help you Reach New Levels of Excellence and achieve a positive return on your investment from process improvement.  But you’ll have some free time, too, and may want to do some exploring.
Here are some of the many unforgettable experiences awaiting you in Albuquerque:
  • Immerse yourself in rich Southwestern culture and heritage
  • Soak in the blue skies and sun that shines 310 days a year
  • Breathe in the high desert air scented with sage and piƱon
  • Shop for authentic Native American jewelry
  • Try hot air ballooning
  • Visit living history museums
  • Enjoy Albuquerque events and festivals
  • Sample local cuisines
  • Hit the golf courses and spas
  • Relax by the pool with the CMMI book (no napping!)
… and much more.  So come on down for the great technical sessions, powerful networking opportunities, and that life-giving sunshine.  Oh, and don’t forget to register by February 10, 2012.  You’ll save up to $300 off regular, full-conference registration rates.
Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #6.
Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a CMMI SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blogging can be read at  He can be reached at

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