Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Attend CMMI Institute’s Global Congress? Reason #9

Dear Readers,

For over 25 years, the SEPG North America conference offered opportunities to connect, learn, and share with one another in the CMMI community. The conference has grown beyond software engineering and beyond North America. Next month, people from around the world who use CMMI across industries are uniting in conversation at the 2015 Global Congress, in Seattle, Washington.

Which brings me to Reason #9 in my Top 10 Reasons to attend CMMI Institute’s Global Congress 2015.  Reason #9 is …

Seattle is such a cool city!

At the conference, you’ll keep busy with all the presentations, technical sessions, breakout sessions, coaching and networking opportunities you can handle. Each is designed to equip you with implementable solutions that can help you 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.

From, here are some of the many unforgettable experiences awaiting you in Seattle:


Space Needle
Seattle Great Wheel - The Seattle Waterfront ferris wheel
Famous Graves
Original Starbucks
Bill Gates House
EMP Museum
Hat N' Boots
Archie McPhee


Amongst the best things about Seattle are the wonderful mountain and water views. Here are links to some of the best places to enjoy Seattle's views.

Columbia Tower Observation Deck
There is an observation deck on the 73rd floor of Columbia Tower, at 701 Fifth Avenue, which offers views of Seattle and environs, along with a Starbucks coffee shop.

Smith Tower Observation Deck
The Smith Tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Its location near the downtown waterfront and Pioneer Square provides fantastic views of the City.

Space Needle Observation Deck
On the grounds of Seattle Center, the Space Needle Observation Deck provides 360 degree views from 520 feet above sea level. You can also view the webcam from the top of the space needle at this site.

There are lovely viewpoints all over the City maintained by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. This site provides a comprehensive list of viewpoints with photos and directions.


Pioneer Square
Pike Place Market
Myrtle Edwards Park
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Underground Tour
Milepost 31
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

… and much more. So come on out for the great presentations, technical sessions and powerful networking opportunities ... and stay for that one-of-a-kind Seattle cool factor.

Of course, there is so much to do at the Global Congress, you won’t want to stay away too long. Your CMMI Appraiser, Jeff Dalton from Broadsword, will be sharing ideas for "Questions Every Great Company Should Ask,” about transforming behaviors and putting you company on the path to greatness.

Broadsword’s Director of Strategic Solutions, Tim Zeller, is presenting, “Agile Transformation: Gaining or Maintaining CMMI,” about adopting new behaviors that will help your team take advantage of agile methods for a lighter, leaner approach to solving business problems incrementally and iteratively.

Click here to check out the agenda and speakers.

See you in Seattle!

Need more reasons to attend? Stay tuned for Reason #8!

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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