Monday, April 20, 2015

Why Attend CMMI Institute’s Global Congress? Reason #7

Dear Readers,

This year the CMMI Global Congress 2015 in Seattle on May 12-13 is shaping up to be something really special!  I’m looking forward to it so much that I've been counting down my Top 10 Reasons I wouldn't miss it for the world.  Today we've arrived at Reason #7, which is …

It’s where learning begins.

One thing I really love about our industry: We all share a burning desire for lifelong learning. We can't get enough of books, articles, and blogs. We watch webinars, listen to podcasts, hear speakers and take professional development classes. And most importantly, we come together on a regular basis to talk about what we've learned with our peers, and learn from each other's experiences.

Global Congress 2015 offers a wealth of learning experiences ranging from formal presentations, tutorials and workshops to informal conversations, and social interactions. There’s even an app for your phone that helps you navigate it all.

But no matter where you go at the conference, it’s great just to know you're in the right place to rub elbows with some of the finest professionals in the engineering process improvement and CMMI universe.  Just like anything, the more you put in, the more you'll get out.  By taking a proactive approach to learning, you’ll pick up strategies and tactics, tips and techniques, best practices to adopt, and pitfalls to avoid. And you’ll have the truly unforgettable experience of building on your skills and knowledge with those who share your passion for process improvement, performance innovation and CMMI.

Many of us will be coming back to the event I fondly call, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” formerly known as SEPGNA Conference. I've attended so many times I've lost count, but I can honestly say that I learn something new – and useful – every time I go.

We can expect even more great learning opportunities at this year’s conference. On the docket are 30+ speakers from around the world, including three keynote speakers:

Kirk Botula, CEO, CMMI Institute
Dr. Peter Tollkuhn, Siemens
Jeff Dalton, CEO, Broadsword Solutions

I can promise you, if you choose to attend, you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and leave Seattle with a lot of actionable ideas for process improvement, performance innovation and CMMI that you can put in place immediately in your organization.

Need more reasons to go? I’ll be back soon with Reason #6.

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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