Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Why Attend CMMI Institute’s Global Congress 2015? Reason #4

Dear Readers,

Have you heard?  There is just one place to go this spring if you want to build relationships with engineering and software professionals who share your passion for performance improvement and the CMMI.

That place is CMMI Global Congress 2015 (f/k/a SEPGNA, f/k/a the CMMI Conference), in Seattle, Washington.  This brings us to the #4 Reason of the Top 10 Reasons I am attending our industry’s premier event on May 12-13:

To connect with people who get it

This year our hosts, the CMMI Institute, have made a tremendous effort to create multiple opportunities for us to connect at Global Congress 2015.  These include:

Birds of a Feather Gatherings

Each day at the conference during the 90-minute lunch break, tables will be reserved to discuss particular topics.  The length is designed to allow participants to connect with one another around our interests and experience.  Our hosts are calling these “Birds of a Feather” gatherings – sounds friendly!

Volunteers are heading up Birds of a Feather tables around the topics below.  If you’d like to convene a group around a particular topic of interest to you—either to share what you’ve learned or to learn from others’ experience — the CMMI Institute is inviting you email your topic to

  • High Maturity Practices
  • Growing my Career with CMMI
  • CMMI beyond Software Development

Tuesday Evening receptions

VIP CMMI Associate Cocktail Hour with Kirk Botula

All Certified CMMI Associates are invited to join CMMI Institute CEO, Kirk Botula for an intimate VIP cocktail reception on Tuesday, 14 May at the Westin. Associates will receive a personal invitation and specific details for the event. Learn more about becoming a Certified CMMI Associate at

Global Congress Reception

On Tuesday evening, May 12th, CMMI Institute and Global Congress Sponsors and Exhibitors will host a reception for all conference attendees. The reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment as well as opportunities to connect with your fellow attendees and exhibitors.

Yes, it’s all about connecting.  But you can't make a connection unless you're there.  See you in Seattle!

Register here.

Need more reasons to go?  I’ll be back soon with Reason #3.

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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