Monthly Archives: October 2010

What To Do in Portland: A Special Video Welcome

As mentioned in the below post, the SEPG North America team visited Portland this past August to tour the conference sites, meet with vendors, select the menus, and do many other tasks that are involved in planning an SEPG conference.

We also had the chance to stop by Travel Portland’s visitor information center in Pioneer Courthouse Square and talk to Teri Joly, the visitor services coordinator. Teri’s passion for and knowledge of Portland gave us so many ideas of sights we wanted to see during our visit – and plenty more ideas for our return in March 2011! We created two short videos to give you more insider info the SEPG North America 2011 host city.

For more on Portland’s specialty foods, beverages, and local shopping, watch this video:

To find out more about Portland’s outdoors attractions, green initiatives, and public transportation, watch this video:

You can also visit for more visitor suggestions.  We hope to see you in Portland for SEPG North America 2011, March 21-24, 2011!


A Special SEPG North America 2011 Welcome from Travel Portland

As the SEPG North America team prepares for the 2011 conference, we wanted to share with you some of the many reasons why Portland is a great host city. And who better to talk about that than the folks at Travel Portland? During our pre-conference site visit this past summer, they were warm, welcoming, and wonderful ambassadors of their city.

And their hospitality extends online, too! The folks behind their @TravelPortland Twitter account are great at giving visitors a cyber welcome and answering questions as they are able.

In advance of SEPG North America 2011, they were kind enough to offer some insider tips and suggestions for SEPG North America attendees.

Visitor Information from Travel Portland

In Portland, getting around is a breeze. And it’s easy to find limitless recreation, fabulous dining and flourishing culture. And, oh yes — the nation’s largest variety of local microbrews. See for yourself, and plan to come early or stay late to enjoy all that Portland has to offer.



Portland has a favorite flavor: fresh.  A passion for seasonal ingredients — from salmon to Dungeness crab, pears to Marionberries — pervades kitchens throughout the city, from James Beard Award-winning fine-dining establishments to casual spots like downtown’s beloved food carts.

To accompany your meal, may we suggest an Oregon Pinot noir? Or, perhaps, one of the riot of handcrafted beers that have earned Portland the nickname “Beervana”? The fact that we have no food and beverage sales tax just adds to your dining pleasure.


With no sales tax, Portland is a haven for shoppers regardless of budget, transportation or personal style. Within steps of downtown hotels, you’ll find major national retailers, plus independent boutiques with designs you won’t see anywhere else. More shopping abounds in the trendy Pearl District, sophisticated Nob Hill and other unique neighborhoods around town.

For more information on Portland’s many attractions, visit


Reminder: SEPG North America 2011 Call for Abstracts Due Friday, October 29, 2010

The SEPG North America 2011 call for participation is open through 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2010.

The good news is that this year, shorter is sweeter in terms of abstract requirements! For those who have submitted abstracts for previous SEPG conferences, you will be pleased to know that this year’s submission process is simpler and more streamlined than ever. In terms of requirements, you must submit an abstract for consideration that’s 250-500 words (significantly shorter than in past years), an abstract for publication that’s just 50-75 words, and three short learner outcomes.  Don’t forget to check out the conference abstract guidelines from the SEPG North America 2011 Technical Program Co-Chair

Individuals whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified on November 24, 2010.

For more specific information on the abstract requirements, and for a link to submit your abstract, visit the SEPG North America 2011 website.

The SEPG North America 2011 team wishes you the best of luck on your submission!

Register Today for SEPG Latin America 2010

On November 10-12, 2010, Intersoftware Corporation will serve as the local host for SEPG Latin America 2010 to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Medellin, Colombia . This conference is a must-attend event for individuals involved in systematic improvement of personnel, processes, and technologies in organizations where software is a key element in achieving business success.

Don’t miss this chance to network with and learn from your software process improvement colleagues from the Latin American market and from around the globe. To learn more about SEPG Latin America 2010, or to register, visit the official conference website.