For the first-time attendees the conference kicked off last night with a special orientation session that brought them together with the SEPG North America 2012 technical co-chairs, members of the SEI, and savvy returning attendees.
The technical co-chairs Palma Buttles and David Zubrow led the group in a discussion about the technical program tracks, introduced the track chairs and various SEI experts, and offered guidance on how to make the most of the conference. Several attendees shared their reasons for choosing SEPG North America 2012, which included a company just getting started with CMMI and looking to learn more about the appraisal process, an organization on its way to a Maturity Level 3 certification, and a Maturity Level 5 company looking to build its knowledge base on Process Performance Models.
Zubrow encouraged attendees to not just focus on a CMMI maturity level but to consider the competitive benefits of process improvement. “You need to think about what good process improvement is doing for your business. It can make you more competitive and allow you to better serve your customers.”
The second half of the First-Timers’ Orientation allowed attendees to get one-on-one advice on technical sessions from experts in CMMI-SVC, appraisals, multi-models, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and more.
Buttles added, “With more than 100 technical sessions, choosing what to attend can be overwhelming. The orientation provided a convenient way for attendees to meet with track chairs and SEI experts to plan their agenda, but we encourage any attendee to approach us throughout the week if they need guidance on choosing sessions.”