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SEPG Europe 2012 Keynote Speaker Highlight: Angel Jordan and Anita Carleton

The official start of the conference was marked by the plenary session led by Paul Nielsen. He offered some welcome remarks to the delegates from 26 countries–including some “honorary Europeans”–and introduced the team of speakers delivering the first keynote address.

Angel Jordan and Anita Carleton took the stage to deliver a retrospective of the past 30 years and a look ahead at process improvement.

30 Years of Process Improvement and Counting: A Retrospective

Jordan opened the presentation noting that before the SEI, there were very few software engineering practices that produced consistent results. Jordan revisited the origins of the SEI, beginning in 1985 when its strategic plan–supported by the U.S. Department of Defense–was recognized as a fundamental activity. The SEI has a long history of developing solutions to meet the needs of teams and organizations, and Jordan covered the inception, development, and evolution of a number of SEI work products. For example, the Software Capability Maturity Model was born out of a need for more precise definitions of the methods and models, the Software Capability Evaluation was the result of a need for Acquisition Officers to assess the maturity of their contractors, and the CERT Resilience Management Model came about when the SEI recognized that the best practices of some organizational challenges could best be managed with a capability maturity model.

Before he turned the microphone over to Carleton, Jordan spoke about the far-reaching, global adoption of CMMI: it has seen implementations in 74 countries on six continents. In conclusion, Jordan commented, “We can make the broad claim that the SEI has made seminal contributions to managing not only software and its development, but also related services, including resilient systems.”

The Future: How Good Are We at Predicting It?  

Spam will be a thing of the past … computers of the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons … there is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home … Carleton used these past predictions to illustrate how difficult it can be to determine what’s next in the industry. However, Carleton noted, we do get some things right. There were several threats to the future of software and systems development that were correctly identified in 1984. We predicted it–so why can’t we fix it? Carleton quoted the late Watts Humphrey who offered an eloquent perspective: “While technology can change quickly, getting your people to change takes a great deal longer. That is why the people-intensive job of developing software has had essentially the same problems for 40 years.” 

Carleton shared that the SEI’s vision and strategy for the future of process improvement includes efforts to innovate software for competitive advantage, advance quantitative methods for engineering software, and secure the cyber infrastructure. “Looking ahead, the SEI will continue to look at how architecture, measurement, and cyber security can work together in an integrated, interconnected way,” Carleton concluded.

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SEPG Europe 2012 Technical Program: 3 Days of More than 40 Technical Sessions in 9 Tracks

As a result of the knowledge and passion from the worldwide community of practice, SEPG Europe 2012 features a first-rate technical program. With three days, nine tracks, and more than 40 sessions, the 17th annual SEPG Europe conference offers delegates numerous learning opportunities. You can now review the program and build your personal itinerary.

Attend SEPG Europe 2012 and hear

• suggestions and recommendations for combining Agile and high maturity
• a practical overview of CMMI process areas mapping and Scrum framework and outcomes
• how investing in people helps build and sustain a capable workforce, which in turn becomes an asset to an organization
• how to effectively manage a process improvement team to achieve organizational goals
• foundations and major causes of change resistance and how to minimize it with innovative practices
• challenges and considerations of introducing Lean Six Sigma into the software and IT organization

These are just a few of the many learner outcomes you will gain from SEPG Europe 2012.

Explore the program, read about the keynote speakers, and then register for the conference by Monday 02 April for the largest registration discount. Delegates who register by the super-early-bird deadline will save up to $400 off the standard registration rates.

After completing registration, don’t forget to book your accommodations at the NH Eurobuilding Hotel, the official conference hotel for SEPG Europe 2012.

Wednesday Plenary Session Includes SEPM Director Remarks, Keynote Speakers

The SEI’s SEPM Program Director Anita Carleton offered opening remarks on Wednesday morning, during which she recognized the talent and dedication of the worldwide community of practice and shared her perspective on themes for next generation of our models, including more flexibility, iterative releases, and integration with other methods and practices such as Agile and lean.

Carleton closed her remarks by introducing today’s keynote speakers: Carl Wyrwa, former director of quality at Beckman Coulter, and Khaled El Emam, senior investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute.

Wyrwa delivered a presentation on medical device software development during which he imparted that software quality must be extremely high to meet the demands of providing safe and effective products involved in the critical care of patients. Wyrwa spoke poignantly about the constant focus on software quality and oversight of the processes used to develop the software that are necessary to reduce errors that might pose regulatory problems.

Wyrwa passed along to attendees a piece of advice he received from his father: “Always do your work in a way that you would be proud to put your name to it.”

El Emam also used the medical field for context in his presentation that focused on software security.  Through real-world examples including an extortion plot involving personal information from patient prescriptions and the unsecure nature of the wireless link in implantable medical devices, El Emam illustrated the vital importance of a set of practices to secure data and protect patient privacy.

El Emam concluded his talk by emphasizing that privacy must be the default–and embedded into design and architecture of software and business processes–rather than something that needs to be explicitly set.

Palma Buttles, SEPG North America 2012 program co-chair, closed the plenary session by thanking the many individuals who make the conference a success. The time and dedication of Program Committee and abstract reviewers helped to shape a top-notch technical program that anchors SEPG North America 2012.
El Emam concluded his talk by emphasizing that privacy must be the default–and embedded into design and architecture of software and business processes–rather than something that needs to be explicitly set.

Palma Buttles, SEPG North America 2012 program co-chair, closed the plenary session by thanking the many individuals who make the conference a success. The time and dedication of Program Committee and abstract reviewers helped to shape a top-notch technical program that anchors SEPG North America 2012.

SEPG North America 2012 Opens With Energy and Excitement

SEPG North America 2012 began yesterday with great enthusiasm from the presenters and attendees alike. Monday’s program featured a menu of full-day and half-day tutorials on topics like the Accelerated Improvement Method (AIM), CMMI in small settings, Process Performance Models, and scrum.

At the SEI Partner Network Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Lisa Masciantonio, SEI Partner Network manager, recognized SEI Partners commemorating 10- and 15-year milestones.


Monday evening’s Exhibits Opening Reception featured food, drinks, and mingling with the solutions-providers who are taking up residence in Ballroom B this week. The student poster presenters also introduced their research and will be available during afternoon breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Be sure to stop by and talk with these up-and-coming process professionals.

This first official networking event of SEPG North America 2012 complemented the informal exchanges that occurred throughout the day during breaks and lunch.

Coming Up Today: Keynote Speakers and Conference Reception
Today’s program opens with a plenary session featuring a welcome address from Paul Nielsen, director and CEO of the SEI, and keynote addresses from Walker Royce, IBM Software Group, and Paul Mesterhazy, National Cyber Security Division.

The conference activities continue this evening at the Conference Reception, held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel, Grand Pavilion Ballroom, Second Level.

First-Time Attendees Get Acquainted with SEPG North America 2012

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.”

12 Key Takeaways from SEPG North America 2012

You only need one reason to attend SEPG North America 2012–but we’ll give you 12. SEPG North America is the premier software process improvement conference where hundreds of professionals from around the world gather to learn, network, and explore solutions.

Professionals who are interested in leveraging process improvement to achieve positive business results and improve their organization’s bottom line shouldn’t miss this conference–and the proof is in the program. Here are 12 more learner outcomes from real presentations on the agenda:

  1. Discuss seven typical risks with process improvement and how to overcome them.
  2. Hear advantages and disadvantages of two distinct approaches to increase agility in an organization.
  3. Discover how a simple, four-step process can help to demystify Six Sigma application in the context of process improvement.
  4. Receive key take-away tips for implementing a Scrum approach for process improvement.
  5. Address the unique organizational issues and prejudices surrounding PPQA in large organizations and in small teams.
  6. Identify important criteria for the success of process improvement efforts that are frequently missed or forgotten.
  7. Recognize the importance of a holistic systems approach to processes, coupled with people and technology, to bring organizational effectiveness. 
  8. Obtain practical knowledge in applying the CERT Resilience Management Model to improve your organization’s ability to manage operational resilience
  9. See examples of appraisal efficiency using SCAMPI V1.3.
  10. Learn how to write better requirements and better manage those requirements. 
  11. Discover how an integrated process model increases overall efficiency.   
  12. Explore a mechanism to take best practices and lessons learned to the broader organization.

Those are just 12 of the hundreds of learner outcomes from presentations in the SEPG North America 2012 technical program.  Take a look through the more than 100 sessions and see which ones you won’t want to miss.

Don’t forget–register by February 10, 2012, and you can save up to $300 off regular, full-conference registration rates.

Have you registered already? If so, leave a comment and tell us–and our blog readers–which presentations you are looking forward to the most.  We look forward to see you in Albuquerque!

 

Start 2012 by Saving at SEPG North America 2012 and SEPG Europe 2012

With the start of 2012 just days away, now is the perfect time to secure your limited-time-only savings at SEPG North America 2012 and SEPG Europe 2012.

SEPG North America 2012: Reaching New Levels of Excellence
Key date: January 6, 2012

While the early bird catches the worm, the super-early-bird snatches the most savings on conference registration. SEPG North America 2012 super-early-bird registration expires at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 6, 2012. Register now to save up to $400 off regular conference registration rates.

Take a look at the technical program, keynote speakers, and accommodations and start planning your visit to Albuquerque March 12-15, 2012.

More information is available at www.sei.cmu.edu/sepg/na/2012.

SEPG Europe 2012: ¡A Passion for Process!
Key date: 11 January 2012

Abstracts for consideration are being accepted until 23.59 on 11 January 2012, so don’t miss your chance to be part of a passionate line-up of presenters at SEPG Europe 2012.

Serving as a speaker brings many benefits–including a registration discount. Primary presenters for all types of presentations will pay a discounted rate of $795, which is $550 off full-conference registration rates, once registration opens in February 2012. Abstracts only need to be 250-750 words, so submit yours today.

More information is available at www.sei.cmu.edu/sepg/europe/2012.

SEPG North America 2012: Respond to the Call for Participation to Help Others Reach New Levels of Excellence

SEPG North America 2012: Reaching New Levels of Excellence is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 12-15, 2012 and the call for participation is now open. The 24th annual conference is designed for attendees to understand both principle and practice, to deliver value, and to maximize impact and business results that attendees can bring back to their organizations.

What makes SEPG North America 2012 such an enriching conference is the enthusiastic network of professionals who are part of the technical program. Do you have real-world examples, lessons learned, innovative ideas, or an exciting perspective on a cutting-edge topic that you’d like to share with the software process improvement community? Are you interested in helping others Reach New Levels of Excellence by sharing your knowledge on how to-or how not to-implement process improvement efforts in an organization? If so, we welcome your participation.

The SEPG North America 2012 Program Committee is now seeking

* technical program presenters
* abstract reviewers
* student poster presenters

Visit www.sei.cmu.edu/sepg/na/2012 for more information on

* the list of topics–we’re seeking presentations in 10 exciting topic areas from multi-model approaches, emerging trends and technologies, security process management, and more
* the benefits of serving as a speaker–including a registration discount
* important dates and deadlines
* instructions on submitting your abstract
* special student opportunities for free and significantly reduced registration

The deadline to submit your abstract is October 30, 2011. Be a part of SEI history and respond to the call for participation today.

Hint: check out the post Guidelines for Writing a Conference Abstract by SEPG North America technical co-chair Palma Buttles for tips on structuring your abstract.

Recap: Delegates Discuss Global Excellence in Software and Security at SEPG Europe 2011

Dublin, Ireland, hosted the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and more than 150 delegates for SEPG Europe 2011 on June 7-9. Delegates from 27 countries around the world participated in three days of rich discussions regarding the present and future of Global Excellence in Software and Security.

The official conference activities began on Tuesday with tutorials that explored concepts like Test Maturity Model Integration, CMMI V1.3 and architecture, ROI in process improvement from a probabilistic perspective, and an empirical and experimental approach to software process improvement. SEI-Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraisers also had the opportunity to complete the required upgrade training for SCAMPI V1.3.

“With more than 50 technical sessions across nine tracks, the SEPG Europe 2011 program offered sessions that appealed to delegates who are relatively new to the field as well as seasoned professionals,” noted Patrick Kirwan, SEPG Europe 2011 technical program co-chair. “The program examined software from a holistic perspective by emphasizing not only process and performance improvement, but also architecture and software security. The well-rounded program gave delegates practical advice as well as inspirational vision to help them deliver solid customer results.”

SEPG Europe 2011 was not just about the technical program, but also quality networking. On Tuesday evening, the SEPG Europe 2011 exhibiting companies unveiled their displays and exchanged ideas and solutions with delegates at the exhibits opening reception.

Global Leaders Educate, Inform, and Inspire
The program on Wednesday opened with remarks from Paul Nielsen, director and CEO, SEI, who introduced keynote speakers James Over of the SEI and Martin Curley of Intel Labs Europe.

Over, a leader of the TSP initiative at the SEI, connected space flight, surgery, and baseball to software engineering to illustrate the notion that failure is not an option. He urged the delegates to realize that defects do not have to be an inherent, unavoidable property of software engineering.

Curley spoke about the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) and Innovation Value Institute (IVI), a consortium of more than 50 organizations that strives to help CIOs achieve increased, measurable value from IT. Curley lauded the SEI’s and CMMI’s wide-reaching impact and ability to reinvent, as CMMI’s legacy led to the development of the IT-CFM. He emphasized that assessments can be run efficiently and with low overhead through use of standardized tools and documents.

During the gala reception on Wednesday evening, SEPG Europe 2011 delegates had an opportunity to network in a more relaxed environment and earn a special certification that had nothing to do with maturity levels. This certification was issued by the Guinness Storehouse to any delegate who learned how to pour the perfect pint of Ireland’s signature beer.

Anita Carleton, director of the SEPM Program at the SEI, opened the Thursday program by introducing the keynote speakers. Alexander Springer of Robert Bosch GmbH talked about how the right habits and paradigms help to manage daily business challenges and interpret institutionalism. Using his experience as director of passive safety systems and experience with automotive airbag systems, Springer shared how after eight years of process work, Bosch made a habit of acting according to defined and stable processes. Springer advised the delegates that everything should be clearly stated, teams should have processes and stick to them, and integrity should be a higher priority than profit. He urged the delegates to make excellence not an act, but a habit.

The final keynote speaker, Bill Curtis of CAST, presented a quadrant for categorizing maturity models that illustrated the difference between organizationally-based and best practice-based models. Curtis summarized his view of successful process improvement by noting that winners have better people, but not all winners are champions. Therefore, while winners have better people, champions have better organized people. Curtis concluded with the notion that dynasties have better organizations, which is what well-designed maturity models achieve.

Celebrate ¡A Passion for Process! in June 2012

SEPG Europe 2011 technical program co-chairs Patrick Kirwan and Alan Willett unveiled the location of SEPG Europe 2012, inviting delegates to come to Madrid, Spain, in June 2012. With the theme ¡A Passion for Process!, the 17th annual SEPG Europe conference will give delegates the chance to experience and share the passion for process improvement in the capital city and the economic, social, and cultural engine of Spain.

Educating, Informing, and Inspiring: Wednesday Keynote Summary

Yesterday, delegates enjoyed two informative and inspiring keynote presentations. James Over, a leader of the TSP initiative at the SEI, connected space flight, surgery, and baseball to software engineering to illustrate the notion that failure is not an option. He urged the delegates to realize that defects do not have to be an inherent, unavoidable property of software engineering. We can help ensure quality by employing disciplined teams who are constantly measuring, managing, and learning.

Among his key takeaways, Over emphasized to “let the game come to you”–meaning, consider the facts and statistics, and don’t overreact in any given situation. Drawing on the wisdom of the late Watts Humphrey, Over closed his presentation with the following message:

Life rarely turns out the way we plan. While our carefully developed strategies may go down in flames, a new and more rewarding opportunity shows up in the ashes. The key is to keep an open mind and keep looking. In life, we all reach the same end, so we need to concentrate on the trip. Just as with a process, once you decide how you want to live, the rest will follow. Devote yourself to excellence, and you just might achieve it. That would be worth the trip.
-Watts Humphrey

Martin Curley of Intel Europe then took the stage and spoke about the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) and Innovation Value Institute (IVI), a consortium of more than 50 organizations that strives to help CIOs achieve increased, measurable value from IT. Curley told the story of the development of the IT-CFM and how this framework is helping executives in government and industry to deliver more value from IT. Curley lauded the SEI’s and CMMI’s wide-reaching impact and ability to reinvent, as CMMI’s legacy led to the development of the IT-CFM.

Curley summed it up best when he noted, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” He emphasized that assessments can be run efficiently and with low overhead through use of standardized tools and documents. The ultimate goal of the IT-CFM and IVI’s efforts is close the gap between technology and IT management practices and increase the return on investment.

SEPG Europe 2011: Wednesday Overview

Wednesday marks the second day of SEPG Europe 2011 and the first day of general presentations on Global Excellence in Software and Security. Delegates who attended the tutorials on Tuesday explored the concept of Test Maturity Model Integration, CMMI V1.3 and architecture, ROI in process improvement from a probabilistic perspective, and an empirical and experimental approach to software process improvement. SEI-Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraisers also had the opportunity to complete the required upgrade training for SCAMPI V1.3.

Today’s program opens with remarks from Paul Nielsen, Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute, who will introduce the first two keynote presenters in this year’s exciting line-up. The SEI’s Jim Over and Martin Curley of Intel Labs Europe aim to inform and inspire the SEPG Europe 2011 delegation in this morning’s keynote presentations.

Missed the SEPG Europe 2011 Webinar? The Recording is Now Available

If you were not able to attend the free SEPG Europe 2011 webinar on May 5, you can still hear more about the technical program, speakers, and networking opportunities. Visit the SEI’s library to watch the webinar recording (approximately 30 minutes).

If you have any questions after watching the webinar, simply leave a comment on this post and we will get back to you. We hope to see you in Dublin!

Free, Interactive Webinar to Offer SEPG Europe 2011 Preview on May 5

SEPG Europe 2011, the premier conference on software, systems, and services process improvement with a focus on Global Excellence in Software and Security, will be held in Dublin, Ireland, June 7-9, 2011. On May 5, join Alan Willett, SEPG Europe 2011 Technical Co-Chair, for a one-hour webinar that will provide a preview of the conference technical program and activities.

This webinar will introduce you to the 2011 keynote speakers and provide more in-depth information on the technical tracks that make up the conference program. While the primary focus of the webinar is to provide insight into the technical program, Willett will also share highlights of the special SEI-led tutorial offerings scheduled on Monday, June 6, the certification exam opportunities, student poster presentation program, social events, and networking opportunities. Finally, webinar attendees will be reminded of how they can connect with us via various social media channels before, during, and after the conference.

Willett will also answer questions from participants, so don’t miss your chance to connect with one of this year’s technical program chairs. This one-hour webinar is free and open to all interested individuals.

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About the Speaker

Alan Willett, SEPG Europe 2011 Technical Co-Chair

Alan Willett, SEPG Europe 2011 Technical Program Co-Chair, is the expert at transforming groups of people into high performance teams. Alan has been with the SEI for more than 10 years working with organizations around the world including Oracle, Microsoft, Intuit, NASA and many others. Alan has worked with software teams and their executives coaching them from planning of a project all the way through delivery. Many of the teams have delivered on time software with extraordinary quality, some with zero defects ever found by the customer.

SEI Hosts 23rd Annual SEPG North America in Portland

The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and Portland, Oregon, played host for SEPG North America 2011 from March 21-24, 2011. Approximately 650 professionals convened to learn and explore topics related to The Power of Process. This four-day gathering offered quality tutorials, top-notch technical sessions, engaging keynote addresses, and plentiful networking opportunities.

“From the exhibit hall to the session rooms to the social events, attendees used every opportunity to expand their professional networks, share knowledge, and discover practical solutions,” said Gian Wemyss, SEPG North America 2011 technical program co-chair.

“The technical discussions covered a range of topics, including agile and lean software methods, combining multiple models, the gap between software as developed versus deployed, CMMI and cloud computing, the Team Software Process, and the Accelerated Improvement Method,” added Palma Buttles, SEPG North America 2011 technical program co-chair.

SEPG: From Concept to Community

Tuesday opened with tribute to the late Watts Humphrey, founder of the SEI’s Software Process Program and a National Medal of Technology recipient, who died on October 28, 2010. Humphrey first introduced the notion of the Software Engineering Process Group in his book, Managing the Software Process, and the concept has now grown into an international conference series. A series of speakers shared their thoughts on Humphrey’s life and accomplishments.

“Watts’s numerous professional accomplishments are underscored by the fact that he began his SEI career when he was 62—an age when many people consider retirement,” said Anita Carleton, director, SEI Software Engineering Process Management Program. “Now, his life’s work is in our hands as we explore software engineering process, architecture, and security approaches that can serve as technical and business differentiators for world-class performance.”

Just before their address, Tuesday’s keynote speakers K. Dinesh and S. Kumar of Infosys Technologies Limited accepted the 2009 IEEE Computer Society/Software Engineering Institute Software Process Achievement (SPA) Award for establishing a cost-effective, sustained, and culturally integrated quality and productivity improvement program during a period of extraordinary corporate growth.

Tuesday evening, SEPG North America 2011 attendees tried their hand at the tables in a casino-themed gala reception. When their luck ran out, attendees had the option to purchase additional casino funds, the sales of which benefitted Tech Start, an Oregon nonprofit organization that promotes wider access to technology education for K-12 students.

Wednesday opened with keynote presentations from William “Liam” Durbin who spoke about “Racing Luck” and applying big-business IT skills to a niche business; and Dr. Harry Hertz, who offered insights on the Baldrige approach to performance excellence and shared easy steps attendees can take to improve their own organization. These presentations touched on the theme of fact-based decision-making versus pure intuition and luck, with the consensus being that there is room for both in professional ventures.

Reaching New Levels of Excellence in 2012

Wemyss also shared the official announcement regarding the SEPG North America 2012 location of Albuquerque, New Mexico. With the theme Reaching New Levels of Excellence, the 24th annual SEPG North America conference will help attendees to understand both principle and practice, to deliver value, and to maximize impact and business results that they can take home to their organizations.

SEPG is the premier global conference series on software and systems process management, and dates and locations have been set for future SEPG Conferences around the world. SEPG Europe 2011 will be held in Dublin, Ireland in June 7-9, 2011.


SEI Director and CEO Paul Nielsen Gives SEPG North America 2011 Conference Welcome

Reminder: SEPG Europe 2011 Call for Participation Ends Sunday

SEPG Europe 2011 will be held in Dublin, Ireland, on June 7-9, 2011. Will you be presenting?

The SEPG Europe 2011 Call for Participation period closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on 20 February 2011. Themed Global Excellence in Software and Security, this year’s technical program will highlight three critical focus areas: architecture, process improvement, and security. In the 13 technical tracks, the robust conference program will present research results and business solutions to help delegates optimize their performance in every aspect of their organizations.

There’s Still Time to Submit an Abstract

If you have a real-world case study, key learnings, research, or insights to share with a global community, please visit the SEPG Europe 2011 call for participation page for information on the topics, format, terms and conditions, and submission link.

This year, the abstract submission process is easier than ever, with a required word count of just 250-500 words.

We look forward to receiving your submission and we hope to see you in Dublin.