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Reason #1 to attend SEPG Europe 2012 in Madrid!

The #1 Reason to Attend SEPG Europe 2012: To Live Your Passion

Jeff Dalton, SEPG Europe, SEPG, CMMI, CMMI Appraiser, CMMI Consultant, CMMI Instructor

Buenos días Amigos!  The grand feria SEPG Europe 2012 of June 5-7 is almost upon us!  But before we don the traditional Castizo dress (Rick Hefner, are you listening?) and gorge ourselves on barquillos (rolled wafers), buñuelos (fritters) and rosquillas (donuts), let’s complete our Top 5 Reasons to be there, shall we?

Here we go with Reason #1.

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Reason #1: SEPG Europe is where you can live your passion.

This year’s host city for SEPG Europe, Madrid, Spain, is a model for living ones passion.  I really encourage you to experience it.

After reading Suyash Kumar Chopra’s beautiful post Spain:  A Traveler’s Oyssey to Discovery, I was inspired.  What colorful images!  I wanted to go NOW!

Although I had lived in Spain in the early 1980s, I have not returned since then. In those days I was an orchestra musician, playing with the symphony in Sevilla.  A lot has changed since then, but after reading Suyash’s post, do you know what did I did? I changed my plans and now I’m leaving TODAY (May 31st), to spend some extra time taking in the sights.  I’m in a taxi right now on my way to the airport (thanks Verizon 4G).  My son, my business partner, and I will be heading from Madrid to Sevilla via Spain’s famous AVE “Bullet Train” where we will spend the weekend in the former home of the patron of novelist Miguel de Cervantes, and then we’ll take the slow train to Granada, then back to Madrid for the conference.  After the festivities are over it’s on to the plains of la Mancha to tilt at windmills and follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote. Whew!

Living one’s passion means different things to different people.  In our world, whether your interest is multi-model, practical process improvement, high maturity, agile and CMMI, or any number of other disciplines, you’ll keep busy with a broad selection of technical sessions, designed to equip you with implementable solutions that can help you make your company betterBut you’ll have some free time, too, and really must do some exploring – I insist!

Here are five memorable experiences awaiting you in Madrid:

Fiestas de San Isidro – Not to distract you too much, but the conference occurs during the month-long holiday honoring the patron saint of Madrid.  With concerts, open-air dances and outdoor celebrations (including bullfights) Fiestas de San Isidro are the liveliest parties in Madrid.

Retiro Park – Parque del Retiro is one of my favorite spots in all of Madrid, and one of the most popular daytime destinations in the city.  The grounds span more than 350 acres of natural beauty.  And there are places to sail, skate, snooze or snack.

Plazas – You’ll find great people-watching at the city squares around Madrid, like the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Santa Ana.  I love the plazas’ ornate design and artistic layouts.  I find it exhilarating to stroll among their cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.

Architecture – Madrid, like many cities in Spain, is a swirling realm of architectural contradictions. Modern, post-modern and avant-garde buildings stand beside ancient cathedrals.  Did you know, Madrid even has an ancient Egyptian temple?  It’s the Temple of Debod, built in the second century B.C.

What this means is that you can expect to spend three days in Spain with real life, practical and implementable solutions .  After the sessions you’ll do cool things with cool people in cool places.  And you’ll find your passion for process improvement.

What’s not to love?

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OK, I’m ready.  Please pass the buñuelos.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com

Reason #4 to Attend SEPG Europe: Consume Knowledge!

The #4 Reason to Attend SEPG Europe 2012: To Consume Knowledge

Jeff Dalton, CMMI, SEPG Europe, CMMI Appraiser, CMMI Consulting, CMMI Instructor
Buenos días Amigos!  I’ve got to admit, the first thought that flashes through my mind when I think about traveling to Spain for the upcoming SEPG Europe 2012 conference in Madrid, Spain, on June 5-7?  Tapas.

Ah, delicious, tapas!  If you love Spanish cuisine, you surely have consumed a wide variety of tapas, or appetizers, served cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as battered, fried baby squid).   My preference is to order many different tapas and forget about the entree.

But just as there is more to tapas than olives and cheese, there are many great reasons to attend this year’s SEPG Europe 2012.  For the next few days, I’ll be counting down the Top 5 Reasons to be there.  Today, we’ll talk about Reason #4.

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Reason #4: SEPG Europe is a place where you can consume vast quantities of knowledge (and not gain any weight!)

Yes, based on my past experience with SEPG conferences, delegates of SEPG Europe 2012 can expect to consume a lot of knowledge.  You’ll have opportunities to attend presentation after presentation by industry experts from all over the world, and to connect with peers about the different aspects of the CMMI and process improvement you are most interested in.

Here are a few examples of the things I’ve learned at SEPG conferences over the years:

  • I’ve learned that there are different interpretations in Western versus Eastern cultures about the true meaning of the CMMI.
  • I’ve learned how understanding the differing perceptions of the CMMI can shape the way we deliver CMMI services.
  • I’ve discovered new tips and techniques for being even more agile and efficient in conducting appraisals.
  • I’ve learned new techniques, including how to help executives and the teams they lead become better at communicating.
  • I’ve attended terrific presentations that offered lessons learned from top practitioners in the industry.
  • I’ve had fun too – with entertaining and interesting speakers like Mira Culley, Peter Leeson, Ducan Seidler, Eileen Forrester, and many more.

For those who like to plan their sessions in advance, the SEPG Conference team has posted the technical program, which is also now available in an easy-to-read grid format.

It’s a pretty impressive spread.  Learning experiences range from formal presentations, day-long tutorials, and half-day workshops to informal conversations and social interactions.  We’ll share strategies and tactics, tips and techniques, best practices to adopt, and pitfalls to avoid.

And we’ll have the truly unforgettable experience of building on our skills and knowledge, together.

Yes, SEPG Europe 2012 offers a widely varied and delectable array of CMMI tapas.  Why limit yourself to just olives and cheese?

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Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #3!

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Why I’m coming to SEPG 2012 (again) this year – Reason #1!

The #1 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: The Social Experience

Jeff Dalton, CMMI, CMMI Appraiser, CMMI Consultant, CMMI Certification, CMMI Training, CMMI Appraiser

Howdy Partners.  Land sakes alive, the big event in the ‘ol West is nearly upon us!  Yes, the SEPG North America rodeo is just is a couple of shakes of a lamb’s tail away (March 11 through March 15), and that means it’s time to rope in my Top Ten reasons to be there.  Here’s a round-up of Reason #10, Reason #9, Reason #8, Reason #7, Reason #6, Reason #5, Reason #4, Reason #3 and Reason #2.  So today we’re gonna get down to it and ride this steed into town – together.

So let’s saddle up one last time and finish my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.

Drum roll, please!  Reason #1 is …

The Social Experience.

That’s right, the people!  People are why we come together.  People are what make us a community.  As I mentioned in other posts, I’ve been coming to the Conference for the last umpteen years, and this is by far the best time of the year for me – due to the people.

We work and live in an amazing community of really sharp, forward-leaning people.  Getting together every year at SEPGNA is a great way to interact and collaborate with them.  We’ll hang out, learn, talk, laugh and raise a glass to everyone’s success.

I’m not just talking about Partners and SEI folks, either.  Customers will be there, real –life adopters of the CMMI.  You’ll mix with a lot of different companies and have a chance to hear their experiences about how they did it, the good, the bad and the ugly.  And if you hang out for happy hour you will REALLY hear some tales!

(Cue the Spaghetti Western whistle tune.)

Here are just a few of the many opportunities we’ll have to socialize at this year’s event:

Monday – the show opens in the afternoon with a big shindig on the conference floor.  This is where many of us will be reunited for the first time since last year.  Come out, meet vendors, meet old and new friends, and enjoy a beverage of your choice!

Also on Monday is the SEI Partner Lunch where Partners will meet old friends and get to know new ones.  You’ll have a chance to hear others’ experiences with what’s going on with the CMMI and the market.  This will also be my first opportunity to speak with the Partner group in my new role as Chairman of the Partner Advisory Board.  But it doesn’t end there.

Tuesday – The good times carry over to the conference  reception on Tuesday evening where you’ll experience the CMMI social event of the century!  OK, sounds pretty geeky, but it’s always a great time.

After the reception stop out at the famous ISD party and its equally famous band – The Model Mappers!  They play at Gecko’s Nob Hill  from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.  It’s just a short ride from the convention center.  Every year, they really go all out for their customers, and everyone talks about it for months!

Wednesday – if you’re one of Broadsword’s customers, you are invited to join us for our annual Client Appreciation Dinner and User Group.  It’s a diverse, eclectic group, and we always meet at one of the finest dining establishments in town.  We’ll eat, drink and be merry, well into the night.  (Locate a Broadsword representative at SEPGNA for more info).

Other Partners put on events throughout the week, so keep your ear to the ground and you might just catch a late-night celebration.

Those are just a few of the formal events.  But there are far more informal occasions to interact, talk and get to know each other better.  Personally, I find these chance meetings to be among the most enjoyable of all.

Last year I had an impromptu discussion with David Greer, Hillel Glazer, and a few others on the need to collect CMMI User Stories, and a new research project was born!  Stay tuned for our results on that one.

So that’s it, my friends.  Those are my Top Ten Reasons to attend the SEPGNA this year.  As you can see, SEPG 2012 is a win-win, and everyone should come to ABQ next week.  Best of all, it’s not too late to register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Need more reasons to go?  You gotta be kidding me!

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Why I’m coming to SEPG 2012 (again) this year – Reason #2

 The #2 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: To Build Stronger Relationships with Other Partners

CMMI Appraiser, CMMI Consultant, CMMI Appraisal, CMMI COnsulting, CMMI Training, SEPG
 

Howdy Partners!  We’ve come a long way together down the hot and dusty trail.  Now that the SEPG North America rodeo on March 12-March 15 in Albuquerque is almost here, we’re almost to the end of my Top Ten reasons to be there.  (Here’s a round-up of Reason #10, Reason #9, Reason #8, Reason #7, Reason #6, Reason #5, Reason #4, and Reason #3.)  But I still have news for you: whether you’re the quickest artifact herder, the coolest documentation roper, or the bravest process rider in the West … at SEPG NA, you’re wanted.

 So let’s get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.

Drum roll, please!  Reason #2 is …

To Build Stronger Relationships with Other Partners

As you know by now, I’m a big believer in relationships.  I’ve already posted about the SEGP NA as THE place to build relationships with our customers (Reason #4) and key SEI leaders (Reason #3).  I am even more passionate about building relationships with each other as Partners.

It’s pretty clear to anyone who has developed and nurtured these types of relationships just how far-reaching and powerful a true partnership can be.

At SEPG NA we form, develop and nurture the relationships that matter most in our industry.  You’ll interact with other Partners and Lead Appraisers who, like you, are trying to make their clients successful.  In this way, SEPG NA is more than a conference.  It’s a community of like-minded professionals.

I’d like to see more Partners harness the power of the Partner community.  It’s the one place where we can get to know each other, learn from each other and potentially even work together.  The cool thing is, the more we do business together, the stronger we become as a community.  And the reverse is also true: the stronger we are as a community, the more we do business together.  You might say that the path to strong business is strong community.

As my good friend and competitor Bill Smith knows, I like to call it “co-opetition.”

As a unified Partner group, we are building stronger relationships with the SEI and with our clients.  But it goes beyond that.  We are building a community that helps each other build business.   And we want that!

It’s not too late to register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #1.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Why I’m coming to SEPG 2012 (again) this year – Reason #3

The #3 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: To Build Stronger Relationships with Key SEI Leaders
CMMI Appraiser, CMMI Consulting, CMMI Training, CMMI Appraisal, CMMI Assessor, CMMI Consultant

Howdy, Partners – Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies!  It’s time once again for my Top Ten reasons to go to the SEPG North America rodeo in Albuquerque on March 12-15.  If you read my Reason #10, Reason #9, Reason #8, Reason #7, Reason #6, Reason #5 and Reason #4, you know that SEPG North America is the place to be for anyone who is passionate about process improvement and the CMMI.

So let’s load up the chuck-wagon and get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.

Drum roll, please!  Reason #3 is …

To build stronger relationships with key SEI leaders.

Introducing yourself to your hosts is not only the polite thing to do, it is one of the best reasons for going to the SEPGNA.  Especially this year, when several key SEI leaders will be in attendance.

Since I’m limited to 300-500 words, I can’t talk about ALL of the great folks over at the SEI, so today I’d like to call attention to four influential people that you’ll want to be sure to meet at the Conference.  They are:

  1. Dr. Paul D. Nielsen.  Paul is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the SEI. As you may know, part of Paul’s role is to visit with key customers to help keep the SEI aligned with the needs of leading companies and organizations, which is good for the Partners as well.  Talk to Paul about whether it makes sense for him to interact with your (or your client’s) management team.
  2. Anita Carleton.  Anita is the Director of the Software Engineering Process Management (SEPM) Program at the SEI – and one awesome lady as well! Meeting Anita will give you an opportunity to learn about her vision for the  program, and give you a chance to share your ideas as well.   Like Paul, Anita travels to companies and organizations to interact with their management and help improve alignment.  Both you and your customers will benefit from meeting Anita.
  3. Rawdon (“Rusty”) Young.  Rusty is another influential leader in a new role.  As CMMI Program Manager (acting), Rusty is the person to meet if you would like to hear about the future of the CMMI, if you have some ideas for changes (don’t forget to fill out a change request!), or about anything else regarding the CMMI that you want to talk about.  He’s your man!
  4. Lisa Masciantonio.  Lisa is head of the SEI Partner Network and is the main point of contact for all of the SEI Partners.  If you have any Partner issues, Lisa is the one to go to.  In fact, go to Lisa even if you don’t have any issues!  She’s aweeeeeeesome!

As key representatives of the SEI at the SEPGNA Conference, Paul, Anita, Rusty, and Lisa are a big part of the face of a product line that is the best process model in the industry.  It’s up to us, as Partners, to get to know them, so that we can work more closely with them on reinforcing the brand.  SEPGNA is the perfect place to do that.  Be sure to introduce your customers to these fine individuals.

While I don’t have space to write about ALL of the great people at the SEI, don’t forget to connect with Eileen Forrester, Will Hays, Mike Konrad, and many others.

If you haven’t already signed up, be sure to register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #2.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com

Why I’m coming to SEPG 2012 this year – Reason #5

The #5 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: It’s where learning begins.

Jeff Dalton CMMI Appraiser CMMI Consultant
Howdy, Partners – we’re just two hoots and a holler away from the world’s greatest CMMI round-up, SEPG North America, on March 12-15 in Albuquerque, and by gum, it’s time to share another one of my rootin-tootin Top 10 Reasons to be there.  I reckon you don’t need much more convincin’ after Reason #10, Reason #9, Reason #8, Reason #7 and Reason #6.  But there’s pleasure in the sharin’ … ‘specially once I drop this here phony New Mexico cowpoke accent.

So let’s get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.

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It’s where learning begins.

I’ve found that most of us share the burning desire for lifelong learning.  That’s why we read books, articles, and blogs.  It’s why we listen to speakers and take professional development classes.  And most importantly, it’s why we come together on a regular basis: to learn.

By now you probably know that one of the places where learning begins in our industry is at the SEPG Conference.  Learning experiences range from formal presentations, day-long tutorials, and half-day workshops to informal conversations and social interactions.  Here, you get to rub elbows with some of the finest professionals in the engineering process improvement and CMMI universe.  We all share strategies and tactics, tips and techniques, best practices to adopt, and pitfalls to avoid.  And we’ll have the truly unforgettable experience of building on our skills and knowledge, together.

Many of you, like me, will be coming back to the SEPGNA Conference.  (This is actually my umpteenth trip!)  I can honestly say that I learn something new every time I go.

Personally, what I find most valuable to learn about are actual client experiences.  I gravitate toward presentations that delve deeply into the topic, and like to learn the most from people’s actual experiences.

For example, at past SEPG conferences, I’ve learned about new ways that appraisals are conducted to be more agile and efficient.  I’ve learned new techniques for how to interact with sponsors.  I’ve attended great presentations that offered lessons learned from dealing with executives.  I’ve learned the 10 things you shouldn’t do at a CMMI appraisal.  And I’ve had fun too – with entertaining and interesting speakers like Pat O’Toole, Hillel Glazer, Bill Smith, Heather Oppenheimer, Judah Mogilensky, David Anderson, Mike Konrad, and many more.

We can expect even more at this year’s SEPGNA.  On the docket are dozens of excellent speakers on many timely and relevant topics.  So whatever you choose to attend, you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and leave Albuquerque smarter about process improvement, CMMI, and many other topics than before you came.

If you haven’t already signed up, be sure to register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #4.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser whose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Why I’m coming to SEPG 2012 – Reason #8

The #8 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: To Have Meaningful Conversations

Howdy, Partners!  Albuquerque Jeff here.  I know some bushwhackers who wouldn’t know a blog post from a hitchn’ post, so you must be purdy smart to be reading my Top Ten Reasons for coming out west to the SEPG North America rodeo on March 12-15 in Albuquerque.  (Case you missed ‘em, you can point your six-shooter and click on Reason #10 and Reason #9.)  Now I’ll just drop my phony cowpoke accent, and get straight to Reason #8.

You know, if I keep this up, I might forget how to talk in plain English!  So, with no more nonsense, allow me to continue my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.

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It’s a great place to have meaningful conversations.

Every year, the SEPG North America conference draws a wide variety of engineering and software professionals, who come from a vast array of disciplines.  Some want more information on multi-model approaches.  Some are interested in practical process improvement, while others get passionate about high maturity.  And don’t get me started on agile and CMMI!

This year, with the theme Reaching New Levels of Excellence, the 24th annual SEPG North America conference will give Partners and companies even more to talk about.  We’ll discuss both principle and practice.  We’ll talk about CMMI and process improvement.  We’ll share best practices, tips and techniques.  We’ll dig into what we’re all doing to deliver value.  And we’ll have a back-and-forth on how to maximize impact and business results that we can all take home to our organizations.

And what better place for conversations about the power of process improvement than at SEPG North America, with people like you and me, who get it?

So come on down and talk with folks who understand.  And don’t forget to register by February 10, 2012.  You’ll save up to $300 off regular, full-conference registration rates.

Need more reasons?  Check back soon for Reason #7.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Why I’m coming to SEPGNA this year – Reason #9

The #9 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: To Form Strategic Partnerships

Howdy, Partners!  My name is Jeff, but most people call me … Jeff.

Now, I know some of y’all cow-punchers saw my last hitchn’ post – I mean blog post – about the Top Ten Reasons for coming to SEPG North America on March 12-15, and are already on that dusty trail down to Albuquerque to pick up your badges.  But I reckon some are saying, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”  And so it’s time once again for me to drop my phony cowpoke accent and give you Reason #9.

Whew, it almost hurts my jaw to talk like that!  So now, in plain English, allow me to continue present my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.

Drum roll, please!  Reason #9 is …

It’s a great place to form successful business partnerships.

Let’s face it, we’ve all got one thing in common.  We’re all trying to make our companies as successful as possible.  That’s why it’s good to have strategic relationships with compatible companies when you need them.  And there’s no better place to form these relationships than at SEPG North America!

You want proof?  At last year’s SEPG conference in Portland, I had a discussion with another SEI Partner about his service offerings and our service offerings.

This Partner runs a very successful and innovative training business and we run a consulting firm.  We discovered our offerings were complimentary, so we struck an informal agreement to refer some business to each other when it made sense for our clients.  Nothing fancy, just a handshake.

Since then, I’ve referred him a number of class participants.  And, just recently, he referred us to a great new client, an information technology company.  Although we were already in discussions with this company his referral helped them make a decision that was right for them – and we earned their business.

That, my friend, is a first-hand account of the type of relationships and partnerships that are formed at every SEPG North America conference.  That alone is a good enough reason to go, isn’t it?

Need more?  Check back soon for Reason #8.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a CMMI SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and CMMI Instructor and  can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.