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Tonight's Meeting Canceled!

Monday, April 27th
in conjunction with the
2015 SATURN Conference

Due to the events currently taking place in and around Baltimore City SATURN has decided to cancel our meeeting this evening. The safety and security of our members is most important to us. We hope you understand.
Thank you!

"Maturing Agile Teams and Driving Quality Through Architecture Principles."

Presented by:

Amine Chigani
GE Software


The Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD

Please RSVP to Rachel Bodami
Please include first and last name

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: The Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 W. Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD 21201 in SALON E
"Maturing Agile Teams and Driving Quality Through Architecture Principles."
Presented by:
Amine Chigani, GE Software
For more information on the 2015 SATURN Conference click here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015- (RESCHEDULED from Jan. & March)
Building an "Automated Testing Center of Excellence (ATCE)
Presented by: Elfriede Dustin, Technical Director Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT)

Special Announcement!
SEI Saturn 2015 Software Architecture Conference:

The SEI has invited the DC SPIN to co-sponsor this conference to be held in Baltimore, April 27-30, 2015.  DC SPIN will hold its "May 2015" meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 instead of May 6. 2015.  Our speaker will be selected from among the key Saturn presenters and DC SPIN members will be given a discount to attend the conference.  As usual, the DC SPIN meeting will be free and open to DC SPIN members plus any conference attendees.  Most of the speakers are invited to the conference, so there is no proposal or paper review support anticipated, but please let Jonathan Addelston know if you will attend the conference and be willing to volunteer.  The details of duties and discounts is being worked out.

SEI has transitioned the CMMI and related products out of the SEI and to another CMU organizational unit, see SEI Site.
The new organization is the CMMI Institute.

Thank you to all DC SPIN members who helped to volunteer at the SEPG 2014 Conference in Washington, DC.

New and continuing from 05/18/2014

CALL FOR PAPERS for American Society for Quality (ASQ) Software Quality Professional (SQP) publication

Jonathan D. Addelston is a founding member of the SQP editorial review board and the SQP needs articles for its pipeline of issues. Hugh (Taz) Daughtrey has suggested the following topics, but others would be interesting as well:

Comparing the Agile Manifesto, the Rugged Manifesto, and any other applicable manifesto

Quality principles that we have failed to fully apply to software

Malpractice recognition in other professions that might inform software quality engineering expectations

A series of shorter (~1000-word) treatments of "Quality Imperatives for ..." devices
... big data computing
...personal privacy electrical grid houses
...automobiles systems
... others

Several of these shorter pieces could be stitched together in a given issue or, if any deserve fuller treatment, grow into a more traditional-length (4000- to 6000-word) article.

Please let Jonathan (JDAddelston @ know if you are interested in authoring an article for SQP.

DC SPIN Programs

DC SPIN is actively seeking suggestions and applications for/from speakers on presentation topics, program formats, and other activities.

Missions Statement:

The Washington DC Area Software Process Improvement Network (DC SPIN) is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality, and mutual respect. Our goal is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills through an active program of networking, publications, recognition of excellence, and mutual support.