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Next Meeting:
Wednesday, December 2nd

Struggles in the Persistent Pursuit of Software Quality Processes

Presented By:

Director of Strategic Plans for Government Programs
Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon

7:00pm: Networking
7:30pm: Speaker

Meeting Place:
4114 Legato Road, Fairfax VA 22033

Please RSVP to Rachel Bodami
(email address typo has been corrected)
Please include first and last name

The DC SPIN new email is


DC SPIN Members – Here are three announcements for your consideration:
1.    CMMI Institute's CMMI Next Generation Plain Language Survey
2.    SEI's Software Solutions Conference 2015
3.    CMMI Institute's CMMI Capability Counts 2016 Conference
4.    DC SPIN December 2, 2015 Meeting Program – Ken Nidiffer, SEI

CMMI Institute's CMMI Next Generation Plain Language Survey

One of the goals at CMMI Institute is to make future releases of the CMMI models easier to read and more efficient for application in your organization.  Since you have probably used at least one of the CMMI models, we thought you might have an opinion about how they read.
Please take a moment to provide your feedback and thoughts by completing this nine-question survey.  It includes an excerpt from CMMI-DEV V1.3 for you to compare to the same excerpt that was updated for easier reading comprehension for a future release of CMMI.  The link to the 3 page sample is provided at the beginning of the survey and here:
Feel free to use the comment boxes to provide additional feedback.

**The survey will close on November 20, 2015.**
The survey is at:
CMMI Next Generation Plain Language Survey at

SEI's First Software Solutions Conference 2015
November 16-18, 2015
Arlington, VA

he Software Engineering Institute is holding its First Software Solutions Conference very soon. 

DC SPIN members can get a 15% discount by using the  SSC15SPIN discount code on the right-hand side of the contact information page within the registration system at

Conference Description

With the increasing reliance on and penetration of software into everyday lives, the need for organizations to predictably develop, acquire, and sustain high-quality software systems has never been greater. To address this need, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to announce that it will host its first Software Solutions Conference (SSC) at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va., from Nov. 16 through 18.


The conference is designed to focus attention on emerging technologies and technical strategies for assuring quality, timeliness, trust, and affordability in current and future software-reliant systems. These technologies and strategies are vitally important to the missions of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), government agencies, and the industry that supports them.

Highlights of the technical program include
•    sessions in three tracks: Project Experiences, Research Topics/Emerging Technology, and Acquisition Practice
•    a broad range of presentations on key topics including legacy-system modernization, large-scale Agile development and Agile for defense programs, system complexity, system and software testing, high-assurance software for real-time systems, systems of systems, acquisition, risk, cloud computing, decision-support systems, computing at the tactical edge, DevOps in the federal government, measurement and analysis, software architecture, software sustainment, and technical debt
•    an expert-panel discussion about open systems architecture
•    joint presentations by SEI staff with DoD and government collaborators
•    a summary of the SEI research program by SEI Chief Technical Officer Kevin Fall
•    a question-and-answer panel discussion with senior SEI leaders
•    social events and opportunities for attendees to network with industry leaders, conference speakers, peers, and experienced innovators, and to influence the SEI technical research agenda.

CMMI Institute's CMMI 2016 Conference

The CMMI Institute is holding its Capability Counts 2016 Conference (formerly the SEPG Conference) in Annapolis on May 10-11, 2016. Our frequent, key, DC SPIN Speaker, from Detroit, Jeff Dalton (Broadsword) is the Conference Chair. He is looking for new attendees, presentations for the conference, and DC SPIN has agreed to help with publicity. In return, there is a great discount code for DC SPIN members. The special code is DCSPINMEMBER.


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.