Since studying project management in the latter part of my undergraduate work, as you may have noted in the Project Management Reality entry, I've tried to keep up to speed on the various professional efforts to create systems for managing software development. One of the best known groups around that work on this stuff is the Software Engineering Institute.  Each year I get their advertisements for conferences, and each year there is some reason I can't make it.  This year is different!

This year I am excited to be going to the SEPG conference, which happens to be conveniently located here in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center. It is just around the corner - registration and events start Sunday.  Are any of you out there going to attend?  I'm interested to hear how you made your schedule choices.  One thing I do know is that I am thankful that conferences such as this offer media for the full content, since inevitably you will have at least one, if not more, instances where your two favorite talks are at the same time!

Here is what I decided to target for my schedule:

Monday -

  • Personal Process - While I am one of the most organized people I know, I always seem to think I can get more done in less time. Oy.

Tuesday -

  • Avoiding a Documentation Glut
  • Changing within Your Organization
  • How to Become Your Customer's Software Provider of Choice
  • Pracitcal Applications of the CMMI and PMBOK
  • Personal Software Process for the Effective Executive
  • Experiencs Coaching Product Development Teams

Wednesday -

  • Integrating Agile Practices
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Effective Change Leaders
  • Learning from a Great Many Sources
  • Applying the Team Software Process
  • Developing Self Directed Teams

Thursday -

  • Requirements Development
  • Special Intelligence from the Women in Black

So it was a great time for me to start a blog last month, so I can share all of my insights about the conference with you as I go through it.  I'm ready to go!