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Process improvement, port wine, and Team Portugal were just three of the highlights from SEPG Europe 2010, which offered four days of enriching learning opportunities and networking with the Software Engineering Institute and software process improvement experts from around the world. More than 240 delegates enjoyed high-quality tutorials, top-notch technical sessions, engaging keynote addresses, and plentiful networking opportunities, all in the magnificent setting of Porto, Portugal. The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) served as the host venue with a special collaboration by the Institute of the Information Technologies in Justice (ITIJ).
“The SEPG Europe 2010 delegation represented 28 countries from all around the world,” remarked Paul Nielsen, chief executive officer and director of the SEI. “These delegates, along with the SEI and its worldwide network of partner organizations, help to bring the latest software process improvement developments to countries around the globe.”
The first two days of SEPG Europe 2010 gave delegates the chance to attend full- and half-day tutorials. These tutorials offered focused and intensive discussion on the first steps in process improvement initiatives; factors to consider and advantages of combining models, frameworks, and standards; and aspects of process improvement in micro-, small-, and medium-size settings.
The last two days were dedicated to four keynote speakers and presentations about several topics: Agile and CMMI, services, successful process improvement, e-justice, aligning process improvement with business value, and combining models, frameworks, and standards. The final day of SEPG Europe 2010 also offered a plenary session by the SEI’s Mike Phillips: CMMI V1.3—An Update.
The keynote speakers included four software industry experts: Linda Northrop, director of the Research, Technology, and System Solutions Program at the SEI; Dr. Ian Sommerville, professor of computer science at St. Andrews University, Scotland; Jacqueline (Jacqui) Guichelaar, head of global production services within GT Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank; and Dr. Richard Mark Soley, chairman and chief executive officer of the Object Management Group, Inc. They addressed the design of dependable systems, the future of ultra-large-scale systems, making process framework deliver valuable services, and the process and schedule for developing a standard of software quality metrics.
SEPG Europe 2010 also offered a special track developed by the Institute of the Information Technologies in Justice (ITIJ), titled “The Quality of Software as a Factor of Sustainability of Use of Information Technology in Justice—The Portuguese Experience.” This e-justice track was opened by Dr. José Magalhães, secretary of state of justice and judiciary modernization and featured courses led by individuals including Bruno Sá, president of the Directive Council of the Institute of the Information Technologies Applied to Justice; António Figueiredo, president of the Institute of the Registration and Notary; and Jorge Almeida, assistant to the secretary of state of justice and judiciary modernization.
SEPG Europe 2010 gave delegates many opportunities for learning, networking, and interaction—both throughout the halls of FEUP and beyond. Tuesday evening was brimming with excitement for Portugal’s World Cup match-up against Spain, and many delegates wore their favorite team’s colors during the welcome reception. On Wednesday evening, delegates enjoyed a gala event that included a six-bridge river cruise, tour of historic Taylor’s Wine Cellar, sampling of Porto’s namesake port wine, dinner, and a surprise fado performance, a celebrated form of world music that is the essence of Portugal.
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 Asia-Pacific 2010 will be held in Bangalore, India 17–19 August 2010; SEPG Latin America 2010 will be held in Medellín, Colombia 10–12 November 2010; SEPG North America 2011 will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 21–24, 2011; and SEPG Europe 2011 will be held in Dublin, Ireland in early June 2011.