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SPIN Seminar: Culture, Structure, and Politics

OHSU West Campus (formerly OGI), Wilson Clark Center
20000 Nw Walker Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006, US (map)



This is a FREE event sponsored by Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC). To register for this seminar, please check the box in the upper left hand corner of this Web page. Since there is no cost, you will NOT have to provide credit card information. Software process improvement efforts often focus on the common methods of process assessment, redesign, development, and deployment. Often overlooked - or, perhaps more accurately, not openly discussed - are the cultural, structural, and political forces that can have a significant impact on the success of the process improvement effort. These elements - culture, structure, and politics - can be modeled as the fundamental components of an integrated, interdependent system that, in effect, represents or surrounds the working environment.

This presentation offers a conceptual overview of the cultural, structural, political (CuSP) model, with a deeper examination of the cultural aspects. A selection of thinking tools are provided that can be used to gain a deeper level of understanding of the cultural forces inherent in the working environment. Greater understanding leads to an improved ability to detect, manage, and influence the direction of these forces to better enable and drive software process improvement. The audience is encouraged to participate, so feel free to come prepared with questions that you have on culture within your team, your organization, or the software development community.

Speaker Bio:

Alfredo Zangara works with the Learning Solutions Team within the Corporate Platform Office at Intel Corporation. His current area of focus is in the development and delivery of structured learning solutions for project information management systems, with an emphasis on risk management methodology and risk information management. Prior to joining Intel four years ago, Alfredo held a variety of management and engineering support positions at Hewlett-Packard Company over a span of fourteen years. Alfredo is a certified Project Management Professional and active member of the Project Management Institute.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. To register, please click on the box in the left hand corner at the top of this page. Since there is no cost, you will NOT have to provide credit card information.

The seminar will be held in the dining room of the Wilson Clark Center on the OGI campus. The Wilson Clark Center is Building #3 on the OGI Campus Map.

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Course Schedule and Information

Instructor: As Noted Above
Course Number: 09-SPIN-1113 Dates/Times: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008; Networking 6:00-6:45 PM; Seminar 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Location: OHSU West Campus (formerly OGI), Wilson Clark Center (bldg. 3 on campus map), Dining Room Course Fee: $0 Course Includes: Free seminar and pizza This event is sponsored by the Rose City SPIN and the Center for Professional Development.