Capability Counts 2017 is a gathering of capability and improvement experts

Join us at Capability Counts 2017! Be a part of the experience

Join hundreds of global business leaders dedicated to performance and capability improvement from an array of background, countries, and experiences. You’ll experience a series of workshops, keynotes, and interactive sessions focused on delivering actionable insights on what it means to be a capable, mature organization. Get the best ROI on your education investment at this premier conference.

Four Key Benefits for Attending Capability Counts 2017

1. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with global business leaders dedicated to achieving a competitive edge by streamlining their capabilities

2. Choose from over 90 sessions across six tracks including interactive panel discussions and insightful keynotes

3. Take away ready-to-use resources and tools from industry experts to share with your organization

4. Share best practices and business challenges with your peers during networking opportunities


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Venue Location

The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314-5700
United States


Airport Transportation

The Alexandria hotel is just minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), and within two hours of Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Explore transportation options from each airport to The Westin Alexandria below, or take advantage of one of the numerous rental agencies located in the airports should you wish to have a car at your disposal during your stay. Visit Alexandria, Virginia Maps & Transportation.

Getting Here

  • Maps & Directions: See driving directions and maps of the area
  • Airports: Alexandria is serviced by three airports, with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport only 10-15 minutes away
  • SuperShuttle: Arrange a shuttle to the hotel for quick and easy transportation. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (800) 258-3826 
  • Trains: Amtrak station is centrally located by the King St-Old Town Metrorail station
  • Motorcoach Resources: Information on parking and where to load and unload
  • Taxi service and Uber is available in Alexandria, VA

Hotel Information

  • Reservations: (703) 253-8600
  • Conference Rate: USD $242 + charges & taxes


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Pre-Confernce Tutorials

The Capability Counts 2017 Conference tutorials on 15 May will offer you focused, hands-on, practical knowledge in multiple aspects of CMMI adoption that you will be able to immediately apply in your organization. These tutorials will give you real-world techniques and proven take-home work products to increase your organization’s capability.

For $150 per half-day tutorial, you will not find a higher ROI for your educational investment. Because we want to maximize the tutor-to-student ratio and personalize your learning experience, space is very limited. These tutorials are designed for the process and performance professional who is serious about enhancing his or her organization’s capability.

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Program Overview

Capability Counts 2017 offers six exciting tracks, providing you with best practices and solutions for your business challenges. Each day will include insightful keynotes from executives who understand the value of building capability. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from over 90 sessions during the two-day conference including interactive workshops and panel discussions.

If you are:

  • Going through your first CMMI appraisal or preparing for a re-appraisal
  • Looking to scale agile to the enterprise level with CMMI
  • Using ISO-based standards, agile, PMBoK, or ITIL and want to integrate CMMI
  • Interested in learning from successful organizations on how to achieve a higher CMMI maturity level

Then Capability Counts 2017 is for you! 

Tracks Overview

Track Overview - This track is for those already on their capability journey and features case studies from organizations who have delivered successful products or projects while using the CMMI. We're looking for specific examples with lessons learned, measurable results, and examples of how your advanced capability improved the outcome.

Track Overview - This track is for those with advanced skills in capability management and improvement. It will focus on how organizations leverage their capability, outpace the competition, and demonstrate best practices.

Track Overview - Whether it’s your first appraisal or a reappraisal that you’re planning or involved with, come learn from experienced professionals who will share their knowledge and help you and your organization plan and conduct high-value appraisals. You’ll learn techniques and approaches that will help save your organization time and money, and get better quality appraisals and results.

Track Overview - Features presentations on CMMI adoption and capability improvement in specific industry sectors. (e.g. Aerospace and Defense, Banking and Finance, IT, and Research, etc.)

Track Overview - Features presentations that enable CMMI adopters to integrate their CMMI adoption and implementation with other models, standards, bodies of knowledge, and methods. (e.g. ISO-based standards, Agile, PMBoK, and ITIL)

Track Overview - Features presentations on topics that would appeal to professionals who are pursuing careers within specific disciplines. This track is focused on professional discipline adoption of CMMI (e.g. Software Development and Agile, Process Design and Development, Program and Project Management, and Workforce Development and Training).

Capability Counts Speakers



Ashwini Kumar

Lead - Organization Development, Mahindra Insurance Brokers Limited

CMMI On Board Track

Jerry Frese

Senior Methodologist, Internal Revenue Service

CMMI On Board Track

Julie Calfin

Executive Consultant, Broadsword

CMMI On Board Track

Michael King

Chief Technology Officer, Halfaker and Associates

CMMI On Board Track

Rick Spiewak

Lead Software Systems Engineer, National Security Engineering Center, The MITRE Corp

CMMI On Board Track

Ally Chen

Manager, Garmin

Advancing Capability

Amol Tope

Head - Process and Metrics Group, Zensar Technologies Ltd

Advancing Capability

Andreas Felschow


Advancing Capability

Bin Cong

Professor, Cal State Univ and CRS Tech

Advancing Capability

Brian Cole

Vice President, Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc.

Advancing Capability

Craig Hollenbach

Manager, Engineering Performance, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Advancing Capability

Darian Poinsetta

Vice President, Agile CxO

Advancing Capability

Drew Ellis

MSP Manager, Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc.

Advancing Capability

Kileen Harrison

Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Advancing Capability

Tim Zeller

Director of Strategic Communications, Broadsword

Advancing Capability

David Farr

Software Process Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Advancing Capability

Jeff Gorball

Managing Director, Kingland Systems Corporation

Advancing Capability

Jyoti Gupta

Delivery Assurance Lead, Tata Consultancy Services

Advancing Capability

Kevin Schaaff

Principal and Senior Program Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

Advancing Capability


Neena Panda

Quality Manager, Tata Consultancy Services

Advancing Capability

Sripathy Ramachandran

Practice Lead & Principal Consultant, KPIT

Advancing Capability

Steve Moulder

Process Engineer Advisor, National Government Services

Advancing Capability

Sudha Gopalakrishnan

Partner - Enterprise Integration, Intellect Design Arena Ltd

Advancing Capability

Anoop Madhavan

Vice President, Government Initiatives, Nest Technologies Corp

Professional Disciplines

Howard Nutt

Executive Director, Business Development Institute International

Professional Disciplines

Jean-Yves Guilbaud

Expert Consultant, inspearit

Professional Disciplines

Jeff Dalton

President, Broadsword

Professional Disciplines

Michel Avila

President, Broadsword

Professional Disciplines

Nestor Ovalle

Dr./Leadership Excellence and Organizational Change Consultant, N.K. Ovalle

Professional Disciplines

Richard Lea

Director of Business Process Management, DSS, Inc.

Professional Disciplines

Shannon Campbell

Quantitative Management SME, Booz Allen Hamilton

Professional Disciplines

Thomas Cagley

Vice President of Consulting, DCG Software Value

Professional Disciplines


Neil Potter

Consultant, The Process Group

Professional Disciplines


Raghavendra Mithare

Agile Coach, ProcessWhirl

Integrated Solutions

Alejandro Ramirez

Agile Coach, Booz Allen Hamilton

Integrated Solutions

Alma P. Gutierrez

Lead Appraiser, Qualtop Group

Integrated Solutions

Alex Benten

CMMI Coach, Citizant

Integrated Solutions

Barry Schrimsher

Quality Manager, Siemens PLM Software

Integrated Solutions

Daniel Riganati

IT Senior Project Manager, Aetna

Integrated Solutions

Dipankar Chakrabarti

Executive Director of Advisory Risk and Quality Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Integrated Solutions

Joey Spooner

Kanban Consultant and Trainer, TriTech Enterprise Systems

Integrated Solutions

Oscar Mondragon

Clinical Professor / Consultant, UT El Paso / SIE Center Mexico

Integrated Solutions

Pam Schoppert

Director of Quality Programs, Citizant

Integrated Solutions

Petr Bohacek

Quality Manager, Honeywell spol. s r.o.

Integrated Solutions

Prem Ranganath

Sr.Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance - R&D Solutions, QuintilesIMS

Integrated Solutions

Sara Deaton

Vice President, Quality Assurance, Cummings Aerospace, Inc.

Integrated Solutions

Wael Philops

QA Manager, ITS

Integrated Solutions

Becky Fitzgerald

Principal and Co-Founder, Two Harbors Consulting

Healthcare Track

Laura Adkins

Sr. CMMI Consultant, Broadsword Solutions

Healthcare Track

Prem Ranganath

Senior Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance - R&D Solutions, QuintilesIMS

Healthcare Track

Hendrick Gaitsewe Lenepa

Director and Management Consultant, Demix Naledi

Government Track

Kiran Honavalli

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Government Track

Margaret Glover

CEO Excellence in Measurement Technology, EMT LLC

Government Track

Todd Schrubb

Consultant, Western Slope Technologies, LLC

Government Track

Wendy Romeu

President, Alluvionic, Inc.

Government Track

Michael King

Chief Technology Officer, Halfaker and Associates

Government Track

Anuradha Singh

Quality Assurance Assistant Manager, Sunlife India Financial Services


Arthur Valle

Doctor, Wintec - Waikato Institute of Technology


David Quinn

Chief Quality Officer, MOSAIC Technologies Group, Inc.



Kieran Doyle

HM Lead Appraiser, Excellence In Measurement Technology Ltd


Michael Callihan

President, Inc.



Paul Byrnes

Principal and CEO, Integrated System Diagnostics


Ronald Lear

Corporate Quality Director, Booz Allen Hamilton


Satish Kumar Tumu

CEO & Principal Consultant, Concept QA Labs


Sharon Graves

CMMI Lead Appraiser and Instructor, Citizant


Stephanie Lesesne

Chairperson, Engineering Process Group, Palmetto GBA


Alex Stall

CMMI Practice Leader, CMMI Institute


Coaching Cafe

The CMMI Institute is pleased to offer the Coaching Café at Capability Counts 2017! Free for conference attendees, the Coaching Café is an opportunity for you to arrange a one-on-one capability consultation at the conference. The Coaching Café will be staffed by the CMMI adoption experts listed below, who each possess significant successful experience in helping organizations such as yours achieve higher levels of performance and capability.

If you are interested in a private consultation with one of the conference coaches, please select your coach from the list here:

We will then connect you with your coach for you to communicate with and set up a consultation at the Capability Counts 2017 conference. Your learning opportunity with any of these coaches will be high, and your cost for the coaching session is $zero.

Jeff Dalton

President, Broadsword

High Performance Is Agile



Bill Smith

CEO, Leading Edge Process Consultants

CMMI Made Simple



Beth Layman

Principal Consultant, Layman & Layman

Constructing Processes that are Useful and Used



Pedro Castro Henriques

CEO, Strongstep

Passion to Innovate and Simplify in Software Quality



Pat O'Toole

Principal Consultant, PACT

Enhancing results through continuous improvement



Neil Potter

Co-Founder, The Process Group

Addressing Your C



Michael West 

Author, Natural SPI

Process is Important; Performance is Everything





Tom Cagley

Vice President of Consulting, DCG Software Value

Making Software Value Visible



Margaret Anne Tanner Glover

Agile SAFe PC,CSM, CMMI-DEV, CMMI-SVC and High Maturity Lead Appraiser at Excellence in Measurement Technology

CMMIAgility, Excellence In Process Flexibility



Dilek Ozdemirci

Process Improvement Consultant, DORA Process Consulting, Inc.

Setting the Right Frame of Mind for Sustainable Improvement



Henry Schneider, PPQC

CIO/CTO Business Advisor, Process and Product Quality Consulting

EmpowerMentor | Simplifying complex process challenges



Antonio Braga

Director, Crest Consulting

Process Evolution = Maturity



Pascal Rabbath

Business Development Manager, CMMI Institute




Alex Stall

CMMI Practice Leader, CMMI Institute 




David Greer

Performance Improvement Consultant, Assess-IT

Performance Improvement Simplified, Without Diluting Its Value





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Are you ready for Capability Challenge 2017?

Participate in this exciting competition and help select the best business success story!

You’ll hear from thought leaders from around the world who are building organizational capability and improving performance within their organization. Each participant will present their story during a webinar and discuss why their project/program was/is unique, what the business benefits were, and how they measured its effectiveness. View the kick-off webinar to learn more about the Capability Challenge and how to get involved.

Second Webinar Series: Wednesday, 22 February 2017 at 10 a.m. EST

In this special webinar broadcast you'll hear from our second round of Capability Challenge contestants! Our moderator, Tom Cagley, VP of Consulting at DCG Software Value, well-known for his Software Process and Measurement Podcasts, will conduct an interview-style webinar with our contestants during the 45 minute session. Each participant will present their story and discuss why their project/program was/is unique, what the business benefits were, and how they measured its effectiveness. Join our webinar to listen to these great business success stories! You'll hear from the following participants:

  • Deepa Green, Product Process Head at Intellect Design Arena
  • Anusha Subramanian, Software Process Manager at The Tata Power Company 
  • Ashwini Kumar, Organizational Development Lead at Mahindra Insurance Brokers

In case you missed our recent webinar - January 2017 Webinar

Learn more about last year's Capability Challenge winner: Michael Callihan, President of!

Video of AEGIS's success story 

Blog Post on website       

Press Release       

Michael Callihan interview video


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Partner Workshop

The annual CMMI Institute Partner Workshop is open to all Partner Business Points of Contact (BPOCs) and to any certified lead appraiser, instructor, or enterprise data management expert.  Certification candidates awaiting observation may also attend the Partner Workshop.

Capability Counts Conference registration and Partner Workshop registration are available through one system. You may register for the conference, workshop, or both events together. When registering, answer “Yes” to “Is your company a CMMI Institute Partner?” This will allow you to register for the conference on 16-17 May and/or the Partner Workshop on 18-19 May 2017.

Employees of CMMI Institute Partner organizations are eligible to register for the Capability Counts Conference at the Partner discount rate of $1,299. No additional discounts can be used against the Partner rate; it is the lowest rate available.

Date and Venue 

18-19 May 2017

The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314-5700
United States


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Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at Capability Counts 2017!

Exhibitors and Sponsors will have unique opportunities to connect with the 300+ business professionals from around the world.

If interested contact for more information.

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Thank you to our 2017 Capability Counts Sponsors!

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