Capability Counts 2018

Join hundreds of global business leaders dedicated to performance and capability improvement from an array of backgrounds, 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.

Why Attend Capability Counts 2018?

  • Connect with global business leaders dedicated to achieving a competitive edge by streamlining their capabilities
  • Take away ready-to-use resources and tools from industry experts to share with your organization
  • Share best practices and business challenges with your peers during networking opportunities

Capability Counts 2017 Highlights


Early Bird rate extended to 16 March 2018!

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Capability Counts 2018 Conference Venue

Hyatt Regency Reston

1800 Presidents Street

Reston, VA 20190, US


A block of discounted rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $219 per night, plus all applicable taxes. This rate is available through 9 April 2018 or until the room block is full.

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*If you need additional assistance regarding your reservation, please call 888-421-1442


Hotel And Travel Information

The Reston hotel is just minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and within an hour of Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).

Complimentary Shuttle Service To/From Dulles Airport

The Hyatt offers a complimentary shuttle that arrives at Dulles Airport at the top of each hour between 6am-10pm Monday through Friday and 7am-10pm on Saturday & Sunday. The pick-up and drop-off point will be at curbs 2A and 2H, adjacent to the lower level baggage claim level. Return shuttle transportation from the hotel departs on the :45 beginning at 5:45am Monday-Friday and 6:45am Saturday & Sunday.

2018 Program

Introducing our Keynote Speakers:

Program Tracks


Francisco (Cisco) VicentyFrancisco (Cisco) Vicenty
Program Manager, Case for Quality
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

James J. ThompsonJames J. Thompson
Director of Major Program Support
Department of Defense, ODASD(SE)

Featured Presentation: Cyber Security

Doug GrindstaffE. Doug Grindstaff II
CMMI Institute

Integrating Models, Standards, and Methodologies

Jennifer AttanasiJennifer Attanasi
Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton
Jim CongdonJim Congdon
Director of Information Science and Engineering
Logos Technologies, LLC
Pushpa GaddePushpa Gadde
Director Consulting
CGI Federal Inc.
Sonu GoelSonu Goel
Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Firoz KabirDr. Firoz Kabir
CGI Federal Inc.
Anjali KotthaAnjali Kottha
VP of Technical Services
GMS Registrar, LTD.
Richard LeaRichard Lea
Director of Business Process Management
DSS, Inc.
Dilek Oral-OzdemirciDilek Oral-Ozdemirci
Lead Appraiser & Instructor for CMMI-DEV
Dora Process Consulting Inc.
Doing Maturity Level 3Neil Potter
Agile / CMMI Coach and Lead Appraiser
The Process Group
Jonathan RobertsJonathan Roberts
Product Cyber Security Specialist
Rolls-Royce plc
Satpaul SallSatpaul Sall
Project Manager - Engineering Capability
Rolls-Royce plc
Tim TaylorTim Taylor
Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Elif YilalDr. Elif Yilal
Country Quality Manager
Siemens Corporate Technology

Innovative Approaches with CMMI

Ryan BaysRyan Bays
Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton
Shannon CampbellShannon Campbell
Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Mustafa DegerliDr. Mustafa Degerli
Senior Researcher
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Dr. Margarida GoncalvesDr. Margarida Goncalves
Quasinfalivel, lda
Thomas W. KleinThomas W. Klein
Principal and Co-founder
Two Harbors Consulting
Rajlakshmi KrishnaRajlakshmi Krishna
Senior Manager
Ashwani NandiniAshwani Nandini
VP Delivery
Tiffanie L. NealTiffanie L. Neal
Software Analyst II
COLSA Corporation
Tunde OyalowoTunde Oyalowo
Lead Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton
Sripathy RamachandranSripathy Ramachandran
Practice Lead & Principal Consultant - Functional Safety & ASPICE
KPIT Technologies Ltd.
Prabhakar SPrabhakar S
Honeywell Technology Solutions
Nuno SeixasNuno Seixas
Process Improvement Expert
Pankaj ShrivastavaPankaj Shrivastava
Tommy ShroveTommy Shrove
Chief Engineer
COLSA Corporation

Achieving Capability in Regulated and Government Environments

Ruphina ChettiarRuphina Chettiar
Senior Consultant
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
Sara DeatonSara Deaton
Vice President Quality Assurance
Cummings Aerospace, Inc.
Drew EllisDrew Ellis
MSP Manager
Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc.
Larry FranceLarry France
RBMT Project Manager
Vencore, Inc.
Dr. Brian P GallagherDr. Brian P Gallagher
SVP Operational Excellence
Osman IydeOsman Iyde
Statistical Analyst and Process Engineerr
Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc.
Richard MeyersRichard Meyers
Vencore, Inc.
Dereck (Deke) MoellerDereck (Deke) Moeller
Director of Process Improvement and QA
Pragmatics, Inc.
Erkan OkurErkan Okur
Design Management and Technologies Expert Engineer
Aselsan CIT
Melvin PettyMelvin Petty
CEO & Managing Partner
ERP International LLC
Rob Stites, CQA, PMPRob Stites, CQA, PMP
Technical Program Manager
CACI, Inc.
Mr. Jake SpencerMr. Jake Spencer
76 Software Maintenance Group Engineering Process Section Chief
U.S. Air Force
Andrew VogtAndrew Vogt
Director of Quality Assurance
Pragmatics, Inc.
Jane WhitelyJane Whitely
Process Improvement Manager
Sierra Nevada Corp

Business Results Through CMMI

Paul ByrnesPaul Byrnes
Principal and CEO
Integrated System Diagnostics

Nathan ClineNathan Cline
Embedded Software Engineer
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Fei LiFei Li
Soft Tech Development, Inc.
Joseph HearyJoseph Heary
Ivyhill Technologies
Cathy Henderson
Shawn PressonShawn Presson
Howard W. NuttHoward W. Nutt
Executive Director
Business Development Institute International
Vasu PadmanabhanVasu Padmanabhan
Head, Enterprise Quality Management
Tata Consultancy Services
Darian PoinsettaDarian Poinsetta
Senior Executive
Agile CxO
Doing Maturity Level 3Neil Potter
Agile / CMMI Coach and Lead Appraiser
The Process Group
Prem RanganathPrem Ranganath
VP, Quality
Trilliant Networks
Esther TorregoEsther Torrego
Senior Manager
Michael WestMichael West

Organizational Transformation and Improvement

Enrique CarroEnrique Carro
Blue People
Jeff DaltonJeff Dalton
Dr. Jaideep DevareDr. Jaideep Devare
Managing Director
Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd
Onur Erdogan, TUBITAKOnur Erdoğan
Measurement and Analysis Specialist
Tübítak Bílgem YTE
Jose Antonio FernandezJosé Antonio Fernández
Software Engineering Manager
Aditya GoelAditya Goel
Negotium Ltd.
Bruce J. HofmanBruce J. Hofman
Bright Future Markets LLC
Michael KingMichael King
Chief Technology Officer
Halfaker and Associates
Mr. Morten KorsaaMr. Morten Korsaa
Hugo SanchonHugo Sanchon
Software Engineering Manager
Mr. Tim ZellerMr. Tim Zeller
Director of Strategic Solutions

Manage Your Data for Peak Performance

Carol DekkersCarol Dekkers
CEO Quality Plus Tech
Quality Plus Tech
Jim HalcombJim Halcomb
DMM Practice Leader
CMMI Institute
Dr. Ho-Won JungDr. Ho-Won Jung
Korea University Business School
Melanie MeccaMelanie Mecca
CMMI Institute

Using Quantitative Techniques to Improve Performance

Sheeba KizhakkayilSheeba Kizhakkayil
Senior Consultant
Tata Consultancy Services
Tumu Satish KumarTumu Satish Kumar
CEO & Principal Consultant
Concept QA Labs
Pat OToolePat O’Toole
Principal Consultant
Neena PandaNeena Panda
Tata Consultancy Services
Jose Enrique PerezJosé Enrique Pérez
Lead Appraiser
Software Industry Excellence Center de Mexico
Sunanda RachamalluSunanda Rachamallu
Delivery Assurance Faclilitator
Tata Consultancy Services
Milan RaoMilan Rao
Senior Manager - Quality
Mindtree Limited
Ms. Priyanka YadavMs. Priyanka Yadav
Senior Manager - Quality
Mindtree Limited

CMMI in the Healthcare Industry

Mark RutkiewiczMark Rutkiewicz
VP Quality
George ZackGeorge Zack
Principal and Co-founder
Two Harbors Consulting
Elizabeth ZybczynskiElizabeth Zybczynski
Consulting Director, Production and Process Control

Conference Sponsor: Spotlight Educational Session

Kris PuthucodeKris Puthucode
Software Quality Center LLC

The Capability Challenge competition showcases thought leaders from around the world who are improving their business performance by building organizational capability.

Congratulations to our 2018 semi-finalists! 

In a series of entries, these leaders share their unique stories on how building key capabilities at their organization has resulted in improved performance, quality, and/or profitability.

Based on your vote, three of these eight semi-finalists will advance to the Capability Challenge Finals, to take place at the Capability Counts 2018 conference on 1-2 May in Reston, Virginia. Here they will present their story to 350+ conference attendees and compete for the title of Capability Challenge Champion! For more info on the Challenge and process, view FAQs here and an informational webinar here.

View the entries below and vote for the best business success story!

Remember to view all eight stories before voting. Voting will close on 16 March 2018.

Mahesh PalaganiMahesh Palagani
Ashwani NandiniAshwani Nandini
Anil SatamAnil Satam
Writer Information
Wael PhilopsWael Philops
Andre HendarmanAndre Hendarman
Rebecca HammonsRebecca Hammons
Ontario Systems LLC
Sapna SharmaSapna Sharma
Espire Infolabs
Vladimir SavinVladimir Savin

2017 Capability Challenge winner Prem Ranganath discusses the Driving A Culture of Quality | CMMI Institute + IQVIA:

Capability Counts 2018 Sponsorship

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Bronze Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at Capability Counts 2018!

Organizations attending Capability Counts are looking for ready-to-use resources, tools, services, and programs to help them build and improve their internal capabilities.

As a Capability Counts sponsor, you will have the opportunity to position yourself as a market leader, meet with potential customers, network with industry thought leaders, and gain competitive advantage and brand exposure at this premier two-day event.

View Sponsorship Options Here






Conference Tutorials (Optional)

Capability Counts 2018 offers optional tutorial sessions to add additional value to your conference experience. If you would like to add a tutorial session to your conference package, click on the registration link below and follow the instructions to choose either a morning or afternoon tutorial.

In these sessions, attendees will experience hands-on, practical learning in multiple aspects of CMMI adoption. Real-world techniques and proven take-home work products provided in the tutorials can be immediately applied to attendees' own organizations to improve capability.

Tutorial Topics and Speakers

Full tutorial descriptions available on registration link

Becky FitzgeraldBecky Fitzgerald
Two Harbors
Tutorial Topic: Value Stream Mapping: Workshop for Success

Michael WestMichael West
Tutorial Topic: Building Processes That Work!

Darian PoinsettaDarian Poinsetta
Agile CxO
Tutorial Topic: Agile Avenue

Pat OToolePat O’Toole
Tutorial Topic: Do's and Don'ts for CMMI-Based Capability Enhancement

Cost: $250 each

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2018 Partner Workshop

Join us for this one-day event 30 April 2018!

All currently certified appraisers and instructors, and official Partner Business Points of Contact are invited to attend the Annual CMMI Institute Partner Workshop. The workshop will kick off with a Partner Reception on Sunday 29 April 2018 at 7pm followed by a one-day Partner Workshop Monday 30 April 2018.

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Partner Incentive Program

Thank you to our Partners who participated in the 2018 referral incentive program. Capability Counts 2018 conference speaker decisions will be announced in December 2017. Parties listed on accepted speaker abstract(s) will be notified of their discount following the January speaker registration deadline. These discounts can be applied to previously completed Partner registrations.

What You Receive:

For every submission you refer that is accepted into the conference program from a first-time presenter, you will receive $250 off your event registration fee!  

Your Client Receives:

  • The opportunity to publish and present their organizaton's accomplishments as a selected speaker at Capability Counts 2018
  • Speakers receive full conference access at a discounted rate of $1,299, a $400 savings from the conference list price

Participation Details:

  • Invite your clients to submit and instruct them to list your name under “Referring Partner.”

  • Abstracts are submitted under the primary presenter’s name and login. To be considered for the incentive, the partner's name must appear in the referral line, regardless of which presenter they are (main presenter or co-presenter).

  • Partners are encouraged to co-present with their client. However, The Institute seeks to share a variety of voices. While multiple abstracts from Partners may be submitted, we request that they co-present in only one accepted presentation.

  • Discounts to Partners' registration will be applied after the speaker registration deadline of 5 January 2018.

  • Discounts to Partners' registration will be applied to the base $1,299 Partner rate, are non-transferrable, and limited to a maximum value of $1,299.

  • To qualify, Partner referrals that are accepted as speakers must be CMMI practitioners (non-Partners) and first-time presenters at Capability Counts. They must also agree to the Speaker Terms and Conditions, including prompt registration and payment.  

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