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Aligning software systems to performance excellence systems - is Baldrige still relevant?

Date of Event: 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:30pm

Organizations that are sustainable over time demonstrate common characteristics, one of which is having a systems perspective. How do you as software professionals ensure that you are looking at your responsibilities through the lens of your organization’s overall system? How does the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence align with CMMI? The Baldrige Criteria asks an organization “how you ensure the quality and availability of data, information, software, and hardware needed by your workforce, suppliers, partners, collaborators, and customers.” Which of this are you responsible for, and how would you answer?

Let’s plan on having a lively discussion about organizational performance excellence, what exactly that means, and how software improvement fits within an overall improvement strategy.


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Keller (EE/CS) 3-111 (Look for signs)

This Month's Meeting
Program Manager: 
Anthony Harder – US Bank
Paul Grizzell – Core Values Partners
Aligning software systems to performance excellence systems - is Baldrige still relevant?
University of Minnesota, Keller (EE/CS) Building

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting


Park at the Washington Avenue Ramp! Free parking tickets will be handed out at the meeting.

Speaker Bio: 

Paul Grizzell, President of Core Values Partners, Inc., helps organizations focus, align, and accelerate their improvement efforts through the use of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Baldrige Criteria is proven to help organizations reach high levels of performance results when effectively deployed. The Baldrige Criteria helps organizations ensure alignment of all areas through a systems perspective.

Paul is a Senior Alumni Examiner on the Department of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and a Licensed Advisor for the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). Paul is the only person to have these two qualifications, demonstrating his commitment to world-wide performance excellence. He has led multiple site visits and trained hundreds of Baldrige Examiners during eighteen years of participation with the program. He is active as a Judge and other leadership roles in various other quality award programs. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. Paul has an MBA from Oklahoma State University and is a certified Lean Sigma Black Belt.

Paul is a co-author of Insights to Performance Excellence in Healthcare, An Inside Look at the Baldrige Award Criteria for Healthcare, and a contributing author to Insights to Performance Excellence, An Inside Look at the Baldrige Award Criteria, both published by the American Society for Quality.