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TwinSPIN: Finally! A model for evaluating agile performance: The Agile Performance Holarchy

Date of Event: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
3-230 Keller Hall (200 Union St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

Topic: “Finally! A model for evaluating agile performance: The Agile Performance Holarchy”

Speaker: Jeff Dalton

Presented by the Twin Cities Software Process Improvement Network (Twin-SPIN); sponsored by the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

Cost: Free and open to the public

Parking: Free parking vouchers will be available at the meeting for parking in the Washington Ave. Parking Ramp.

5:30p - Refreshments, and networking
6:15p - Start of Meeting

Abstract: Agile executives and leaders in both the public and private sectors have been demanding a way to objectively evaluate and understand agile performance in their organizations, and have been yearning for a model for building agile capability across the enterprise. Finally, there is a model to both evaluate agile performance and build agile capability; The Agile Performance Holarchy (APH), which draws from both the CMMI and a broad range of Agile frameworks, is that model. The APH provides a fresh new approach to evaluating agile performance and building Agile capability through a series of interdependent performance circles and behavior holons, which exist and thrive within a collection of self-team.

  • Learn new ways to evaluate agile performance
  • Learn how self-organization can bring a greater level of agile capability
  • Build agile capability with an objective model based on the CMMI, Agile Frameworks, and independent research

Bio: Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword, a different kind of performance innovation firm that helps engineering and software organizations get better at what they are already doing. He is a Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of “agileCMMI,” Broadsword’s leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.

Jeff has been the Keynote Speaker at numerous conferences including the International Conference on CMMI in Lima, Peru, the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium, the 2014 QUEST Conference and Expo, the CMMI SEPG Conference 2014, the CMMI Global Congress 2015 and Capability Counts 2016, as well as the 25th Annual Service Quality Conference 2016. He has appeared multiple times at Agile Development West, Better Software, Agile Processes and Tools, AgileDC, and at Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) and Agile Leadership Network (ALN) meetups throughout North America.

Jeff served as the Chairman of the Partner Advisory Board at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and CMMI Institute from 2011-2014 during their transition period. He has been president of Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network, and is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute’s SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities through his popular blog “Ask the CMMI Appraiser.” He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time. You can reach Jeff at

About Twin-SPIN: The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See: