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EPF Community – Webinar Series

We are glad to announce great presentations from members of the EPF community and other industry experts.

NOTE: If you missed the live webinar, don’t worry - here’s a link to the recordings and slideware.

The topics are the following:                             




Date and Time

Presenter Bio

Process Release Management with Method Composer Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of the issues to consider when releasing a new version of a process. In addition, the presentation covers:
  • An overview of how IBM does Process Release Management
  • How to capture change information and general release notes.
  • How to take snapshots of a library release
  • How to compare libraries to determine what has changed from one release to another
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Thurs Oct 15, 2015 - 8:00AM PST

Bruce MacIsaac, EPF Project Lead and RMC Product Manager.

Method Composer tips and tricks Abstract: This presentation will demonstrate tips and tricks such as:
  • Generating and incorporating RSS feeds
  • Alternatives to treebrowser navigation
  • Linking using area maps
  • Publishing for mobile devices
  • Incorporating a commenting capability
  • Adding new solution content to an existing library
  • Advanced search options
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Oct 30, 2014 - 8:00AM PST

Bruce MacIsaac, EPF Project Lead and RMC Product Manager.

EPF plugin to generate documents and mind maps from EPF content EPF/RMC is a powerful tool to support the construction of various bodies of knowledge, with built in capabilities to publish the content as static web sites. However, adoption of the tool in organizations who are still focused on a document based approach is facing serious challenges. Transitioning from documents to pure web based content is challenging both for content reviewers and content consumers. To alleviate this concern, and overcome limitations associated with the usage of RMC and BIRT, an EPF plugin has been developed to allow the export of EPF or RMC content in various formats, to ensure easier adoption of the tool, to support document based content validation, and to allow dissemination of the content through documents. Export formats are plain HTML, Excel, FreeMind, Mind Manager, images. Register for this event. Nov 14, 2013 - 8:00AM PST

Regis Coqueret Régis Coqueret is Executive Architect with Unisys Global Managed Services, member of the Portfolio Technology Office. He runs a global team of architects and analysts, and is currently working on rolling out global enterprise services catalog and knowledge management solutions.

Using Skins to customize the look and feel of an RMC website Bruce MacIsaac (IBM), and Tom Evans (Accenture), and possibly others, will show how the the look and feel of an RMC published website can be
customized using "skins".
Bruce will give a brief overview of what skins are, and will demo how to create and use a skin.
Tom will walk through an example of how to use a custom skin to generate links to a template repository.
Apr 11, 2013 - 8:00AM PST

Bruce MacIsaac, Manager RMC Content

Tom Evans, Accenture Methods and Tools

If you have done some skin customization - please join and show us what you've done!

Tailoring TOGAF with EPF
In the Preliminary Phase of the Architecture Development Method (ADM), TOGAF specifies that one step in establishing an enterprise architecture (EA) capability is to tailor TOGAF to the needs and context of the organization. This session will review sample scenarios on how to adapt the ADM and integrating it with other methods such as the Open Unified Process (OpenUP). The speaker will also discuss how the ADM can be integrated with other EA taxonomies such as DoDAF 2. There will also be a demonstration of using the APG TOGAF Process Library (ATPL) v2.0 and EPF Composer for customizing TOGAF.
Jan 10, 2013 - 8:00AM PST Chris Armstrong, President of Armstrong Process Group, Inc., is an internationally recognized thought leader in enterprise architecture, formal modeling, process improvement, systems and software engineering, requirements management, and iterative and agile development. Chris represents APG at The Open Group, the Object Management Group and the Eclipse Foundation.
Overview of Lean-Kanban
In this webinar, Colin O'Neill will introduce Lean-Kanban. The agenda will be as follows:
- Overview of Lean: history, tenets, applications in industry
- Key Lean schools of thought (including Kanban)
- Lean principles and how they apply to software development
- Q & A
Aug 9, 2012 - 8:00AM PST As an Annapolis graduate and U.S. Marine Corps officer, Colin gained significant experience leading empowered, cross-discipline teams. He leverages that expertise in the Lean/Agile world as a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Professional to help organizations adopt Dean Leffingwell’s Scaled Agile Framework™. Colin has helped multiple Fortune 100 companies achieve enterprise agility and is a conference speaker.
New features in RMC
In this webinar, we will demo new features from the latest Rational Method Composer release. Specifically, we will demo user-defined types and question-and-answer process builders. These features point in the direction of looser meta-modeling constructs and smarter composition - themes which we will see more of as EPF and RMC evolve.
Jan 12, 2012 - 8:00AM PST Chris Sibbald, Rational Method Composer product manager. Chris' bio page.

Case Study - use of EPF in a Federal Government project

The case study represents on going work within the Federal government. The case study began about 8 months ago while performing an as-is analysis of the artifacts and methodology prescribed by a Federal Program management office. These process assets were used by an operational team comprised of analysts, developers and quality assurance. The case study includes to-be artifacts developed in the context of OMB's 25-Point
Implementation Plan for Information Technology Management Reform.

The identity of the team remains anonymous and the opinions expressed are the presenter's, not his employer's.

You can find the materials to be used during this webinar here:

All materials are published under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial and no-derivative license.

Oct 13, 2011 - 8:00AM PDT

Rick Murphy is an information technology specialist with the General Services Administration in Washington, DC. He is Co-Chair of OMG's GovDTF and active in the SEMAT Theory Track with Ivar Jacobson. His current interests are in the Haskell, a pure, non-strict, lazy functional programming language funded by Microsoft Research, and higher order, intuitionistic logic.

You can find more about Rick on the links below:

Differences between EPF Composer and Rational Method Composer

EPF Composer is the little brother to Rational Method Composer. EPF Composer includes core agile practices for small teams, and core features needed for creating additional practices for sharing with the open source community.  Rational Method Composer is compatible with EPF Composer, but includes many additional features.

This presentation will summarize and demo several of these features, such as:

- Extensive library of practices, for both scaling agile for the enterprise, but also for governance, compliance, reuse, service-oriented architecture, systems development, …

- Translations of content to many different languages

- Features to support large method libraries and multiple authors

- Integrations with tools such as Websphere Business Modeler, Rational Team Concert, Rational Asset Manager

- Usability / customization / reporting / publishing features

- Simplified tailoring features for project managers

- Additional authoring features (image maps, tagging, query-based categories…)

- Support - Technical support and maintenance governed by SLAs

-Training and Services – Courses and services can be purchased from IBM

Aug16, 2011 - 8:00AM PDT Bruce MacIsaac is the development manager for the Rational Method Composer content, including the IBM Practices library and RUP.
He is co-author of "Agility and Discipline Made Easy - Principles from RUP and OpenUP".  
He co-leads the Eclipse Process Framework project, and helped develop many of the EPF practices and OpenUP.
He has over 20 years of software development and process development experience, including project management and architect responsibilities for large and small systems.
Scrum Practices

The presentation agenda will be as follows:

- Review the needs of Iterative Teams prior to releasing into production
- Review the Release Sprint practice
- Review the Documentation and Training practice
- Provide a quick demo of Colin’s soon-to-be-released commercial product “Scaled Agile Delivery Method.” This process product was developed in RMC and leverages much of OpenUP’s Agile content.
Jun 16, 2011 - 8:00AM PDT

Colin O'Neill has been a successful IT consultant for 24 years. He has led and coached numerous organizations in Agile and Unified Process (UP) systems development and integration efforts, business process re-engineering and improvement, requirements definition, data modeling, object modeling, enterprise architecture, risk management, quality assurance, testing, change & configuration management, system deployment, training, and mentoring. Colin has worked hands-on in every phase and discipline and has thirty years of increasingly responsible leadership positions. He is also:

- IBM Business Partner
- Expert with Rational Method Composer (RMC) and Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) Composer
- Speaker at 2010 Rational Software Conference
- Certified IBM Solution Designer for the Rational Unified Process
- Certified ScrumMaster and member of the Scrum Alliance since 2006
- Certified TenStep Project Manager (TSPM)
- Certified CMMI Assessment Team Member

EPF and Project Management Automation

What if we made the website published using EPF Composer actionable, so that project teams could use it like a project management and collaboration tool?

There would be many benefits, including:

1. The PMO would reap higher ROI from EPF website(s) which readily automate projects.
2. The PM and team would enjoy EPF’s expert guidance along with project automation and collaboration.
3. The EPF project itself would find wider acceptance.

Diwant Vaidya, the founder and CEO of Paradigm PoP will present how their company is achieving this by attaching PoP Project, their cloud-based project management and collaboration tool to EPF websites.

The tool can be retrofitted to existing EPF sites, or connected by including pop_project, their EPF plug-in. He will demonstrate EPF OpenUP and EPF Scrum automated using PoP Project and Google docs.

Apr 14, 2011 - 8:00AM PST

Diwant Vaidya, the founder and CEO of Paradigm PoP, is a serial entrepreneur having started three companies and orchestrated the sale of four Facebook applications. He is currently captaining PoP Project ( Diwant has experience in setting up and running  businesses, process improvement, project management, and offshore software development.  Additionally, Diwant has experience creating applications using the Eclipse Plugin Framework, including an early alpha version of PoP Project!


Late in 2009, a large number of big names in the software engineering community formed a body called SEMAT, Software Engineering Method and Theory.  The call for action launched an initiative to refound software engineering on sound method and theory in an attempt to harmonize the large number of method and method variants buzzing around the marketplace.  Ivar Jacobson, Bertrand Meyer, and Richard Soley, known as the SEMAT "Troika",  strongly believe this method madness is having a large negative financial impact on today's IT industry.

In this presentation, Carson Holmes, an active member of SEMAT will recount the progress made thus far, the challenges and risks being faced, and where SEMAT hopes to go.  Holmes will discuss how SEMAT will most likely affect the Software Process Meta-Model (SPEM) and the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) in the years ahead.

Feb 10, 2011 - 8:00AM PST

Carson Holmes has over 20 years of commercial software engineering experience across a variety of industries.  As a management consultant, process engineer, and change agent, he helps clients achieve their improvement goals with pragmatic process, policy, and metrics.  Holmes is the President of Global Rational User Group, and the southern California chapters.  He is an active member in the software engineering community and a strong supporter of SEMAT.

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