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



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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 Washginton 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.


Capability Counts 2018 brings global business leaders together to share best practices in achieving a competitive edge through streamlined capabilities. 2017 introduced two Industry Sector tracks to the conference format - Capability Counts 2018 will deliver even more industry-specific tracks as a focus of the event program.

Upon submission, you will need to select at least one choice from options in two submission form fields:

  • Industry
  • Focus
    • Appraisals
    • Approach/Methodology
    • CMMI Adoption
    • Data Management
    • Improvement ROI
    • Quality

Please submit your presentation to the choice most closely associated with the industry or business sector in which your process or performance improvement story took place. For helpful tips regarding industry identification, as well as to learn more about available presentation focus areas and presenter requirements review and download the Submission Guidelines document.

Deadline for submission: 18 October 2017

Selection Process

    • All presentations submitted to the Call for Participation will be reviewed by CMMI Institute staff as well as the program committee members.
    • Submissions will be reviewed following the submission deadline 30 September 2017.
    • You will hear by the end of December if you have been accepted to present.  
    • Selected presenters will receive further detailed instructions upon their acceptance.
    • Selected presenters must consent to the Presenter Terms and Conditions* upon acceptance.

Presentation Details
If your presentation is selected you will:

    • Present for 30 minutes, followed by some time for questions and answers with attendees.
    • Create a PowerPoint slide deck one month prior to the event (template will be provided to presenters which they will be required to use).
    • All speakers will be provided a special presenter rate for registration and are responsible for their own travel expenses.
    • All speakers will be provided with the schedule for their presentation one month prior to the event.

Please note: submissions must be completed in one session. Drafts and partial submissions are not saved within the system. You may return and edit fields in a completed submission up until the submission deadline.

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*Presenter Terms and Conditions:

By accepting the invitation to present:

  • Presenters agree to complete their event registration including submission of a conference registration fee of $1,299 by the stated deadline of 5 January 2018 at 11:59 PM eastern. Failure to complete your registration or make payment by the specified due date on an invoice may result in removal from the program.
  • Presenters grant the CMMI Institute permission to reproduce and distribute materials in online conference proceedings.
  • Presenters grant the CMMI Institute permission to edit their abstracts to ensure consistency in our printed program and promotional materials.
  • Presenters grant the CMMI Institute permission or anyone acting on their behalf permission to photograph, film, or otherwise record and use their name, likeness, image, voice and comments and to publish, reproduce, exhibit, distribute, broadcast, edit, or digitize the resulting images and materials in publications, advertising materials, or in any other form, and for any purpose worldwide without compensation. 
  • If you do not meet an established deadline, you will be removed from the program and replaced by another presenter.

2018 Program Coming Soon!

Download the Capability Counts 2017 Presentations

Keynote & Featured Presentations:

Tuesday, 16 May 2017:

    • Keynote Address: In Space, Capability Still Counts! by Greg Williams, NASA (Presentation unavailable at this time. Awaiting permission for public release.)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017:

Features the benefits of implementing CMMI within your organization and case studies from organizations who have delivered successful products and services.

Features success stories of organizations leveraging their capability, outpacing the competition, and demonstrating best practices.

Features presentations from experienced professionals who will share their knowledge and help you and your organization plan and conduct high-value appraisals.

Features presentations on CMMI adoption and capability improvement experience in the healthcare sector.

Features presentations on CMMI adoption and capability improvement experience in the government sector.

Features presentations that enable CMMI adopters to integrate their CMMI adoption and implementation with other models, standards, bodies of knowledge, and methods.

Features presentations on topics that would appeal to professionals who are pursuing careers within specific disciplines. Learn first-hand from experienced professionals in your field of work.

Capability Challenge 2018

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

  • Presented in a series of webinars, these leaders will share their unique stories on how building key capabilities at their organization has resulted in improved performance, quality, and/or profitability.
  • Four of these competitors will then advance to the Capability Challenge Finals, to take place at the Capability Counts 2018 conference on 1-2 May in Reston, Virginia. The finalists will present their story to 350+ conference attendees and compete for the title of Capability Challenge Champion!

 Click here to learn more about:

- How the Capability Challenge works

- The criteria the entries are judged on

- The voting process

- What the Capability Challenge Champion wins

Click here to view Submission Guidelines


2016 Capability Challenge winner Michael Callihan discusses the value CMMI Institute brings to

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Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at

Capability Counts attendees seek to connect with and learn best practices from leading capability experts from around the world. They are looking for ready-to-use resources, tools, services, and programs to help them build and improve the capabilities within their own organizations.

Sponsors and Exhibitors at Capability Counts have the unique opportunity to position themselves as market leaders, meet with potential customers, network with industry thought leaders, and gain competitive advantage and brand exposure at this premier two-day event.

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Partner Incentive Program

We are pleased to share an incentive program designed to help you, our Partners, and your valued customers get involved in Capability Counts 2018, the premier event for global thought leaders improving business performance by building capabilities.

What You Do:

Partners are invited to refer CMMI practitioners to submit an abstract of their CMMI success story in the 2018 Call For Participation. Those whose submissions are chosen will be invited to present at Capability Counts 2018. The deadline to submit is approaching – 30 September 2017!   

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!  

What Your Client Receives:

  • The opportunity to publish and present their organization’s accomplishments as a selected speaker at Capability Counts

  • 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 on their submission form 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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Learn more about how your clients can submit papers for consideration:

Call For Participation


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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