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Speakers 2004

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


MIKE HARRIS

Getting a New Organization up to CMMI Level 3 - Again!

 

Michael D. Harris is a Senior Vice President with Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a leading software and services provider for the world's top financial institutions, which is part of Fidelity National Financial. Mr. Harris joined FIS through its acquisition of Sanchez in April 2004.  At Sanchez, Mr. Harris was President of the Banking Division and had overall responsibility for delivering and maintaining Sanchez banking software solutions, including all software development, testing, and documentation. Between July 2001 and October 2002, and as the senior vice president of engineering at Sanchez, Mr. Harris led the engineering group to achieve CMM Level 3 in 15 months from a "standing start." Net savings on inspections alone have been over $7.5M since May 2002. Before arriving at Sanchez in April 2000, Mr. Harris was a senior vice president for MasterCard International where he was the head of MasterCard's global chip group.

 

MIKE KONRAD

Update on CMMI Adoption and SEI Plans for Version 1.2

 

Mike Konrad is a co-author and co-editor of the book "CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement” available from Addison-Wesley. Mr. Konrad is also the manager of the CMMI at the Software Engineering Institutes (SEI) where he manages the day-to-day activities that support CMMI®. He has been with the SEI since 1988 and has made significant contributions to the development of the CMM for Software, the USAF/ASC Software Development Capability Evaluation method, and ISO 15504. From 1998-2002, Mr. Konrad was co-lead of the CMMI model development team.

 


TRACK ONE SPEAKERS


JOSEPH BILLI

Agile Development Method

 

Joseph Billi has over 25 years of experience in Software Engineering and over 17 years involvement in Process Improvement. Although currently focusing on Enterprise Application Integration,  Joseph was VP of Project and Process Management at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) where he was elected an ADP Fellow. Joseph’s responsibilities focus on improving the performance of the more than 100 IT groups in ADP. Prior to joining ADP, Joseph worked for The MITRE Corporation providing process improvement and appraisal consultation. Earlier, Joseph worked as a project leader, software developer, and SEPG member for U.S. defense contractors. Joseph is an SEI Authorized Lead Assessor, SEI Authorized SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and has completed Lead TickIT Auditor training. Joseph is co-founder and past-Chair of the North Jersey SPIN and was co-Chair of the 1996 SEPG National Conference in Atlantic City. Joseph has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

 

 

LORI MONTANARI GOTTSHALL

Use Cases: Good Medicine for Ailing Projects

 

Lori has 35 years experience in systems development and back office operations in the Financial Services industry.  In 1995, while at Merrill Lynch, Lori switched her focus from systems development to software process improvement when she participated in a CMM assessment.   An accomplished trainer and lecturer, Lori is now the Director of Training at SMS.  Prior to Merrill Lynch, she worked at the Bank of Montreal, Citicorp, Continental Insurance and Sears, Roebuck. She holds an MBA in Finance from Rutgers, and has also done postgraduate work at NJIT and the New York Institute for Finance.

 

 

ELLEN GEORGE

Applying Functional TSPSM to a Maintenance Project

 

Ellen has over 20 years of first hand experience in software development, software process improvement, and project management.  Currently a principal with PS&J Software Six Sigma, Ellen is active in training and consulting on the application of software process and project management.  Ellen is an SEI authorized PSPSM instructor and TSPSM launch coach. She holds an MS in Computer Science & a Masters in Technology Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

 

BARBARA BEECH

Structuring and Negotiating IT Service Levels With Your Suppliers

 

Barbara Beech is currently a Group Manager at AT&T Labs in the Consumer CIO Vendor Management Division. Her current responsibilities include establishing service levels for new and existing outsourcing contracts. She has worked at AT&T for 20 years in the area of software development.  For the past 9 years her focus has been on process and metrics having worked to establish a balanced scorecard, helping applications achieve SEI Level 2, and supporting the definition of service levels for outsourcing initiatives.

 

 

THOMAS M. CAGLEY JR.

The CMM Flu and Prescription for It

 

Mr. Cagley is a Managing Senior Consultant for The David Consulting Group. He is an authority in guiding organizations through the process of integrating software measurement with model-based assessments to yield effective and efficient process improvement programs. Mr. Cagley is a recognized industry expert in the measurement and estimation of software projects. His areas of expertise encompass management experience in methods and metrics, quality integration, quality assurance and the application of the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model® to achieve process improvements.

 

 

RAYMOND BOEHM

CMMI-OSS Report: Amplifying the CMMI to Address the Open Source Software Phenomena

 

Raymond Boehm has over 25 years of experience in software development.  This has included analysis, design, coding and management.  He has spent the last 15 years concentrating in process improvement, software development methodologies and measurement.  He is a Quality Assurance Institute (QAI) Certified Software Quality Analyst (CQSA).  He founded and is the principal consultant at Software Composition Technologies.

 


TRACK TWO SPEAKERS

 

JIM COSTELLO

Automation - The Key to Process Institutionalization

 

Jim has over 30 years of applications development experience in the financial services industry.  He has managed applications development organizations of up to 70 with responsibility for the delivery of critical real-time functionality to the investment managers and information communications to clients and government agencies.  He has an extensive background in SQA and has established application development methodologies in three companies.  Jim has spent the last four years managing the process improvement effort of a large multi-national, financial services firm whose technology group of over 1000 developers has recently been assessed at CMM Level 3.

 

 

SANDRA J. BAPTISTE

Automation - The Key to Process Institutionalization

 

Sandra J. Baptiste is an Assistant Vice President within the process improvement group.  She has been with the firm 8 years and led the technical work group that developed and implemented an integrated software development lifecycle (Pershing Project Lifecycle - PPLC) combining product development and project management methodologies.   She developed and delivered enterprise wide Software Process Improvement, Software Project Management and Risk Management training to 150+ software development project managers. Sandra was an Assessment Team Member in the recent CMM Level 3 Assessment.

 

 

DAVID HERRON

Preparing Your Level 1 Organization to do Business with Your Level 5 Provider

 

David Herron is an acknowledged authority in the use of metrics to monitor the impact of Information Technology (IT) on the business, on the advancement of IT organizations to higher levels on the SEI Capability Maturity Model, and on the governance of outsourcing arrangements.  He assists clients in establishing software measurement, process improvement, and quality programs. Mr. Herron is a noted author and lecturer and has addressed audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe.

 

 

WILLIAM C. McKNIGHT

Sustaining the Improvement

 

Will McKnight has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering Technology, a Masters in Organizational Psychology, and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program at Capella University.  He is an Authorized Lead Appraiser for both CMM(sw) and CMMI, and a certified Project Management Professional. He has over 20 years experience in software development, the last 10 devoted to project management and process improvement.  Will was the Vice President responsible for process improvement efforts while at ADP Brokerage.

 

 

JAMES HLAVATY

Practical CMMI-Based SPI - A Success Story

 

James Hlavaty is has over 20 years of experience in IT starting with his career as a Software Acquisitions Officer for Space Division, USAF in the 1980s. In the 1990s, James became a project leader and then Software Process Improvement manager for Reuters.  Following that, James became a Quality Assurance and Customer Service Manager at a dot com start. Currently Mr. Hlavaty is an SPI Consultant and Project Manager working for Wolters-Kluwer.

 

 

GENE MILUK
SCAMPI B and SCAMPI C Update

Gene Miluk is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the SEI.  Gene is the project lead for development of SCAMPI B&C appraisals. For the past 12 years Gene had been working with client organizations undertaking Software Process Improvement, Software Acquisition Improvement and Technology Transition. He is an SEI authorized CBA-IPI and SCAMPI lead assessor as well as a CMM and CMMI instructor. Gene was part of the development team for the CMMI and a member of the AMIT team developing the SCAMPI A appraisal method. Prior to joining SEI, Gene was the founder of the Denver Metrics Group, Inc. He has been a frequent lecturer and an instructor at several universities. Gene has B.S. in Systems Engineering, an M.S. in Information Systems and is currently completing a Doctorate in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University. 

 

 

SHARON E. MILLER

A Trainer's Perspective on Implementing CMMI

Sharon Miller has over 30 years experience as a software quality consultant with extensive knowledge of software processes and metrics, including complete knowledge of the CMM for Software and the CMMI. Ms. Miller has applied these models to software process improvement activities, process analyses, process appraisals, and training. Ms. Miller is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Auditor, an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer, and an SEI CMM/CMMI trained SCE evaluator. Her professional affiliations include IEEE and ASQ.

 

 


TRACK THREE SPEAKERS

 

 

JOHN T. HARDING

Key Aspects of Level 4 and Level 5 Metrics That Need to be Understood on the Journey to Level 2 and Level 3

 

Jack is authorized to teach SEI’s CMM/CMMI and is a Lead Assessor and SCAMPI appraiser.  He provides training and consulting for software inspections, project management, and other SPI related areas. Jack was a visiting scientist at the SEI and has held various technical and managerial positions with several companies. He has worked with clients at all levels, including Levels 4 and 5. He has an MBA from Boston University and a BS from RPI.

 


RON ULRICH

Using Six Sigma Method to Minimize SCAMPI Costs

 

Ron Ulrich has been working in the computing industry for over 40 years. His experience spans both commercial and government contractor programs. He worked as a developer and manager of developers and has been involved in all life cycle tasks, from pre-sales activities through operations and maintenance. Mr. Ulrich is currently the manager of the SCAMPI appraisal program at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems where his organization has performed 31 SCAMPI Class A Appraisals. He is responsible for leading the pool of SCAMPI Lead Appraisers (15) and Appraisal Team Members, pre-appraisal preparation, and the appraisal themselves. Ron is an SEI authorized SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and has participated in 22 SCAMPI Class A Appraisals. He is also an SEI authorized trainer for the "Introduction to CMMI" class.

 

 

PHILLIP S. SPERLING

Real-World Lessons-Learned: (1) Quantifying the Process - A Level 4 Lesson; (2) Analyzing the Process - A Level 5 Lesson

 

Phillip (Phil) Sperling is the Lead Process Engineer for TELOS·OK and the SEC, FSSEC in Lawton/Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  He has been guiding the FSSEC through the various stages of CMM and CMMI-based improvement since March 1991.  Phil served as the AMC and CECOM Software Engineering Officer in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm”.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Arkansas, and Masters Degree in Business Finance from Cameron University.

 

 

LYNNE GODFREY
Transitioning from CMM to CMMI Level 2 or 3: Lessons Learned in the Trenches

 

Lynne Godfrey is a Senior Consultant with  ProcessWorks, Inc.  Ms Godfrey is authorized by SEI to participate in SCAMPI and SCE appraisals.  She has 20 years of experience in process improvement, project management, and software quality assurance with a number of commercial and non-profit companies, and government agencies.  Most recently she has specialized in providing guidance to organizations seeking CMM and CMMI compliant processes and performing gap analyses to identify and prioritize process improvement opportunities. 

ROBINSINE SARLI

The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Transition to CMMI

 

Robinsine Sarli, has been in the IT field for over 24 years, with the last 6 years primarily managing SPI activities within Mellon Financial Corporation.  In her role as Process Manager at Mellon, she oversees a regional SEPG group that handles all process development, maintenance and rollout activities throughout the NY/NJ region.  Ms. Sarli is a member of the Project Management Institute and has received her PMP certification. She is an SEI Authorized Lead Assessor and SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and has performed many CMM Level 2 and 3 assessments.

 

 

BARBARA E. DREON

Thriving in a Diverse Environment by Thoughtful Application of Organization Innovation and Deployment and Technology Change Management

 

Ms. Dreon is the Technology Change Management Lead for a business unit in Northrop Grumman Information Technology.  She has over 10 years of experience in process improvement and works for a company that has achieved and maintained CMMI and CMM Level 5.  She has an Operations Research M.S. and is an SEI authorized Software Capability Evaluation Lead.  She enjoys helping projects and groups apply process discipline to suit their goals and environment.