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Watts Humprhey

Fellow & Research Scientist

The Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


Scaling Up the Process

Watts S. Humphrey founded the Software Process Program of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University .  He is a Fellow of the Institute and is a research scientist on its staff.  From 1959 to 1986, he was associated with IBM Corporation, where he was director of programming and VP of Technical Development. His publications include many technical papers and eleven books.  Some of his recent books are), Managing Technical People (1996), Winning With Software:  An Executive Strategy (2001), PSP: A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers (2005), TSP: Leading a Development Team (2006), and TSP, Coaching Development Teams (2006).  He holds five US Patents. In 1991 he served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.  

Mr. Humphrey holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago , a master's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago .  He was also awarded an honorary Ph.D. degree in software engineering by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998.  In 2000, the Watts Humphrey Software Quality Institute in Chennai , India was named in his honor and the Boeing Corporation presented him with an award for innovation and leadership in software process improvement.  In 2005, at the White House, the President of the United States awarded Mr. Humphrey the National Medal of Technology.


Suresh Kumar

Managing Director and Chief Information Officer

Pershing LLC, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Company, Inc.



A CIO's Journey to CMM Level 5 and Beyond

Suresh Kumar is a Managing Director, Chief Information Officer, and a member of the Executive Committee of Pershing LLC where he is responsible for application development, program management, quality assurance and process assurance.  

Mr. Kumar is also the Chief Executive Officer of iNautix Technologies India Private Limited, a technology affiliate of Pershing that provides offshore development services. Before joining Pershing, Mr. Kumar was the Chief Information Officer of CSFBdirect (now Harrisdirect).  

Mr. Kumar is a member of the Technology Advisory Committee of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, co-chair of the NASD® Technology Advisory Committee and a member of SIA Technology Management Committee. 

Mr. Kumar received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras , a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology.

Mary Beth Chrissis

Co-Author, The CMMI®

The Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


Upgrading to CMMI® Version 1.2


Mary Beth Chrissis is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI. Since 1988, Chrissis has been involved in the development of all releases of the Capability Maturity Model for Software and the CMMI(r) models. She is an author of CMMI Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement and is also a principal contributor to The Capability Maturity Model: Guidelines for Improving the Software Process. Chrissis is a member of the CMMI(r) Configuration Control Board and Architecture teams and manages the SEI’s CMMI Training team. Prior to joining the SEI, Chrissis worked at GTE Government Systems in Rockville, MD.





Doug Smith

Senior System Architect

Northrop Grumman Information Technology


CMMI vs. Lean Six Sigma – What’s it all about?


Doug Smith is a Northrop Grumman Information Technology Technical Fellow and the Program Manager of the Northrop Grumman IT Defense Group Lean Six Sigma Program. Currently working on his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he has been involved in process improvement since 1987, applying Quality Improvement, Lean Six Sigma and the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Models (SW-CMM and CMMI) as a practitioner, assessor, team leader, and manager. Doug is a member of the IEEE.



Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner

Process and QA consultant

Northrop Grumman Information Technology


CMMI vs. Lean Six Sigma – What’s it all about?


Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner has worked in the telecommunications & defense industries, performing, managing, & consulting on process improvement, SQA, and other topics. She has completed 6ó Black belt training and served on 6ó teams. Marilyn is currently with Northrop Grumman IT, as a process consultant for US Army C-E LCMC SEC. She previously worked for Motorola, Telos, and AT&T. She is a CSQE, Senior member ASQ, member NJ SPIN, IEEE-CS, and past Program Chair Jersey SIGAda, member IEEE Software Engineering Standards Executive Committee, and ISO USTAG.



Robert Fantina

Corporate Process Analyst

NorthwesTel, Inc

A Practical Approach to Process Improvement


Mr. Robert Fantina has been involved in process improvement since 1996, implementing CMM and CMMI- compliant processes at Lucent Technologies, Merrill Lynch and Charles Jones, LLC in New Jersey, and Motorola in Florida. He is now the subject matter expert on the SEPG at NorthwesTel Inc. in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Mr. Fantina is the author of Practical Software Process Improvement. The book is replete with examples from his wide experience in process improvement.



Robert Eagan


CTG Inc.

Guide to Asking the Right Questions at the Senior Management Project Review Sessions 


Robert Eagan is a senior consultant with 20+ years experience in software development, project management, CMM/CMMi implementations. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and prior Lead Assessor for the Capability Maturity Model (CMM). Member of a volunteer team that authored draft version of the CMMi. Robert has taught introductory and strategic Project Management to graduate level students at Stevens Institute of Technology. Rober has also presented at the annual Software Engineering Institute SEPG conference and other SEI and PMI conferences.


Nathan Petschenik

Chief Operating Officer

Software Testing Services, Inc.

“Wag the Dog: Driving SPI Through System Testing”


Nathan Petschenik's career includes consulting in industries such as telecommunications, life sciences, financial services, and government. In addition to System Testing leadership, he has significant experience as a software developer, software development manager, systems engineering director, product manager, and project manager. His book “System Testing with an Attitude” was published by Dorset House in 2005. Nathan holds a Master of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology and has been certified as a Function Point Specialist. 



Robert M. Chapman


Integrated Software Metrics, Inc. 


The Value of Managing the Review Process


Mr. Robert M. Chapman has eighteen years experience in software development including nine on development teams and nine on IV&V and IV&V research teams. He is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Metrics Data Program. Now beginning its fifth year of operation, MDP collects software project artifacts; generates metrics on those projects; and makes the data available to the software community. As part of the MDP effort, his team was tasked to automate and collect metrics on the review process for NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and for elements of Goddard Space Flight Center. His company, Integrated Software Metrics, Inc., commercialized the resulting tool, InSpec.





Thomas M. Cagley Jr.

President (TMConsulting Services) and Senior Managing Consultant (DCG)

TMConsulting Services and David Consulting Group

Traceability: A Radical Approach Based on User Involvement


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. 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 Integration® to achieve process improvements.



James R. Bindas 


BAE Systems

Transforming a Burdensome Software Quality Assurance Audit to Value-Added Process and Product Quality Assurance (PPQA) Evaluation  


Jim R. Bindas is presently a PPQA Lead with BAE Systems. He holds a MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, a BS in Graphics Communications from California University of PA, and received a Certificate in CMMI from the SEI in 2005. In addition to BAE Systems, Jim worked 14 years for Intel Corporation in PM, Software Process Improvement, and Software Test and 5 years with GE/RCA Solid State in their Quality Assurance area.



Maureen Foster

Process Engineer

L3 Communications ILEX Systems, Defense Systems Services Division

Catch 22: Lessons Learned from a SCAMPI B Organizational Unit Coordinator 


Maureen Foster’s 25 year career in information technology includes software engineering, training development, and process engineering in commercial and DoD settings. As a process engineer, she has prepared for and participated in self–assessments and appraisals. Ms. Foster combines CMMI-based process improvement knowledge with Six Sigma Green Belt training. She is currently providing process improvement support in the PMO of Distributed Common Ground Systems – Army at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. 



Eugene Levin

Software Quality Manager

Citigroup, Corporate and Investment Bank Technology

Balancing Agility and Discipline: SQA perspective on becoming Agile in a regulated environment


Eugene Levin, MS, is a Software Quality Manager at Global Fixed Income Technology department of Citigroup's Corporate and Investment Bank. Eugene has over 12 years of experience in software development, project management, process improvement and software quality. Prior to Citigroup, Eugene worked on projects for New York Stock Exchange, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, American Express and AT&T. Eugene's interests include agile methodologies, organizational change, team dynamics, metrics, peer reviews, design patterns, estimation methods, time management, and negotiation. Eugene has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Master of Science in Information Systems both from New York University.



Sharon Miller

L3 Communications ILEX Systems

Web-based Collaboration Environments: A Best Practice for Process Improvement


Sharon Miller has over 30 years experience as a software process engineer, leading numerous internal software process assessments and ISO 9000 audits while with AT&T Bell Laboratories. In her current capacity with L-3 Communications, ILEX Defense Systems Services Division, she leads internal process assessments and participates as a lead process engineer on the ILEX Engineering Process Group, developing internal processes and managing their web-based engineering process. 

Ms. Miller supports Fort Monmouth’s Project Manager, Aerial Common Sensors Office as co-lead of their Process Enhancement Group, developing acquisition support processes and developing and maintaining their web-based collaborative environment. Ms. Miller is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer and a Certified Quality Auditor.





Bruce Rogora


Pershing LLC

Building and Using a Successful Measurement Program: A CMM Level 5 Organization Perspective


Bruce Rogora has 25+ years experience as an information technology professional, with the last 14 years being involved with software metrics, function point analysis and software process improvement. He has worked in the telecommunication and financial industries. He currently works at Pershing, a subsidiary of the Bank of New York, where he manages the company’s measurements group. He is an IFPUG Certified Function Point Specialist and a member of the IFPUG Board of Directors.


Gregory Allen


Pershing LLC

Building and Using a Successful Measurement Program: A CMM Level 5 Organization Perspective


Gregory Allen has over 20 years of experience in software maintenance and development. He has been involved in Software Process Improvement and CMM since 1997 primarily as a metrics SME. He currently works with Bruce at Pershing. Greg has previously worked for a software services company working for clients in several industries including manufacturing, transportation, distribution, telecommunications and financial. He is an IFPUG Certified Function Point Specialist.



John (Jack) T. Harding

Software Technology Transition (STT)

Making Sure Your Metrics Program is Providing Business Value

Jack is one of the founding partners of Software Technology Transition. STT provides both training and implementation for the SEI's CMM and CMMI, the SEI's SCAMPI methods, software inspections, software project management, and other Software Process Improvement related areas. Jack was a visiting scientist at the SEI, has held various technical and managerial positions in software development with several companies, and has worked with clients at all levels, including 4 and 5.

Lori Montanari Gottshall

Director of Training

Software Management Solutions, Inc.

Exploring Use Case Points Estimation

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


Arlene Minkiewicz 

Chief Scientist

PRICE Systems, LLC.

The Real Cost of Developing COTS Software

Arlene Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist for PRICE Systems, L.L.C. In this role, she leads the effort to provide Cost Research in support of PRICE’s entire suite of cost estimating products, including the PRICE Hardware and Software Models and the TruePlanning Suite of Products. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Minkiewicz functioned as the Director of Product Development, responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the PRICE products. During her 19 years with PRICE she has become a subject matter expert in the area of software cost estimating and software measurement and has developed a software cost estimating model based on an object-oriented software measurement system she invented. Ms. Minkiewicz has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Computer Science from Drexel University.


Linda Laird

Adjunct Professor

Stevens Institute of Technology

The Limitations of Estimation

Linda M. Laird teaches Software Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. She previously built software and managed software development projects at Lucent Technologies. She is the author of the recently published Software Measurement and Estimation: A Practical Approach.



Charles B. Rosen, PMP

Practice Director

PMOLink, Inc.

Executive roles in successful change: Practical implementation in a dynamic IT delivery organization 

Charles B. Rosen has over 28 years of experience delivering technology-enabled business solutions that address strategic and operational issues facing Global organizations. Charles specializes in assisting Clients mine the value of their infrastructure and develop plans that leverage their culture, execution ability and in-place or planned, technology driven projects. He can keep a focus on IT infrastructure and application of program management practice, emphasizing leadership by example.

As a volunteer at the Somerset County Park Commissions Lord Stirling Stable for more than 25 years, Charles has also had the chance to hone program management skills in a “hit the ground running” fashion. His current horse, Espionage, has taught project management for 6 years. 


Paul D. Storfer

Director, Talent Advantage

Personnel Decisions International

Extending The People CMM To Create Effective Talent Management Applications

Paul Storfer, Director of PDI’s Talent Advantage program, was the founder and former President/CEO of HR Technologies and InScope Corporation, where he facilitated the building of competency-based performance improvement systems with senior executives from Brown Brothers Harriman, Citizens Bank, Columbia House, CNA, DuPont Dow Elastomers, Siemens, and other Fortune 500 corporations. Mr. Storfer is renowned for his ground-breaking technology that enables real time management and tracking of people performance against business results, which followed his efforts leading the early development for the service known as Prodigy®. 


Don O’Neill


Center for National Software Studies

Team Innovation Management

Don O’Neill is a seasoned software engineering manager and technologist currently serving as an independent consultant conducting defined programs for managing strategic software improvement. Following his twenty-seven year career with IBM’s Federal Systems Division, Mr. O’Neill completed a three-year residency at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) under IBM’s Technical Academic Career Program. He serves as the President of the Center for National Software Studies (CNSS). BS Mathematics, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


L.D. Robinson

Process Improvement Specialist

Software Management Solutions, Inc.


“Converting the Unbelievers: Managing Process Hard Cases”

L.D. Robinson has worked process improvement initiatives at Lockheed Martin, Ford Motor Company, Prudential, and other companies. Currently, she is working on an initiative at KPMG. Her interest in process began before she truly understood what process was (she used to put up instructions in the bathroom for her younger siblings). L.D. seeks to bridge the gap between “the process people” and everyone else by keeping client personnel energized about improving the way they work.


Palma Buttles-Valdez

Member of the Technical Staff

The Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Is There a Workforce Crisis on the Horizon? 

Palma Buttles-Valdez is a member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute and serves on the People CMM team. Palma holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an SEI-authorized Instructor for the Introduction to People CMM and Intermediate Concepts of the People CMM courses and a candidate SEI-authorized SCAMPI Lead Appraiser. Her research interests include the various aspects of organizational cultures.


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