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2008 Speakers


Ed Yourdon



The Impact of Web 2.0 on The Software Development Community

Ed Yourdon is a software consultant in his own firm, NODRUOY Inc., as well as co-founder and Senior Consultant of a software research/analysis firm known as the Cutter Consortium. He has worked in the software field for approximately forty years, and has published 27 computer-related books and over 550 technical articles. Yourdon has programmed, designed, and tested numerous software applications and programmer-productivity products; has managed numerous projects as a first-level project leader and also as a senior IT executive; and has reviewed numerous software development projects for clients during his consulting career.

Linda Northrop

Director, Product Line Systems Program, Software Engineering Institute


The Role of Software Architecture in System Development and Evolution

Linda Northrop has more than 35 years of experience in software development as a practitioner, researcher, manager, consultant, and educator. She currently is director of the Product Line Systems Program at the SEI where she leads the work in software architecture, software product lines, and predictable software construction. Under her leadership, the SEI has developed software architecture and product line methods that are used worldwide, a series of five highly acclaimed books, and software architecture and software product line curricula. She recently led a year long study including leaders in the software community to define technical and social challenges to the creation of ultra-large-scale systems that will evolve in the next generation. The group published the study report, Ultra-Large-Scale Systems: The Software Challenge of the Future (ISBN 0-9786956-0-7). 

Before joining the SEI, she was associated with both the United States Air Force Academy and the State University of New York as professor of computer science, and with both Eastman Kodak and IBM as a software engineer. As a private consultant, Linda also worked for an assortment of companies covering a wide range of software systems. She is a recipient of the Carnegie Science Award of Excellence for Information Technology, the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award. 

Linda is a frequently invited speaker and has given keynotes most recently at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ISCE), the Object-Oriented Programming, Languages, Systems, and Applications Conference (OOPSLA), the International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE), the Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEET), the Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWC), the Aspect-Oriented System Development Conference (AOSD), the Brazilian Software Engineering Conference, and the Intuit Conference. She is coauthor of Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns. 

She chaired both the first and second international Software Product Line Conferences (SPLC1 and SPLC2). She is a past chair of the OOPSLA Steering Committee, was OOPSLA 2001 Conference Chair, and from 1993-2000 was a Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) commissioner. She is currently a member of the AOSD Steering Committee, the Editorial Board of Journal of Aspect-Oriented Software Development, the Advisory Board for the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (Lero), the Clemson University Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board, the ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Adam Kolawa

Co-founder and CEO



Putting the Engineering in Software Engineering: Technology Infrastructure in Process Improvement

Dr. Adam Kolawa is the co-founder and CEO of Parasoft, a leading provider of Automated Error Prevention (AEP) software solutions. Kolawa's years of experience with various software development processes has resulted in his unique insight into the high-tech industry and the uncanny ability to successfully identify technology trends. As a result, he has orchestrated the development of several successful commercial software products to meet growing industry needs to improve software quality - often before the trends have been widely accepted. Kolawa, co-author of Bulletproofing Web Applications (Hungry Minds 2001), has contributed to and written over 100 commentary pieces and technical articles for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Computerworld, Dr. Dobb's Journal, and IEEE Computer; he has also authored numerous scientific papers on physics and parallel processing. His recent media engagements include CNN, CNBC, BBC, and NPR. Kolawa holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology, and has been granted ten patents for his recent inventions. In 2001, Kolawa was awarded the Los Angeles Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the software category.

Dr. Kolawa is a co-author of "Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management", John Wiley & Sons/IEEE Computer Society Press, September 2007.


John L Voss

Senior Manager


EXECUTION - the key to success! The Top 10 Steps for Achieving Successful Institutionalization of Processes and Tools

Technology and Business Leader with a strong focus on systems/software process improvements within high technology, commercial and defense avionics businesses. Possess a successful record of leading and program managing enterprise-wide software process consulting, CMMI based appraisals, process and tools development and deployment, quantitative measurement, and in improving organizational effectiveness. Recognized as an effective communicator, trainer, and consultant to business leadership and engineering teams. Demonstrated strong quality process knowledge including ISO, AS-9100 and Six Sigma methodologies.

Sharon E. Miller

Process Engineer

L3 Communications Command & Control Systems and Software/ILEX Sector

Team for Success: Process Engineering and Quality Assurance

Sharon Miller has over 40 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 Command & Control Systems and Software/ILEX Sector, she leads internal process appraisals and participates as a lead process engineer on the ILEX Engineering Process Group, developing internal processes, managing their web-based engineering processes, and maintaining their web-based collaborative environment. Ms. Miller also supports the ILEX process training program as a course developer and instructor for a number of in-house courses. Ms. Miller is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer and a Certified Quality Auditor.



Reinier Olivier

PPQA Manager
Nedbank Ltd

Extreme Auditing: Application of extreme programming in Auditing. A breakthrough in process experimentation in Nedbank

Reinier is currently the manager of the PPQA function in Nedbank. He is a qualified CMMI instructor of the official CMMI Introduction course and performs SCAMPI assessments. He has played a key role in the implementation of CMMI at maturity level 4 in the organisation. He has also worked as Change Manager on a international assignment where he implemented ITIL based Change Management and Release Management processes and assisted with the implementation of Configuration Management.



Amol Tope
Lead Consultant

Extreme Auditing: Application of extreme programming in Auditing. A breakthrough in process experimentation in Nedbank

Amol is a consultant from a CMMI level 5 Indian IT company and working with Nedbank since 2002. He holds South Africa top ranking in certified information system auditor (CISA) for the year 2005. He is also certified ITIL Mangers, PMP and holds Six Sigma Black belt from Motorola University. Amol has undertaken various improvement assignments in IT service as well as business area; blending the Six Sigma methodology with other best practice frameworks to achieve the breakthrough improvements.


Rolf Reitzig

President and Principal Consultant

cognence, inc.


Work On Your Engineering Business, Not In It.

Rolf W. Reitzig is the president and founder of cognence, inc. cognence integrates best practices, automation tools, and training to create a repeatable and scalable engineering system that increases productivity by 50% or more. The firm’s methodology employs proven transformation techniques, creating the organizational buy-in essential for lasting change.

Mr. Reitzig has 20 years practical experience in software engineering and has helped dozens of Fortune 500 companies improve quality, productivity and project results. cognence is a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) CMMI partner and Mr. Reitzig is a Resident Affiliate assisting the SEI in communicating the return on investment of CMMI efforts to the software development community. Mr. Reitzig speaks regularly at international conferences, seminars and user groups sponsored by the SEI as well as software engineering automation tool providers like IBM Rational and Serena. He also advises senior managers, helping them understand the economics of process improvement and its implications on organizational change. Mr. Reitzig holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado.

Barbara A. Tyson

Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Software Engineering Group

The Last Phase in Process Change - Deployment

Dr. Tyson is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). She is experienced in developing and promulgating software engineering processes and has expertise in organizational change initiatives. At the SEI she is the course owner for the Introduction to CMMI, v1.2 course and teaches the SEI Mastering Process Improvement course. She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and a M.S. degree in Computer Science.



Shane McGraw

SPIN Coordinator

Software Engineering Institute

CMMI on the Web v1.2

Shane McGraw is the SPIN Coordinator at the SEI. He facilitates communications among SPIN leaders and assists in the start-up of the SPINs around the world. He also analyzes data collected, builds customer profiles, and disseminates information to teams within the SEI for technical interchange.


Deen Blash

SEI Membership Coordinator

Software Engineering Institute

CMMI on the Web v1.2

Deen Blash is the Membership Coordinator at the SEI. He has worked at the SEI for more than two years providing value added development and support of customer relationships and technology transition to the software community through the SEI’s e-mail response teams.

Ken Dymond

Senior Consultant

Process Transition International, Inc

CMMI® Maturity Levels, Not Acting Your Age and Erosion of Continuity - Causes and Cures

Ken Dymond worked with Watts Humphrey (author of Managing the Software Process) and other members of the Software Engineering Institute’s Process Program developing the SEI’s appraisal method now in use worldwide. He also led SEI’s Industry Risk Management project and brought the collaborative features of process assessment to systematic risk identification. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in computer science from George Washington University, and is the author of the 1995 A Guide to the CMM®, translated into 4 languages, the 2004 A Guide to the CMMI®, the Assessment Coordinator’s Handbook, and of the 2007 A Guide to the CMMI® 2nd Edition.

With over 30 years in software engineering, process improvement, risk assessment, training and action planning, he has provided process assessment and improvement support for government agencies and major companies in North America, Europe and Asia. He has given talks and public tutorials on maturity models, process improvement, and technology transfer on four continents. His professional life is focused on helping companies reduce rework and streamline production with model-based improvement.

Vic Nanda

Quality Manager


Using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to Assess Risks to the Global Enterprise due to Process/Application Changes

Vic is a Quality Manager at Motorola with over 12 years experience in software quality assurance. He is the author of the books - Quality Management System Handbook for Product Development Companies, and ISO 9001 - Achieving Compliance and Continuous Improvement in Software Development Companies. He is a member of the Editorial Board of various quality publications. He holds 6 professional quality certifications. Vic is a Senior Member of ASQ and a Steering Committee member of the Philadelphia SPIN. He was awarded ASQ’s Feigenbaum Medal for the year 2006.


Neil Potter


The Process Group

Documentation Diet

Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a software process improvement consultancy. He has 22 years experience in software and process engineering. Neil is an SEI authorized lead appraiser for SCAMPI appraisals, certified high-maturity appraiser, Intro to CMMI instructor and Six Sigma Greenbelt. He has a B.Sc. Computer Science from the University of Essex (UK) and is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work - A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, Addison-Wesley.


Craig Hollenbach

Senior System Engineer

Northrop Grumman

CMMI-SVC : Get Ready... Here it Comes

Craig R. Hollenbach is a Technical Fellow with Northrop Grumman in McLean, VA. Hollenbach is the Northrop Grumman IT EASI competitive excellence program manager. He currently manages the CMMI for Service development team and chairs the Northrop Grumman Information Technology sector's Continuous Improvement Group. He co-authored the CMMI, v1.0 through v1.2. Hollenbach is also an oboist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, a Young Life volunteer, and an avid but unfortunately novice rower. 


Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner

Senior System Engineer

Northrop Grumman

CMMI-SVC : Get Ready… Here it Comes

Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner has worked in the telecommunications and defense industries, performing, managing, and consulting on process improvement, SQA, and other topics. She served on 6ó teams and led and contributed to successful CMMI appraisals. Marilyn is currently with Northrop Grumman, as a process consultant for US Army CECOM LCMC SEC. 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. 


Eileen Forrester

Senior System Engineer

Software Engineering Institute


CMMI-SVC : Get Ready… Here it Comes

Eileen Forrester is a senior member of the technical staff in the Software Engineering Process Management program at the SEI. She is the co-chair of the International Process Research Consortium and the SEI lead for the CMMI for Services. Forrester is the developer of TransPlant, a transition-planning process, and the editor of the IPRC Process Research Framework. Her current research area is in process-oriented approaches to service delivery, technology change, risk management, and emergent system types. These approaches include GAIT, the CMMI for Services, OCTAVE, MDA, and multi-model improvement approaches such as Prime. She has 30 years of experience in technology transition, strategic planning, process improvement, communication planning, and managing product and non-profit organizations.



Chris Sims


Technical Management Institute

Agile 101: An Introduction and Overview

Chris Sims is a trainer, coach, facilitator, consultant, coder, agile evangelist, and all-around geek. He is the founder of the Technical Management Institute, facilitator of the Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group, chair of the IEEE Technical Management Council of Silicon Valley, and is on the board of BayAPLN, the Bay Area chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network. In the past, Chris has made a living in roles such as: Engineering Manager, Project Manager, C++ Developer, Band Leader, Bass Player, and Auto Mechanic. Now, he enjoys teaching engineers how to lead people, projects, and teams.

Jeff Dalton


Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Agile CMMI: Supercharging process performance Using agile Methods

A CMMI Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, and Agile advocate, Jeff Dalton is a business owner, author, and consultant with over twenty-five years of technology and software process improvement experience working in agile, iterative and rapid development environments. His software engineering and process improvement career spans over two decades with several companies including Hewlett-Packard, Ernst & Young, and RL Polk where he served as Director of IT Re-Engineering & Quality. His experience includes the extensive use of the CMMI, Six Sigma, and ISO9001 as frameworks for software process improvement. The roles led to the CMMI authorizations he holds today and the launching of a Process Innovation consulting firm, Broadsword, in late 2004. Broadsword is a global company whose clients include NASA, the Department of Defense, Chrysler, Ford, Fuji Film, SAIC, Johnson Controls, and a large number of DOD Aerospace contract firms. His upcoming book, “Agile CMMI” will be released on Auerbach Publications later this year. Jeff lives in Michigan with his family, is an instrument-rated pilot and experimental airplane builder, and is active on several boards including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Great Lakes SPIN, and the Detroit chapter of SIM (Society of Information Management).

Stephen Gristock
V.P. Retail Technology
JPMorganChase / Independent Consultant

Mixing Oil With Water (CMMI meets eXtreme Programming)

Gristock is an authorized SCAMPI Lead Appraiser (having led in excess of 80 CMM/CMMI assessments), Introduction To CMMI Trainer and PMI PMP. He also serves as a member on both the SEI's CMMI Change Control Board and the PMI's OPM3 Development Team. He has led several successful CMM/CMMI based corporate initiatives and has provided process improvement consulting services in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently managing a major process improvement initiative at JPMorganChase.

Steve Orlich

QA Manager

Minitab Inc.

Using Automated Frameworks to Facilitate Early and Frequent Testing

Steve is currently a QA Manager at Minitab, Inc. with 9 years of experience in software testing. His past experiences include participating in the design and testing of new statistical features and leading software testing teams. Currently, he is focused on facilitating the development and improvement of software testing methods, processes, and procedures. He received his BS in Psychology, a BS in Statistics, and a MA in Statistics from Penn State University.


Denise Chester

Senior QA Software Engineer

Minitab Inc.

Using Automated Frameworks to Facilitate Early and Frequent Testing

Denise is a software engineer with 17 years experience developing software for the defense and commercial software industries. Her past experiences include development of 3D graphics and modeling software, simulation tools and user interface applications. Currently Denise is a Senior QA Software Engineer at Minitab, Inc. developing test automation frameworks and tools.


Richard Horwitz




An introduction to ITIL V3 and its impact on software processes

Richard Horwitz is a Manager within BearingPoint's Infrastructure Solutions practice. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT field, the last several of which have been focused on IT Governance, IT Strategy and Process Improvement. Richard has extensive Services Management experience and holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology.



Diane Mizukami-Williams

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Systems/Software Engineering Process Group

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Analyzing Defects Can Tell a LOT About a Company

Diane worked for Northrop Grumman for 30 years. For the past 9 years she was responsible for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems policies, standard processes, tailoring, training, templates, and other process-related assets. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, which is an organization of 19,000 employees, completed over 100 CMMI Level 3 SCAMPI A appraisals and over 30 CMMI Level 5 SCAMPI A appraisals. Diane is also a CMMI assessor, ISO-9001/AS9100 lead assessor, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Six Sigma Green Belt instructor..

Michael Harris


David Consulting Group

How can we measure the value of IT?

Michael Harris has over 25 years of varied management experience in the IT field including periods in R&D, development, production, business and academia. Before becoming President of the David Consulting Group in 2006, Mr. Harris was a key technology executive at Fidelity Information Services, Sanchez Computer Associates and MasterCard International. He is a co-author of “The Business Value of IT” (Auerbach, 2008) with David Herron and Stasia Iwanicki.



Arlene F. Minkiewicz

Chief Scientist


The Evolution of Software Size : A Search for Value

Ms. Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist at PRICE Systems LLC. In this role she leads the Cost Research activity for the entire suite of cost estimating products that PRICE provides.

Ms. Minkiewicz has over 23 years of experience with PRICE building cost models. Her recent accomplishments include the development of new cost estimating models for Information Technology projects. She has published many articles on software measurement and estimation. She frequently presents her research at industry forums.

Kenneth R. van Wyk

President and Principal Consultant

KRvW Associates, LLC

Secure SDLCs Compared

Kenneth R. van Wyk is an internationally recognized information security expert and author of the O’Reilly and Associates books, Incident Response and Secure Coding. In addition to providing consulting and training services through his company, KRvW Associates, LLC, he currently holds numerous positions: Founder and moderator of the “Secure Coding” mailing list, Member of the Board of Directors and Steering Committee for non-profit organization, FIRST.org, Inc, monthly columnist for on-line security portal, eSecurityPlanet, and a Visiting Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. 

Ken has 20+ years experience as an IT Security practitioner in the academic, military, and commercial sectors. He has held senior and executive technologist positions at Tekmark, Para-Protect, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), in addition to the U.S. Department of Defense and Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh Universities. Ken also served a two-year elected position as a member of the Steering Committee, and a one-year elected position as the Chairman of the Steering Committee, for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) organization. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, Ken was one of the founders of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT®). He holds an engineering degree from Lehigh University and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, and has presented tutorials and technical sessions CSI, ISF, USENIX, FIRST, AusCERT, and others. Ken is also a CERT® Certified Computer Security Incident Handler.


Neeraj Katare


Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Design of IT Release Management Process using Blended DMAIC & DFSS Methodology

A business process & IT process transformation consultant and a Senior Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). With more than 14 years of experience with Lean Six Sigma deployments in various industry verticals and ITIL implementation for IT division for various fortune 500 MNC organizations in USA. 

Dr.Prasad Chitimalla

Associate Consultant

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Design of IT Release Management Process using Blended DMAIC & DFSS Methodology

Dr. Prasad Chitimalla, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Tata Consultancy Services with 15+ years of total experience in Research, Process Improvements and Organizational Transformations. During 10+ years in TCS he has Lead and executed assignments in the realm of Application Development, Maintenance, Testing and Release Management and has driven a number of Quality Initiatives in and outside of TCS. He has to his credit certifications like CSQA, ASQ BB, ITIL Foundation and PMP and trained on CMMI Introduction v1.2.



William C McKnight

Managing Director

Next Level Consultants LLC

Organizational Change Management (OCM) the missing PA (Process Area)

Will McKnight has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering Technology, a Masters in Psychology, and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Organizational Psychology at Capella University. He is an authorized CMMI Lead Appraiser, an Introduction to CMMI Instructor, as well as certified Project Management Professional.

Will has over 25 years experience in software development, the last 15 devoted to project management and process improvement. Will was the Vice President responsible for process improvement efforts at ADP Brokerage and is currently the founder and Managing Director of Next Level Consultants.

Rob Donnellan

Managing Consultant

Q/P Management Group

From Grass Roots to Executive Enthusiasm - The Inside Job of Selling CMMI

Rob Donnellan, a senior-level management consultant with Q/P Management Group, has over 28 years of IT experience. He tackles challenges such as the CMMI, measurement, IT Governance, IT Portfolio Management, IT diagnostics, and outsourcing. Rob received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has presented to numerous groups including APQC, PMI, SPIN, SIM, IQPC, IFPUG, the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, and the Australian Computer Society.

John H. Maher, Jr.
President, Chief Implementation Architect
Organization & Process Improvement, Inc.

Improvement in Four Dimensions


John Maher was a thought leader throughout the ten years he served at the SEI. He started the SEI’s consulting practice in organizational change, authored the Managing Technological Change, Consulting Skills, and Team Training courses, and helped develop the IDEAL model. He specializes in results-based implementation in organizations. As well as holding SCAMPI and Intro. to CMMI authorizations, John served last year as the inaugural Chair of the SEI Partner Network Advisory Board.


Joseph N Frisina

Manager, Advanced Technology
BAE Systems

Test Driven Architecture

Joseph N Frisina is the Manager of Advanced Software Technology in BAE SYSTEMS Network Systems. He is responsible for developing the software on Advanced Communication Systems. He was the software architect for the LINK-16 (JTIDS/MIDS), and the AN/ASN-128B Doppler Navigation Software. Recently, Joe was a co-developer of BAE Systems ASCEND methodology, which is a tailored agile software development method with elements of eXtreme Programming (XP), Design Patterns, and Open Source based extensible developer’s toolsets.


Alice C Brown

Senior Software Quality Engineer

Haemonetics, Inc.

Importance of Traceability to Design for White Box Testing

Alice Brown is a Senior Software Quality Engineer with 42 years of software engineering and SPI leadership work. She is a CDP and has a Master’s Degree in Math and graduate work in computer science. She has created requirements and design for military, business and medical device companies, developing systems for NASA, NSA and the DoD, as well as for banks and hospitals..