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Dr. Karl E. Wiegers


Dr. Karl E. Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact, a software process consulting and education company in Portland, Oregon. His interests include requirements engineering, peer reviews, software process improvement, and software project management.  Karl is the author of the newly published Software Requirements, 3rd Edition (co-authored with Joy Beatty), and the books More About Software Requirements, Practical Project Initiation, Peer Reviews in Software and Creating a Software Engineering Culture, which won a Productivity Award from Software Development magazine. If you are interested in Karl's many online training courses, current offerings include Exploring User Requirements with Use CasesIn Search of Excellent RequirementsProject Management Best PracticesSoftware Inspections and Peer Reviews, Software Requirements: An Executive Overview, and Writing High-Quality Requirements. Click here to read an Interview with Dr. Karl E. Wiegers.

Dr. Karl E. Wiegers

Dr. Robert Charette


Over his nearly 40 year career, Dr. Robert Charette has been an active practitioner across the full spectrum of risk management: strategic, operational and financial. Bob, considered by his peers as the grandfather of IT systems risk management, has been involved in the assessments of risk on everything from small business IT systems to multi-billion dollar defense and telecom projects to serving on a National Research Council NASA shuttle post-Challenger investigation. A self-described “risk ecologist,” Bob is interested in the intersections of business, political, technological and societal risks. He is the internationally acknowledged pioneer in IT risk entrepreneurship and originator of the lean development of software systems. After a stint in the military and later in Federal government and industry in the U.S. and abroad, Bob started and continues to run two enterprise risk management consulting companies. Bob is a Fellow and the Director of the Cutter Consortium’s Enterprise Risk Management and Governance practice; is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society; and, is an IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core Award recipient for his contributions to the computing field. Bob also was the primary author for the U.K. original management of risk standards, as well as the chairperson for the IEEE and ISO software and systems engineering risk management standards. Bob is also an award winning contributing editor to IEEE Spectrum magazine and the editor of its popular Risk Factor blog. He has also written scores of articles on the management of business and technical risk, and is the author of several classic books on the subject.Click here to read an Interview with Dr. Robert Charette.

Dr. Robert Charette

Paul Strassmann


Paul Strassmann is president of The Information Economics Press, Senior Advisor to the Science Applications International Corporation, and Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences, George Mason School of Information Technology and Engineering.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Board of Directors of Meta Software corporation. After serving as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Strassmann was appointed in 1990 to a newly created position of Director of Defense Information.  In 1993, he received the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Department's highest civilian recognition. In 1997, he was named as one of the twelve most influential Chief Information Officers of the last decade by the CIO magazine.  In 2002, he was recalled to government service as the Acting Chief Information Officer of the National Aerospace and Space Administration, with responsibility and accountability for the computing and telecommunication information infrastructure. In 2003, he retired from government service after receiving the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for improving  IT architecture, security, and services. Since his retirement, Mr. Strassmann has worked as an author, lecturer, and consultant for firms such as AT&T, Citicorp, Digital Equipment, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, ING, SAIC, Shell Oil, Sun Microsystems, and Texas Instruments. He has written over 250 articles on information management and information worker productivity.  His globally syndicated monthly columns about IT investments have appeared in Computerworld magazine since 1994.  His six books include Information Payoff-The Transformation of Work in the Electronic AgeThe Business Value of Computers, and The Politics of Information Management. His 1997 book, The Squandered Computer, offers specific recommendations on how to obtain better value from investments in information technologies and was Amazon.com's #1 best selling book on information management in 1998.  Mr. Strassmann's latest book is Information Productivity - Assessing the Information Management Costs of U.S. Industrial Corporations. Click here to read an Interview with Paul Strassmann.

Paul Strassmann

Dr. Larry Dribin


Dr. Larry Dribin is a performance improvement consultant who heads up the Pearl Street Group, Inc., (PSG). PSG provides performance improvement and measurement consulting services to both Business and Information Technology organizations. Dr. Dribin utilizes industry best practice frameworks such as Six Sigma, CMMI, ITIL and PMBOK to develop solutions tailored to client’s unique needs. He incorporates culture change and organizational change management to speed the change process and make it more enduring. Dr. Dribin holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering. Dr. Dribin is also an adjunct Professor in Software Engineering at DePaul University of Chicago where he teaches courses on Software Engineering and Cloud Computing. He is active in local professional groups including the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network (C-SPIN) & Chicago Quality Assurance Association (CQAA) and is a member of ACM, IEEE and PMI. Click here to read an Interview with Dr. Larry Dribin.

Dr. Larry Dribin

John Keith


John Keith former CIO of Unilever North America IT, worked 31 years for Unilever United States and its predecessor company, Bestfoods. While at Unilever, he held many senior leadership roles in finance and information technology, including VP Finance for Bestfoods North American Retail and VP Information Technology for Unilever in North America. John recently led the Project Vital initiative at Unilever which was one of the company's largest and most strategic business transformation projects. IT delivered savings to the business from both a cost reduction and efficiency perspective. John is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New Jersey. He received a BS in Finance and History from Monmouth University in 1971.

John Keith

John Stevenson


John Stevenson is a former Chief Information Officer with over 25 years of senior Information Technology executive experience. His broad experience includes key executive assignments in large corporations spanning high technology, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing industries. John's most recent assignment was as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sharp Electronics Corporation of the Americas, a maker of consumer and business electronics. John previously served as Chief Information Officer at Avaya Communications, an $ 8 billion manufacturer of voice and data switching equipment, he was also the Chief Information Officer at Lennox International, the number two global heating and air conditioner equipment manufacturer. During the 1990s, John was the top information executive for the Bristol-Myers-Squibb $16 billion Pharmaceutical Group and for over eight years prior to that he was the top information executive at Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Corporation. He has two degrees in Information Science, a Bachelors Degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University of Ohio, and a Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Early in his career, John went into Naval Aviation where he flew military jets on active and reserve duty for 18 years and retired from the reserves as a Commander. John presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of The Barton Corporation, a global mining and abrasives manufacturer. He also recently served on the board of GridApp Software Corporation and on the Advisory Board of the University of North Texas. John presently has his own IT executive consulting practice which specializes in leadership analysis, strategy and sourcing alternatives.

John Stevenson

Ian Brown


Ian Brown, a senior associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, leads the firm's Quantitative Software Analysis capability. He has 8 years of experience in software measurement and analysis, CMM/CMMI, and goal-question-metric (GQM) implementation. Ian was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) in 2004 and serves as the Secretary and Director of Communications and Marketing. Ian is a Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS) and has earned a bachelors degree from Cornell University and a master degree in public policy from Harvard University. He has worked closely with the firm's Earned Value Management (EVM) capability to integrate software measurement concepts with EVM and is currently implementing the approach on a large maintenance and enhancement task at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Ian Brown

Gary Gack


Gary Gack, is the founder and President of Process-Fusion.net, a provider of Assessments, Strategy advice, Training, and Coaching relating to integration and deployment of software and IT best practices. Mr. Gack holds an MBA from the Wharton School, is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer. He has more than 40 years of diverse experience, including more than 20 years focused on process improvement. He is the author of many articles and a book entitled Managing the Black Hole: The Executive's Guide to Software Project Risk. LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/garygackClick here to read an Interview with Gary Gack.

Gary Gack

Ellen Gottesdiener


Ellen Gottesdiener is founder and principal with EBG Consulting, experts helping you deliver high-value products your customers want and need. Ellen is an internationally recognized facilitator, coach, trainer, speaker, and expert in agile product management practices, product envisioning and roadmapping, business analysis and requirements, retrospectives, and collaboration. She works with global clients and speaks at numerous industry conferences. Author of two acclaimed books— "Requirements by Collaboration" and "The Software Requirements Memory Jogger" —Ellen is co-authoring (with Mary Gorman) a book on practical agile planning and analysis practices.

Ellen Gottesdiener
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