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    Richard G. Turner

    4428 Brandywine Street NW ; Washington, DC 20016

    Home: 202/362-8442 ; Mobile: 202/390-3772


    Dr. Richard Turner has thirty years of experience in systems, software and acquisition engineering. He has developed and acquired software in the private and public sectors and consulted for government and commercial organizations. He is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Most recently, he was a Fellow at the Systems and Software Consortium, where he supported technical projects and provided technical exposure for the Consortium through publications, speaking and consulting. Ongoing work with DoD includes working with a wide range of research organizations to identify and transition new software-related technology and supporting the initiative to revitalize systems engineering in acquisition programs. A member of the author team for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), he has led process improvement initiatives in information technology, system engineering and software acquisition.

Dr. Turner’s research interests include:

    ; harmonizing software, systems engineering and acquisition life-cycle models.

    ; applying agile techniques to improve a wide variety of engineering tasks;

    ; establishing empirical profiles for software development and acquisition best practices;

    ; employing spiral, risk-driven methods in large system-of-systems acquisitions; and,

    He conceived and evolved the concept of the DoD Acquisition Best Practices Clearinghouse. Currently being developed by Computer Sciences Corporation, the Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland, and the Defense Acquisition University, the Clearinghouse is the first repository of context-specific empirical information about software and systems practices. He is co-author of three books: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed (Addison-SMWesley, 2004), co-written with Barry Boehm, CMMI Distilled (Addison-Wesley 2000, 2004),

    and CMMI Survival Guide: Just enough Process Improvement, co-authored with Suzanne Garcia

    (Addison-Wesley 2007). Both CMMI titles are part of Addison-Wesley’s SEI Series in Software


    Dr. Turner has a BA in Mathematics from Huntingdon College, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and a DSc in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.

Additional personal info: Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he is married and has three adult

    children. Currently he holds a DoD SECRET clearance; he has previously held TS/SCI. At one time a professional tenor, Dr. Turner performed as a soloist with opera companies, orchestras and choruses in the US and Europe and recorded a CD of Victorian parlor songs that was distributed through the Smithsonian Institution.

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    Curriculum Vita


    February 2002 The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    D.Sc. in Engineering Management

    Dissertation: “Implementation of Best Practice in US Department of Defense

    Software-Intensive System Acquisitions”

    August 1977 The University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA (now the University of

    Louisiana at Lafayette)

    M.S. in Computer Science, with honors

    Thesis: “An Interactive Simulation System for the Mathilde/Rikke Systems”

    May 1975 Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL

    B.A. in Mathematics, cum laude


    2000 Excellence in Process Improvement Award, Federal Aviation Administration 1997 Research and Acquisition Achievement Award, Federal Aviation Administration 1996 Hammer Award, Vice President Gore and the National Performance Review 1994 Selected for US Office of Personnel Management Executive Potential Program 1993 Associate Administrator’s Award of Excellence, Federal Aviation Administration

    1975 Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges


    2007 R. Turner, “Toward Agile Systems Engineering,” CrossTalk: The Journal of Defense

    Software Engineering, April 2007.

    2007 S. Garcia and R. Turner, CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement,

    Addison Wesley, (2007).

    2005 B. Boehm and R. Turner, “Management Challenges to Implementing Agile Processes

    in Traditional Development Organizations,” IEEE Software, Sept/Oct 2005.

    2004 B. Boehm, A. W. Brown, V. Basili, and R. Turner, Spiral Acquisition of Software-

    Intensive Systems of Systems, CrossTalk: The Journal of Defense Software

    Engineering, Vol 17 No.5, May, 2004.

    2004 “Why We Need Empirical Information on Best Practices,” CrossTalk: The Journal of

    Defense Software Engineering, Vol 17 No.4, April, 2004. 2003 B. Boehm and R. Turner, “People Factors in Software Management: Lessons from

    Comparing Agile and Plan-driven Methods,” CrossTalk: The Journal of Defense

    Software Engineering, Vol 16 No 21, December, 2003. 2003 Dennis Ahern, Aaron Clouse, and Richard Turner, CMMI Distilled: A Practical

    Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement (Second edition), Addison-Wesley,

    Boston, MA.

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    2003 Barry Boehm and Richard Turner, Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide For The

    Perplexed, Addison-Wesley, Boston, MA.

    2003 Barry Boehm and Richard Turner, “Using Risk to Balance Agile and Plan-driven

    Methods,” IEEE Computer, June 2003.

    2003 “Seven Pitfalls to Avoid in the Best Practices Treasure Hunt, “IEEE Software,

    January/February 2003

    th 2002 “Agile Development: Good Practice or Bad Attitude?,” Proceedings from the 4

    International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement

    (PROFES 2002), Rovaniemi, Finland, LNCS 2559, Springer-Verlag, December 2002. 2002 Agile meets CMMI: Culture clash or common cause?,” Proceedings from the First

    XP/Agile Universe Conference, Chicago, IL, LNCS 2418, Springer-Verlag, August


    2002 Barry Boehm, Peter Kind, Richard Turner, “Risky Business: 7 Myths about software

    that impact defense acquisitions,” Program Manager, May-June, 2002.

    2002 “Acquisition Best Practices A Study of Best Practice Adoption By Defense

    Acquisition Programs,” CrossTalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, Vol

    15 No.5, May, 2002.

    2001 Defining a Software Engineering Body of Knowledge,”DoD Software Technical News,

    Vol. 4 No. 3, August, 2001.

    2001 Dennis Ahern, Aaron Clouse, and Richard Turner, CMMI Distilled: A Practical

    Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement, Addison-Wesley, Boston, MA.

     SM2000 CMMI Product Development Team. “CMMI for Systems Engineering/Software

    Engineering/Integrated Product and Process Development,” CMU/SEI-2000-TR-

    030/031, Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

    1999 Thomas B. Hilburn, Iraj Hirmanpour, Soheil Kahjenoori, Abir Quasem and Richard

    Turner, “A Software Engineering Body of Knowledge”, CMU/SEI-99-TR-004,

    Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.

    1997 “Evaluation of FAA Acquisition Reform: The First Year”, Federal Aviation

    Administration, Washington, DC.

    1996 Kenneth Byram and Richard Turner, “Responses To Institutional Problems

    Contributing To AAS Program Failures,” Program Evaluation Report PE-96-2,

    Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC.

Professional Activities

    ; Keynote Speaker, American Society for Quality, October, 2007.

    ; Keynote Speaker, Latin American Software Engineering Process Group Conference, Guadalajara,

    Mexico, November, 2005

    ; Invited Speaker to National Security Administration’s Systems and Software Engineering Focus Day,


    ; Keynote speaker, PROFES 2004, Nara, Japan.

    ; US member, US-UK-AUS Software Intensive Systems Acquisition Improvement Group, a working

    group of experts addressing common problems in acquiring complex software-enabled defense


    ; Focus Team Lead, IEEE Std P1648 Draft Recommended Practice for Establishing and Managing

    Software Development Efforts Using Agile Methods

    ; Independent reviewer and editorial consultant for Pearson (Addison-Wesley Longman) in Computer

    Science, Software Engineering, and Systems Engineering

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    ; Affiliate, Center for Software Engineering, University of Southern California ; Member, Software Steering Committee, Army Unit of Action (formerly Future Combat Systems)


    ; Member, Program Committee, NDIA-sponsored CMMI Technology and Users Conference ; Member, Program Committee, Systems and Software Technology Conference ; Member, Executive Board, System and Software Technology Conference

    ; Member, DDR&E Software Producibility Research Task Force

    ; Sponsored, supported and participated in the DoD Software Engineering Science and Technology


    ; Testified before the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on DoD software quality assurance

    practices in May, 2001

Professional Experience

    Present Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

    ; Distinguished Service Professor

    ; Developing integrated software and systems engineering graduate


    ; Teaches MS-level software and systems engineering courses

    ; Advises graduate students

    ; Performs various research and consulting activities

2000 2007 Systems and Software Consortium, Herndon, VA

    ; Fellow

    ; Director

    ; Managed the IV&V program for DoD Business Transformation Agency’s

    Defense Enterprise Architecture development.

    ; Led the Measurement and Enabling Technologies line of business;

    responsible for research and service delivery

    ; Coordinates collaboration with academic and industry researchers on

    systems and software engineering topics

    ; Works closely with the Defense Acquisition University identifying systems

    and software engineering practices

    ; Continues support for US/UK/AUS Software Intensive Systems Acquisition

    Working Group and the DoD Acquisition Best Practices Clearinghouse

2000 2005 The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    ; Research Professor.

    ; Contract with the Department of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of

    Defense (Acquisition, Technology, Logistics).

    Supporting the Systems Engineering Directorate of Defense Systems in

    software and systems engineering and acquisition. Duties included:

    ; Leading the DoD SW Acquisition Best Practices initiative, including the

    development of a DoD Acquisition Best Practices Clearinghouse in

    association with the Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland, and

    the Defense Acquisition University. This work has been supported by the

    Government Accountability Office and is a direct result of concepts

    developed by Dr. Turner

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    ; Charter member and technical task leader for the US/UK/AUS Software

    Intensive Systems Acquisition Improvement Group. Responsible for

    software product maturity and milestone decision criteria tasks.

    ; Member of the Software Steering Group for the US Army Future Combat

    Systems Unit of Action program a multi-billion dollar complex system-

    of-systems including an estimated 40M SLOC and a networked family of

    13 manned and unmanned platforms. Work closely with Boeing, SAIC

    and other FCS suppliers.

    ; Supporting the development and piloting of the CMMI Acquisition Module

    ; Coordinating Defense Authorization Act Section 804 requirements in

    best practices and software product maturity measurement

    ; Identifying emerging software and systems-of-systems engineering


    ; Sponsoring engineering research and development

    ; Participating in engineering conferences and symposia

    ; Taught masters-level courses in software engineering and management

    ; Object-Oriented Design and Analysis (EMSE-219)

    ; Software Development with CASE (EMSE-296)

    ; Organizational Behavior for the Engineering Manager (EMSE-211)

    ; Introduction to Information Systems (EMSE-256)

    1992-2000 Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

    ; Staff, Associate Administrator for Information Services, Process Engineering Division.

    ; Responsible for education and training for software engineering and process

    improvement with a secondary role in business process improvement ; Co-authored the first Software Engineering Body of Knowledge as a

    Software Engineering Institute Technical Paper (CMU/SEI-99-TR-004) ; Developed software engineering curriculum based on the Body of Knowledge ; Developed the concept for and shepherded the establishment of a Software

    Engineering Resource Center as a combination research, development, and

    educational organization

    ; Chaired the Learning Resources Group to provide training opportunities in

    support of process improvement

    ; Author, lecturer, and team lead for the DoD/Industry CMM Integration Project

    ; Program Evaluation Staff

    ; Resident Associate at the Software Engineering Institute and an author of the

    Integrated Product Development Capability Maturity Model

    ; Team leader for the evaluation of Acquisition Reform as mandated by

    Congress - the evaluation report was delivered to Congress, FAA has

    undertaken a number of initiatives based on the findings, and the evaluation

    has been referenced in GAO and other independent reports

    ; Team leader for evaluation of FAA systems engineering process maturity

    using the Systems Engineering Capability Maturity Model

    ; Core team member in the Software Engineering Process Group appraisal of

    FAA software acquisition processes

    ; Evaluated Advanced Automation System problems that represent policy,

    management or culture issues throughout FAA acquisition. Report was

    delivered to Congress

    ; Office of Personnel Management Executive Potential Program

    ; A year of leadership and management training totaling over 160 hours and

    coupled with temporary assignments to executive positions throughout FAA

    ; Navigation and Landing

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    ; Associate Program Manager for Engineering for the Global Positioning

    Service (GPS) Wide Area Augmentation System

    ; Project manager for the development and delivery of an FAA-specific

    Software Acquisition Management course

    ; Team member for Cat II/III Microwave Landing System software

    development oversight

    ; Represented FAA on Ada 9X Government Advisory Group

    1985-1992 CTA, Incorporated, Rockville, MD

    ; Senior Engineer

    ; Responsible for software IV&V for Wilcox Mark 20 Instrument Landing

    System for the FAA

    ; Project manager for the Operational Concept for the Advanced Traffic

    Management System

    ; Led the evaluation of the PC-based Maintenance Processor Subsystem


    ; Developed an innovative way of describing operational scenarios, graphically

    portraying separated but dependent activities in a time-sequenced order

    1982-1985 Pacific Sierra Research, Arlington, VA

    ; Senior Computer Scientist

    ; Designed and implemented software for intelligence analysts in highly

    classified environment

    ; Implemented a system to simulate targeting, scheduling, and data collection

    capabilities of space-born intelligence acquisition platforms

    ; Performed requirements analysis, cost-benefit analysis, software design,

    selection of hardware and software, coding and testing

    ; Software used inter-process communications on a UNIX-based platform,

    several large databases, complex scheduling algorithms, and extensive

    computer graphics

    1980-1982 Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation, Riverdale, MD

    ; Principal Systems Analyst

    ; Helped to produce the initial requirements specification for the FAA

    Advanced Automation System

    ; Led requirements analysis and functional specification development for the

    NOAA Joint Automated Weather Observing System

    1979-1980 CTEC, Incorporated, Falls Church, VA

    ; Represented the company in England, Spain and Japan

    ; Directed product validation for a US Navy intelligence system

    1977-1979 Computer Sciences Corporation, Falls Church, VA

    ; Secure software analyses projects for the Departments of Defense and Energy

    1977-1979 US Computer Corporation, Lafayette, Louisiana

    ; Senior programmer on order/inventory/accounts receivable system for an

    international food distribution company

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    Memberships in Professional Associations

    Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) IEEE Computer Society

    International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

    Software Engineering Institute


    Dr. Barry Boehm, University of Southern California Center for Software Engineering Dr. Victor Basili, University of Maryland Computer Science Department Dr. Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University, Computer Science Department Dr. Howard Eisner, The George Washington University

    Dr. Arthur Pyster, Stevens Institute of Technology

    Mr. David Castellano, OUSD(AT&L) Systems and Software Engineering Ms. Kristen Baldwin, OUSD(AT&L) Systems and Software Engineering Mr. Mike Phillips, Software Engineering Institute

    Dr. Roger Bate, Software Engineering Institute

Mr. Tony Jordano, SAIC

    Dr. Alistair Cockburn, Humans and Technology

    Mr. Peter Gordon, Addison-Wesley Pearson Professional

    Mr. Gary Hafen, Lockheed Martin

    Contact information for any of the above will be provided on request.

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