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Bill Smith

Bill Smith

M.S., Information Science
SEI-Authorized CMMI Instructor


Bill was awarded best speaker for "Practical Guidance" at the
2008 NDIA CMMI Technology Conference
(Denver, Colorado)


SEI-Authorized Introduction to CMMI Instructor
  • SEI-Authorized CMMI Instructor since 2005
  • Over 500 students taught, more than 30 classes
  • Onsite deliveries at 4 of the top 6 defense contractors
  • Average student rating: 4.9 out of 5.0
  • Known for weaving anecdotes and humor into his presentations, while engaging students in active discussions on practical applications of the model
  • Has also delivered several additional CMMI presentations and courses, ranging from 30 minute briefings to two-day events.
Process Improvement Leader
  • Former Systems and Software Consortium consultant, appraiser, and trainer, 2002 through 2007
  • Chief consultant guiding multiple organizations to CMMI or SW-CMM maturity levels 2 and 3
  • Led numerous SW-CMM and CMMI appraisals
  • Initiated, chaired, or served on six separate Engineering Process Groups (EPGs)
Engineer and Manager
  • Twenty-three years of software/systems engineering experience in management and technical positions
  • Hands-on experience in all life cycle phases, including several years of software design and programming
  • Key management roles have included software project manager, configuration manager, and independent verification and validation (IV&V) manager
  • Three years experience as corporate quality manager and program-wide SQA manager
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications have included Certified Quality Manager (CQM), Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), and Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA)
  • Employers have included IBM (expert systems programmer) and EDS (advanced systems engineer)
  • M.S., Information Science
    University of Pittsburgh, 1984
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics
    Carnegie Mellon University, 1983

Professional Organizations
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
Personal Lives in Vienna, Virginia, with wife Kathy, son Connor, and two fun-loving labrador retrievers. Enjoys music, especially rock 'n roll. Also fond of running -- trying to run a marathon in every state.
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