Meet the key players:
Mike Knox, Director of Engineering Process Services for TECHSOFT, is responsible for implementing process improvement and best practices for customers based on the CMMI model, with a particular emphasis on revitalizing the systems and software engineering processes for clients. Mr. Knox has participated on numerous SCAMPI appraisals since 2006.
With more than 20 years of experience and knowledge in information technology and systems analysis, Mr. Knox is applying proven leadership, sound consultation techniques, training, and tools to implement value-added process improvement for DoD and commercial agencies.
Mr. Knox is a CMMI Institute-Certified Introduction to CMMI Instructor for both CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Cara Smith, Deputy Director of Engineering Process Services for TECHSOFT, has 12 years of experience working in process engineering. Her process-oriented mentality, attention to detail and high work ethic has made her a key member on multiple Systems Engineering and Process Working Groups.
Mrs. Smith primarily works with TECHSOFT’s commercial clients, mentoring and coaching them in implementing the CMMI best practices. Cara single-handedly led General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Niceville FL, to CMMI Maturity Levels 2 and 3, and through a successful re-appraisal three years later.
Mrs. Smith is a seasoned CMMI Appraisal Team Member and has participated in many SCAMPI A ML2 and ML3 appraisals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management from Purdue University.
Teresa “Terry” Doran is a senior process engineer in TECHSOFT’s Engineering Process Services Department.
Mrs. Doran mentors organizations and programs through the CMMI process, ultimately preparing them for successful appraisals. She is well versed in both CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC.
Previously with the Systems and Software Consortium, Inc. and the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Doran has more than 20 years of government and commercial software systems experience. She is an international expert and is currently leading projects for IEEE and ISO systems and software engineering standards development.
A New York native, Mrs. Doran earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. She is a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core and serves on their Technical Advisory Board. Mrs. Doran is also a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering.
Kevin Haynes, Process Engineer, has been with TECHSOFT since 1999. Mr. Haynes’ diverse roles include process engineering, software and web development, software testing, and configuration management. His understanding of and experience with the full software engineering lifecycle creates a natural camaraderie with software developers and fellow engineers. This relationship is often critical to breaking down barriers to process improvement as well as tailoring processes to best fit the customer’s environment.
Mr. Haynes has helped develop organizational measurement repositories, implement configuration management tools and change request processes, and generate testing documentation such as Verification and Validation plans and procedures. He has performed a variety of assessments and appraisals including gap analyses and internal Class B assessments and has also served as an Appraisal Team Member on several ML2 and ML3 SCAMPI A appraisals.
Mr. Haynes earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University and an MS from University of West Florida in Software Engineering.
Perry DeWeese is a noted champion of systems and software life cycle process improvement. Mr. DeWeese joined TECHSOFT after 36 years at Lockheed Martin, where he designed, implemented and championed software process improvement throughout the company.
Most recently, Mr. DeWeese supported Lockheed Martin’s business units during their transition to CMMI and the Lockheed Martin Integrated Engineering Processes Standard. Mr. DeWeese implemented CMMI Best Practices from the Software Engineering Institute’s Introduction to CMMI in the business units’ processes and procedures. He also participated as a team member on several SCAMPI appraisals.
Mr. DeWeese holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute.