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About the Book and Related Publications: In his book Paul presents six detailed case studies, along with essential real-world lessons, big-picture insights, and mistakes to avoid.  He offers practical, proven techniques for CMMI and Agile integration, including new ways to extend Agile into system engineering and project management and how to optimize performance by focusing on your organization’s unique, culture-related weaknesses.

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What Industry Leaders Are Saying About Paul’s Latest Book: 

“When Alistair Cockburn gave the keynote for our Software Engineering Process Conference in San Jose, I knew that the issues that had separated CMMI and Agile were far more about perceptions than about principled development. This book fills a critical need in bridging two communities that share a common purpose—producing high quality software systems that excite the customer and win repeat business opportunities.”
—Mike Phillips, CMMI Project Manager, Software Engineering Institute; coauthor, CMMI®-ACQ: Guidelines for Improving the Acquisition of Products and Services

“The client cases Paul describes are easily relatable and can be extrapolated to many organizations. He spends most of his efforts in these cases on the basics that are common to CMMI and Agile. In particular, he dutifully applies lean principles and practices to empower Agile practices and facilitate CMMI practices. . . . Chapter 9 is the book’s best stuff—not because it’s about golf, but because this is the point at which you get answers to your key question: What’s in it for me?”
—Hillel Glazer, Principal and CEO, Entinex, Inc.; Certified High Maturity SCAMPI Lead Appraiser; CMMI Instructor

“This book will challenge many of your (mis)understandings about both Agile delivery and CMMI. Paul thoughtfully applies his years of practical experience to help bridge two disparate communities who are working toward the same goal—improving an organization’s IT productivity. It’s about time someone wrote a book like this.”
—Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational; author, Agile Modeling, and coauthor, Enterprise Unified Process

“This book can provide great help to a variety of organizations figuring out how best to implement CMMI, including large and small enterprises, even if their starting point is not ‘Agile.’ All in all, this book contains a lot of ‘pearls of wisdom’ that can make a much-appreciated contribution to the software engineering community.”
—Mike Konrad, Chief Architect, CMMI, Software Engineering Institute; coauthor, CMMI®: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement, Second Edition

“No two software development programs are identical. Each has requirements, resources, schedules, and users that necessitate an equally unique development strategy. The strength of this book lies in its ability to identify strengths from CMMI and Agile methods, which helps both managers and technical professionals tailor a balanced hybrid approach.”
—Doug Parsons,1 Chief Software Engineer, Future Force (Simulation); Army PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation

“This book will measurably improve how systems and software systems are developed.”
—Bob Epps, Program Management Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering and Technology

“Having experience with both CMMI and Agile, I find this book very insightful. I keep taking notes. I think it is a great aid to anyone who has been through the process.”
—Jim Convery,            Director, Alion Science & Technology Corp., BMH Advanced Modeling & Simulation Technology Operation, a CMMI Maturity Level 3 Organization

“I consider the discussion of model-based improvement in the early chapters of this book to be one of the best I have seen. Paul has great insight into effective software process improvement and is articulate in describing both the issues and ways about which they should be considered.”
—Dr. Mark Paulk, Senior Systems Scientist, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University; Development Lead, Software Capability Maturity Model (CMM for Software)

“This is a good topic presented with lots of practical points, helpful summaries, and interesting case studies. The idea of ‘Doorway Risk Management’ in Chapter 4 is great!”
—John Troy, Program Manager, Rockwell Collins, Inc.

“I found several really nice nuggets throughout the book (lessons, cautions, insights, etc.). I also liked the summary sections at the end of each chapter and the extensive use of case studies. Finally, I discovered some real gems in the Epilogue, which provides a very nice conclusion for the book.”
—Kyle Gabhart, Director of Emerging Technologies, Web Age Solutions; coauthor, Service Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide For Executives


1. The views expressed here belong to the author and do not necessarily represent the views of PEO STRI, the U.S. Army, or the Federal Government.


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2014-2017 Publications

2013 “Improving Performance with Enhanced Measures and Causal Analysis in an Agile Organization”, Co-authored with Dr. Bela Joshi, Alion Science and Technology Corp., SEPG North America 2013 Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa

2010  “Integrating CMMI and Agile Development: Case Studies and Proven Techniques For Faster Performance Improvement”, Addison-Wesley, 2010 (planned August 2010 release)

2009  “Defense Acquisition Performance: Could Some Agility Help?”, CrossTalk, February, 2009

2008  “Are The Right People Measuring the Right Things? A Lean Path to Achieving Business Objectives,” CrossTalk, May, 2008.

2006    “Are Management Basics Affected When Using Agile Methods?”, CrossTalk, November 2006

2006    “Another View of Agile and CMMI” Sidebar in: “Agile Software Development” by Alistair Cockburn, Addison-Wesley, Second Edition, 2006

2006    “Lessons Learned Using Agile Methods on Large Defense Contracts”, CrossTalk, May 2006 & SSTC Conference 2006

2006  “Uncommon Techniques For Growing Effective Technical Managers, CrossTalk, November 2006

2005   “Extending Agile Methods: A Distributed Project & Organizational Improvement Perspective, CrossTalk, May 2005 & SSTC Conference 2005

2004    “Bridging Agile & Traditional Development Methods: A Project Management Perspective,  CrossTalk, May 2004 & SSTC Conference

2002    “Integrating Systems & Software Engineering: What Can Large Organizations Learn From Small Startups?”, CrossTalk, Oct 2002 & STC Conference 2001


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