Preliminary Program - Software Engineering Institute

Preliminary Program - Software Engineering Institute

Watts Humphrey

Founder, Software Process

Program of the Carnegie

Mellon ® Software Engineering

Institute (SEI).

Watts Humphrey, founder of the Carnegie Mellon ® Software

Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Software Process Program and winner of

the National Medal of Technology – the highest honor awarded by the

president of the United States to America’s leading innovators – will

keynote the SEPG Europe 2008 Conference.

Humphrey, a senior fellow at the SEI and primary author of the SEI’s

Software Process Maturity Model, said his keynote address will focus

on his latest research in knowledge work and its impact on software


“In particular, knowledge work explores what it takes to make projects

successful for all the stakeholders,” explained Humphrey, who joined

the SEI in 1986 after a distinguished career at IBM. Knowledge work,

added Humphrey, will be a critical component in the advancing software

industry. And while countries like India and Mexico are well along in

embracing knowledge work, few if any European organizations have

even taken the first steps to introduce such methods. The foundation of

knowledge work is the recognition that the development teams must be

an active part of the management system. This requires a trusting and

collaborative management style, Humphrey said.

“While your hands may be involved, the true product of knowledge

work is concepts, ideas, and designs and not the devices, machines, or

things that may ultimately be produced from these knowledge products.

The knowledge worker is most productive when he or she is exploring

complex problems, defining and refining concepts, and working with

other creative people. This is challenging work, and it requires a very

special kind of management,” Humphrey says.

According to Humphrey, the term “knowledge work” originated with

Peter Drucker, a native Austrian who earned a doctorate in international

law in Germany, and wrote 39 books, many of which deal with the

impact of management practices and principles on organizations.

Prior to joining the SEI, Humphrey spent 27 years with IBM where

he was Director of Programming Quality and Process, Director of

Programming, and Vice President of Technical Development. He also

managed all of IBM’s commercial software development, including the

first 19 releases of OS/360.

At the SEI, he introduced the concepts of Software Process Assessment

and Software Capability Evaluation and led development of the Personal

Software Process SM (PSP) SM and the Team Software Process SM (TSP) SM .

Humphrey holds graduate degrees in physics from the Illinois Institute

of Technology and in business administration from the University

of Chicago. He is an SEI Fellow, a member of the Association for

Computing Machinery (ACM), an IEEE Fellow, and a past member of

the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

His publications include many technical papers and 11 books. Some

of his recent books are Managing Technical People (1996), Winning

With Software: An Executive Strategy (2001), PSP: A Self-Improvement

Process for Software Engineers (2005), TSP: Leading a Development

Team (2006), and TSP, Coaching Development Teams (2006). He holds

five U.S. patents.

He was awarded the 1993 Aerospace Software Engineering Award

presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

and an honorary Ph.D. in software engineering by Embry-Riddle

Aeronautical University in 1998. In 2000, the Watts Humphrey Software

Quality Institute in Chennai, India, was named in his honor, and the

Boeing Corporation presented him with an award for innovation and

leadership in software process improvement. In 2005, at the White

House, President George W. Bush awarded Humphrey the National

Medal of Technology.

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