ASQ Software Division

Agile Panel

Introducing Agile Methods into Traditional Environments

Agile software development methods have been reported to achieve some impressive results, but seemingly in very small projects of low risk and complexity using technologies associated with e-commerce.  Many software quality professionals work in environments where this is not the typical software product profile and where “traditional” methods, organizational structures and assessment expectations exist (e.g., regulated and/or safety-critical environments).  This session will present experiences of several individuals who have applied agile methods in a variety of “traditional” software project environments.

Panel Leader: Scott Duncan


David KaneDavid Kane

Mr. Kane is the Technical Director for Health Research Systems at SRA International. (http://www.sra.com)  For the past six years he has been leading software development in the laboratory of John Weinstein in the National Cancer Institute.  (http://discover.nci.nih.gov)  While working at NCI, he has focused on applying agile software development techniques to the field of bioinformatics.  He is the co-author of the book, Software Architecture: Organizational Principles and Patterns.


David PeercyDavid Peercy

ASQ Software Division Region 14 Regional Coordinator.  Currently Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories with over 36 years experience as a software engineer, software quality engineer in industries with high consequence systems/software; international standards/guides in the areas of software reliability, supportability, and safety.


Dr. Richard TurnerKen Schwaber

Ken Schwaber is a co-developer of Scrum, an Agile product/project management process, along with Jeff Sutherland. Ken is a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and founded the Agile Alliance and the ScrumAlliance.

Ken's current interests are improving the state of the software development profession so that our customers look forward to seeing us, we look forward to going to work, and our products are of excellent quality.


Dr. Richard TurnerDr. Richard Turner

Dr. Richard Turner, a Fellow at the Systems and Software Consortium, is a respected researcher and consultant with 30 years of international experience in systems, software, and acquisition engineering. Before joining the Consortium in 2005, he was a Research Professor at The George Washington University, where he taught graduate courses and directly supported Department of Defense software and system acquisition improvement activities. He still collaborates with a wide range of research organizations and system developers to transition new software-related technology to defense acquisition programs. Prior to the university, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and several engineering firms addressing the needs of defense, intelligence, and other government agencies.

He is co-author of three books: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed (Addison-Wesley, 2004), co-written with Barry Boehm, CMMIsm Distilled (Addison-Wesley 2000, 2004), with Dennis Ahern and Aaron Clouse, and CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement, co-authored with Suzanne Garcia.


Stephen B. Ornburn
(GBC-Group, Inc.)