Colin TullyColin Tully

The World Congress will sorely miss the inspiration and leadership of Colin Tully, who served as an Associate Director for the past year. Colin had the idea of soliciting "thought leaders" to agree on a statement of software quality principles, which discussions took place throughout mid-2007 and will help shape the September conference. He also suggested we formulate "world challenges" that could form the basis for a concerted research and development effort between the 2008 and 2011 Congresses. Such ongoing work will surely be a tribute to Colin's contributions.



Carol DekkersCarol Dekkers

Carol Dekkers is President of Quality Plus Technologies, Inc, and works with clients who want to maximize project success through measurement and scope management. Increasingly, Carol’s expertise is sought out by clients both the US and internationally – she has consulted and presented to business leaders in over 25 countries.

Ms. Dekkers holds designations as a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS), Information Systems Professional (ISP), and a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.-Canada).  She is well known as an expert, a speaker, and an author in software metrics, functional size measurement, project scope management, and IT globalization, and has been a visiting scientist with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).  Carol is the co-author of two books:  IT Measurement: Practical Advice from the Experts, and Practical Project Estimation, with two new books slated for release in late 2007.


Elfriede DustinElfriede Dustin

Elfriede Dustin leads Innovative Defense Technologies’ efforts on automated software testing research programs. Elfriede is lead author of the book "Automated Software Testing," which describes the Automated Testing Lifecycle Methodology, a process that has been implemented at numerous companies. Elfriede is also author or co-author of books including "Effective Software Testing," "The Art of Software Security Testing," and "Quality Web Systems," and of various white papers. Dustin has been responsible for implementing automated testing at various commercial and Government agencies, as well as being the lead consultant/manager/director guiding implementation of many automated and manual software testing efforts. Dustin resides in the Washington, DC area.


Gary GackGary A. Gack

Gary Gack, is the founder and President of, a provider of Assessments, Strategy advice, Training, and Coaching relating to integration and deployment of software and IT industry best practices. Mr. Gack holds an MBA from the Wharton School and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. In addition he is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), a Visiting Scientist with the Software Engineering Institute (2006) where he co-authored the "Measuring for Performance Driven Improvement 1" course for which he is an authorized instructor, and he holds the ITIL Foundation Certification. He has more than 40 years of diverse experience in the software and IT industry, including more than 20 years focused on process improvement.


Tom GilbTom Gilb

Tom Gilb is an independent teacher, consultant and writer. He has published 9 books, including the early coining of the term "Software Metrics" (1976, CMM L4 Foundation); "Principles of Software Engineering Management" (1988) and "Software Inspection" (1993);  'Competitive Engineering: A Handbook for Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage' (2005).

He is recognized as the founder or major driver of several technical disciplines such as software metrics and evolutionary project management, as well as being an innovative pioneer in Inspections, and the inventor of the planning language Planguage. He is directly recognized as the idea source for parts of the Agile and Extreme programming methods (primarily the incremental cycles). His methods are widely adopted by organizations such as IBM, Nokia, Ericsson, HP, Intel, Citigroup, Symbian, Philips Medical Systems, Boeing - and other large and small organizations.


Watts S. HumphreyDr. Watts S. Humphrey

Dr. Humphrey joined the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University after his retirement from IBM in 1986.  While at the SEI, he established the Process Program, led the initial development of the Software Capability Maturity Model, and introduced the concepts of Software Process Assessment and Software Capability Evaluation.

Dr. Humphrey holds graduate degrees in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Business Administration from the University of Chicago.  He is an SEI Fellow, a member of the 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 eleven 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. In 2005, at the White House, the President of the United States awarded Mr. Humphrey the National Medal of Technology.


Stephen H. KanDr. Stephen H. Kan

Dr. Stephen H. Kan is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Rochester, Minnesota.  He is the software quality process strategy lead for IBM's Systems and Technology Group, across multiple server series and development sites. He is also responsible for the Quality Management Process in software development for IBM’s System i covering all aspects of quality ranging from quality goal setting, supplier quality requirements, quality plans, in-process metrics, statistical process control and quality assessments, to defect modeling, reliability projections, field quality tracking, and customer satisfaction.

Dr. Kan is the author of the book Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering, numerous technical reports, and articles and chapters in professional journals.  He is experienced in project and process assessments, including leading an organization in achieving CMM Level 5 assessment.  He is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Quality Engineer (CQE), a Reliability Engineer (CRE), and a Quality Manager (CQM), and by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Kan is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Minnesota Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program.


Herb KrasnerHerb Krasner

Herb Krasner is currently a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in software engineering, data structures, database engineering, agile methods and software process improvement.  Also, he performs and supervises research in the science of design, the economics of software engineering, and software quality and process improvement. As Founder, Chairman and former Director of the Software Quality Institute (SQI) at the University of Texas, he was largely responsible for creating and shaping the software engineering educational outreach organization into a successful business entity. He is also the founder of the Austin Software Process Improvement Network.

As President of Krasner Consulting, Herb has had successful client engagements with many commercial companies and various agencies. Herb has published over 55 papers, articles and book sections in peer reviewed literature, and has spoken at many professional conferences and meetings. He is a book series editor for the IEEE Computer Society Press and a member of their Publications Board.  He is active in both the ACM and IEEE Computer Society, and served as past chairman of several international conferences, as well as, Director of the ACM Scholastic Student Programming Contest.  His professional awards include the ACM Distinguished Service Award and ASQ Golden Quill Award.


Gary McGrawDr. Gary McGraw

Dr. Gary McGraw is the CTO of Cigital, Inc., a software security and quality consulting firm with headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a globally recognized authority on software security and the author of six best selling books on this topic. The latest, Software Security: Building Security In was released in 2006, with Exploiting Online Games slated for release this year. His other titles include Java Security, Building Secure Software, and Exploiting Software; and he is editor of the Addison-Wesley Software Security series.  Dr. McGraw has also written over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications, authors a monthly security column for, and is frequently quoted in the press.

Besides serving as a strategic counselor for top business and IT executives, Gary is on the Advisory Boards of Fortify Software and Raven White. His dual PhD is in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University where he serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the School of Informatics.  Gary is an IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors member and produces the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine.


Patricia A. McQuaidDr. Patricia A. McQuaid

Dr. Patricia A. McQuaid is a Professor of Information Systems at California Polytechnic State University, USA. Her research interests include software project management, software quality management, software testing, and software process improvement. She is the co-founder and Vice-President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB).  She is an Associate Director for the 4WCSQ, and was program chair for the Americas for the 2WCSQ (Japan-2000) and the 3WCSQ (Germany-2005).

She has a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering, a masters degree in Business, an undergraduate degree in Accounting, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).  Patricia is a member of IEEE, and a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).  She is on the Editorial Board for the ASQ Software Quality Professional journal, and is on ASQ’s Software Division Council.  She was a contributing author to Volumes I and II of the Fundamental Concepts for the Software Quality Engineer book (ASQ Quality Press).


Mark C. PaulkDr. Mark C. Paulk

Dr. Mark C. Paulk is a Senior Systems Scientist at the IT Services Qualification Center at Carnegie Mellon University, where he works on best practices for sourcing of IT-enabled services.  From 1987 to 2002, Mark was with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon, where he led the work on the Capability Maturity Model for Software.

Mark received his PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, his MS in computer science from Vanderbilt University, and his BS in mathematics and computer science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Member of the ASQ, and an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer.

Gerald M. WeinbergGerald M. Weinberg

Gerald M. Weinberg (Jerry) writes "nerd novels," such as The Aremac Project, about how brilliant people produce quality work. Before taking up his science fiction career, he published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership include Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series. He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of his software consulting work as well as his writing.

Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego.