Alan S. Koch, PMP is a speaker and writer on effective Project Management methods. He is a certified Project Management Professional and President of ASK Process, Inc., a training and consulting company that helps companies to improve the return on their software investment by focusing on the quality of both their software products and the processes they use to development them. His 28 years in software development include 14 years designing, developing and maintaining software and over 13 years in quality assurance and software process improvement. He was with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for 13 years, where he became familiar with the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), earned the authorization to teach the Personal Software Process (PSP), and worked with Watts Humphrey in pilot testing the Team Software Process (TSP). He is also a senior lead instructor at ASPE and serves as a course director for the Software Testing Curriculum.
Among Mr. Koch's credits are Agile Software Development: Evaluating the Methods for your Organization (Artech House: 2005) and " TSP can be the Building Blocks for CMMI," (Crosstalk Magazine, March 2005). He has consulted with a variety of software organizations in their process improvement programs. Hundreds of professionals in numerous organizations and government agencies have taken his classes on project management, process improvement, and software quality and responded with high praise for his training. Mr. Koch also contributed to the accomplishment of several successful CMM-Based SPI efforts, and was a team member on several CMM assessments and CMMI appraisals. He has presented at numerous recent software quality and process conferences, taught as an adjunct professor of Computer Science, and has mentored students in CMU's Master of Software Engineering (MSE) Program.
Mr. Koch is a Senior Member of IEEE, an SEI-authorized PSP Instructor and TSP Coach candidate, an SEI Transition Partner for the PSP and TSP, and a member of the board of the National Speakers Association, Pittsburgh Chapter.
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