I am a software engineering researcher and consultant based in Ottawa, Canada. My expertise lies in software development practices, software project management, software quality and measurement, project evaluation, quantitative decision-making, and the economics of software development.
I have been involved in the agile software development community since 2001. I was program co-chair of XP/Agile Universe in 2004 and general chair of XP 2010. I served as general chair of Agile 2011 from August to November, 2010.
I have 16 years of post-graduate experience working on software engineering processes and quantitative techniques with industrial and academic partners. I have lectured on a diverse set of topics pertaining to software process, quality, and economics.
I hold an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Calgary’s Department of Computer Science, where I occasionally teach a graduate course. From January 2007 t0 December 2010, I served as the Editor in Chief of IEEE Software, where I wrote a regular column. From October 2o11 to January 2012, I was a visiting scholar at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, funded through the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Program which promotes higher education excellence.
From January 1995 to June 2009, I worked for the Canadian National Research Council‘s Institute for Information Technology, a federal government research laboratory. From 2002 to 2009, I led the Agile and Collaborative Practices and Software Economics research threads in the Software Engineering Group. The last decade of my employment at NRC was at a senior role, during which I significantly contributed to my institute’s strategic planning initiatives. In 2006, NRC gave me a public awareness award for my service. Before joining NRC, I worked at INRS-Télécommunications, Montreal, for a year as a research associate advancing and applying my PhD work on the validation and synthesis of communication protocols.
I co-edited two software engineering books, Advances in Software Engineering: Comprehension, Evaluation and Evolutionand Value-Based Software Engineering, both published by Springer.
I am the 2003 recipient of the Eugene L. Grant Award given by the Engineering Economy Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.
I obtained my PhD degree in Telecommunications in 1994 from Université du Québec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). I hold a MSc degree from McGill University‘s School of Computer Science in Montreal, Canada (1989) and a BSc degree from Bogaziçi University‘s Computer Engineering Department in Istanbul, Turkey (1986).
I am a Senior Member of IEEE, a Golden Core member of IEEE Computer Society, and a member of ACM. I am active in the IEEE Computer Society. In 2012, I chaired the society’s Transactions Operations Committee that oversees all society-sponsored journals (excluding magazines). During 2011-2012, I served on its Publications Board. I currently serve on on its Board of Governors as an elected member (2012-2014). In 2011, I received a Meritorious Service Award for my contributions My company is a member of the International Software Engineering Research Network (ISERN), a consortium of academic institutions and companies that promotes research and collaboration in empirical software engineering.