Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Bill Curtis is an American software and organizational scientist. He is Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President at CAST and Executive Director of the Consortium for Information & Software Quality (CISQ). He is best known for leading the development of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM for Software) and the People CMM in the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He co-founded TeraQuest, a provider of CMM-based services, which was sold to Borland Software Corporation in 2005. He has published 5 books, over 150 articles, and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his career contributions to software process improvement and measurement.


Robert Martin, CSSLP and Senior Principal Engineer at MITRE, spends the majority of his time working with industry on the CWE and CAPEC security standardization initiatives and with the Industrial Internet Consortium. For the past 24 years, Martin’s efforts focused on the interplay of risk management and cybersecurity. Martin is a frequent international speaker on the various security and quality issues surrounding technology systems, has published numerous papers on these topics, authored over a dozen ITU-T X-series Recommendations, and chairs the OMG Structured Assurance Cases Metamodel Task Force. Martin joined MITRE in 1981 with a B.S. and M.S. in EE from RPI, later earning an MBA from Babson College. He is a member of the ACM, AFCEA, NDIA, the Open Group, and the IEEE Computer Society.


Richard Knaster is the Vice President and Chief Scientist for Value Stream Management at Digital.ai. He has more than 30 years' experience in software and systems development and IT. Before joining Digital.ai, Richard was a SAFe methodologist, and principal consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc. Prior to that Richard was Chief Agile Methodologist at IBM and has held several executive roles in IT and software development (CIO, CTO, VP Development). He has been leading large-scale Agile transformations for well over 15 years and is passionate about helping organizations create a better work environment to deliver value, improve quality and flow, and be more engaging and fun. Richard has written 5 books on SAFe and recently published an eBook on Value Stream Management.