Faculty Profile

Dr. Richard Turner

Building: Babbio
Phone: 202 390-3772
Email: [email protected]
School:  School of Systems & Enterprises
Department:  School of Systems and Enterprises
Program:  Software Engineering / Systems Engineering

BA Mathematics, Huntingdon College

MS Computer Science, University of Louisiana - Lafayette

DSc Engineering Management, The George Washington University


Dr. Turner’s research interests include:

  • harmonizing software, systems engineering and acquisition life-cycle models;
  • applying agile and lean techniques to improve a wide variety of engineering tasks;
  • transitioning research to practice;
  • enabling cross-discipline research ( e.g. cognitive research with SE and SW practice);
  • establishing empirical profiles for SW development and acquisition best practices; and,
  • employing spiral, risk-driven methods in large system-of-systems acquisitions.

A member of the author team for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), he has led process improvement initiatives in information technology, system engineering and software acquisition.

He conceived and evolved the DoD Acquisition Best Practices Clearinghouse. Until recently deployed through the Defense Acquisition University, this was the first repository of contextspecific empirical information about software and systems practices.

Dr. Turner 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 3d ed. 2008), and CMMI Survival Guide: Just enough Process Improvement (2007), co-authored with Suzanne Garcia (Addison-Wesley 2007). Both CMMI titles are part of Addison-Wesley’s SEI Series in Software Engineering.

Dr. Turner has a BA in Mathematics from Huntingdon College, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and a DSc in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a Fellow and Board Member of the Lean Systems Society.

General Information

Dr. Richard Turner has over thirty years of experience in systems, software and acquisition engineering. He has developed and acquired software in the private and public sectors and consulted for government and commercial organizations. He is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Previous to joining Stevens, he was a Fellow at the Systems and Software Consortium, where he supported technical projects and provided professional exposure for the Consortium through publications, speaking and consulting. His current research applies flow-based scheduling to multi-level systems and software engineering environments (e.g. systems of systems) to enable faster value delivery and better visibility and coordination across levels and disciplines. He was selected as an author for the IEEE-CS/PMI Software Extension to the Guide to the PMBOK.

Honors & Awards
  • 2012 Selected as Fellow, Lean Systems Society
  • 2000 Excellence in Process Improvement Award, Federal Aviation Administration
  • 1997 Research and Acquisition Achievement Award, Federal Aviation Administration
  • 1996 Hammer Award, Vice President Gore and the National Performance Review
  • 1994 Selected for US Office of Personnel Management Executive Potential Program
  • 1993 Associate Administrator’s Award of Excellence, Federal Aviation Administration
  • 1975 Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges
Professional Societies
  • Author Team, Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide, Project Management Institute and IEEE Computer Society sponsored, 2010-present
  • Research Track Chair, Agile 2013, Agile Alliance, Nashville, August, 2013.
  • Fellow, Board Officer, Lean Systems Society (formerly Lean Software and Systems Consortium), 2010-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis
  • Center (CSIAC)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Software Technology Conference, 2008-present
  • Independent reviewer and editorial consultant for Pearson (Addison-Wesley Professional) in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Systems Engineering 2005-present
  • Keynote Speaker, Agility, Collaboration, Innovation: Foundations for Attacking Wicked Problems, Improving Systems and Software Engineering Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2012.
  • Systems Engineering Session Chair and Invited Speaker, Consideration of a multi-layer on-demand scheduling system for complex, rapid-response, system-of-systems development environments, Lean Software and Systems Conference, Boston 2012.
  • Invited Speaker, Lean Systems Engineering Within System Design Activities, Lean Software and Systems Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, Lean Software and Systems Conference, Atlanta, 2010.
  • Member, Technical Committee, Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, 2010.
  • Keynote Speaker, Sibling Rivalries: Reconciling Systems and
  • Software Engineering, Improving Systems and Software Engineering Conference, Canberra, Australia, 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, American Society for Quality, October, 2007.
  • Keynote Speaker, Latin American Software Engineering Process Group Conference, Guadalajara, Mexico, November, 2005
  • Invited Speaker to National Security Administration’s Systems and Software Engineering Focus Day, 2005
  • Keynote speaker, PROFES 2004, Nara, Japan.
  • US member, US-UK-AUS Software Intensive Systems Acquisition Improvement Group, a working group of experts addressing common problems in acquiring complex software-enabled defense systems.
  • Focus Team Lead, IEEE Std P1648 Draft Recommended Practice for Establishing and Managing Software Development Efforts Using Agile Methods Affiliate, Center for Software Engineering, University of Southern California
  • Member, Software Steering Committee, Army Unit of Action (formerly Future Combat Systems) Program
  • Member, Program Committee, NDIA-sponsored CMMI Technology and Users Conference
  • Member, Executive Board, System and Software Technology Conference
  • Member, DDR&E Software Producibility Research Task Force
  • Sponsored, supported and participated in the DoD Software Engineering Science and Technology Summit
  • Testified before the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on DoD software quality assurance practices in May, 2001