Saturday, February 23, 2008

Episode 47--People Part of Technology in Pittsburgh

EPISODE47 - People Part of Technology in Pittsburgh
We have talked previously about Pittsburgh Technology but PPL decided that we needed to know some of how Pittsburgh Technology affected people. So we engaged some diverse talent from the Greater Pittsburgh region to discuss the Pittsburgh people side of technology and its impact.

Pittsburgh People Side of Technology guests were Daniel Roy of Software Technology, Process and People (STPP)Inc, who facilitates People-CMM or Capability Maturity Model ®Polly Speros, Strategist for Campos Voice of the Region Panel and Tracy Certo, Publisher & Editor of Pop City,

Daniel Roy is President of Software Technology, Process and People (STPP) Inc., a training and consulting company specializing in the institutionalization of disciplined software engineering practices at the individual and team levels.

Dan Roy has 30 years experience in the development of biomedical and space systems as a hardware engineer, a programmer, a systems engineer, a research engineer and a manager. He worked for twelve years with major contractors such as General Electric and Loral at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. During this period he was fortunate to be exposed to and even, at times, to participate in the landmark work of the Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL).

He worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute (SEI) for five years until December 1994. While at SEI, Dan led the real-time embedded systems tested project. Dan's interests include methodologies, risk management, process (from the Personal Software Process (PSPSM) to Capability Maturity Model (CMM®) assessments), the People-CMM, and the psychological aspects of change management. Dan Roy has retained close ties with the SEI where he still teaches and consults as a visiting scientist. In particular, he has been a regular teacher of the SEI “train the trainer” course for the Personal Software Process and he was selected by SEI to verify and approve the French translation of CMM and CBA-IPI material. In January 1997, SEI and STPP signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to commercialize the PSP. Since then, Dan has been involved in the delivery of various SEI PSP products, and the on going trials of the Team Software Process (TSPSM) in Europe, the US and in India. He also is an SEI certified P-CMM instructor, an SEI Team Software Process Launch Coach and an SEI PSP certified software developer.
Dan is co-author of the book “Meeting Deadlines in Hard Real-Time Systems” (Briand-Roy) published by IEEE in 1999.
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Daniel M. Roy
Software Technology, Process and People (STPP)Inc
20 Forest Rd
Bradford Woods, PA 15015

Polly Speros
, Campos Voice of the Region Panel

Polly works closely with Campos Inc's clients at the beginning of a project, where she helps to identify their research objectives, and then again at the end, where she is involved in developing a strategy for deploying the qualitative and/or quantitative data to their business.

Campos Voice of the Region Panelists Share Their Opinions on
Issues Important to the Region
Campos Inc (a Pittsburgh-based market research and strategy firm) Voice of the Region Panel, consists of more than 20,000 consumers and professionals from Southwestern Pennsylvania.
As a volunteer panel member, VOR members share their opinions and insights on innovative products and services of local, national, and international corporations, businesses, and organizations.

Additionally, they have the opportunity to participate in quarterly surveys dealing with subjects that are important to the future of our region—like the arts, economic development, health, education, and recreation. Panelists receive the results of the study before anyone else.

In addition, Panelists may be invited to participate in a Campos Inc focus group discussion. Focus group participants usually are eligible for cash compensation.

Campos Inc encourages folks to apply because their opinions count!
Call Communications Manager Vikki Newton at 412-471-8484, Ext. 508, for more information or visit and click on the “Voice of the Region” icon to register.

Visit to register. Click on the Voice of the Region Icon.
You must be 18 years of age or older and have an active
E-mail account to register.
Contact Polly at
Polyxena C. Speros
Business Development Strategist
Campos Inc.
216 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.471.8484 o
412.471.8497 f
412.999.0047 m

Publisher & Editor: of Pop City
• Tracy Certo

An award-winning writer and former advertising agency exec, Tracy started as founding editor of Pop City and was named publisher in November, '07.
Former editor of AIA Pittsburgh's Columns magazine, she has written about topics ranging from architecture and urban design to health and travel. A two-time boomeranger, she returned from Los Angeles where she worked in national media sales with post-grad studies in writing and photography at UCLA.

Features of Pop City are written or videos; Talent profiles; Geek night; Pittsburgh Innovates; Development News; City Live and Pop Filter...

Launched in March of 2006, Pop City is a weekly e-magazine and Web site showcasing the positive and sustained transformation of the Pittsburgh region.

Pop City connects you with the latest growth and investment news about Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods and highlights the best of arts and cultural events weekly. Featuring original stories and photography, Pop City will have you seeing Pittsburgh differently.j

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