CMMI Institute

Capability Counts 2018

Speaker Profile

Rob Stites, CQA, PMP, Technical Program Manager

CACI, Inc.

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Rob Stites and his wife, Donna, live in Reston and have 3 grown daughters and two grandchildren. He has been working in quality assurance for over 17 years, focusing primarily on the implementation and assessment of CMMI-DEV, Maturity Level 3 practices for numerous Federal agencies and Federal contractors. Rob is employed by CACI International Inc., leading quality assurance and continuous process improvement for an SAP-based supply chain management project for the USDA. He has served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Montgomery County Community College as well as a teacher for his church congregation. Rob loves to bike along the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) trail to his office.


The Power of Peer Review

Conference Track: Organizational Transformation and Improvement

The governing principle of peer reviews is that by having at least one other set of eyes peer review and comment on our work products, at succeeding stages of the SDLC, the quality of the work products and deliverables will be improved substantially, earlier, and at reduced cost. Starting with the description of an historical and embarrassing failure in the history of NASA's exploration of Mars, caused primarily by insufficient peer review implementation, the presenter will introduce the attendees to the principles, practice, preparation, and power of the peer review process. The presentation will expose the many myths and complaints about peer review practice.