Watts S. Humphrey


Watts S. Humphrey founded the Software Process Program of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow of the Institute and is a research scientist on its staff. From 1959 to 1986, he was associated with IBM Corporation, where he was director of programming quality and process. His publications include many technical papers and seven books. His most recent books are Managing the Software Process (1989), A Discipline for Software Engineering (1995), Managing Technical People (1996), Introduction to the Personal Software Process (1997), Introduction to the Team Software Process (2000), and Winning With Software: An Executive Strategy. He holds five US. Patents. In 1991 he served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Mr. Humphrey was awarded an honorary Ph.D. degree in software engineering by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998. In 2000, the Watts Humphrey Software Quality Institute in Chennai, India was named in his honor and the Boeing Corporation presented him with an award for innovation and leadership in software process improvement.