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Anita Carleton

Anita Carleton

Deputy Division Director of the Software Solutions Division

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Anita Carleton is currently the Deputy Division Director of the Software Solutions Division at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University and has more than twenty-five years of technical and management experience in the software engineering industry.  She provides leadership for the research, development, and transition of methods and technologies that encapsulate best practices for software engineering, management, and measurement. 

During her tenure at the SEI, she has held several technical and leadership roles including Director of the SEI Software Engineering Process Management Program, where she provided leadership in researching, developing, and broadly transitioning best practices for software-reliant systems. The SEI models of engineering, management, and measurement practices have been used throughout the software industry worldwide.  As Director, she managed the SEI's software development and measurement initiatives, which included the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a framework that helps organizations increase the maturity of their processes to improve long-term business performance; the Team Software Process (TSP), a software engineering method designed to yield high quality software and high performance teams; and the applications of measurement and analysis techniques. In 2012, she provided technical leadership for the successful spinout of the CMMI product suite to the CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Innovations, Carnegie Mellon University’s technology commercialization enterprise.

Before joining the SEI, Carleton held various technical and management positions at GTE Government Systems in Massachusetts, where she designed, developed, and tested software for the Minuteman and Peacekeeper Missile Systems. She was also instrumental in initiating a software quality measurement program. In her previous position at Goodyear Technical and Research Center in Ohio, she was the lead systems modeling and simulation engineer responsible for conducting tire tread wear studies utilizing experimental design techniques, statistical analysis techniques, and finite element analysis.

Carleton is a graduate in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also recently completed the Leadership Pittsburgh and Carnegie Bosch Executive Leadership Programs. She serves on the IEEE Software Advisory Board and is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society.  Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her leadership activities. She has received achievement awards for her work in support of Air Force programs, from the Journal of the Quality Assurance Institute for her leadership in software measurement, and from Dr. Barry Boehm, Director of Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E), for her leadership in defining a core set of measures and measurement definition frameworks for collecting well-understood and consistent software data throughout the DoD.

Carleton co-authored the book Measuring the Software Process: Statistical Process Control for Software Process Improvement published by Addison Wesley, and is a reviewer of books for the Addison Wesley SEI Series in Software Engineering.  She has served as guest editor for Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, IEEE Software, and the Journal of Systems of Software. She has delivered keynotes at many technology conferences, including the Systems & Software Technology Conference, the Software Engineering Process Group Conference, the Applications of Software Measurement Conference, and the SEI Software Engineering Symposium.

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