Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Profile

Lisa Brownsword

Lisa Brownsword

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Key Responsibilities

Lisa Brownsword is a nineteen-year veteran at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) where she is senior member of the technical staff working in the Acquisition Support Program. She manages and participates on customer engagements for major programs within the DoD and federal agencies providing pragmatic expertise in the areas of software engineering, systems of systems (SoS), Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS)-based systems (CBS), architecture and product line, iterative development, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

Brownsword was a member of the former Integrating Software Intensive Systems (ISIS) initiative, investigating the organizational, governance, management, and technical aspects associated with interoperation in SoS environments. She developed and piloted a set of SoS techniques for modeling complex socio-technical systems. She also developed a framework that tailored system dynamics and SoS analysis techniques for analyzing the software assurance landscape, with a focus on malicious software management.

While a member of the CBS initiative, she developed a process for CBS (EPIC), founded and was the inaugural conference chair for the International Conference on COTS-Based Software Systems (ICCBSS), authored and delivered CBS courses for executives, managers, and program office staff to government and industry organizations. She has authored articles for Crosstalk and IEEE Software on various COTS-based system related topics.

Professional Background

As a consultant at Rational Software Corporation, Brownsword provided mentoring to managers and technical practitioners in the use of architecture-centered development, product lines, object technology, and the Rational Unified Process. Brownsword has delivered numerous management and technical courses, workshops, and presentations at professional conferences and to customers around the world.

As a software engineer at SofTech, Brownsword developed, tested and integrated software for Ada compilers and while at Rockwell, International, she developed navigational software for missiles.

Publications (recent or significant)


Acquisition Support Program

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