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

Staff Profile

SuZ Miller

Principal Researcher

Key Responsibilities

Perform research and build work products related to Agile Adoption in Regulated Settings (like US government)Work with enterprise-level customers who are contemplating or who have embarked on adoption of Agile or lean methods in regulated settings. Keeper of the SEI technology adoption flame.

Professional Background

Short bio: Ms. Garcia-Miller is a Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, working in the Client Technical Solutions directorate. Her current research is focused on synthesizing effective technology transition and management practices from research and industry into effective techniques for use in the governance of programs adopting or contemplating adoption of Agile or lean methods. From Nov 1997-May 2001, she was the Deployments Manager for aimware, Incorporated's US customers, focusing on using technology to support organizational improvement. The 5 years prior to this were spent at the SEI working in various capacities, from project manager to author, on all the Capability Maturity Models the Institute was involved in. She spent the previous 12 years in multiple improvement- related roles at Lockheed Missile and Space Co.

Publications (recent or significant)

  • Book: CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement, Addison-Wesley, Boston, 2006. (with co-author Richard Turner)
  • Tutorial: "Modeling Key Dynamics in Complex Systems of Systems: Foundational Concepts", ICCBSS 2008. co-authors Phil Boxer, Lisa Brownsword, Pat Kirwan


Agile Adoption in Regulated Settings Team; F-22 Acquisition support team; DCGS Acquisition Support team


  • MS, Systems Engineering, University of Southern California
  • BS, Human factors, University of California, Santa Barbara


    Certified SAFe Process Consultant, need to pay renewal fee to continue authorization, Scaled Agile Academy
    ,Certifried Scrum Master, Scrum Alliance
    ,Certified Intro to CMMI-SVC Instructor, award date approx; renewal every three years, Carnegie Mellon University

Where to Find SEI Agile Adoption Research

Contact SuZ Miller