Richard Turner

Sibling Rivalry: Can lean approaches help integrate systems and software engineering?

We live in a world where our conceptual reach is on the verge of exceeding our technological grasp. This is particularly true of the complex systems we depend on daily for entertainment, communication, safety, security and transportation. Our ability to build these systems is increasingly challenged. Dr. Turner asserts that a significant part of the problem resides in a disconnect and a form of sibling rivalry between two critical development disciplines: systems and software engineering. He discusses the impact of current system trends, why the disconnect between the two disciplines must be resolved, and suggests ways that lean approaches may provide both insight and guidance for this reconciliation.


Richard Turner Dr. Richard Turner is a Distinguished Service Professor at Stevens Institute, a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and a respected researcher and consultant with thirty years of international experience in systems, software and acquisition engineering. Dr. Turner has supported defense, intelligence and civil government agencies. A charter member of the author team for CMMI, he has led process improvement initiatives across a broad range of disciplines. Dr. Turner is co-author of three books: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed, CMMI Distilled , and CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement.