John's career started out with a stint as an electronics technician
in the Air Force during the mid '70s. During this time, he developed a
patentable approach for communications link verification. He left the Air Force
to pursue the patent as an entrepreneur, and with zero experience (or
even education) in business management, limped along until he got
bought out (for a pitiful sum) by a
John then knocked around for awhile as a computer salesman, then hard
disk drive manufacturing technician until it dawned on him that the system was
rigged! Without a degree these days, your options are limited. So he signed up
and started taking classes. Back in the early '80s, universities just weren't
structured for the person who had to work full time at a day job, so it took
years to get his first degree.
While he was taking classes, John landed a job with The BDM
Corporation as an Assistant Staff Member. After several years, John saw that
BDM was shrinking rather than growing, so he left to found Generation Four, a
software consulting firm. Generation Four developed three
product lines in addition to software consulting: The G4 Shell, a code library
for the 4th Dimension development
environment; PowerDisk, a subscription newsletter for the same; and DevTrack, a
course in relational database application analysis, design and documentation
for professional developers.
Several years later, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) hired him
as a contractor. Once he had his bachelor's degree, LANL hired him as a
technical staff member and he started climbing the corporate ladder. Over the course of
15 years, he held positions at LANL ranging from software developer to
team leader, section leader and finally CIO for the Risk Reduction and
Environmental Stewardship Division. During this period, he gained a lot of experience in establishing and managing high-rigor software
development lifecycles under nuclear quality assurance requirements, the
development of policies and procedures on software risk management and software
quality management as well as the capabilities and needs of non-IT managers and executives.
John left LANL at the end of 2004 to pursue his Doctorate in Information
Systems from Nova Southeastern
University. As President of Digital Publications LLC, John publishes the Shell Method, a software engineering process repository for information systems development and provides software management,
process consulting, and workshops to a variety of customers.
During 2005 and early 2006, LANL's Information Management division contracted with John to implement a customized version of Shell Method as a standard software engineering process for information systems development. Since then, John has been working a variety of projects associated with process instantiation as well as mentoring and training information systems project sponsors, managers, systems analysts and developers.
John is a
Certified Computing Professional, and has a Bachelors in Business and a
Masters in Computer Information Systems from the
University of Phoenix.
John's full resume is available in Acrobat format