ASQ Section 0511 February 2015 Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

updatedP.J. Skidoos, Fairfax

updated9908 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030

updatedDirections to P.J. Skidoos in Fairfax

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The Power of Peer Review

Robert Stites

Robert Stites

Short Narrative/Description:

By having at least one other set of eyes "peer review" and comment on our work products, at succeeding stages of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), the quality of the work products and deliverables will be improved substantially, delivered earlier, and at reduced cost.

Beginning with the description of an embarrassing failure in the history of NASA's exploration of Mars, caused primarily by insufficient Peer Review implementation, the presenter will introduce the attendees to the principles, practice, preparation, and power of the Peer Review process. The presentation will conclude with the presenter's lessons learned, best practices, and tool recommendations for effective peer reviews based on the presenter's many years of experience with guiding CMMI Maturity Level 3 projects.

Speaker Background:

Rob has been working in quality assurance activities for over 15 years focusing primarily on the implementation and assessing of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI-DEV), Maturity Level 3 practices. He has assisted numerous Federal agencies, such as the US Secret Service and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as well as Federal contractors in the Northern Virginia area validate and improve their process implementation. He presently works for Maximus, Inc. blessedly close to his home in Reston. Rob holds a BA in Chemistry from Indiana University and an MBS in Science from the University of Colorado. He has served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Montgomery County Community College.


Dinner Location:

PJ SKIDOOS is located in Fairfax City on Fairfax Boulevard between Rt 123 and Fairfax Circle, just north of Fairfax High School. We are offering the choice of three entrees, be sure to complete the reservation form and indicate which you would like.


Reservations: Cost for dinner is $30.00 per person if reservations are made by the deadline (the Friday before the meeting), $35 if otherwise. There is no charge to attend for the presentation only. To register with or without dinner please use our on line reservation form which can be used up to the Sunday before the meeting. If you wish to make a reservation after the Sunday before the meeting or your plans change, please contact, and let us know.


5:30pm - 6:30pm Monthly Board Meeting
6:30pm - 7:00pm Registration & Networking
7:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm Section Business & Presentation

Meetings are open to all ASQ members as well as to the public.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 - TBD

Call for Speakers!!!
Would you or someone you know like to speak at a future ASQ meeting? We're always looking for volunteers. Be creative! Exercise your public presentation skills! Earn recertification credits! Get a free dinner! Please contact