Process Performance Professionals
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PPP, through its president, Mike D'Ambrosa, has been closely working with the Software Engineering Institute.  PPP, through its president, Mike D'Ambrosa, is (or has been) authorized to perform key SEI/CMMI Institute services, including the following:

  • Authorized SW-CMM Instructor
  • Authorized SW-CMM Lead Assessor (CBA IPI)
  • Authorized CMMI-DEV Instructor
  • Authorized CMMI-SVC Instructor
  • Authorized CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC High Maturity Lead Appraiser (SCAMPI)

Mike D'Ambrosa has attended over a dozen conferences and has given one or more presentations at most of them.  Most recently Mike attended the European SEPG Conference held in Dublin, Ireland.  He also attended the prior E-SEPG Conference held in Porto, Portugal.  In Porto Mike presented a full-day tutorial on using regression equations to predict project performance.

Mike has been involved in engineering/software/management since the early 1980s.  (Prior to that he was a college professor of Mathematics, which is where the doctorate comes from).  The last 16 years of that time his emphasis has been on CMM/CMMI-related process improvement, training, and appraisal activities.  He has performed those activities for many different companies, with many different organizational structures.   

Please note in particular his involvement with the SEI.  In Mike was a contributing author in both CMMI V1.2 and V1.3 and a member of the SEI’s High Maturity Team.  Please call PPP at 973-540-9345 (office) or send an e-mail to if you have any questions about PPP or if you need additional information.

Mike’s resume is below, but resumes only tell so much. 

***  Resume for Dr. Michael J. D’Ambrosa  *** 

President – Process Performance Professionals

Address: 4 Shawn Court, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Office: 973-540-9345



  • Fouteen years consulting experience focused on product development and services consulting, statistical analyses, and process appraisals.  Clients included BAE Systems, Prudential, IBM, AT&T, AIG, and Axa Insurance.
  • Contributing author to CMMI V1.2 and CMMI V1.3; served on SEPG 2009 committee as the high maturity track lead; member of the SEI-sponsored International Process Research Consortium (IPRC); served on SEI committees providing guidance for high maturity appraisals and development of a Lead Appraiser’s Body of Knowledge; and member of SEI Lead Appraiser Appeal Board.
  • Certified Lead Appraiser and Instructor for CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC; certified SCRUM (Agile) leader.
  • Extensive experience as systems engineer, software project manager, and process improvement director.
  • Ph.D. in mathematics from Polytechnic Institute of New York; author of two mathematics publications in measure theory and point set topology.
  • 30 years full time or part time teaching experience including 17 years as full-time Associate Professor of Mathematics at Seton Hall University specializing in teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics.

Employment History (in reverse chronological order)

Process Performance Professionals (PPP) – Parsippany, NJ

  • President of self-owned technical consulting firm.
  • Developer of CMMI Lean Appraisal Method (CLAM), a low-cost flexible appraisal method.
  • Responsible for general process consulting, training, and appraising in accordance with standards developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).  Worked primarily with defense firms and IT groups.
  • Contributing author for Versions 1.2 and 1.3 of the CMMI (SEI’s model of best development practices, which is used worldwide). 

BAE Systems (& legacy companies) – Wayne, NJ

  • Manager/Director of Process Improvement Department.  Responsible for coordinating process improvement activities at BAE Systems Communication and Navigation Solutions (C&NS) business area, located in Wayne, NJ.
  • BAE Systems North America Process Improvement Project Manager.
  • SEI Partner technical contact for BAE Systems.
  • Software Manager for MIDS multi-national NATO Link-16 project – responsible for over $40M of software development and delivery.  At its peak managed 70 software engineers.
  • Extensive service-related work with the Harrier Program in the UK and the Technical Support and Services division in the DC area and the Patuxent River Naval Base.
  • Engineering Manager & Software Manager (for eight different contracts).
  • Software Engineer – software test lead
  • System Engineer – developed requirements and system test lead.

Software Management Solutions – Edison, NJ

  • Vice President - Process Performance
  •  Process consultant focusing on Process Appraisals.

Montclair State University – Montclair, NJ

  • Adjunct professor of both mathematics and computer science.
  • Taught graduate-level computer science courses.

AT&T Long Lines - Bedminster, NJ

  • Consultant responsible for technical forecasting.
  • Responsibilities included development of short-term revenue forecasting model based on time series analysis.

Seton Hall University- South Orange, NJ

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics.
  • Taught both graduate and undergraduate courses – specialized in Statistics.
  • Served as Acting Chairperson when acting Chair was on sabbatical.
  • Consistently rated as one of the best mathematics teachers by students.

Education (in reverse chronological order)

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken ,NJ): Masters degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
  • Polytechnic University of New York (Brooklyn, NY): Ph.D. in Mathematics, specializing in measure theory and point set topology.
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin): Masters degree in Mathematics.
  • Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ): Bachelor degree in Mathematics.

Skills, Credentials, Related Accomplishments

  • SEI-authorized high maturity (i.e. statistically based) lead appraiser and authorized trainer for a three-day SEI Introduction to CMM course.  Responsibilities include training and leading a team which appraises the development of organization’s processes, procedures, and forecasting models.
  • Led a division of BAE to a successful high maturity appraisal by providing technical direction, training, regression equation support, etc.
  • Made numerous (10-15) very well-received presentations at numerous conferences in the US and Europe.  In particular gave a full-day tutorial in Portugal in 2010 on using regression equations to predict project performance.
  • Has participated in or led 35+ CMM/CMMI-based appraisals.
  • Was a member of the SEI-sponsored International Process Research Consortium (IPRC).
  • Has served on the SEI committee providing guidance for high maturity appraisals and development of a Lead Appraiser’s Body of Knowledge.
  • Have varying levels of knowledge of 10 programming languages.
  • Have worked with various modeling tools/methods (e.g. SPC for Excel, SPC Express, Box-Jenkins, Monte Carlo simulations, multiple linear regression, COCOMO/REVIC, etc.).
  • Mathematics publications are: "Wallman Compactifications by 0-1 Measures" and  "Ultrafilters and Borel Measures"
  • Additional publication is "Use of Relational Database for Requirements Management.”
  • Extensive knowledge of both theoretical and applied mathematics; in particular industry experience can be used in classroom to provide real-life examples of wide applicability of mathematics to various industries.
  • Expert at statistics; teaching specialty at Seton Hall and focused area of technical responsibility at BAE Systems.
  • Authored a college textbook on introductory college-level statistics.
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