Blake Frere is a diverse software specialist with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. His expertise includes software requirements, design, development, testing and maintenance of mission critical systems (NASA Space Shuttle) in mainframe and workstation environments, as well as application of industry-standard Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) techniques, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) methodologies, and Lean concepts. He is certified as a Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Workshop Leader (Boeing) and ScrumMaster (ASPE). In private life, a lengthy history of leadership and public speaking roles demonstrates an ability to effectively communicate and lead organizations.
Blake currently serves at a Technical Lead on the Space Shuttle Flight Software team assigned to the Backup Flight System (BFS). During his time at Boeing he has been actively involved in preparation for CMMI assessments (where a Level 3 status was awarded), and is also a champion of Lean methodologies, having implemented many Lean projects at his Houston site.
Prior to his time at Boeing Blake worked for Intermetrics, Inc., where he was Development Lead for the HAL/S compiler project and a team member of the Shuttle Flight Software Analysis Tools Team.
Mr. Frere holds degrees from The University of Houston - Clear Lake (MA, Computer Information Systems) and West Texas State University (BME, Secondary Music Education; MA, Instrumental Conducting). In his spare time he enjoys opera, conducting the local high school Senior Musical Pit Orchestra, and taking coursework towards an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Houston.