Matthew Kennedy

  

Dr. / Professor / Mr., Defense Acquisition University

Location: Virginia


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

Matthew Kennedy is a Professor of Software Engineering at Defense Acquisition University (DAU) where he teaches the various acquisition processes and software development methodologies used by the Federal Government to acquire software.   Prior to teaching at DAU Matt was the Associate Director of Engineering at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where he lead various agile development teams to produce cross country data sharing solutions for cancer research institutes.   He spent the bulk of his career developing software for the Department of Defense on small teams using agile methodologies.

Work experience

Defense Acquisition University, Professor
September 2012 - Present, Ft. Belvoir, VA, United States
Teaches the various acquisition processes and software development methodologies used by the Federal Government to acquire software. Presents targeted training on agile methodologies to various DoD components and program executive offices this includes an overview of Scrum, XP, FIST as well as other organizational agile methodologies. • Develop, present and teach/facilitate software/Information Technology (IT) courses delivered to the Defense Acquisition Workforce on current laws, policies, procedures, and practices such as: Information Assurance (IA), IT/Software Metrics, Clinger Cohen (Title 40), Portfolio Management, Enterprise Architecture (DODAF 2.0), Modular Open System Approach / Architecture (MOSA), Project Management, Risk Management, Systems Engineering and Requirements Analysis. • Provide consulting to the Defense Department and military services. Consulting efforts include: Agile IT Acquisition, software/system engineering processes, technical review evaluation, COTS integration, Unified Modeling Language (UML) training, and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA). • DAU-South research project lead for Agile System Engineering. This research project is focused on developing an Agile System Engineering Framework increasing our ability to deliver IT capabilities that are within budget, on schedule and contain the desire functionality while increasing project management insight and decreasing development risk. • DAU Research Curriculum IPT member. Lead by the Director of Research, this IPT is developing a research course to educate DAU faculty and the acquisition community on successfully performing applied and basic research. • IT Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead for Defense Acquisition University (DAU) remote delivery effort. This effort will merge several different technologies at dozens of remote sites to enhance both learning and content delivery creating a full spectrum classroom experience. • DAU-South Rapid Acquisition Research Project Lead. The research team is assigned to collect, analyze, and distribute best practices and lessons learned from various Rapid Acquisition Programs across the DoD. • Represent DAU at national conferences by presenting research, policy, and/or procedure presentation. • Serve as Treasurer of the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association-South (DAUAA-S). Responsible for annual budget proposal, financial tracking and allocation of DAUAA-S funds. Increased DAUAA-S outreach initiatives resulting in a 15% increase in membership and a 500% increase in revenue. • Coordinate and manage IT assets and personnel for DAUAA-S conference including 36 breakout sessions and 4 main assemblies. • Responsible for DAUAA-S conference budget and funds allocation with an input and expenditure exceeding $225,000. • Coordinate, plan, and manage Information Resource Management (IRM) 202 for the south region ensuring curriculum and execution consistency across all 5 DAU regions. • Recommend and incorporate custom and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) IT solutions to enhance learning and curriculum development activities within the DAU organization. These IT solutions have increased course configuration management effectiveness, decreased practicum preparation time and automated internal business processes. • Key contributor to the DAU recommendation to Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Congress regarding proposed guidelines on rapid IT acquisition.

National cancer Institute, Assoc. Director of Engineering
September 2011 - September 2012, Bethesda, MD, United States
Lead various agile development teams to produce cross country data sharing solutions for cancer research institutes. • Project Officer (PO) / Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for the cancer Grid (caGrid). CaGrid is comprised of over 60 applications, services, and tools which provide a virtual network of interconnected data, individuals, and organizations that work together to redefine how cancer research is conducted. (including cost, schedule and performance monitoring / reporting) • PO / COTR for Annotation Imaging Markup (AIM) which is the first project of its kind to propose/create a standard means of adding information /knowledge to an image in a clinical environment in order to create a future in which image content can be easily and automatically searched. (including cost, schedule and performance monitoring / reporting) • PO / COTR for Cancer Common Ontologic Representation Environment (caCORE) which is a set tools and APIs that are developed by the National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics and Information Technology (NCI CBIIT) to provide building blocks for development of interoperable information management systems, enabling data sharing from the scientific bench to the clinical bedside and back. (including cost, schedule and performance monitoring / reporting) • Voting member of the CBIIT Operations and Architecture Governance boards which reduces redundancy and facilitates interoperability among the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG®) tools, applications and standards while ensuring compliance with the NIH Enterprise Architecture. • Process consolidation lead tasked to consolidate the CBIIT engineering division comprised of multiple application domains under a single process allowing CBIIT to better manage risk and deliver software in an agile manner. • Lead Systems Integrator and technical project manager on the 2TRANSCEND project. This project consists of the integration, development and deployment of 5 in house development projects, various cloud hosted services and applications, and 2 externally developed open source software projects. The system is targeted to be deployed at the I-SPY 2 distributed clinical breast cancer trial which uses patient outcomes to immediately inform treatment assignments for subsequent trial participants and can test new treatments in half the time, at a fraction of the cost and with significantly fewer participants. • Member of the NCI CBIIT Open Source Development Initiative (OSDI) board which establishes both governance and technical policy to successfully transition projects to the open source community. • Responsible for defining the current and future CBIIT technology stack. The technology stack ensures that NCI CBIIT hosted applications are regularly migrated to new versions of the chosen technology stack (underlying hosted technologies / versions). • Review and approve Statements of Work (SOW) and Statements of Objectives (SOO) to meet current and future needs of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). • Calculate cost estimates for software development, operations and maintenance, and research contracts to ensure cost reasonableness. • Source Selection and Evaluation Board (SSEB) member for various system / software development and operations and maintenance contracts.

Defense Acquisition University, Professor
January 2009 - September 2011, Huntsville, AL, United States
• Develop, present and teach/facilitate software/Information Technology (IT) courses delivered to the Defense Acquisition Workforce on current laws, policies, procedures, and practices such as: Information Assurance (IA), IT/Software Metrics, Clinger Cohen (Title 40), Portfolio Management, Enterprise Architecture (DODAF 2.0), Modular Open System Approach / Architecture (MOSA), Project Management, Risk Management, Systems Engineering and Requirements Analysis. • Provide consulting to the Defense Department and military services. Consulting efforts include: Agile IT Acquisition, software/system engineering processes, technical review evaluation, COTS integration, Unified Modeling Language (UML) training, and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA). • DAU-South research project lead for Agile System Engineering. This research project is focused on developing an Agile System Engineering Framework increasing our ability to deliver IT capabilities that are within budget, on schedule and contain the desire functionality while increasing project management insight and decreasing development risk. • DAU Research Curriculum IPT member. Lead by the Director of Research, this IPT is developing a research course to educate DAU faculty and the acquisition community on successfully performing applied and basic research. • IT Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead for Defense Acquisition University (DAU) remote delivery effort. This effort will merge several different technologies at dozens of remote sites to enhance both learning and content delivery creating a full spectrum classroom experience. • DAU-South Rapid Acquisition Research Project Lead. The research team is assigned to collect, analyze, and distribute best practices and lessons learned from various Rapid Acquisition Programs across the DoD. • Represent DAU at national conferences by presenting research, policy, and/or procedure presentation. • Serve as Treasurer of the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association-South (DAUAA-S). Responsible for annual budget proposal, financial tracking and allocation of DAUAA-S funds. Increased DAUAA-S outreach initiatives resulting in a 15% increase in membership and a 500% increase in revenue. • Coordinate and manage IT assets and personnel for DAUAA-S conference including 36 breakout sessions and 4 main assemblies. • Responsible for DAUAA-S conference budget and funds allocation with an input and expenditure exceeding $225,000. • Coordinate, plan, and manage Information Resource Management (IRM) 202 for the south region ensuring curriculum and execution consistency across all 5 DAU regions. • Recommend and incorporate custom and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) IT solutions to enhance learning and curriculum development activities within the DAU organization. These IT solutions have increased course configuration management effectiveness, decreased practicum preparation time and automated internal business processes. • Key contributor to the DAU recommendation to Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Congress regarding proposed guidelines on rapid IT acquisition.

Various, Sr. Software Engineer (Team Lead)
March 2003 - January 2009, Various, United States
• Team Development Lead – Responsible for project software timeline estimates, technical requirements analysis, and task allocation. • Observed, managed, and contributed to software teams using various agile development methodologies such as Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), and Rapid Prototyping. • Coordinated and managed geographically distributed testing teams to achieve complete non-overlapping system testing. • Developed and delivered user demonstrations to the Army Aviation community to gather feedback and assist in the prioritization of requirements for future releases. • Designed software test scripts based on user requirements to ensure complete verification testing. • Provided technical integration support to the US Army Software Engineering Directorate (SED) for software integration into the Army’s Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS). • Designed and coded relational database to store aviation crew information while ensuring Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliance. • Presented and constructed technical and status briefings to senior management. • Created software architecture data models including use case, sequence, activity, and state diagrams based on UML 2.0 specifications. • Gathered user requirements and decomposed them into technical requirements for incorporation into the next software release. • Developed and designed PC based Risk Analysis software for the Army’s Combat Readiness Center to be used as the first step in standardizing risk assessment across Army Aviation. • Served as customer interface for technical issues and requirements verification. • Integrated Global Reference Atmospheric Model (GRAM) into the Range Safety Modeling Toolkit (RSMT), enabling wind and atmospheric calculations to be used during missile propagation. • Developed interface between state-of-the-art C# .NET managed toolkit architecture and legacy FORTRAN software, following CMMI processes. • Supported interface development of XML missile flight event and vehicle databases representing both nominal and failed missile trajectories. • Incorporated Air Force, Army, and Navy range safety standards into missile defense software simulations in support of future GMD, AEGIS, THAAD, and PATRIOT flight testing programs. • Designed and developed real-time digital pilot station to monitor multiple Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (AUAV). • Performed research to develop cooperative control algorithms (using SWARM technology) to allow multiple AUAV autonomous flight is a constrained geographic region. • Performed Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) testing on Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) components. • Designed and developed Graphical User Interface (GUI) which displays real-time images received from AUAV while simultaneously tracking multiple platforms within the display (ESRI software with C# DLL interfacing). • Development tools/databases/languages: Visual Studios 2005/2008/2010 .NET Development Environment, C#.NET, XAML, JavaScript, XML, SQL, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, HTML, C/C++, VB.NET, FORTRAN, J# .NET, ASP.NET, PERL, JAVA.

US AIr Force, Network Intelligence Analyst
June 1999 - March 2003, Various
• Used Electrical Intelligence Notation (ELNOT) to track and ID radar systems. • Disseminated over 1,500 technical COMINT and ELINT reports from the United States Navy (EP-3) and United States Air Force (RC-135) airborne reconnaissance platforms with a 98 percent accuracy rating. • Performed daily maintenance of UNIX and Windows based operating systems. • Implemented new data transmission techniques on a highly technical $2M digital ground-air satellite. • Presented and constructed threat and status briefings given to the wing command staff. • Assisted in organization and presentation of Annual Intelligence Training courses and evaluations. • Created and maintained PERL-based software on classified computer systems in order to systematically automate daily activities. • Employed DoD and commercial utilities such as: Falcon View, Rain Drop, M3, Zircon, Oilstock, Sensor Pacer, Zircon and all Microsoft Office utilities. • Performed high-profile collateral damage estimates (CDE) in order to verify authorized target elements and minimize civilian casualties. • Created and delivered target intelligence briefings to theatre commanders. • Tracked continuous air-defense targets by cross-analyzing imagery interpretation reports with imagery (EO/IR). • Fused weapons systems videos, imagery, and sensitive reporting identifying weapons effects and munitions results as a member of the Joint Task Force Battle Damage Assessment Cell.