Ron Lear

Chief Architect CMMI® Institute

As the CMMI Institute’s Director of IP Development and Chief Architect of CMMI Products and Services, Ron brings over 34 years of experience with continual performance improvement, quality, and process management to supporting the development and launch of CMMI Products, including CMMI V2.0, the Medical Device Discovery Appraisal Program (MDDAP), and Cybersecurity Assessment products.  Ron is a Certified High Maturity Lead Appraiser (CHMLA), certified Instructor, and experienced consultant in the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration with over 300 appraisals completed to date with multiple global industries and small and large (e.g., Fortune 50/500) organizations, including aerospace, automotive (e.g., U.S. Army Tank Command, Tier 2 and 3 automotive Suppliers, BMW, Volvo), biomedical, defense, finance, healthcare, insurance, IT, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and systems and software integrators.

Ron has also successfully held numerous executive and management roles for product and solution development, service delivery, and supplier management. In these roles, he has managed both small and large teams and projects delivering high-quality software, hardware, systems, and services to a wide variety of clients who are still using those products and services today.   This experience also includes agile, DevOps, and CMMI High Maturity-based development and services efforts.  Besides using the CMMI, Ron has extensive experience delivering solutions to clients leveraging ISO, and numerous other continual improvement and quality models and standards. 

Ron is an accomplished, senior quality and continual improvement executive and advisor and is an internationally recognized leader in several key organizations:

·         CMMI V2.0 Chief Architect

·         Former CMMI V2.0 Sponsor, Architecture Working Group representative, and advisor

·         Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ)

·         Member of the United States ISO 9000 Technical Committee (ISO/TC 176 or TAG 176)

·         Former member of the Conference Board Quality Council

·         Former corporate representative and liaison to the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) and ASQ

Ron is an ISO 9001 2015 Lead Auditor and is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).

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