Donald J. Reifer is recognized as one of the leading figures in the fields of software engineering and management with more than forty years of progressive management experience in industry, academia and government. He is skilled in software program/project management, quality assurance, measurement, testing and test automation, and change management. He has led major agile, business process improvement and R&D initiatives and succeeded in building businesses, making improvements, and changing organizations for the better. He has served as a visiting associate for the USC Center for Software Engineering and sat on the Board of Directors for several start-ups and Prescott College. He is often called upon by clients to develop and help implement quality improvement strategies, develop roadmaps, improve testing, devise measurement and metrics approaches, and perform competitive assessments with an emphasis on business analysis and value determination.
From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Reifer managed the Department of Defense (DoD) Software Initiatives Office. He also served as Director of the DoD Reuse Initiative and Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office as a Senior Executive Service (SES) official. Previously, while with TRW, Mr. Reifer served as Deputy Program Manager for their Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) efforts and managed their fail-safe R&D initiatives. While with the Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Reifer managed all of the software efforts related to their Space Transportation System efforts. Currently, as President of his Reifer Consultants, he acts as a trusted advisor and helps executives in Fortune 500 firms transform organizations using technologies like agile methods, test automation, and cognitive computing. He is known for his business, technical, team-building and practical problem solving skills.
Reifer received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, his M.S. in Operations Research from USC and the Certificate in Business Management from UCLA. He has taken advanced courses in operating systems, process improvement and security.
Mr. Reifer has published over two hundred software engineering and management papers and nine technical books. Reifer’s many awards include the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the AIAA Software Engineering Award, the ICEAA Frieman Award, the DISA Service Award, membership in Who’s Who in the West, and the Hughes Aircraft Company Masters Fellowship.