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Karl Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact in Portland, Oregon. He has provided training and consulting services worldwide on many aspects of software development, management, and process improvement. Prior to starting Process Impact in 1997, Karl spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company. His responsibilities there included experience as a photographic research scientist, software applications developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader. Karl has led process improvement activities in small application development groups, Kodak's Internet development group, and a division of 500 software engineers developing embedded and host-based digital imaging software products.

Karl is the author of the following technical books:

Software Requirements, 3rd Edition, with Joy Beatty (Microsoft Press, 2013)
Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools (Microsoft Press, 2007)
More About Software Requirements: Thorny Issues and Practical Advice (Microsoft Press, 2006)
Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide (Addison-Wesley, 2002)
Creating a Software Engineering Culture (Dorset House Publishing, 1996)

In 2011 Karl published a memoir of life lessons called Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons. Karl has also written more than 175 articles on many aspects of software, chemistry, and military history. He has served on the Editorial Board of IEEE Software and as a Contributing Editor for Software Development magazine.

Karl received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Boise State College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. He is a frequent speaker at software conferences and professional society meetings. When not at the keyboard, Karl enjoys reading military history, tasting (okay, drinking) wine, cooking, volunteering, playing his Les Paul and Stratocaster guitars (loudly), and riding his Suzuki VX800 motorcycle (quietly). For more information, and to hear some songs Karl wrote and recorded, please visit karlwiegers.com.

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