Norman L. Kerth
has facilitated project retrospectives for more than twenty years. Over that time,
he has refined retrospectives, blending the best wisdom and techniques of project
experts, such as Deming, Senge, and Peters, with that of "people" experts,
such as Satir, Brandon, and Kubler-Ross. Gerald
Weinberg heralds Norm's Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team
Reviews, as "the definitive work on the subject." Many
of those involved in retrospectives look to Norm as a leader in the field.
is also an expert consultant in the areas of specification and design methodologies
with emphasis on object-oriented technologies. A leader in the emerging area known
as Patterns, he is especially interested in turning around failed projects.
His projects have ranged from the development of a real-time intensive automated
factory floor to robotics to user interface intensive Internet-hosted application
programs in Smalltalk, C++, and Java.
A consultant, his clients include
Mentor Graphics, Tektronix, Data General, Sequent, Automatic Data Processing,
Intel, Leupold & Stevens, Wacker Siltronic, Josten's Learning, the Grass Valley
Group, Empros Systems International, Itron, Audio Precision, Stonner Associates,
CAChe Scientific, Northwest Natural Gas, American Express, Syntellect, IBM, Allen-Bradley,
Sun Microsystems, Computer Curriculum Corporation, Spectra Physics, Nike, U.S.
Army, Andersen Consulting, Landmark Data, Jones Cyber Solutions, Weyerheauser,
Microsoft, Nortel, SCT, Inprise/Borland, the University of Southwestern Louisiana,
and the National Science Foundation.
Before starting his consulting practice,
Norm was a professor at the University of Portland and spent ten years working
for Tektronix in a variety of positions, including corporate software engineering
consultant. He is currently a member of the Weinberg & Weinberg faculty. Norm
resides outside Portland, Oregon.
Norm suffered a debilitating brain injury
in a car accident in 1999. He suffered permanent physical and cognitive disabilities.
If you'd like to help Norm, please send a check payable to the "Norm Kerth
Benefit Fund" to: Karl Wiegers, 11491 SE 119th Drive, Happy Valley, OR, 97086-8278.
Like Norm, Karl is a Dorset House author; he administers the fund with another
friend of Norm's, Paul Blattner.
To contribute online, you can visit http://www.processimpact.com/norm_kerth.html
and make a payment of any multiple of $10 through PayPal or through the Amazon
Honor System. (Donations to individuals are not tax-deductible.) Norm is profoundly
grateful for the support of his friends and well-wishers. Thanks in advance for
For more information, visit Process Impact and read this
article from iDH blog: http://www.dorsethouse.com/inside/2007/03/sd-west-raffle-to-aid-author-norm-kerth_13.html
Bibliography: Norman L. Kerth