Mary C. Ward
Software Engineering Institute
As chief strategy officer for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Mary Catherine Ward develops strategic options to keep the SEI's strategy relevant, to ensure that decisions at all levels align with the strategy, and to develop, execute, and institutionalize strategic initiatives that advance the SEI's mission and strategic goals.
Ward has more than 25 years of experience in the software development field as a practitioner, researcher, manager, consultant, and educator. She joined the SEI in 2003 as a senior member of the technical staff, leading teams dedicated to assisting the Department of Defense and other government agencies in acquiring affordable, high-quality software-intensive systems. During her tenure at the SEI, she has held several leadership roles including chief engineer for civil and defense programs and acting director for the Acquisition Support Program. She has also led or contributed to ongoing research in the areas of enterprise architecture, organizational excellence, and acquisition strategy development.
Prior to joining the SEI, Ward was a certified program manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation, managing intelligence and law enforcement programs. While with Lockheed Martin she held a variety of positions including lead software architect, proposal manager, and principal researcher and had roles in full-lifecycle development of software-reliant systems.
Ward earned a BS in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in computer science from the University of Maryland. She earned the Certified Enterprise Architect designation from Carnegie Mellon.
Publications by Mary C. Ward
October 01, 2007 • Technical Report
This 2007 report presents a COTS and Reusable Software Management Plan that can serve as a guide for how to manage multiple COTS and other reusable software components in complex systems.read
August 01, 2006 • Technical Report
This report introduces a taxonomy of strategy drivers and strategy elements and provides a method for performing a comparative analysis of the strategy drivers and the resulting strategic choices for the elements.read
January 01, 2005 • Presentation
This presentation about software acquisition was given in January 2005 by Mary Catherine Ward and Joseph P. Elm.read