With nearly 45-years of experience in a wide variety of IT technical and management positions, Dr. Robert N. Charette is an internationally acknowledged authority and pioneer in risk management, information systems and technology, systems engineering, the lean development & management of large-scale software-intensive systems, and risk entrepreneurship and innovation. A self-described “risk ecologist,” Charette is interested in understanding and managing the intersections of business, political, technological and societal risks.
Robert Charette has served as a senior advisor to a wide variety of international Fortune 100 companies, high tech consortiums, as well as government departments on the effectiveness, impacts, and rewards/risks of their high-technology programs and policies. Charette has acted as chief risk consultant to financial organizations and companies when investments, mergers or takeovers are considered. Over his career, Charette has been involved in dozens of risk assessments on projects and programs ranging in cost from several million to several billion dollars each.
Along with founding the management consultancy ITABHI Corporation in 1986 where he is the President, in 2007 Charette also co-founded the Decision Empowerment Institute, Ltd., an enterprise risk management consultancy where he serves as a Managing Director. Before founding the ITABHI Corporation, Charette was employed as an electronics engineer at the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a principal consultant at SofTech, Inc., and as a senior member of the executive staff at Computer Sciences Corporation.
In addition to performing his executive management duties, Charette served as the editor of the ISO/IEEE Standard 16085 on software and systems engineering risk management, and was the working group chair of IEEE software risk management standard 1540:2001 which then became ISO/IEC/IEEE 16085:2006. Charette was a founding charter member of the Project Management Institute's risk management specific interest group and was on its risk management advisory board. Charette served for many years as an expert advisor to the risk management programs at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (serving as chair of its Risk Advisory Board) and the Software Productivity Consortium, among others. Charette was also the primary author of the risk management guidelines and framework for the UK Government; served on the National Research Council’s post-Challenger select panel evaluating the effectiveness of NASA's space shuttle software safety program; served as an advisor to the I-CAMP information technology security project of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation; was chief designer of the DoD Tri-Service Assessment Initiative evaluating the problems and risks with the largest DoD software-intensive system programs; served on the US Department of Health and Human Services expert panel on the adoption of electronic health records by small physician practices; is the former elected chair and vice-chair of the National Security Industrial Association's (now NDIA) Software Committee; and served on the IT advisory board of Foundation Ventures, a New York City-based merchant and investment bank.
Robert Charette is a frequent international lecturer and author. He is the author of the McGraw-Hill books, Software Engineering Risk Analysis and Management (1989), Applications Strategies for Risk Management (1990), Software Engineering Environments: Concepts and Technology (1986), and co-author of A Unified Approach for the Development of Systems (1987) and Decision Empowerment: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Good Decision Makers (2007). He also was the original author of the Introduction to the Management of Risk (HMSO:1993). Along with these, Charette has written chapters or contributions for the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering (1994, 2001), Advances in Computing (1997), Effective Risk Management: Some Keys to Success (2003), The Next Wave of Technologies (2010), and The Age of the Platform (2011).
Charette has written numerous journal, magazine and other articles on the subject of risk management, project and program management, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship. Charette is an award-winning contributing editor to IEEE Spectrum magazine, where since 2007 he has penned the Risk Factor blog. His writings for IEEE Spectrum have garnered four prestigious Jesse H. Neal Awards finalist nominations, two of which won awards. Charette writes regularly for the Cutter IT Journal and has previously co-written the “After Shock” column for IEEE Computer magazine. He has also a frequent contributor to the Business Intelligence Review and Government Executive magazine, among others. Previously, he was on the editorial board of Software Quality Professional and was a long-time contributing editor to the London-based magazine Software Management. Charette is also been a source for stories in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, CIO magazine and several other media news outlets.
Charette is a Fellow of the Enterprise Risk Management and Governance practice for the Cutter Consortium; a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society; a 40-year member of the ACM; a Life Senior Member of the IEEE as well as elected member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core; and, has been a member of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society since 1976. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Robert N. Charette is an expert media resource in managing enterprise and government risk, information and communications technology, and related technology issues. Dr. Charette is available for media interviews. Members of the media can request an interview by sending a request to CustomerInformation@ITABHI.com