experience: consulting, speaking, teaching

Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Information Systems (January 2016 - present)

Part-Time Faculty, Information Systems Department(September 2015 - December 2015)

Teaching the core Information Systems curriculum to undergraduates and part-time MBA students. Courses include Computers in Management, Introduction to Programming for Management, Systems Analysis and Design, and IT for Management.

Co-founder, Sympraxis Consulting LLC (March 2008 - October 2009; February 2015 - February 2016)

Sympraxis Consulting LLC develops solutions that support knowledge sharing and collaboration in the enterprise with a focus on SharePoint.

Developed several SharePoint intranet and extranet solutions using C#/.NET, JavaScript/jQuery, Angular

Developed features for Salesforce.com product sold on AppExchange and co-facilitated customer deployments

Senior Analyst, Forrester Research (April 2007 - March 2008)

Forrester publishes research and analysis on the technology industry.

Published on issues relevant to application development managers such as mistakes that send development projects off track (#1 report for July 2007), project rescue, team productivity, estimation, and requirements management

Consulted to technology executives on product positioning and managing application development

Gave interviews and webinars to trade publications such as Redmond Developer News and CM Crossroads

Presented at 2007 Forrester Technology Leadership Forum:  Putting Projects Back On Track

Managing Consultant, Renaissance Worldwide (February 1995 - November 1998)

Renaissance created the Balanced Scorecard methodology and specialized in developing knowledge management systems with a focus on strategic learning and performance improvement.

Applied Balanced Scorecard principles to identify the drivers of increased performance for knowledge workers

Developed knowledge management applications to deliver key knowledge at critical process points for maximum benefit

Supervised development of a web-based knowledge management product in collaboration with GTE Internetworking

Vice President Strategic Foundations, Cambridge Technology Group (August 1985 - May 1988)

Cambridge Technology Group (which later spun off Cambridge Technology Partners) was a pioneer in the strategic use of computing technology. Its founders and principals were MIT professors Stuart Madnick and John Donovan.

Facilitated executive participant teams in one-week rapid prototyping workshops

Pioneered executive birds-of-a-feather sessions to enhance relevance of lecture content

Developed and delivered lectures on technology topics to executive education participants

Co-authored chapter of company publication on the strategic uses of computing technology

Senior Consultant, JYACC (February 1992 - February 1995)

JYACC created client-server application development tools and delivered general technology consulting.

Software Engineer, Director of Unix Workstations/ATA Business Unit Operations, Interleaf (May 1988 - January 1992)

Interleaf created electronic publishing and document management software used by major engineering companies. Its ATA business unit provided custom document management applications for global aircraft manufacturers.

experience: it & engineering management

VP Architecture, Patient Route Systems (March 2013 - July 2014)

Patient Route Systems (now HospitalIQ, www.hospiq.com) creates software to bridge the gap between healthcare delivery and management science.

Ground floor role (first employee) in defining and developing flagship product

Developed significant amount of product code (Python/Django hosted on Google App Engine)

Oversaw architecture and development of all server-side functionality

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, PowerWeek.com LLC (March 2012 - March 2013)

PowerWeek (www.powerweek.com) developed a nudge and grow web app for women in network marketing and direct sales.

Collaborated with co-founders on business model, product design, marketing and customer acquisition

Developed majority of the product code (Python/Django hosted on Google App Engine)

Implemented in software (HTML, JavaScript/jQuery, CSS) the design recommendations of user experience and graphic arts professionals

Vice President of Development, DynamicOps (November 2010 - March 2012)

DynamicOps (acquired by VMWare in 2012) developed software to automate the deployment and management of private cloud infrastructures.

Reporting to CTO, built and managed team of 30+ development and QA engineers both direct and indirect

Member of CEO's executive staff team; one of two who did not report directly to CEO

Liaison with Dell Computer at VP level for OEM relationship; delivered monthly code releases to Dell over period of ten months

Shipped three product releases and three service packs in twelve months

Vice President of Research & Development, Airwide Solutions (October 2009 - October 2010)

Airwide (acquired by Mavenir in 2011) developed infrastructure software for text messaging and related telco services.

Reporting to CEO, responsible for 100+ staff and contractors in Canada, Finland, UK, Russia and India; hired Directors in Montreal and Finland

Managed development of over ten products; most sales required my teams to develop custom features rapidly

Automated and rationalized reporting of key R&D metrics for corporate Balanced Scorecard

Drove improvements in business processes for custom development, effort projection, and project tracking

Introduced Agile development methods and a formal code review process

CTO & Chief Security Officer, Curaspan (January 2002 - March 2007)

Curaspan is a SaaS (Software as a Service) provider in the discharge planning discipline of health care.

Oversaw operations for technical infrastructure, all enterprise applications, and HIPAA compliance; managed Product Engineering, IT/Systems Administration, Customer Service, and Client Implementation support teams

Designed and developed products upon which key sales were contingent

Led company through successful ISO17799 security audit

Achieved annual savings of over $100,000 by implementing SOA-based connectivity to FAX vendor

Identified and procured VoIP services resulting in $2,000/month savings

VP Product Development, Cering Corporation (November 2000 - April 2001)

Cering, a planned spin-off from KPMG, developed a team collaboration product built on .NET using XML and SOAP web services.

Built engineering department and managed all aspects of product development life cycle

Recruited architects, managers, and developers, including procurement of India-based offshore resources

Represented company's technology to investors conducting due diligence; company secured $45M in commitments

Vice President of Engineering, Ars Digita/iAggregate (March 2000 - November 2000)

Ars Digita developed Internet collaborative commerce applications. It acquired iAggregate, a venture-backed startup creating internet aggregation technology that made it possible to query web sites using SQL.

Developed architecture and engineering plan in support of securing $5M in venture funding

Assumed responsibility for approximately 150 programmers and project leaders (generating $30M annual revenue) who comprised ArsDigita's solution delivery staff

Built and managed engineering team to create Java-based software components for internet data aggregation

Director of Knowledge Sharing, KPMG (December 1999 - March 2000)

KPMG is a global services company with specialties in tax, audit and business process management.

Led project to develop a knowledge repository and content management system, KWorld, for worldwide use on KPMG's intranet. This contributed to the formation of the Cering spinoff company.

Director Web Application Development, Allaire Corporation (November 1998 - December 1999)

Allaire, now owned by Adobe, created the ColdFusion web application server that powers hundreds of thousands of websites.

Responsible for development of strategic web applications to leverage and showcase Allaire's technology

Promoted to IT Director; responsible for all business systems including General Ledger, Order Management, Customer Contact, and Desktop Support; directed staff of 18

Managed the technical integration (web content, online store, financial data) of two corporate acquisitions


Massachusetts Institute Of Technology1980 - 1985

MS and BS in Computer Science and Engineering, Humanities Concentration in French.  MS thesis at Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.


Frontend: JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Angular (1 & 2)

Backend: Python, Django, Node.js, Express.js, MySQL, MongoDB, Shell scripting, PERL

Office & Productivity: Excel (including VBA), Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Slack, Access

Dev Tools: Jira, Pivotal Tracker, Git, Bitbucket, PyCharm

Platform & OS: Unix/Linux, Windows/DOS, Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Salesforce, AWS

research & blog


These research reports are behind Forrester's pay wall. Contact me if you wish to read them.

Sterpe, Peter with Carey Schwaber, Jacqueline Stone, Ten Mistakes That Send Development Projects Off Track. Forrester Research. (June 2007)

Sterpe, Peter with Carey Schwaber, Jacqueline Stone, David D'Silva, Rescuing Train Wrecks: Putting Derailed Software Projects Back On Track. Forrester Research. (August 2007)

Sterpe, Peter with Carey Schwaber, Mike Gilpin, Alex Cullen, Kahini Ranade, App Dev Managers Should Measure Team Productivity. Forrester Research. (December 2007)

Schwaber, Carey with Peter Sterpe, Marc Cecere, Mike Gilpin, David D'Silva, Best Practices: Estimating Development Projects. Forrester Research. (April 2008)

I have blogged on technology topics at https://psterpe.wordpress.com. Select posts:

 Thoughts on an Active Community of Practice Engine. (July 2009)

Don't Mine Knowledge, Cultivate It. (July 2009)

Adventures in SharePoint Forms-Based Authentication. Four-part series. (March 2009) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4