Dale Childs has worked with our organization as a lead appraiser and instructor since early in the Software CMM days. His practical view of the CMMI and ability to translate the model's requirements to real world business needs has greatly assisted our process improvement efforts. Dale recently led SCAMPI A & B appraisals for us that focused on maturity levels 2 and 3. His fair and unbiased approach to appraisals ensured that we received a thorough look into our processes.
His appraisal leadership not only identified process gaps from the CMMI, but also found other potential improvement opportunities to help our organization. Dale exhibits a level of integrity, technical knowledge, and ability to relate to our business needs that makes him an invaluable partner in our process improvement efforts. We appreciate his past assistance and look forward to a long-term working relationship. We highly recommend Dale to any organization interested in embarking on a CMMI-based process improvement effort or that just needs appraisal support.

USMC Technology Services Organization
Clint Swett, Director

Esterline AVISTA has worked with Dale for more than 5 years now – first as we worked towards achieving CMMI Level 3 and then as we achieved CMMI Level 5. Dale brings many strengths to the table: a deep understanding of the CMMI model and how to implement it in the real world; the ability to recognize a company’s cultural traits and tailor his approach to be most effective; and the inter-personal skills necessary to lead others through far-reaching organizational changes.
Dale has played a key role in helping AVISTA become the U.S. leader in software engineering services. AVISTA values Dale’s technical knowledge, coaching skills and unquestionable integrity. We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.

Esterline AVISTA
Thomas M. Bragg, VP Operations
Platteville, WI