Rational expert: Walker Royce
- Principal contributor to the management philosophy inherent in the IBM Rational Unified Process.
Walker Royce is the vice president of IBM Worldwide Rational Lab Services. He joined Rational in 1994 and served as vice president of professional services from 1997 through the IBM acquisition in 2003. Over the past ten years, he has managed large software engineering projects, consulted with a broad spectrum of IBM Rational clients worldwide, and developed a software management approach based on an iterative development and delivery lifecycle, industry best practices, and architecture-first priorities.
Walker is the author of Software Project Management, A Unified Framework and a principal contributor to the management philosophy inherent in the IBM Rational Unified Process. Before joining Rational Software, Walker spent 16 years in software project development, software technology development, and software management roles at TRW Electronics & Defense. He received the TRW Chairman's Award for Innovation for his contributions in distributed architecture middleware and iterative software processes in 1990 and was named a TRW Technical Fellow in 1992. He received a BA in physics from the University of California and an MS in computer information and control engineering from the University of Michigan.
Walker’s key areas of expertise include agile development, and measuring success and ROI.