Dr. Richard Bechtold has over 30 years of software full lifecycle experience. During this time he has held a variety of positions from software engineering, to line, middle, and executive management. In parallel to this work, he has remained actively involved in various training, quality, and process improvement initiatives. Currently, Richard is the President of Abridge Technology, a Virginia-based company he founded in 1996. Abridge Technology provides consulting, training, support services, and appraisals in the areas of project and process improvement, and organizational change. His expertise spans organizations of all types and sizes. Abridge Technology is a CMMI Institute Partner, and Richard is a Certified Appraiser and Instructor for various CMMI models.