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Don Cooper

An Oxford graduate, Don Cooper is an expert in architecture, configuration and installation of IBM Rational tools and processes, including DOORS, RPE and DXL. He has decades of software engineering background, with special expertise in continuous lifecycle management on both Websphere and Tomcat with an SQL backend and is well-versed in the full range of Rational CLM tools. Don also is fluent in English, German and Romanian.

“The secret to success isn’t to follow your passion, but to follow your ability and bring your passion along.” – Don Cooper

CAREER MILESTONES

INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY – Greenwich, CT
IBM Rational Tools Engineer

  • Health checks on DOORS 9.4, upgrade to 9.6.
  • Rational License Administrator upgrade.
  • Design and implementation of backup and disaster recovery process and architecture.
  • Installation and configuration of DNG, CCM 6.0.1 on Tomcat and JRS DOORS 9.6 upgrade.
  • Migration of a pilot project to DNG.
  • Daily DOORS support and enhancements.
  • Train the trainer.

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE  – Phoenix, AZ
IBM Rational Tools Engineer

  • Drove RM process improvement initiative and product line engineering implementation in DNG for EPIC product line. Included DOORS data schema definition, implementation and documentation.
  • Installation and configuration of Sodius Branch Manager and DNG on Tomcat for proof-of-concept.
  • Developed integration solutions with other engineering tools, such as TcSE and proprietary solutions.
  • Training and daily user support.

BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN  Detroit, MI
IBM Rational Tools Engineer

  • Responsible for installation, configuration, maintenance, support and training of IBM Rational Tool Suite on Websphere, including: CLM (RTC, RQM, RRC), RRDI, Insight, RPE, ClearQuest, DOORS, Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester.
  • Daily end user support and training.

ST. JUDE MEDICAL– St. Paul, MN
IBM Rational Tools/Process Consultant

  • Current state analysis of RM/RA process. Future state RM/RA process definition in compliance with the organization’s global processes.
  • Implementation of DOORS/Change Synergy for RM/RA, including: installation, configuration, database schema design, access policies, link strategies, standard project template, Sharepoint DOORS site, Train the trainer, DXL scripting, Sodius DOORS Branch Manager evaluation.

GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS – Sterling Heights, MI
IBM Rational Tools Administrator

  • Administration and support of engineering tool suite, including: integration of Rational DOORS with Visio, Excel and Mentor Graphics, MS Team Foundation Server, and Flex License server.
  • Provided daily end user support, customization and extensibility, metrics gathering and reporting, as well as RTM, compliance matrix and requirements reporting with RPE.

PANASONIC AUTOMOTIVE – Peachtree City, GA
Tools Engineer /Requirements Manager

  • Administration and support of the engineering tools suite, including: Rational DOORS, RPE, RTC on the JAZZ platform, as well as engineering wiki’s, Sharepoint and other tangent engineering tools.

HARRIS CORPORATION – Lynchburg, VA
IBM Rational Tools/Process Consultant

  • Driving RM/CM process improvement Initiative.
  • Current state analysis of RM/CM process. Future state RM/CM process definition and implementation in DOORS/Clearcase and Rational Team Concert.
  • Implementation of DOORS/Clearquest for RM/C, including: installation, configuration, database schema design, access policies, link strategies, standard project template, Sharepoint DOORS site, Footprint issue tracking, train the trainer, DXL scripting, Rational Publishing Engine (RPE) implementation and template design.
  • Worked with System Verification and Testing group to implement integration between DOORS and Team Foundation Server for configuration management.

RIVER NORTH SOLUTIONS (IBM Rational Service Provider) – Rockford, IL
IBM Rational Tools/Process Consultant

  • Led RM/CM process improvement initiative at Ansaldo STS Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Current state analysis of RM/CM process. Future state RM/CM process definition in compliance with the organization’s global processes.
  • Implementation of DOORS/Clearquest for RM/CM, including: installation, configuration, database schema design, access policies, link strategies, standard project template, Sharepoint DOORS site, Footprint issue tracking, train the trainer, DXL scripting, Rational Publishing Engine (RPE) support.

CRANE AEROSPACE – Lynnwood, WA
IBM Rational DOORS Administrator       

  • Responsible for improving RM process and all DOORS related activities in the Lynnwood, Burbank and Cincinnati offices.
  • Developed a standardized system template (SST) for future projects. All related DXL and VB scripting.
  • Wrote web interface in C# using DOORS API for IBM Rational Change/Synergy.

ABBOTT POINT OF CARE – Princeton, NJ
IBM Rational Tools Consultant

  • Implementing Telelogic DOORS for requirements development and management; Integration with TelelogicChange/Synergy for change management.
  • Developed Rational Change lifecycle.
  • DOORS installation, configuration, support, administration, training and DXL scripting for functional extensions and VBA development for report generation.
  • Installation, configuration, support, administration and training of Telelogic Changy/Synergy for change management.
  • Lifecycle development and implementation.

NASA, GSFV – Greenbelt, MD
IBM Rational Tools Consultant

  • Responsible for all REQM, CM and Verification testing processes and tools in the scope of the JWST (James Webb Space Telescope). This included, but was limited to: DOORS, Synergy, Change, Citrix, Rational Team Concert, DXL scripting, VBA scripting, integration of engineering tools, training, functional test development and defect tracking and resolution, document preparation and production.
  • Led Citrix and DOORS upgrades initiatives.

ASTRONAUTICS CORPORATION OF AMERICA – Milwaukee, WI
IBM Rational DOORS Administrator

  • Responsible for all DOORS related activities, including: database schema design, importing requirements, linking, groups and permissioning, exporting requirement to MS Office.
  • All administrative activities such as on-boarding and off-boarding employees in DOORS, nightly archiving, database integrity, DOORS Web access, DOORS performance over VPN.
  • Developed a standardized DXL library for the system’s engineering team.
  • Drove the initiative to upgrade the DOORS server and integrate DOORS with IBM Rational Change Synergy.

PANASONIC AUTOMOTIVE – Peachtree City, GA
Telelogic Tools Administrator

  • Analyze, define, implement and train PASA Systems Engineering group on systems engineering processes including: requirements development and management, configuration management, verification testing and measurement and analysis.
  • Implementing Telelogic DOORS for requirements development and management; Integration with Telelogic Change Synergy and Rational Clearcase for configuration and change management.
  • DOORS installation, configuration, support, administration, training and DXL scripting for functional extensions and VBA development for report generation with WEXP.
  • Installation, configuration, support, administration and training of Telelogic Changy Synergy for change management, as well as TFS and VSTFS.
  • Worked with IT to implement Citrix server farm for virtualization of engineering tools: DOORS, Change-Synergy, MS Project.
  • Backup CM/Build manager.

MAGNA POWERTRAIN – Syracuse, NY
Telelogic Tools Administrator

  • Analyze, define, implement and train Magna Embedded Software Engineering group on process improvement. Focus mainly REQM and CM processes areas with an eye on system verification and validation. Responsibilities included: analyzing existing processes, defining organizational policy, and organizational process standards.
  • Creating associated resources such as templates, forms and training materials.
  • Implementing Telelogic DOORS for requirements development and management.
  • Integration with Serena Version Manager and TeamTrack for configuration and change management.
  • DOORS installation, configuration, support, administration, training and DXL scripting for functional extension and VBA development for report generation.
  • Installation, configuration, support, administration and training of Serena Version Manager and TFS for configuration management.
  • Developed a proprietary build chain in C# and DOS.

NASDAQ: “TEAM” – Bucharest, Romania
Sr. Project Leader, TechTeam Akela Informatique

  • Responsible for project management, business development and training.
  • 80% of my time was dedicated to leading a team of five junior software engineers and five senior software engineers on two of the company’s highest profile projects with monthly billing of $30,000. Responsibilities included: all aspects of the SDLC: gathering business requirements, specification analysis and management, design analysis, testing, quality indicator collection, analysis and maintenance, human and technical resource management.
  • 10% of my time was dedicated to active business development through business contacts in both the U.S. and Europe.
  • 10% of my time was dedicated to technical and non-technical trainings. Implementing various process tools such as DOORS and SUBVERSION for REQM, Java Ant for automated build and release, Trak for issue management.

NETVISIBILITY LABS – Timisoara, Romania
Chief Technical Officer 

  • Responsible for all aspects of activity management in Europe including: administrative, logistical and technical. Developed a team of engineers for R&D activities as specified by the home office in Newport Beach, California.  Reported directly to the vice-president of Technology Development.
  • Coordinate all technical SDLC activities including requirements gathering, design, development, testing , QA, build and release as well as all administrative and logistical activities, such as hiring, training, resource procurement, planning and technical support when needed.
  • Developing AdSense type applications in C#, VB.Net and SQL.

SIEMENS VDO, WORLD HEADQUARTERS – Regensburg, Germany
Software Engineer

  • Software Engineer, on various projects developing embedded systems using C, C++, assembly for Nissan, Jaguar, Ford and BMW. My responsibilities included: CAN integration and development of test plans based on the FORD specification for CAN testing. We use both Vector and Volcano tools for generating the CAN code.
  • My responsibilities also included maintaining the CAN message database and integrating changes from the customer.
  • In addition, I designed and implemented the Requirements Management process using DOORS and Change Synergy by Telelogic. This included installations, training DXL scripting and process improvements.

SIEMENS AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS –  Timisoara, Romania
Group Lead / Software Engineer, Process and Tools Group

  • Process Management Tools and Quality group lead. Responsible for process implementation and support, and quality measures.
  • Worldwide responsibility for requirements management, build chain support and training. Integration with Telelogic Change Synergy for issue tracking; build tools development using C, C++ Perl, Korn Shell and GNU make. Responsibilities included developing a suite of proprietary build tools for use across several different microcontroller platforms.
  • In addition, I also took on the role of low level C trainer for new employees so as to keep the firm from having to outsource training.

ATG TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES – Tallahassee, FLA
Head of Research & Development

As Director of Research and Development for a small telecommunications company.  My responsibilities included:

  • Management of 10 member programming team.
  • Point of contact with SPRINT customer relations.
  • Management of all R&D projects, meeting plans, employee leave scheduling, maintenance of all IVR systems, development of company intranet, LAN/WAN implementation and management.
  • Specification, design, implementation and testing of CTI applications using C, C++, SQL.
  • Build and release manager.

SOFTWARE LANGUAGES

C, C++, C#, VB.NET, MFC,ASP,ASPX SQL, HTML, DHTML, Perl, Perl script, Java, JSP, Java scripting, Visual Basic, VB scripting, korn shell scripting, C#,WEB protocols: SOAP, RFD, RFDS; UML, GNU products, Microsoft Suite of Office products: MS Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Winx, Unix, DOS, Configuration management tools ( Clearcase, Change Synergy, VSS, SUBVERSION, DOORS, Version Manager), Citrix, knowledge of and training on the RUP and Rational Rose, TFS, VSTFS, Agile, RTC, RRC, RPE, RRDG, JAZZ

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Brain bench – Project Management 2005, Managing People (US)
  • CMMI – Intro to CMMI Model 1.2
  • Citrix – Certified Citrix 1259: XenApp (presentation server) certified

SKILLS

Rational CLM Suite

  • Install and configure on all supported platforms

Rational Quality Manager

  • Install and configure on all supported platforms

Rational DOORS Next Generation

  • Install and configure on all supported platforms

Rational Team Concert

  • Install and configure on all supported platforms
  • Define and maintain work item flows, attributes, and dialogs
  • Create scripted custom controls

Integrations

  • MS Office using APIs, OSLC and scripting (VB, DXL, Perl, Kornshell)

Rational Synergy (formerly Telelogic Synergy, Continuus CM) 4.2 through 7.2.1

  • Architect solutions, including advanced distributed configuration management
  • Install and configure with Informix and Oracle on all supported platforms
  • Optimize for development needs from simple, rapid and collaborative development through complex, multiple component development with full CM process compliance
  • Tailor configuration management processes

Rational Change (formerly Telelogic Change) 4.5 through 5.3

  • Architect solutions, including use of central server with distributed Synergy CM instances
  • Install and configure on all supported platforms
  • Define change request lifecycles, attributes, and dialogs
  • Automate using API in Perl, JavaScript and Python via Bean Scripting Framework

Rational DOORS

  • Install and configure on all supported platforms, including DOORS Web Access and Next Generation
  • Define attributes, views, link modules
  • Integrate with Rational Change and RTC

EDUCATION

  • B.S./M.S., International Economics  – Florida State University
  • Post Graduate Degree, Software Engineering –  Oxford University