Meet Our Team
At Construx we believe that every software project should be successful. Our instructors and consultants are software experts first, trainers and consultants second, and they have the experience to help you make your projects more successful. All of Construx’s experts are personally hand-picked and overseen by Steve McConnell.
Founder & CEO
Best known as a software development thought leader, Steve McConnell is also an accomplished business leader. In 2000, the Eastside Business Journal named McConnell one of the 40 top regional business leaders under 40 years of age. In 2004, he was honored with Seattle University’s prestigious “Alumni of the Year for Professional Accomplishment” award.
McConnell has frequently lectured at the University of Washington Business School, Seattle University, Project Management Institute, Washington Bar Association, Northwest Technology Executives Forum, and other Seattle-area forums, and he has keynoted at most major software conferences. McConnell chairs the Executive Council for Software Excellence (ECSE), a Seattle-area discussion group for top Northwest software development executives, and he hosts Construx Software’s annual Executive Summit, an event that draws a world-wide audience of software development executives. McConnell earned a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College (magna cum laude, phi beta kappa) and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Seattle University.
Mark Nygren is responsible for all company operations including strategic planning, finance, and sales and marketing. Prior to Construx, he held a variety of operations management/executive positions in the high tech industry (Boeing, Crane/ELDEC, Carver Corporation).
Nygren holds a BA in Economics from Whitman College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
VP of Consulting
Jenny Stuart oversees Construx’s consulting services, focusing on proven software development best practices. Stuart has 20 years experience in process improvement, software testing, and quality assurance techniques. Her expertise in incorporating software development best practices has helped numerous companies dramatically improve their software development and quality assurance processes.
Jenny is an expert in quality practices, such as developing quality and test plans, and has a deep knowledge of software testing, process improvement, and quality assurance techniques. She is the author of numerous Construx client studies and Construx white papers. Jenny has a BSEE from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Computer Society of the IEEE, the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Society for Quality, and the Quality Assurance Institute. In 2000, she earned the highest score in the United States on QAI’s Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE). She also has CSDP certification, is a Professional Scrum Master (PSM), and is a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).
Matt Peloquin oversees technical evaluations of client software, improves client development practices, investigates new technologies and provides best practice training. Peloquin has performed design and code risk analysis for over 350 software systems across a broad spectrum of industries. Prior to joining Construx, Peloquin worked for IBM, LapLink, Battelle and the University of Washington Medical Center.
He previously was the chair of the Puget Sound Project Management Institute (PMI)®Software Engineering Management Roundtable (SEMR), a contributor to the CSDP examination, and senior reviewer for IEEE Software magazine. Peloquin earned a BSEE from the University of Washington.
Steve Tockey is the Principal Consultant at Construx Software. During more than three and a half decades in the software industry, he has worked as a programmer, analyst, designer and researcher for organizations that include Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, The Boeing Company and Rockwell Collins, Inc.
At Construx, Steve applies his deep experience in object-oriented development, model-based requirements & design, software engineering economics, development process, project management, estimation, and software quality to help a wide variety of clients apply best practices throughout development and maintenance.
Steve has a Master’s of Software Engineering from Seattle University and a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP), and chairs the CSDP Certification Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. Steve has been an adjunct professor in the Master of Software Engineering program at Seattle University, and is the author of Return on Software, a guide for companies that want to maximize the return on their software investment.
Bob Webber is a Senior Fellow at Construx with over 30 years of software experience delivering innovative products in telecommunications, entertainment and life sciences. Bob’s roles have ranged from software developer to executive R&D positions at GTE and AT&T, followed by engineering and product management leadership at three successful start-up companies. As CEO, Bob led TranSenda International to successful acquisition by BioClinica (BIOC), where he became Vice-President of Product Management. His industry experience also includes four years on Steve McConnell’s Executive Committee for Software Engineering.
Bob has an Electrical Engineering degree (honors) from the University of British Columbia. He holds five patents, and received an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award in 1999. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Earl Beede, CSDP is a Senior Fellow at Construx Software, where he designs and leads seminars and provides consulting services on early project-lifecycle practices, estimation, requirements, quality assurance, contract management, and software methodologies.
With more than 20 years experience as a quality assurance representative, systems analyst, process architect, and manager, Earl has designed and written software development processes for companies across a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Construx, he held quality assurance and systems analyst positions at organizations that include the Department of Defense, Boeing Computer Services and Verizon Wireless.
Earl has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and a past coordinator of the Seattle Area SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network).
John Clifford is a Senior Fellow and Agile Practices Lead at Construx Software. John got his first software development job at a startup, while still in college, in the early 1980s. He started and ran a successful software company when he was 23. His career includes almost six years at Microsoft, where he was one of the original developers on the Microsoft Project for Windows and Mac team.
With more than three decades of IT experience, John has developed software across the spectrum of computing environments, ranging from desktop and mobile device applications to low-level frameworks, device drivers, and asynchronous communications protocols. Prior to joining Construx, John’s career included stints as a software development engineer, product feature team manager, group QA manager, group project manager, and development director.
At Construx, John focuses on software development, project management, product management, and team and organizational management practices, with an emphasis on Lean and Agile methodologies. As a manager, and as an external consultant, John has led numerous successful organizational transformations to Scrum and Lean/Kanban. He holds Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Practitioner certifications from the Scrum Alliance. John was invited to become one of the charter Kanban Coaching Professionals from the Lean Kanban University, the professional association and standards group for Kanban Method training and coaching. As an adjunct instructor, John also teaches a course on applying Lean and Agile principles and practices for the University of Washington’s Professional and Continuing Education program.
Melvin Pérez-Cedano is a Senior Fellow at Construx Software where he provides training and consulting services that help organizations and individuals to successfully adopt agile development processes and practices. Melvin has a history of transforming dysfunctional and immature organizations into performance and quality-oriented environments. He has an outstanding background and leadership in promoting and implementing company-wide initiatives for adopting software development processes, practices, tools and standards across the entire software development life cycle. He is also experienced in architecting and leading the development of commercial and custom software applications. Melvin co-founded CAM Informática, one of the largest software providers in the Dominican Republic, where he ran the technical division for 14 years.
Melvin has a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He also completed a Ph.D. coursework at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is an IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP), a Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), and Professional Scrum Developer (PSD). He is bilingual in English and Spanish. He has lectured extensively throughout the Americas and is a former IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for Latin America.
Erik Simmons is a Senior Fellow with Construx Software. He has nearly 30 years of experience as an engineer, consultant, and change agent in software and systems in both the public and private sector. Erik is internationally recognized for his expertise in areas such as Agile, software and systems lifecycles, Solutions Thinking, complex adaptive systems engineering, and requirements engineering.
Previously, Erik was a Principal Consultant with nuCognitive LLC, providing consulting, training, and mentoring to clients in the US and Europe. Before that, Erik was the primary owner for corporate-level methods and practices within requirements engineering and solutions thinking at Intel Corporation, where he also helped develop and proliferate Agile software practices and authored a next-generation systems and software life cycle. In 2016, Erik’s requirements training was adopted by the IEEE Computer Society as its online training for members.
Prior to working at Intel, Erik was a consultant who worked on applications for clients throughout North America. He also held a position with the Oregon Health Division, where he authored the Oregon Trauma Registry software used as the basis of a statewide injury surveillance system. Erik holds an MS in Mathematical Modeling and a BA in Applied Mathematics from Humboldt State University. Beyond work, Erik is an accomplished organist with more than a dozen CD recordings.