Karl Wiegers


Karl E. Wiegers (born 1953) is an American software engineer, consultant, and trainer in the areas of software development, management, and process improvement. He is the author of numerous books and articles mainly focused on software requirements, project management, process improvement, quality, design, and consulting. He is also the author of a forensic mystery novel titled The Reconstruction and a memoir of life lessons titled Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons.


Karl received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Boise State College (1973), and M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois.[1] Karl spent 18 years, from 1979 until 1998, at Eastman Kodak Company as a photographic research scientist, software developer, software manager, and process and quality improvement leader.[1]

In 1997, Karl started his own software process consulting and training company, Process Impact, which focuses on practical software process improvement.[2] Karl also is an amateur musician, having played guitar since he was 12. He has written and recorded numerous songs.

See alsoEdit


  • 2022. Software Development Pearls: Lessons from Fifty Years of Software Experience. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 978-0137487776
  • 2021. The Thoughtless Design of Everyday Things. J. Ross Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60427-178-2
  • 2019. Successful Business Analysis Consulting: Strategies and Tips for Going It Alone. J. Ross Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60427-168-3
  • 2017. The Reconstruction. Agent Q Bookworks. ISBN 978-0-9992053-0-3
  • 2013. Software Requirements, 3rd Edition (with Joy Beatty). Microsoft Press. ISBN 978-0-7356-7966-5
  • 2011. Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons. Morgan James Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60037-999-4
  • 2007. Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools. Microsoft Press. ISBN 0735625212
  • 2006. More About Software Requirements: Thorny Issues and Practical Advice. Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-2267-1
  • 2003. Software Requirements, 2nd Edition. Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-1879-8
  • 2002. Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-73485-0
  • 1999. Software Requirements, 1st Edition. Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-0631-5
  • 1996. Creating a Software Engineering Culture. Dorset House Publishing. ISBN 0-932633-33-1


  1. ^ a b Karl Wiegers' Bio at www.processimpact.com. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  2. ^ [see Karl Wiegers's Bio] at www.karlwiegers.com. Retrieved November 22, 2012.

External linksEdit

  • Karl Wiegers' official home page