about Aldo Dagnino

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Aldo Dagnino, Ph. D., P. Eng.Experience | Research | Conferences and Publications | Teaching | Education | Affiliations | Contact Info


After a year as Director of Software Engineering at SAS Institute for a new initiative in manufacturing software technologies, Aldo recently returned to the ABB Corporate Research Center to lead their software architecture research activities. Prior to joining SAS, for over 6 years Aldo managed the Software Engineering Program and ASPI group at ABB in the US Corporate Research Center (CRC) from 1999 to early 2006. The objective of the ABB program he managed is to assist ABB development sites to improve their product development processes using the SEISM‘s CMMI® as a framework for continuous process improvement.Before joining ABB, Aldo developed software systems for nine years for the manufacturing industry in Canada to support their knowledge-intensive activities. He was the Canadian Coordinating Partner for the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Initiative, which was an international program to promote the development of advanced software systems for the manufacturing industries in the industrialized world. Aldo also managed the Integrated Manufacturing group at the Alberta Research Council: the mission of the group is to improve the global competitive position of Western Canadian manufacturing companies by promoting the growth and re-engineering of their manufacturing related activities using advanced information technologies.ResearchAldo has published many technical papers on his research and experiences – many are downloadable from the ACM or IEEE libraries; see the AgileTeams Conferences and Publications pages for details. He has regularly presented papers at the SEPG, SATURN, and CMMI Conferences. Aldo also presented a paper on ADEPT at IASTED (SEA2004), and wrote, or co-wrote, and presented the following at the 2004 CMMI Users Group Conference:

  • “Coordinating Process Improvement in Multiple Geographically Dispersed Development Organizations Using CMMI”(PDF) (awarded “Best Paper” in its track!)
  • “A Methodology for Determining the Organization’s Readiness for Process Improvement” (PDF)
  • “Measuring the Economic ROI and Benefits of CMMI-based Improvements in Private Industry” (PDF)

In 2000, he received the “Inventor of the Year” award in the laboratory at ABB for his many publications and invention disclosures.

While at ABB US CRC, Aldo researched agile lifecycle models in collaboration with Karen Smiley, and worked in the areas of software architecture and knowledge management. Aldo’s interests include agile methodologies; knowledge-intensive engineering applied to manufacturing; object-oriented manufacturing systems; process re-engineering; and in general, the implementation of advanced information technologies in manufacturing environments.

Teaching (at ABB and at local universities)


Aldo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with a concentration in Operations Research, from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.Aldo earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering (Computer Science, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

He is licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Canada, and is a Certified Scrum MasterTM.


Aldo is currently an active member of the IEEE Computer Society, RTP Software Process Improvement Network, Scrum Alliance, and the Software Engineering Institute.

Contact Info

Email him at Aldo (at) agileteams (dot) com