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Diane S. Pepetone
Requirements Engineer, Project Manager
Co-founder/principal, L’Monte

Summary of Experience:

  • Eighteen years experience in requirements engineering and project management
  • Fifteen years experience in scientific software development
  • Fifteen years experience in GUI design
  • Ten years designing commercial and academic information management systems
  • Extensive experience teaching classes and tutorials in software project management topics

Requirements Engineering and Project Management:

  • Ms. Pepetone enjoys facilitating the client’s process of taking ideas and distilling them into testable, buildable requirements and then managing the development process through to successful acceptance testing..  She has provided requirements management services to a number of companies and institutions including:

    • Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA
    • Hansen Lind Meyer Architecture firm, Chicago, IL
    • OEM Systems Co, Ltd, Kyoto, Japan
    • SONY, Foster City, CA
    • TRW Financial Systems, Berkeley, CA
    • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IL

Graphical User Interface Design:

  • Defining the requirements using low-fidelity screens is the first step in Ms Pepetone’s process of  designing the software GUI.  The GUI design is next refined through an iterative process with the client during which workflow, human factors and style considerations are incorporated.  Over the  last fourteen years Ms. Pepetone has designed the GUI for a number of scientific applications including:

    • Hardware Diagnostic program for Image Scanner
    • Laser-induced Fluorescence Detection for CE instrument
    • Molecular Biologoy Workstation
    • Real-time PCR Controller and Data Analysis package

Information Management Systems:

  • Ms Pepetone has designed and implemented information management systems for a wide range of applications including the following:
    • Architecture Project Marketing Information System
    • Confidential Documents Tracking System
    • Patient Supplies Charging Information System
    • Occupational Hazards database and BBS for doctors
    • Requirements Tracking system for Project Management

Education, Training & Memberships:  

  • 5/71 A.B. Oberlin College, OH. Awarded 4 year full scholarship
  • 7/82 M.A. Univ. of Iowa, IA. Awarded networking fellowship
  • 1983 -- 2001 Classes in computer languages C, C++, .NET  
  • 1987 – 1989 National Library of Medicine database training
  • 2002 Requirements Engineering training, EBG Consulting
  • 2005 Bio-Executive Program UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Current Member: IEEE, PMI & PDMA

Work experience prior to co founding L’Monte:

  • Director, Corporate Information Systems
    TRW Financial Systems, Berkeley, CA
    10/89 - 8/91
  • Developed and managed the company's new marketing information center. Designed and implemented a Confidential Documents Management system for a joint venture project between IBM and TRW
  • Director, Worksafe Iowa Information Network (WIIN),
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    10/87 - 7/89
  • Created and managed WIIN which included an electronic bulletin board system providing regional access to experts and resources in occupational medicine and toxicology; an on-line database of WIIN's journals, reference works, text books and teaching materials; and a research service providing literature searches on occupational hazards, which utilized the National Library of Medicine databases, NIOSH, and DIALOG databases.
  • Director, Corporate Information Systems
    Hansen Lind Meyer, Chicago IL, Iowa City IA, Orlando FL
    8/84 - 9/87
  • Managed development of a computerized system for tracking architectural projects and clients firm- wide. Managed development of an inventory control system for the marketing department's hardware, software, audio-visual equipment, marketing literature and large slide collection.
  • Executive Director
    Mark IV Neighborhood Center, Iowa City, IA
    9/82 - 7/84
  • Responsible for all programming, budgetary and administrative activities, and staff supervision and training
  • Program Manager
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    8/79 - 5/81
  • Designed and managed new automated Product Charging Information system
  • Science Teacher, Middle School
    American Community Schools of London, London, England
    6/73 - 6/79

Project Diane is proudest of and why…

  • “I’m proudest of a medical instrumentation project we did a few years ago, for many reasons. I enjoyed helping to create a brand new product. I was in charge of designing the UI and the response from our client and their customers was that it was a real pleasure to use.
  • "This was no mean feat given an impossible schedule and no specification for the user interface when we started. However, we were determined that the product was going to make it and we just pulled out all the stops – we worked hard and smart. In the end, it was well worth it. In the marketplace, it out-performed the main competitor’s product and was much more affordable in price. Today this product is used in medical facilities and research labs around the world. It’s important that what I do is useful to the world. ”

Her quirky little secret:

  • “One of my best friends is a 400-year-old interior live oak tree.”

If Diane wasn’t programming...

  • ...she’d be a biologist/microbiologist focusing on plant diseases – specifically those effecting trees – oaks in particular.

Other hobbies and interests:

  • “Performing (poetry, song, dance, stories, improvisation) has always been a great love of mine. If I could find the time, I would return to home schooling. I’ve done this in the past teaching math and science and I really enjoy working with kids.”

If Diane could be a superhero or mythical figure, it would be…

  • “…my Roman namesake, Diana, because of her strength and independence and role as protector of the forests.”