Goldsmith, Robin

Robin Goldsmith



Robin Goldsmith, JD works directly with and trains business and project professionals to get the right results right. Author of Discovering REAL Business Requirements for Software Project Success and the forthcoming book Cut Creep—Write Right Agile User Story and Acceptance Test Requirements Right, he is a subject expert for BABOK v2 and TechTarget’s

One of the few with legitimate credentials in both requirements and Quality Assurance/testing, he also is a recognized authority on software acquisition, project management and leadership, metrics, REAL ROI™, and process improvement.

Previously he was a developer, systems programmer/DBA/QA, and project leader with the City of Cleveland, leading financial institutions, smaller consulting firms, and Supervisor of Management Consulting for a “Big 4” international consulting firm.

Author of the Proactive Testing™, REAL ROI™, and Beyond the Textbook™ Software Acquisition methodologies, numerous articles, published and forthcoming requirements books, and a frequent featured speaker at leading professional conferences, he was formerly International Vice President of the Association for Systems Management and Executive Editor of the Journal of Systems Management. He was Founding Chairman of the New England Center for Organizational Effectiveness. He is Vice President and past President of the Software Quality Group of New England, belongs to the Boston SPIN, and served on the Software Engineering Institute’s SEPG’95 Planning and Program Committees.

Mr. Goldsmith held virtually all ASQ Boston Section leadership positions, and Chaired record attendance BOSCON 2000 and 2001 Annual Quality Conferences. As a member of the Section’s Business Process Improvement Committee, he led development of improved Section Management processes for ASQ. He was a member of the IEEE Software Test Documentation Std. 829-2008 revision Working Group, and the Working Group that incorporated key concepts from his Proactive Software Quality Assurance™ methodology in developing the totally revised IEEE Std. 730-2014 on Software Quality Assurance. He is a member of the International Institute of Software Testing and International Institute (IIST) for Software Process (IISP) Body of Knowledge Advisory Boards.

He holds the following degrees: Kenyon College, A.B. with Honors in Psychology; Pennsylvania State University, M.S. in Psychology; Suffolk University, J.D.; Boston University, LL.M. in Tax Law. Mr. Goldsmith is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.