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Master Systems specializes in advisory services and focuses on organizations for which knowledge creation (e.g., software engineering) is strategic. We offer services related to improving the processes by which knowledge-intensive products and services are acquired, developed, and managed.

We are senior practitioners; we have no junior associates. Most of our consultants have thirty years of experience in engineering, information systems, computer science, project/program management of complex requirements and distributed teams, risk identification and management, acquisition, and science.

Master Systems Inc. was started in February, 1985, at the request of the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross. Master Systems was to be its out-source for software development and management. In that same year the American Red Cross ran out of funds to support its ambitious project to standardize automation in its then 3,000 branches nationwide and reduced its relationship with Master Systems accordingly. Master Systems then began to offer its strengths - in the methods of development (esp. design) and project management, choice of product development life cycle, and the management of the information technology resource - to other enterprises. The evolution to process improvement and then to adoption and transition was a natural outcome of our beginning focus.

Stan Rifkin is the founder of Master Systems and principal. He worked at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the US Air Force, and the Systems Engineering Research Center, among others. He concentrates on deploying best practices to knowledge-creating enterprises of all sizes and objectives.

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