Our Team



Kris Puthucode has 20 years of experience in the software industry. He has been working over the past several years with a diversity of companies including Fortune 500's, Big Five Consulting Firms, Blue Chips and prominent outsourcing suppliers in all areas of software and systems engineering, quality and process management.

Founder of SQC since 2001, today Kris works as a Consultant with 60+ companies including the U.S. Department of Defense contractors & multi-national commercial organizations through the entire business lifecycle including BD and Sales Consulting, and effective "Winning" strategies on the front end, to software and systems engineering delivery excellence through systematic and predictable process improvement.

Kris has also performed several Software-CMM, and CMMI training, consulting and appraisal projects. In addition, Kris consults on several industry standards like ITIL (ISO 20000), ISO 27001 Information Security Audits, CoBIT, ISO 9001, ISO 14000, DO-178B, Six Sigma, Automotive SPICE® (ISO 15504) and similar models. Kris is a qualified Six Sigma Master black belt.

Kris's wide job-experiences include companies like GTE (now Verizon), Coopers and Lybrand LLP., (now PWC) and BBN Technologies.

Kris's certifications include CMMI Institute Certified High Maturity Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, Certified Appraiser and Instructor for the BD-CMM, Certified SPICE (ISO 15504) Assessor, and qualified Six Sigma Master Blackbelt.

Kris holds Computer Science Engineering degree and executive education from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Sahana has many years of experience in the electronics and systems integration industry. She has been instrumental in Dana Spicer Corporation's subsidiary in India, which was the recipient of the Malcolm Baldridge Award for the year 2000. Sahana efficiently directs Office Administration, Finance and Customer Management.

Sahana is qualified with a Degree in Electronics & Communications.


Paul E. McMahon helps large and small organizations as they improve their development and management processes and move toward increased agility and process maturity. Paul provides project management, strategic thinking, and software development coaching services utilizing recognized current industry best practices (Agile Project Management, PMBOK, CMMI-Dev, CMMI-DEV, ITIL, and Lean Six Sigma).

He has assisted multiple clients (as an independent contractor) over the past fifteen years in achieving advanced certifications levels and he coaches project managers facing many of the common challenges seen today on complex development efforts. Often the efforts where Paul's services are called upon include large complex projects involving multiple contractors spread across multiple development locations. He also has helped a number of smaller organizations (50-150 people, some newly acquired divisions of larger organizations) as they improve their project management and process maturity.

Paul is a Certified Scrum Master and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to his independent work Paul acquired twenty-four years of experience as a software developer, project manager and internal company coach and mentor working for Link Simulation and Lockheed Martin. He has taught Software Engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York; conducted workshops on Engineering Process and Management, and published more than 40 articles on software and systems development and management, including several in CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering.

Paul is the author of two books, Integrating CMMI and Agile Development: Case Studies and Proven Techniques for Faster Performance Improvement (August, 2010) and a book on collaborative development, Virtual Project Management: Software Solutions for Today and the Future (CRC Press, 2000).

Paul is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including the Systems and Software Technology Conference. His past clients include Raytheon, L3 Communications, BAE, Alion Science and Technology, Northrop-Grumman, and the Department of the U.S. Navy. Paul holds a BA degree, Magna Cum Laude, in mathematics from the University of Scranton, and an MA degree in mathematics from Binghamton ​University. He is also currently on the leadership team of an international initiative to refound software engineering founded by Ivar Jacobson, Bertrand Meyer and Richard Soley (www.semat.org).

Paul has been a member of the CROSSTALK Editorial Review Board since 2004 and continues to serve on the board in 2012.