Michael Callihan


About Michael Callihan

Mr. Callihan has more than two decades of experience in software engineering and business consulting. His expertise is in application architecture and helping customers develop best practices in enterprise software development. Mr. Callihan has worked with large government organizations including more than 10 years with the US Army, and many large corporations – HP, Time Warner, and various health care systems. His experience includes object-oriented analysis, design and programming, team mentorship, technical training, and project management. Mr. Callihan is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei (LSSS). He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Information and Decision Systems and Industrial Management.


In Memoriam: Marc Genberg

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post to commemorate the life of one of our AEGISians, Marc Genberg who passed away earlier this month. Marc joined AEGIS eight years ago and led our IV&V and automated testing program at the Dept. of State. He also contributed […]


Test Like You Mean It

Tonight begins the second round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs for our hometown Washington Capitals. They have no doubt spent the past few days furiously practicing in preparation for facing the reigning champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It occurs to me that as they have practiced, their coaches didn’t […]


Innovation and Acquisition

At CES Government in Las Vegas this year, I had the privilege of speaking as part of a panel focused on the topic of “Innovation and Acquisition: the Disabling Disconnect.” The central theme was that the federal government continues to struggle with how to get out of its own way in […]


Best of CES 2017

I realize this is quite long for a blog post, and I apologize in advance for that. Save it for a time when you need some light reading… I made my second consecutive trip to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year in conjunction with the CES Government conference. […]


Book Review: It’s All Upside Down

I had the opportunity last year to do something I had never done before – review and critique a book as it was in development. The book is called, “It’s All Upside Down” written by Paul McMahon, a true pioneer in the software engineering world. Given his impressive track record […]


Will the Robots Hire Us?

Earlier this month I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas leading up to CES Government, which I believe is the best event of the year bringing government and industry executives together for collaboration. I plan to write another post focused on cool tech I saw at CES, but […]


AEGIS: The Movie

We at AEGIS were so proud to win the inaugural Capability Challenge award from the CMMI Institute earlier this year. Now that it’s time to promote next year’s competition, the Institute has posted a very nice overview of AEGIS. The most exciting part, for us, is the video they published, […]


How to Save Money on Interoperability

Saddleback Leather Company makes some pretty high quality leather bags/cases and other products (disclaimer: I neither own stock in the company nor any of their products; however, I am partial to the Thin Briefcase, size medium, color black and my birthday is coming up).  Not only do they make good […]


Questionable Assumptions Threaten Federal Contracting Reform

There’s no question that federal contracting for technology services is finally achieving significant momentum toward innovations that are long overdue. To be clear: the acquisition techniques themselves are innovating in order to allow, in turn, for the end result of what the government receives to be technologically innovative. That’s a […]


Great Day, Great Cause for Golf

On Tuesday, July 19, AEGIS sponsored the Beacon Health Options 4th annual Stamp Out Stigma golf outing at Bayville in Norfolk, Virginia. Once again this year, proceeds went to the National Military Family Association to improve support for servicemembers, Veterans, and their families recovering from mental illness.  While it was also […]