Charles Butler


Professor, Computer Information Systems Department
Specialization: Information Technology

Charles W. Butler is a Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Butler is certified a Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Butler teaches and conducts research in information technology (IT) and collaborates with information technology managers in developing improved IT management strategies and processes, software development methodologies, and metrics and quality assurance for traditional and object software. For eighteen years, he served in the role of Chief Software Scientist for McCabe & Associates in Columbia, Maryland and completed consulting engagements in over fifty Fortune 500 companies. As McCabe’s Chief Software Scientist, he served as an expert witness in software litigation trials. He also worked with Texaco, Inc and Star Enterprise for over twenty years on internal process improvement projects for the IT department.

Other consulting engagements included two major projects. First, he served as the IT expert for Tactical Training Specialists and conducted information assurance (IA) and critical infrastructure protection (CIP) assessment for the Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). Assessment included site visits among the twenty-nine central and field operating locations for DFAS operation and review of business continuity for ninety Mission Critical (MC) and Mission Essential (ME) systems. Second, he was the project manager for EnviroTech Services, Inc. and evaluated and implemented 2nd tier enterprise resource planning software produced by Industrial and Financial System (IFS) including business financial, marketing and custom distribution modules. For 1998 to 2010, he worked with Visa, Inc. as a consultant and Chief Systems Architect developing enterprise architect for development, testing, and maintenance methodologies, an application portfolio using static and dynamic software metrics, risk-based testing procedures for improved testing coverage, and quality indexes for productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

In another consulting role, he authored IT for Management, a Harvard Business Publishing online course. Dr. Butler’s research interests are information technology management, enterprise architecture, project management, software development methodologies, software testing, and software metrics.