Chris Meredith

  

ScrumMaster/Agile Coach

Location: Greater Boston, MA


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile Boston

Biography

Chris Meredith

I am a sixteen year veteran of the software Industry with a background in business development and a short tour in the US Foreign Service. Having served both large multinationals and small start-ups, I bring a range of experiences to bear to any role. All of my roles have involved project management, technical writing and managing successful small groups. My philosophy is that happy team members create better software and win more business. Creating a happy small group requires a mixture of trust, respect, creative conflict, and accountability.

Shortly after arriving in New England, I was hired to fill a business development role for a small  micro-computer application start-up with three employees in the US, ten developers overseas and no revenues.

When the need for an in-house technical writer emerged, I filled that role. That company ended up selling product through every major consumer technology brick and mortar retailer. As sales of our shrink-wrapped website development tool began to ramp up, I stood up a technical support team and trained each representative how to convert specific incoming calls into customers of our new web hosting division. When we launched our first shrink-wrapped E-commerce product, I wrote the functional spec for the online wizard that enabled our retail users to accept credit cards over the Internet

My first SAAS opportunity occured in 2003 and that has been my focus for the past ten years save one short marketing stint in the data storage business.

Agile/SCRUM history:

Agile Project Manager at Omgeo, LLC

1 Scrum team, 1 Kanban team

June 10, 2013 through December 31, 2013 - Central Trade Manager team

Agile Coach / Scrum Master at Koko Fitness, Inc.

2 Scrum teams served

Stood up one non-software markting team (launch of Koko 2.0)

October 15, 2013 through May 17, 2013 - Koko Innovation Labs team

Scrum Master at Cisco Systems, Inc.

2 Scrum teams

April 2, 2012 through October 4, 2013 - SocialMiner program

Agile QA Manager

April 26, 2011 through January 26, 2012

Agile roles served at Power Advocate, Inc.

SAAS teams served as ScrumMaster:

October 26, 2009 through January 5, 2010 - Market Intelligence

January 5, 2010 through August 17, 2010 - Cost Intelligence and Contract Intelligence

August 17, 2010 through April 26, 2011 - Contract Intelligence and Spend Intelligence/Sourcing Intelligence

Proxy Product Owner:

January 9, 2009 through October 26, 2009

Work experience

Omgeo, LLC, Agile Project Manager
June 2013 - December 2013, Boston, MA, United States

Served as a change agent within the Omgeo Central Trade Manager (CTM) technology group. This role combined aspects of traditional project management with efforts devoted to Agile transformation. Served two development teams with an average team size of seven. One team delivers finished application code every two weeks in a Scrum format. The second team is a “Keep the Lights On” team delivering a variety of technical solutions within a Kanban framework.

Koko Fitness, Inc., Agile Coach
October 2012 - May 2013, Rockland, MA, United States

Koko Fit Club - A wonderful group of people that is doing great things in the fitness industry. Served as Koko's in-house Agile Evangelist. Re-established formal adherence to rigid SCRUM principles. Served through a difficult period full of context switches driven by strategic C-level decisions that affected the entire company.

Cisco Systems, Inc., Scrum Master
April 2012 - October 2012, Boxborough, MA, United States

Served the award-winning SocialMiner engineering group through a difficult six-monnth transition period covering the better part of two full releases. Facilitated preliminary backlog grooming sessions between the product owner, the lead architect and the engineering manager. Following the loss of the team's lead architect, coached the product owner and the new architect through preliminary backlog grooming.

Power Advocate, Inc., Scrum Master
October 2009 - October 2011, Boston, MA, United States

SAAS teams served as ScrumMaster:

October 26, 2009 through January 5, 2010 - Market Intelligence

January 5, 2010 through August 17, 2010 - Cost Intelligence and Contract Intelligence

August 17, 2010 through October 20, 2011 - Contract Intelligence and Spend Intelligence/Sourcing Intelligence

Power Advocate, Inc., Proxy Product Owner
January 2009 - October 2009, Boston, MA, United States

Served as Proxy Product Owner for the Market Intelligence team

Power Advocate, Inc., Sr. Business Analyst
September 2007 - January 2009, Boston, MA, United States

Started as a Senior BA writing requirements and specifications in a waterfall development system. Gathered requirements and produced detailed reqs and specs for Sourcing Intelligence, Cost Intelligence and Market Intelligence.