Kaplan Test Prep, Scrum Master / Senior Project Manager
August 2010 - Present, New York, NY, United States
As Scrum Master for the Graduate Student Technology team, I coach and guide a multi-layered program of 8 agile work streams, delivering student facing and faculty enabling technology related to delivering the graduate school preparatory products for Kaplan. I have been the Scrum Master for this team since its inception in July 2011.
Simultaneously, I work to evangelize Agile techniques throughout our organization, and have organized (or "stood up") a total of 9 different agile work teams, coaching both technical and non-technical teams in the use of Agile techniques to improve their outcomes.
Previously, I also served as Scrum Master for the Pre-Enrollment Student Services technology team and the Compliance technology team. In both cases I worked to organize ("stand up") and coach new teams in the adoption of scrum.
Before Kaplan's transformation to an Agile/Scrum based culture, I worked as Senior Project Manager within our PMO, delivering a variety of projects using traditional project management techniques.
Dolce Sarde, Inc.,
April 2006 - December 2010, Greenwich, CT, United States
Dolce Sarde identfied and imported collector quality artisinal wines from Italy, with market introduction into key on-premise (restaurant) and collector markets in the US.
Monroe College - King Graduate School, Adjunct Professor
September 2007 - August 2010, New Rochelle, NY, United States
As Adjunct Professor in the King Graduate School of Business, I developed and delivered Management and Marketing courses for the Monroe College MBA program, using both clarroom and online instructional methods. Courses developed and taught included: Project Management, Negotiation, Business Strategy, Strategic Marketing, and International Marketing.
Legg Mason/Citigroup Asset Management, Vice President, Program/Project Manager
July 2004 - March 2006, Stamford, CT, United States
Managed software development teams in the creation of websites and online tools in support of Distribution and Institutional Marketing teams within Citigroup Asset Management. Piloted the use of XP techniques and iterative development, a bit ahead of the curve; after we were unable to obtain compliance support, these practices were curtailed in favor of a more traditional approach.
Barnes & Noble.com, Vice President, Web Development
March 1999 - November 2001, New York, NY, United States
Led the software development team responsible for catalog, search, and order processing, the B2B / Institutional technology team, as well as the Project Management/PMO.