Deborah Springstead


Agile Coach, GE Healthcare

Location: Van Buren Township, MI USA


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster


Deb Springstead is an Agile Coach in the Program Excellence organization at GE Healthcare. In this capacity she is primarily responsible for coaching about 15 teams per year through the transition from Big Upfront Planning to Agile/Scrum. In addition to this Ms. Springstead works on a number of related initiatives including the annual GE Agile Conference. Prior to coming to GE Healthcare, she had been practicing Project Management for about 12 years: first on engineering projects at Ford Motor Company and then on IT projects at HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS). The last two projects that she consulted on were large Agile/Scrum projects: (1) a confidential project at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and (2) OnStar at GM. Like many Project Managers, Ms. Springstead originally came from a technical background. She began her career in Database Design and Development, and Manufacturing and Process Engineering. Ms. Springstead has a passion for education:she reads about 2 books per month and has obtained 3 degrees and 5 certifications. Her degrees are in Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her certifications are: Project Management Professional (PMP), ITIL v3 Foundations, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP).

Work experience

GE Healthcare, Agile Coach
December 2010 - Present, Van Buren Township, MI, United States
• Primary responsibility is to coach IT project teams as they transition from traditional project management to the Agile/Scrum. • Chaired the Internal Speakers Committee for the annual GE Agile Conference in 2011 and 2012. • Led the Agile for Validated Projects process development team.

HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS), Senior Project Manager
November 2005 - December 2010, Pontiac, MI, United States
• Assigned to work on IT programs for clients in the following capacities: Project Manager, PMO Lead, Deployment Manager, Scheduler and Systems Integrator. • The majority of these programs were international in scope, had high-visibility within their organizations, were driven by aggressive schedules and involved multiple vendors with HP/EDS in the roll of Systems Integrator. • Had indirect management responsibility for as many as 12 Project Managers and direct supervisory responsibility for as many as 4 Project Managers at one time. • Generated, presented and maintained the following client-facing reports and processes on an on-going basis: Change Control, Issues, Risks and Action Items, Program Status Report, Program Schedule, Deployment Schedule, Earned Value Analysis, Critical Path and Deliverables Tracking. • Worked in the following industries: automotive, healthcare and entertainment. • Last two assignments were in on large Agile/Scrum projects at Walt Disney World and GM (OnStar).