Edward Wisniowski

  

Scrum Master

Location: Bolingbrook, IL USA

Biography

Ed Wisniowski is an experienced software development veteran.  He has spent the last fifteen years of his career working as both a full time employee and consultant.  As he has come through the ranks as junior developer to Architect, he as seen the good, bad, and ugly of how software projects are managed.  In 2009, he was first exposed to Agile and SCRUM methodologies and he has acted as an evangelist for this new software development approach ever since.

In 2010, he completed his MBA with his dissertation talking about Agile vs. conventional software methods and using Chaos Study information showed that projects which used agile approachs had twice as much chance of success than standard waterfall approaches.  During his academic journey, he tried to synthesize his professional experience with his academic work focusing project management and leading software teams.  The combination of professional credentials and experience makes him a formidable scrum master.

In 2013 he earned his Certified Scrum Master matching professional certification with his professional experience.  He was then hired by R.R. Donnelly as an Architect and Scrum Master.  At Donnelly, he has served as an example of how to properly run a scrum team.  He has helped teams develop good practices and deliver shippable product each sprint.

His philosophy has always been guided by the Agile Manifesto and the principles of agile.  He is also motivated by the five agile values; Courage, Respect, Focus, Openness and Commitment.  To work on a software project is to be committed to excellence.  Software is one of the few things manufactured today which is made by hand.  This means that you have to be a committed craftsperson to take the nebulous vision of the user community and turn it into working software which solves real world problems.

Courage and Focus are also required to produce software in an Agile fashion.  It is the responsibility of the Scrum Master to remove distractions because without focus it is nearly impossible to concentrate enough to write quality software.  It is also important that developers concentrate on meeting sprint goals rather than worry about ancillary issues.  This is where courage becomes important.  A developer needs to be empowered to say things like “…this is not a realistic deadline,” or “…this code needs to be refactored to improve performance.”  Without courage, software developers become nothing but short order cooks hammering out code with no rhyme or reason.

Finally, I find that respect openness are also necessary to generate a high functioning Agile team.  The members of the team should be empowered to share both good and bad news with each other and management.  This means that there are no surprises good or bad.  This makes it possible for leadership to be more proactive instead of reactive to situations which crop up during a project.  I also think that respect is important.  This is because team members work with each other in rather intimate circumstances and in order to do this they should be able to trust and respect each other.  I liken a good working software team to a well-functioning jazz band; the team members can improvise, keep the beat, and compensate for each other when necessary.

So that is my story, I have been working as a software developer for over 15 years.  I have been involved in Agile for over six years and I combine professional experience with academic credentials to be competent and trustworthy scrum master.  I look forward working with you in the future.

 

 

 

 

Work experience

RR Donnelley, Scrum Master
July 2013 - Present, Bolingbroon, IL
Current working with the Scrum Master and Product Owner to understand Business needs, values and priorities. Performs Agile coaching for the scrum team. Makes sure that Minimum Viable Product is produced.

KeHE, Senior Developer
August 2011 - July 2013, Naperville, IL, US
Working as a senior developer for a food distribution company, constructed Service Oriented architecture for the firm and instituted ways to bring lean application development to the web development team. Created Web Forms and MVC 3 applications in C# and VB.NET to help the firm better process orders and improve customer service. He has solid knowledge of LINQ , JQuery Mobile, Generics, and agile methods of creating software on time, under budget and thrilling to customers. Completed two major projects for beverage companies and has experience mentoring junior developers and consultants

Wesite Soultions, Seniopr Developer and Project Manger
March 2011 - July 2011, Westmont, IL, US
Working as a senior developer and project manager for an entrepreneurial organization, he is helping it grow from a small to a medium sized enterprise. Set up a Team Foundation Server 2010 source control system and instituted SCRUM processes to get project done in a timely manner. All work done in C#. Tasks include managing projects, helping with an Ektron CMS 400 conversion and ASP.NET development work. He works in close partnership with the company technology architect and director of IT.

Tek Systems, Consultant
May 2010 - May 2011, Chicago, IL, US
Currently working as an intermediate level C# developer with the ASP.NET 4.0 framework and Team Foundation Server. Constructing software to manage energy usage for an international application which will make it possible to trade carbon credits. Leveraging Telerik controls and AJAX to perform duties. Have used CSS extensively to match branding needs with technical realities.

Rober Half Technology, Consultant
August 2009 - May 2010, Chicago, IL, US
Worked for three clients- Bible League International: Took over as project manager for a project which was overdue and used agile to get it back on track. Created windows forms applications with CSLA Framework and windows forms with VB.NET. Project came in on time, on budget and meeting user expectations. Currently building a web application which allows for dynamic tracking of data for fundraising and philanthropic reasons. Using CSL Framework, VB.NET, ASP.NET 3.5, and AJAX control toolkit to accomplish these goals. CS Studios: Created an online insurance quotation tool with a shopping cart motif. The system makes it possible to request an insurance quotation for recreational vehicles. He leveraged AJAX Control tool kit and the Microsoft Enterprise library, which created a better user experience. Reverse engineered a C# application which was not working to VB.NET and built an enterprise style development environment for a small creative agency. Portfolio available at: https:// www.rvbestquote.com Intertek: Created an online risk management tool with ASP.NET 3.5 and SQL Server 2008. The system makes it possible to predict risk using a proprietary algorithm based on the product type and location of manufacture. He leveraged ASP.NET security, AJAX Control tool kit and the Microsoft Enterprise library, which created a better user experience and made the system compatible with existing systems. Authored XML Web services and used CSS to create a professional cross browser site. Portfolio available at: https://pvrm.intertekconnect.com/authenticate.aspx