Paul Carter


Project Manager II, Commerce Bank

Location: Kansas City, MO


Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Kansas City Agile & Scrum Group


Paul Carter grew up on the central coast of California.  He currently resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area where he has lived for the past 18 years.  He earned a Bachelor's degree from DeVry University in Computer Information Systems.  He has been working in the IT industry for 15 years with a strong background in the financial services industry - Mutual Funds, Annuities, Life Insurance and Banking.

Paul works as a Project Manager and Agile Coach with Commerce Bank.  He holds the PMP and CSM professional certifications. Paul is an Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer for Commerce Bank.  He is actively involved in multiple Agile user groups at work and in the Kansas City community.  Paul is an Agile enthusiast with a passion for transforming development teams.

Paul works within the community teaching religion classes to high school students and is actively involved in the Boy Scout program.  He is married with 6 children and enjoys roller coasters and water parks.

Work experience

Commerce Bank, Project Manager II
November 2012 - Present, Kansas City, MO, United States

Manage large strategic projects for Commerce Bank.  Currently managing a Agile development program with 5 - 9 scrum teams at any given time.  ScrumMaster for 2 teams and coordinate scrum of scrums with all related activities for the agile program.

I am also fill the role of Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer at Commerce Bank.
I have developed and teach training classes for Introduction to Scrum, Agile Estimation, Product Owner, Scrum Boot Camp, and a Release Planning and User Stories course. 

I participate as a key member of the Agile Focus Group - a group centered on advancing agility in the organization.  I also participate in a user group - the Agile Forum, and in a community scrum group - AgileKC (Kansas City Agile and Scrum Group), serving the greater Kansas City area.

In these roles I follow the servant leader model to coach scrum teams to success.  I perform all activities related to sprint planning, retrospectives, coordinate demonstrations, and most importantly - protect the team by aggressively removing impediments and partnering with the product owner.  I lead the team focusing on continuous  improvement and manage all aspects of project reporting.  I lead an effort to help other teams and project managers to transition from a traditional waterfall structure to Scrum, including the training of Product Owners and the collaborative effort that is required for successful agility.

Commerce Bank, Project Manager
January 2011 - October 2012, Kansas City, MO, United States

Manage projects for Commerce Bank.  Manage an Agile Program and fulfill ScrumMaster role for multiple projects.  Trainer and Coach for new scrum teams. 

Commerce Bank, Business Analyst IV
September 2005 - December 2010, Kansas City, MO, United States

ScrumMaster role and Agile Champion.  Servant/leader for scrum teams - bring projects to successful 'DONE' state with satisfied Product Owners.