Ross Everett

  

Principal, Aspen Development Group LLC

Location: Atlanta Georgia


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

I am a CSP looking for a Scrum project in need of a coach.

I am a project manager with over 20 years of IT PM experience.  Working in the consulting industry, I frequently found clients flailing about while trying to exert a burdensome planning and control process which instead of empowering those doing the work, it impeded productivity, creativity and focus on delivering what the customer wanted and not what the customer spec said they wanted.

Scrum would have solved so many of those problems, had we/I only known.  What's more, Scrum emphasizes the traits I have always felt the most important for a good project manager.  Customer focus, people skills, ability to communicate often and the ability to not only allow change, but to embrace it.

I am windng down a project with a real estate developer and am now ready to look at any new projects where I may employ Scrum.  As I said above, I am a CSM and CSPO looking for a Scrum project in need of a PO.  I am also PMP certified and have earned my Black Belt in Six Sigma.  My education is a BS in Business Law and Accounting from the University of Tennessee and I have a Master Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University.

Work experience

USA Security, Subcontract - PMO Manager
September 2005 - Present, Knoxville (Corp. Hqtrs), TN, United States
USA Security is Aspen Development Group's biggest client. They have been around for close to two decades. Through the years, I have helped USA Security streamline their operations, develop new technologies and consulted with their existing client base on security projects. After getting my CSM and CSPO, I brought the lessons of Scrum to their operations. After seeing how effective Agile could be when managing the ongoing project activity of USA Security internally, we used our existing client base to market a combination of Scrum and Security Project Management. In the end, we would be hard pressed to tell whether the clients like the better security options we delivered or the up close and personal demonstration of the Scrum methods we used most. The only marketing we ever did in this new business line was reaching out to existing customers. From there, its all been word of mouth.