Steven Archer


Sr. Technology Project Manager, Pearson

Location: Centennial, Colorado / USA



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile Denver


High-performing, strategic-thinking IT professional with over 20 years of Information Technology and business management experience in both the public and private sectors, with key emphasis on client service, infrastructure administration and management, vendor management, software development life cycle, and Agile product / project management.

Skilled at relationship-building with clients across organizations and teams; exceptional presentation, and interpersonal communication skills. Adept at assessing needs, generating options, and implementing solutions in collaboration with teams and client stakeholders.

Work experience

Pearson, Sr. Technology Project Manager - Scrum Master
September 2013 - Present, Centennial, Colorado, United States
Responsible for the overall planning, management and completion of System Architecture projects on a wide variety of global technology and operational programs. Work with systems development teams to define project scope of work, appropriate documentation and project plans. Leadership and Management - Promote a collaborative team environment that fosters creativity and innovation - Provide excellent customer service to teams and other Project Managers - Manage internal client expectations - Create and maintain relationships across the organization Project Management - Organize, conduct, and attend meetings with project team to facilitate all levels of agile planning - Remove obstacles blocking or slowing down the teams - Provide visibility to team status and escalate issues to senior management, plan and track release milestones for System Architecture group releases, and work closely with System Architecture and Global Technology Operations management to ensure team productivity - Coordinate multiple software releases per quarter - Create project charter and release schedules - Help facilitate and communicate risk analysis for projects - Help facilitate coordination across projects when multiple teams are required to solve a single challenge - Manage multiple projects at one time - Provide detailed weekly status reports and metrics on all active projects to senior management - Work with project managers of other teams to ensure overall business needs are being met for company initiatives Process Management - Implement lessons learned - Act as resource for project team members on the Pearson software development lifecycle process - Work with third party integration teams to coordinate integration and testing, where applicable - Work with team leaders to support both dedicated and matrixed resources

Douglas County Government, Project Manager - Scrum Master
September 1996 - September 2013, Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Created, managed and executed infrastructure and software development project plans in an Agile Scrum environment, to support the ongoing needs of the organization. Coordinated resources, established deadlines and assigned responsibilities. Tracked the progress of projects from the requirements gathering / needs identification phase through to project closure. Compiled status reports for senior management, project sponsors, and stakeholders. Built working relationships with team members, vendors and other department representatives involved in projects, with repeated success in coaching and mentoring Agile Scrum teams. Contributions: - Facilitated, and managed Production Support - Incident & Problem Management processes - Encouraged a collaborative team environment - Managed project sponsor and stakeholder expectations - Coordinated and resolved issues escalated from operations and software development groups where applicable - Organized and conducted meetings with project team to facilitate agile planning - Provided visibility on team status and escalated issues to senior management - Planed and tracked release milestones and worked closely with senior level management to ensure team productivity - Coordinated scheduled software releases and facilitated approval from the Change Control Board - Helped facilitate and communicate risk analysis for projects - Helped facilitate coordination across projects when multiple teams were required to work together and solve a single implementation challenge - Managed multiple projects at one time - Provided weekly status reports and metrics to senior management on all active projects - Workd with other project managers to ensure PMO and organization initiatives are being met - Helped to facilitate retrospective initiatives