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Anita Canafax


Program Manager, Geocent

Location: New Orleans, LA



Certified ScrumMaster
Registered Education Provider



Anita M Canafax

Ms. Canafax is currently the Project Manager working with the Program Management Office to provide recommendations to deliver projects more efficiently, utilizes resources more effectively, and better communicates performance on the portfolio of work to all the stakeholders.  The city agency had unique needs when it came to project management.  Projects in the ITI PMO portfolio affect the well-being and livelihood of a broad constituent base.  Standing up the PMO included:  training on Agile methodologies, providing Agile coaching to the Enterprise Information Team using Scrum and the Operations Team using Kanban.

Program Manager for several Veteran Affairs programs where she manages the development of Geocent’s expertise in Service Oriented Architecture, and is building and leading high performance agile development teams increasing the development capabilities across the Federal Sector of Geocent.  She has over 22 years of experience in system design and implementation, with a concentration on data integration and interfaces in the client/server environment along and 12 years of IT Project management experience.  She is proficient across the systems development lifecycle from business requirement definition, business process reengineering, systems analysis, data conversion, software implementation, and system testing to training and education and end-user support. 

Manages and provides client training, coaching and mentoring to agile teams. Provides expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations on issues specifically to Scrum methodologies and has facilitated and managed small and large implementation teams. A practiced leader in planning, strategy, financial management, negotiations, forecasting, business development and applying innovative ideas to complex operations

Ms. Canafax holds a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Information Systems Management from Northwood University.  She has attended the Project Management Professional course and Dale Carnegie training. She also holds a Scrum Master Certification using Agile project management methodologies. 





Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses


  • Introduction to Agile and Scrum (Intro)

Work experience

Geocent, PMO - Portfolio Management
October 2013 - Present, New Orleans, LA, US
Project Manager working with the Program Management Office to provide recommendations to deliver projects more efficiently, utilizes resources more effectively, and better communicates performance on the portfolio of work to all the stakeholders. The city agency had unique needs when it came to project management. Projects in the ITI PMO portfolio affect the well-being and livelihood of a broad constituent base. Standing up the PMO included: training on SAFe, creating processes and procedures, standardizing documents and templates, and creating standard reporting mechanisms. Provided Scrum training and acted as the ScrumMaster for the Enterprise Information Team. Facilitating for the Operations Team using Kanban. Provided SAFe Training to the Management Team. Now I am working with all of the PM's to use Kanban and Scrum with their teams.

Geocent, Program Manager
April 2009 - October 2014, New Orleans, LA, US
SPAWAR ATLANTIC / Veterans Administration – VA Chapter 33 Project Agile Program Manager • Acted as the ScrumMaster for four teams when the project began. • Moved into the Business Financial Manager, responsibilities covered a wide range of financials for multiple projects. • Program-level Agile Coach assisting ScrumMasters with software engineering teams with scaling Scrum • Trained and guided new Geocent ScrumMasters and employees on Agile principles and the Scrum methodology • Instrumental in Geocent receiving CMMI Level 2 using Agile processes. Developed processes and policies, performed numerous mapping tasks, mapped CMMI and Agile practices to our existing processes and provided documentation in support of the effort.

Geocent, Agile Project Manager
December 2008 - March 2009, New Orleans, LA, US
SPAWAR ATLANTIC, New Orleans - Enterprise Data Environment (EDE) Agile Project Manager / ScrumMaster • Instrumental for executing Scrum on one of the first SPAWAR, New Orleans projects. • Conducted Scrum training; Prepared & presented project plans/kickoff materials. • Provided coaching/mentoring to EDE Product Owners. • ScrumMaster functions for the Delivery Teams – Conducted demonstrations at Sprint Reviews and facilitated Sprint Planning. • Provided Burndown & Velocity tracking, facilitation with client and Retrospectives.

Diamond Data Systems, Data and Interface Lead
November 1999 - December 2008, New Orleans, LA, United States
Ms. Canafax supported the Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) for the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS) as the Data and Interface Lead for an eight person team which gathered, performed analysis, coordinated design and tested over 110 Army persistent interfaces and 70 Air Force persistent interfaces. She provided expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations on data and interface issues specifically mapping, migration, cleansing, conversion and protection of the integrity, availability, authenticity, non-repudiation and confidentiality of user data as it pertains to the overall DIMHRS data and interface architecture. She facilitated and managed the collection of accurate, consistent and complete information on persistent and conversion interfaces needed to support the design and implementation including activities to support integrating legacy systems with the DIMHRS interface broker mechanism. Responsible for overseeing the execution,

AG Consulting, Consultant
July 1997 - November 1999, San Francisco, CA, United States
Project Lead Ms. Canafax served as the project lead to build a working Model of Kent County’s HR and benefits system; delivered a full working demonstration and presentation to the steering committee and the ASG executive sponsors. She provided re-engineered benefit processes; documentation of variances, conversions, interfaces, and has a working knowledge of HIPAA and IA requirements provided recommended reports and an implementation schedule required for project completion in three and half months. Provided project management and planning throughout the implementation. Senior Consultant Ms. Canafax served as the Senior Consultant and project lead for the implementation of the Benefit Administration module, along with FSA Claims Administration, COBRA Administration and Benefits Billing, HIPAA requirements for the City and County of Denver. She led strategic redesign of the corporate business model to support business process re-engineering efforts. She was instrumental in coordinating and working with outside personnel to convert the data from the legacy system to PeopleSoft. This also included loading data from outside vendors for current dependent data to begin event maintenance. Served as the Test Lead at ECOLAB from Oct 97 – Apr 98 and led user acceptance testing for the on-line and batch processes; conducted parallel testing for payroll. She served as the Functional Lead for Southland Corporation, Jun 97 - Oct 97; provided documented business requirements, functional specifications, and created test scripts for a customized Managed Disability Module.

August 1987 - July 1997, New Orleans, LA, United States
Worked as the functional team leader; in a three phased approach. Implemented Phase 1 as PeopleSoft HR, Phase 2, Payroll; and Phase 3, Benefits Administration System. Led a team of multi-company professionals responsible for implementing a technical solution set in a large-scale program environment that included disciplines for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) integration (PeopleSoft), legacy system interface, and custom component development and integration.


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