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Amanda Otero


Scrum Master, Cognitive Medical Systems

Location: San Diego, CA


Certified Scrum Product Owner



Amanda OteroI am a Quality Assurance professional, and have been in the software industry since 1997.  I love working in Agile shops.With experience ranging from small start-up companies to large corporations, I have found agile to be the most effective way to approach the many varied issues of product development, and will never go back to the 'old way' of doing things.I've built QA teams and process from scratch at a small, XP, RoR, Bay Area startup, and acted as a Scrum evangelist at large corporations transitioning to Agile/Scrum development model after years of following waterfall practices.After dropping out of a PhD program in Mathematics at University of Washington in the late 90's, I found my self in the center of the dot com boom, and jumped in.  I started as a tester, and found QA to be a great fit for my training in logic and combinatorics.I love continuous improvement of both product and process, and the open ended possibilities in true Agile shops.

Work experience

Cognitive Medical System, Scrum Master
November 2014 - Present, San Diego, CA
Scrum Master / Project Manager for Teams creating medical software for government contracts.

Ascender Software , QA Lead
September 2013 - February 2014, San Diego, CA, US
Lead of QA team - ran QA team as embedded team memebers in Scrum teams.

LiveNation Entertainment, Sr Quality Assurance Engineer
September 2012 - September 2013, Los Angeles, CA
Senior QA Engineer for Agile Scrum Software development team.

ModCloth, QA Manager
September 2010 - May 2012, San Francisco, CA
Worked within an Agile, Ruby on Rails framework to build out and implement QA practicess and process within an engineering environment following XP practices, Continuous Integration, and rapid development.Managed QA team consisting of local and remote team members, hired QA Engineers, trained and managed Engineers and QA team in QA process.  Implemented Jira bug tracking system.  Worked closely with Product managers, Ops, and Engineering to manage releases and mitigate risks associated with concurrent product development in a CI environment.Spearheaded effort to build out QA level Selenium test suite to run on CI., Quality Assurance Engineer II
May 2007 - July 2010, Seattle, WA
Provided QA Expertise for Enterprise Web Solutions team on several projects, then transfered to Merchants @ team, and worked on the third party selling platform for


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