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Amitai Schleier


Software development coach

Location: New York


Agile for effective decisions and outcomes.

Enlightened doofus. Software development coach. Legacy code wrestler. Non-award-winning musician. Award-winning bad poet. Agile in 3 Minutes podcaster.

Work experience

Pillar Technology, Software Craftsmanship Coach
January 2015 - Present, Ann Arbor, MI, US
Coached enterprise client team in Agile practices by facilitating learning exercises, rehabilitating feedback loops, and pairing and mobbing to deliver valuable software.

The NetBSD Foundation, President, Board of Directors
May 2013 - Present, New York, NY, US
Oversaw resources, funding, and direction for a major Open Source Unix-like operating system.

The Philolexian Foundation, President, Board of Directors
June 2009 - Present, New York, NY, US
Promoted interactive online participation by members and alumni of Columbia's oldest literary society, under tight constraints, by integrating an unusual CMS.

The NetBSD Project, Developer
April 2002 - Present, , US
Member of pkgsrc steering committee and project sysadmin since 2005. Led porting of pkgsrc to Mac OS X. Implemented project wiki backed by CVS and Kerberos.

Morgan Stanley, Senior Developer, Team Lead, Product Manager, Agile Coach
October 2009 - March 2014, New York, NY, US
Designed and implemented firmwide user-facing tools to manage application security contexts. Converted teammates and code to Test-Driven Development, resulting in markedly increased velocity. Earned rare trust of operations team. Converted management and projects to Scrum, yielding dramatic and adaptive improvements to planning and delivery. Armed with TDD and a backlog, delivered high-risk, hard-stop seven-month project on deadline. Presented a series of original talks on Agile topics. Coached managers and developers in their Scrum adoption.

Katzenbach Partners, Consultant
May 2006 - August 2007, New York, NY, US
Introduced TDD. Harmonized development and operations teams. Improved internal documentation. Selected tools for mining client data.

Case Western Reserve University, Manager
January 2003 - September 2004, Cleveland, OH, US
Grew Premium Support from pilot project to highly regarded team, then instigated its spinoff as the profit center of an independent corporation.

Noteworthy Medical Systems, Developer
June 2001 - August 2002, Mayfield Heights, OH, US
Built tools to customize flagship EMR product. Learned several Extreme Programming practices. Established internal wiki. Administered code repository.


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