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Brett Ferguson


Scrum Master, Pinsight

Location: Kansas City, MO / USA



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


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Kansas City Agile & Scrum Group


Brett Ferguson

I am in the People Business.  While I happen to be working with Scrum and a bevy of agile principles, at the end of the day you and I depend upon people to adopt and adapt; we look to them to change behaviors and mindsets. Perhaps most importantly, we are asking them to trust that this is a better way of working.

And it is hard.  Especially for those in organizations who are moving from one practice and cultural mindset to another.  Like moving from waterfall to Scrum.  

If you were to ask me, “What is your ideal work environment?”  I would respond with something like:

  • Enough autonomy to own my work
  • Enough feedback to know if I’m headed in the right direction
  • Enough guidance to ensure I’m working on the right thing
  • Enough collaboration to feed my need to grow and get better
  • Enough responsibility to make an impact on my team
  • An opportunity to do something that matters

You may recognize that these are all attributes of a great Scrum team.  This genuine, intrinsic value is why I love this work.  Most of us want to do work that matters.  We want to make an impact of some sort, and I believe an agile transformation is an opportunity to truly change the lives of the people who come on this journey.  

Hard work is hard for a reason:  Because it matters.

Work experience

Pinsight Media, Scrum Master
November 2016 - Present, Kansas City, MO, US
We are a mobile advertising, mobile/big-data business. I am a Scrum Master, serving two scrum teams and one kanban team. I am also a coach, helping further the understanding and adoption of Scrum across the organization.

DataFile Technologies, Project Manager
March 2015 - October 2017, , US
Building scalable, agile work management framework and processes which encourage organizational alignment while leveraging a steering committee model for prioritization. Leveraging principles from RUP, waterfall and agile methodologies.

Paycor , Project Manager
May 2015 - March 2016, Lenexa, KS, US
Lead the conversion of clients onto the Paycor system by working effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders; serve as the ultimate owner of project milestones and delivering client satisfaction to positively influence lasting client retention; Establish strong working relationships with each client based upon clear expectation-setting and mutual trust building; ensure clients’ requirements and business objectives are defined clearly and well understood by the entire project team; maintain in-depth understanding of all projects including tasks, issues, owners, and risks; distribute progress reports as needed and communicate regularly with all relevant stakeholders; raise concerns quickly to stakeholders and escalate when necessary; partner with Sales during both the Prospecting and Implementation processes; serve as a thought leader for continuous improvement of the Implementation process; identify broad level enhancements which continue to foster the delivery of an amazing client experience and drive client satisfaction and retention; provide recommendations for advancing project management processes and/or methodologies.

Rebel Consulting Services, Owner/Consultant
October 2012 - May 2015, Kansas City, Missouri, US
Scrum Master, Project and Portfolio Management. Have worked on projects ranging from large-scale decommission efforts for a large mutual fund company to wide-scale EMV rollout project for 5,000 owned and franchised restaurants.

DST Systems, Development Manager
March 2008 - August 2012, Kansas City, Missouri, US
Responsible for implementing Scrum in the DST Brokerage Solutions/Subaccounting vertical. Coaching and training en route to establishing cross-functional teams in the US(2) and Bangkok(2), with two co-dependent teams in India(2). Mainframe, Java, Flex environment.

H&R Block, Development Manager
August 2006 - February 2008, Kansas City, Missouri, US
Implemented Scrum in Architecture & Engineering/Tools team and across the Digital Tax organization. Microsoft .NET stack (XAML, Visual Studio extensibility, WCF, TFS, etc.). Built co-located environment with Tech Leads/Architects in US, developers in Russia, QA in India.


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