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Blair Palmquist


Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner




Blair Palmquist, CSM, CSPO

Home: (519) 884-6438
Cell: (226) 868-1172



I am innovative thinker and professional project manager with extensive experience.  I am seeking an opportunity to creatively solve technical & business problems in a team environment.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Certified Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner
  • Experienced in Agile environments using both Scrum & Kanban methodologies, using Rally & JIRA
  • Successful within the corporate setting of Research in Motion, and in the dynamic, small business environments of commercial sign companies
  • Superior organizational expertise with the capability to juggle multiple priorities successfully
  • Action-oriented, with the ability to meet time & budget targets by using logic, ingenuity and creativity
  • Excellent problem-solving skills balancing a customer-focused approach with pragmatic constraints


Work experience

BlackBerry, Project Manager
January 2013 - October 2013, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

·         Project Manager for two internal initiatives, organizing requirements gathering, tool development, and governance for new systems to be used across domains within BlackBerry

·         Manager of Software Release Readiness (SRR) tool, leading tool development, providing user support and addressing stakeholder needs. 

·         Supported activities to transition teams from Rally & Clarity to JIRA


Research In Motion, Project Specialist
January 2012 - January 2013, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

·         Scrum Master of development & maintenance of BB10 device configuration tool
- Managing new development, change requests & defect resolution
- Addressing stakeholder and carrier manager needs

·         Scrum Master for 2 internal developer tools used for code submission and traceability

·         Managed internal training upgrades for software developers given by 3rd parties in preparation for development within RIM for new BB10 OS

·         Coordinated activities of BB10 code branching for the Build & Release team

Research In Motion, PDP Specialist
March 2008 - January 2011, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

·         Administrator of Product Development Process (PDP)
- Worked with Project Managers across RIM to assemble required project documentation, which was appraised & scored by internal software engineers, for review and approval by executive management.
- Coordinated and tracked all activities for the PDP within RIM
- Worked with internal auditors and Six Sigma black belts during appraisals and ISO audits

·         Scrum Master for development of tool used to manage the PDP
- Primary administrator of the tool



Various Commercial Sign Companies, Office & Project Manager | Estimator | Designer |
January 1989 - December 2007, Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

North American Sign

Office & Project Manager (2004 – 2007)

National Sign Group / LED Solution

Project Coordinator | Designer | Estimator (1995 – 2003)


Graphics Technician (1992 – 1995)

Mark Four Graphics

Designer (1989 - 1991)

·         18 years of experience in the sign industry involved in all aspects of this custom manufacturing business; from sales and marketing, through design and production, to installation & service

·         Project management experience encompassed all phases of the process, cost estimating , sales presentations, supplier and contractor negotiations & scheduling, coordination of manufacturing, and supervision of installation

·         Was responsible for obtaining bids from contractors & suppliers from across North America, simultaneously managing multiple time sensitive projects, and ensuring quality production & timely delivery

·         Prepared artistic photo renderings and technical specification drawings for all levels of the organization

·         Was responsible for researching new products and manufacturing methods by keeping abreast of the latest developments in the sign industry. 


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