Carmen Graver is a results oriented software engineering professional with over 20 years of experience. Ms. Graver championed the adoption of Agile Software Development methodologies at Marine Corps Systems Command, where she was instrumental in the development of the Marine Corps Agile Framework (MC-Agile). MC-Agile blends the traditional systems engineering practices with Scrum best practices, balancin the ability to respond to changing needs with the need for engineering rigor and oversight.
Ms. Graver has contributed to the development of various techncal notes published by the Software Engineering Institute in support of their efforts to support DoD's efforts to implement Scrum methodologies within the acquisition community.
Ms. Graver is the founder and CEO of Graver Agile Innovations (GAI), LLC. GAI provides consulting services to organizations wishing to implement Scrum.
Graver Agile Innovations, President/CEO
October 2014 - Present, Dumfries, VA, US
Serving as a consultant for the Marine Corps and for Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO). The Marine Corps is working to implement Agile software development practices for several of their software-dominant programs. The program involved is using an "Agile-ish" process which they recognize needs to be more streamlined but that must balance the requirements imposed by DoD acquisition regulations.
GEICO is working to transition from a hierarchical, waterfall methodology to an agile methodology using scrum. I am training their teams on the fundamentals of scrums and assisting management in understanding the difference between "doing agile" and "being agile". Assisting their new scrum masters in facilitating sprint planning, sprint review, daily scrums, and sprint retrospectives.
Active member of the Software Engineering Institute Agile Collaboration Group, which shares lessons learned regarding efforts to implement Agile in Government, specifically DoD.
United States Marine Corps, Lead Engineer
August 2013 - September 2014, Quantico, VA, US
Served as the Product Owner for the Distributed Common Ground System - Marine Corps. Worked with end users and the scrum development team to prioritize user requirements. Represented the Marine Corps as a member of the Software Engineering Agile Collaboration Group.
United States Marine Corps, General Engineer
January 2010 - July 2013, Quantico, VA, US
Served as the Marine Corps systems command Agile Champion, working with the Marine Corps Chief Engineer. Worked with two pilot programs to bring Agile software engineering to software programs within the Marine Corps. Conducted training sessions for over 250 individuals from various competencies, from entry level through executive.
Represented the Marine Corps as a member of the Software Engineering Institute Agile Collaboration Group, which shares lessons learned in implementing Scrum and Agile in DoD setting.