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Cheryl Lacy

  

ScrumMaster, Lifion by ADP

Location: New York, NY


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

My career in technology started over 15 years ago when I took a quality assurance position for a CBT division of a video training company. I learned that I really enjoyed finding, investigating and working with the developers to fix the bugs I found. As I continued my career in Quality Assurance, I learned the importance of reaching out to the community of testers outside of my organization. I set the standard of becoming certified in Software Quality Assurance in an attempt to get the department to start following best testing practices and to use the terms common in our profession. I eventually took on a mentoring role to those in my department. This ultimately led me to the opportunity to become a candidate for a ScrumMaster role when my company migrated to Scrum. Being a servant leader has been the most challenging and rewarding role I have ever had in my career.

Because of my history in Quality Assurance, I encourage and work with my scrum teams to incorporate best testing practices like TDD. My specialty is in helping teams in transition to Scrum and other Agile practices. I enjoy working with teams towards continuous improvement through the use of engaging and thought provoking retrospectives. I rely heavily on the use of games to help teams understand areas for improvement. 

I try to attend various Agile gatherings in an effort towards self-continuous improvement. I also read just about anything related to Agile that I can get my hands on. I am actively working towards becoming an Agile Coach as I enjoy mentoring and sharing my knowledge and experience with others.

I enjoy learning as much as I can about Agile by constantly reading books, blogs and papers on the topic as well as attend Agile events. I generally take what I've learned and apply it to my scrum teams.

I have participated in or facilitated ScrumMaster Community of Practices at every organization I have been a ScrumMaster for as I understand and appreciate the value of exchanging ideas and reaching out to the ScrumMaster community for help with issues I might not have dealt with in the past. I have also facilitated book clubs in an effort to help teams get a better understanding of topics like Estimation.

I look forward to where my Agile journey takes me. 

Work experience

ADP, Scrum Master
July 2014 - Present, New York, NY, United States
Organize and conduct daily Stand Up meetings and cross-team meetings. Partner with Product Management to achieve maximum project return on investment and meet project objectives. Manage sprint planning and execution which includes the management of project progress and provide status & visibility. Participate in release planning and scheduling by providing empirical Scrum team statistics, identifying project dependencies, and creating velocity forecasts. Identify and manage cross-team dependencies. Ensure high throughput of development teams by identifying potential issues and roadblocks and working on preventing or eliminating them. Work with Product Management, Business Analyst, Architects, and UI designers to plan ahead and ensure product backlog is prioritized, groomed, and has sufficient detail, so that it is ready to be worked on by Scrum teams to avoid any downtime, ambiguity or rework. Facilitate issue resolution within the team. Work in cross-functional project teams that include Development, Product Management, Business Analysts, UI, and Quality Assurance. Facilitate Scrum teams that include team members in engineering, testing and product owner/product management. Create and maintain release burn downs, velocity projections and project forecasts in order to create project visibility and enable timely project adjustments.

Insight Global for ADP, Scrum Master
March 2014 - July 2014, Morristown, NJ, United States
Organize and conduct daily Stand Up meetings. Partner with Product Management to achieve maximum project return on investment and meet project objectives. Manage sprint planning and execution which includes the management of project progress and provide status & visibility. Participate in release planning and scheduling by providing empirical Scrum team statistics, identifying project dependencies, and creating velocity forecasts. Identify and manage cross-team dependencies. Ensure high throughput of development teams by identifying potential issues and roadblocks and working on preventing or eliminating them. Work with Product Management, Business Analyst, Architects, and UI designers to plan ahead and ensure product backlog is prioritized, groomed, and has sufficient detail, so that it is ready to be worked on by Scrum teams to avoid any downtime, ambiguity or rework. Facilitate issue resolution within the team. Work in cross-functional project teams that include Development, Product Management, and Quality Assurance. Facilitate Scrum teams that include team members in engineering, testing and product owner/product management. Create and maintain release burn downs, velocity projections and project forecasts in order to create project visibility and enable timely project adjustments.

Vibrant Media, ScrumMaster / Agile Project Manager
January 2013 - March 2014, New York, NY, United States
Ensure the Scrum teams uphold Vibrant Media’s Agile Manifesto and practices Mobilize the scrum teams to get them in a position where they are able to comfortably start projects from iteration zero (resources, environments, etc.) Identify and remove impediments for the teams, ensure the teams are focused on delivery Work closely with the scrum teams to create a product roadmap Report product roadmap status to the tech team, PMO & Product management Ensure that user story grooming is achieved so that the stories are ready to start being implemented at the beginning of each sprint Conduct planning meetings, scrums, reviews and retrospectives Manage business stakeholders Organize and facilitate sprint planning sessions, grooming sessions, daily stand-ups, retrospectives, and demos/reviews Track and communicate team velocity through the use of burn down charts and sprint/release progress updates Ensure the scrum teams are practicing the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility Participate proactively in developing and maintaining team standards, tools, and best practices Ensure the teams have the opportunity to inspect and adapt by reflecting on their previous sprint’s progress Facilitate discussion and conflict resolution Empower the teams to self-organize Work with the teams to identify any cross project dependencies and manage these through to completion Work with the teams to define and deliver release/launch dependencies Discover and communicate with appropriate customers across the whole company for each project and team Conduct training for new hires on Scrum Wrote internal user manual on VersionOne

Video Gaming Technologies, Scrum Master
September 2009 - October 2012, Ruckersville, VA, United States
Servant leader to two teams comprised of software developers and quality assurance Coached newly formed scrum team comprised of software developers and Quality Assurance in the ways of Scrum. Served as liaison between technical and non-technical departments, communicating with other management, developers, product managers and technical support specialists on product issues affecting the Development Team Identified and removed impediments and prevented distractions. Worked within a collaborative environment to organize and facilitate backlog prioritization, arrange daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings Tracked and communicated team velocity and sprint/release progress Maintained process documentation and ensured the development teams were practicing the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility Assisted Product Owner with backlog maintenance, internal and external communication, improvement of transparency, and disseminating information Assisted with prioritization and resolution of defects/impediments Assisted team with making appropriate commitments through story selection, task definition Conducted team building and working agreement meetings Facilitated discussion and conflict resolution Empowered the team to self-organize Held book clubs for Scrum team and for ScrumMaster group to provide Agile coaching Continuous improvement through the use of pair programming and test driven development

 

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