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Christopher Taylor


Quality Assurance Principal, Blackbaud

Location: Charleston, SC


Certified ScrumMaster



Christopher Taylor

A skilled team leader with a passion for Quality Assurance process improvements and testing methodologies backed by scientific and lean development principles. 

Present and previous roles: 
Quality Assurance Principal
Lead Process Engineer
Certified Scrum Master
Software Engineer in Test
Technical Support

Specialties: Kanban, Scrum, Agile Development, Software Automation, Web Service Testing, White Box and Black Box Testing, Fitnesse, SoapUI, SQL

Author of Agile Tester,
Conference Speaker(South Florida Code Camp, Agile 2009 in Chicago)


Work experience

Blackbaud, Quality Assurance Principal
January 2012 - Present, Daniel Island, SC, US
Responsible for creating and implementing a Quality Assurance Methodology from the ground up which included a ground breaking issue management and software life cycle management tool built with Atlassian's JIRA. Shared responsibility in hiring, mentoring and training the Quality Assurance team that has greatly impacted every project in the organization with an increase in Quality output and fewer defects outside of the implementation phase. Integrating with all project roles on Quality Improvement concepts. Including mentoring other units on best practices for testing and issue management.

Ultimate Software, Scrum Master
July 2007 - January 2012, Weston, FL, US
As Process Lead Engineer I helped lead the Web Services team in implementing Kanban & Agile Practices. Was an active leader and contributor to the team dynamic which resulted in a highly efficient and collaborative team with the one of the companies lowest defect rates per release. As a Certified Scrum Master managing team stand ups, impediments, sprint plannings, retrospectives and integration points between other teams to deliver high performing Web Services & SSO solutions. As a Software Engineer in Test building & executing automation tests in both UI level automation and SoapUI Web service tests. Responsible for coordinating and running regressions every release cycle and handling communications to the executive leadership team.


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