My name is Deb Choate and I'm an Agile Coach who is passionate about sustainable product development. I love working with people and technology, and have a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
I wanted to find a way to combine both coaching and product development, but struggled with how. I got a job doing technical support for Cisco, used it as an opportunity to build my technical skills and I became a network engineer, and then a Project Manager. After spending a number of years in traditional waterfall Project Management, I was looking for a process that was healthier and more sustainable. Agile appealed to me because of it's respect for people, improved efficiency and sustainable pace.
I have spent the last three and a half years as a ScrumMaster and Agile coach, and it's been the most rewarding period of my career by far. Agile has allowed me to excel in unifying, motivating, and leading technical teams to create groundbreaking solutions with high performing teams.
Going forward, my goals are to continue to evangelize the merits of Agile and expand my Coaching skill set.
LogRhythm, ScrumMaster, Agile Coach, RTE
April 2012 - March 2016, Boulder, CO, United States
I originally served as ScrumMaster for 3, then 5 Scrum teams. My role progressed to coaching, and then I helped to train, and support other ScrumMasters who were fulfilling dual roles. I was the Agile Coach and Program Manager for approximately 12 Scrum teams in Engineering. I lead and coached a group of 12 ScrumMasters in a weekly Scrum of Scrums and a bi-weekly community of practice. I directed quarterly planning, and the associated meetings and Agile ceremonies, including the business vision meeting, support for team planning, retrospectives, and final plan acceptance, where dependencies were coordinated, and risks were mitigated. I administered all aspects of CA Agile (formerly Rally Software) Project Management tool, including user stories, assisted with product backlog refinement, portfolio item management, customized reports, tracking, and reporting.
Digital Globe (Contracting), ScrumMaster
February 2013 - October 2015, Longmont, CO, United States
I worked as a contractor through Bridgeview IT, and was assigned as a ScrumMaster at Digital Globe. During my time there, I was a ScrumMaster for two Cloud Services SaaS Product Development Teams.