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Elena Astilleros

  

Lead Agile Coach, Beachbody

Location: Santa Monica, CA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials

Biography

Elena Astilleros is a humble servant leader and cheerleader for technological and innovative breakthroughs. With experience in digital solutions, web applications and Scrum development, Astilleros provides users with exceptional service in ensuring that one’s high tech needs are met.
A product of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, transformational leadership training and Lyssa Adkin's CSM course :) Astilleros fiercely stands that innovation and technology can be used in infinitely creative and effective ways. She has used Scrum to bring well designed solutions to life.

Astilleros’s currently leads the Agile Office at Beachbody, training Agile coaches to enhance their transformational expertise. Prior, she served at Toyota Motor Sales, rolling out Scrum to pilot teams under the Office of the CIO. Prior to Toyota, she quite proudly served as product owner for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's flagship applications: MentorMatch and SASSY, the Scholarship Application System selected by the Gates foundation to support them in future scholarship programs.

Furthermore, Astilleros has served as a key individual in facilitating technological solutions for MySpace and Sony DADC. Elena served on the pilot team to roll out Scrum at MySpace. Astilleros used that experience and rolled out and implemented Scrum in all future work locations, including providing private products for Barbie, UC Berkeley, the United Nations/World Expo, USO and the Waldorf Astoria through the website OurHistree.

Work experience

Beachbody, Lead Agile Coach
November 2015 - Present, Santa Monica, CA, United States
Large scale role in leading adoption of Agile across multiple delivery units in Beachbody Technology department. Coach of departmental agile coaches.

Toyota Motor Sales, Scrum Master
August 2015 - November 2015, Torrance, CA, United States
Ran roll out of Scrum pilot on the creation of Toyota's annual Innovation Fair. Trained teams ranging from creative to vendor management on using agile and Scrum ceremonies

Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Senior Business Analyst
January 2014 - August 2015, Gardena, California
Responsible for developing, improving, and maintaining a proactive business analytics function, focused on improving and implementing strategies, to create a scalable infrastructure for data management, reporting, and analysis. This includes managing people, processes, and data gathering, as well as output of materials necessary to create accurate reports, daily operational work flow, analysis, modeling, and forecasting, and making actionable recommendations.

SonyDADC, Business Analyst
March 2012 - January 2014, Marina del Rey, California
Worked with multi-national teams and directly led a Scrum team from third party vendor in Argentina on four simultaneous projects: CRM customization, Single Sign-On integration, SharePoint rollout and the development of a procurement tracking system.

OurHistree, Scrum Master
August 2009 - August 2010, Culver City, CA, US
Headed program management using Scrum for entire organization, maintained project schedule, and led quality assurance department in an Agile focused environment. • Created and managed a team of four temporary testers prior to the launch of the site. • Translated a 300 page, three volume wire frame document into 7 Themes (overarching areas of focus) and their resulting epics and user stories (requirements and test cases). • Ensured the on-time delivery of six major products, including the public facing website of OurHistree, and private products for Barbie, USO, the United Nations/World Expo, UC Berkeley, and the Waldorf=Astoria. • Served as Scrum Master, facilitating daily standup, producing daily burn down charts, reporting on team velocity. Maintained the product backlog, evaluated exit criteria and managed technical debt. Reinforced and reminded team of our team’s core values. • Handled the resolution of any impediments that would block the team from completing their tasks, customer response issues, site copy and publishing release notes. • Maintained morale and productivity during crunch months of 3 day sprints, where individual members worked 70+ hours a week for a period of 9 weeks.

Articles I've written

Watch Your Mouth!
As Agile coaches and ScrumMasters, we get to redefine the language of the workplace. For instance, let’s take the concept of “work-life balance.”

Time-Making Machine
We all have to become masters at handling our time. Living the Agile values frees up our time so that we can make better choices about how to deliver more value for our customers, our teams, and our own satisfaction.

 

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