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Edward Newton


Owner, Agile Software Consultants, LLC

Location: Tucson, AZ



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Developer
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


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Phoenix SUG


Edward Newton - After graduating from Libery High School in Youngstown, Ohio in 1980, I joined the United States Army.  I left the Army in 1993 to become an Independent Verification and Validation specialist with a company called Intermetrics at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.  In 1996 I received my Bachelors Degree of Science in Computer Science and joined a company called Illex Systems, Inc. (also at Ft. Huachuca) as a software developer.  In 1998, I joined Vaisala, Inc. as a software developer.  After 10 years as a developer I was offered the position of Software Development Manager.  Our company began moving toward Agile development using Scrum in the Summer of 2009.

In June of 2012, I left Vaisala Inc. and started Agile Software Consultants, LLC. My primary focus was on software development and coaching.

In April 2015, I saw an advertisement for a Scrum Master position in my home town of Tucson, AZ. I saw an opportunity to help Modular Mining Systems, Inc. become more agile and I took it! I'm scrum master for one scrum team and agile leader for another doing Kanban

In November 2016, I found a position at Sentry Data Systems, Inc. as a Technical Scrum Master for two fully distributed software teams. I'm once again working from my home office helping teams succeed.

Work experience

Sentry Data Systems, Inc., Technical Scrum Master
November 2016 - Present, Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States
I provide agile oversight of two remotely distributed scrum teams. I ensure that communications are free flowing and work gets done as efficiently as possible.

Agile Software Consultants, LLC, Owner, Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Developer
May 2012 - Present, Tucson, Arizona, United States
As owner of Agile Software Consultants, LLC, I intend to bring agile coaching excellence to Tucson and the southwest. I want to help teams inspect, adapt, and succeed. The story is being written...

Modular Mining Systems, Inc., Scrum Master
April 2015 - November 2016, Tucson, AZ, United States
Modular is a company that is growing in their agility. In 2015 they decided to bring in a trained, dedicated scrum master for one of their key product teams. I jumped at the chance to get back into the Scrum Master role after my many and varied agile experiences. The team is thriving and the organization is continuing to "get it!"

Vaisala, Inc., Software Development Manager / Scrum Master / Agile Coach
January 2009 - June 2012, Tucson, AZ, United States
Helped Vaisala reorganize it's software developers, testers, and scientist from a multi-silo organization to a single software development organization geared for agile development. Launched first three scrum teams in Vaisala and later became scrum master for the web platform scrum team. Lead Vaisala's Applications Software group comprising four scrum teams. Coached scrum teams to become more productive and agile.

Vaisala, Inc., Software Engineer
March 1998 - December 2008, Tucson, AZ, United States
I lead a team of developers who designed, developed, tested, and maintained multithreaded, object-oriented, web applications for use on STRIKEnet and TXD100—Tucson Operations e-commerce web sites. Technologies, tools, and platforms: Java, J2EE, Tomcat, Jetty, Eclipse, Subversion, Ant and Maven2 on Linux and Windows. I designed, developed, tested and maintained multi-threaded, object-oriented software for deployment with the LDAR II remote lightning sensor. Technologies, tools, and platforms: C/C

Ilex Systems, Inc., Software Engineer
March 1996 - March 1998, Fort Huachuca, AZ, United States
I designed, developed, tested, and maintained multi-threaded, object-oriented software for several U.S. Military mission-critical systems. Technologies, tools, and platforms: C/C++, XWindows, Motif, Bourne, Korn, and C shell languages on Sun SPARC and Intel Pentium platforms running SunOS 4.1.x, Solaris 2.5, and Solaris x86 Unix operating systems.

Intermetrics, Inc., Software Systems Analyst
March 1994 - March 1996, Fort Huachuca, AZ, United States
I performed Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) on mission-critical defense systems at the Communications Electronics Command Software Engineering Center. I reviewed code modules, software development processes, and software documentation for compliance with applicable standards. Monitored and reported on software testing to ensure agreement with test plans and procedures. I planned, prepared, and conducted independent software testing.

United States Army, Signals Intelligence Analyst/Cryptanalyst
July 1980 - December 1993, , Select a State, United States
I served with several US Army and US Army Reserve Military Intelligence units as an Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Analyst/Cryptanalyst, supervisor, squad leader, and training official both in the continental US and abroad. Assignments included Augsburg, Federal Republic of Germany; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Tong Du Chon, Republic of Korea; and San Antonio, Texas.


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