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Elton Smith


Agile Coach, Rent-A-Center

Location: Dallas, TX



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster


Groups I belong to

DFW Scrum (Dallas/Fort Worth)


Elton Smith began using Scrum in 1995 after attending the OOPSLA conference in Austin Texas.  Elton enjoys reading, songwriting, computer programming and working with people from diverse cultures.  Elton's Agile related work experience:

Rent-A-Center, Plano Texas (May 2014 to Present)

  • Role: Agile Coach
  • Accomplishments:
    • Implemented SAFe.
    • Coached 12+ teams.
    • Administered AgileCraft Agile tool for Rent-A-Center.
    • Worked with managers, EMPO office and executives on Agile transformation.

AT&T, Dallas Texas (December 2013 to January 2014)

  • Role: Agile Coach
  • Accomplishments:
    • Agile Coach for collocated teams redesigning AT&T flagship business eCommerce website.
    • Acted as Product Owner when PO left for an extended period.
    • Trained Product Owner and team on use of Rally.
    • Worked with management on Agile transformation and planning organizational expansion.

Good Technology, Dallas Texas (August 2012 to November 2013)

  • Role: Scrum Master and Agile Coach
  • Accomplishments:
    • Scrum Master for development teams building a secure web browser application on both Android and iOS platforms.  Distributed teams with members in Dallas, California, Poland, France and China.
    • Scrum Master for a development team extending the IBM Domino email and calendar system.  Team members in Dallas, California and India.
    • Worked with Rally and JIRA Greenhopper Agile project management tools for user story preparation, sprint planning, tracking and reporting.  Used Confluence wiki tool for project documentation.

E2open, Dallas Texas (October 2011 to May 2012)

  • Role: Scrum Master and Agile Coach
  • Accomplishments:
    • Scrum Master for teams in Dallas and Austin.  Worked closely with teams on sprint planning, daily activities, demonstrations and retrospectives.  Coached teams on Agile principles and Scrum best practices.  Removed impediments so teams could concentrate on sprint commitments. 
    • Used Rally Agile project management tool.  Used Rally Portfolio Management to assist Product Owners in communication with stakeholders.

Hewlett Packard (November 2008 to September 2011)

  • Role: Developer, Scrum Master and Agile Coach
  • Agile Coach for Shell Voyager development project in Palo Alto California and Bangalore India.
  • Scrum Master for a team making major enhancements to a .NET/SQL Server based web application facilitating selection of 7-Eleven store sites.  Developed in .Net (C#) and SQL Server.
  • Scrum Master for multiple development teams at FedEx Office implementing enhancements to a Java/Oracle/Flex based eCommerce system.

Work experience

Rent-A-Center, Agile Coach
May 2014 - Present, Plano, TX, US
Agile Coach for teams and Enterprise SAFe implementation.

Good Technology, Scrum Master / Agile Coach
August 2012 - October 2013, Dallas, TX, US
Works in the Dallas office as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach.

e2open, Scrum Master and Agile Coach
October 2011 - May 2012, Dallas, TX, United States
Worked as a Scrum Master at e2open to create SAAS based supply chain solutions.

Hewlett-Packard, Scrum Master and Agile Coach
May 2010 - September 2011, Plano, TX, United States
Worked as HP consultant to clients during this time period. - Scrum Master and developer at 7-11 in Dallas, TX (May 2010 - September 2010) - Scrum Master at FedEx Office in Dallas, TX (October 2010 - May 2011) - Agile Coach at Shell Voyager in Palo Alto, CA (May 2011 - September 2011)

Texas Instruments, Scrum Team Member
July 1981 - May 1998, Plano, TX, United States
In 1995, our team attended the OOPSLA 95 conference in Austin (October 15-21) and heard presentations by Ken Schwaber. We returned to Dallas and used SCRUM on a semiconductor factory reengineering project for approximately 8 months. I was part of the SCRUM team during this project.


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