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Gretchen Knode


Owner, Agile Initiatives

Location: Knoxville, TN


Gretchen Knode - I am a Scrum Master with experience in Corporate, Small Business, and Government/Non-Profit environments and have used Scrum/Kanban in several industries such as healthcare, IT, marketing, media, and engineering. I facilitate the Agile Knoxville group for the area as well. I have a BFA in Electronic Media and have extensive experience in the music industry as well as marketing. I have an etsy shop & urban farm with my husband who has a landscaping and property management company, and in my spare time I do voice overs and am editing a historical fiction trilogy I wrote a few years ago.

Work experience

FOTO, Scrum Master
September 2016 - Present, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
I am the Scrum Master for a team of developers, one remote, as well as a team of QA and a Product Owner. We create software for the healthcare industry, specifically Physical Therapy, which is used in America, Canada, and Israel. I also help with implementing Agile/ Scrum with marketing as well as teaching the company about how Agile/ Scrum works so every department can incorporate things as needed.

Genuine Promotion, Owner of business
November 2012 - December 2015, Knoxville, TN, US
I used Scrum and an Agile mindset to help manage freelance work doing technical writing, creating and implementing websites and marketing campaigns for various business, doing voice overs and on camera acting, plus an etsy shop and an urban farm!

ORAU, Scrum Master
May 2015 - October 2015, Oak Ridge, TN, United States
Scrum Master for two teams in non-profit government sector. Had the pleasure of helping the TS department to more fully embrace Agile principles and worked with two of the teams to incorporate more Scrum principles and process methods into daily work process. I was also able to create and facilitate a two day Scrum Reboot workshop for the entire department.

Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Project Manager/ScrumMaster
December 2009 - March 2011, Nashville, TN, United States
Project manager for $1.6 million IT Infrastructure Overhaul project finished on time and under budget, plus project manager for multiple SharePoint projects. Achievements include: • Ensured all tasks were completed, helped team accomplish tasks through creative problem solving, management, and motivation. • Managed the budget for project, provided executive reports to CIO, and pay for contractors. • Created job description, hired, managed and supervised an assistant. • Managed and led daily Scrum meetings with team members and updated progress. • Attended all meetings with external and internal team members, identified tasks, priorities, and ownership. • Managed 600 plus task MS Project document and provided executive summaries. • Successful management of the first SharePoint projects, which led to the company winning a $12 million dollar contract by utilizing SharePoint functionality.


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