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Jacob Anderson

  

VP of Education, AgileDad

Location: Herriman, UT


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Registered Education Provider

Biography

Jacob Anderson has worked for over 15 years in various capacities as a coach, technical lead and development manager with various companies across the services, law enforcement software, banking, finance and internet commerce sectors. For the past 5+ years he has also mixed the practical experience of leading teams as a ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Team Member with coaching organizations in their transition to more Agile methods utilizing Scrum, Kanban, Lean, SAFe and many combinations in-between. As a trainer, he has worked with countless trainees across Fortune 100 companies, state and federal government entities, start-up companies and his own family in leveraging Agile as a common sense approach to learn from and yield more success for every short-term and long-term venture undertaken.

Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses

Continuing Education

  • Identifying, Managing, & Eliminating Technical Debt
  • Agile & Scrum Foundations

Work experience

AgileDad, Vice President of Education
March 2013 - Present, Herriman, UT, United States
I have worked with AgileDad to help teach, consult and work closely with organizations in various capacities. I have led teams as a Team Member within the development sprint cycles. I have spent a significant amount of time working as a ScrumMaster to help teams refine their commitments, delivery cycles and better interact with the customer. I have also acted as an Agile Coach and ScrumMaster in working with Product Owners and Executives to better prioritize their product backlogs, release plans and formulate a vision to show to their client base to increase sales and satisfaction. In all of these roles I have been embedded within teams to work with them, worked as a consultant with organizations and I have hosted/facilitated training classes to expand the knowledge of all parties within the Scrum process to be more collaborative and committed to delivering on time and regularly so the customer can give regular feedback and adaptations can be made to lead to more success. Over the past several months I have taken on a more enterprise role of thought leadership in determining what areas of emphasis are needed in the Agile and Scrum communities to cater training and consulting to help organizations go to the next step in their Agile or Scrum implementations to see more sustainable success and remove enterprise level obstacles that are helping them see how they can be more efficient.

Wells Fargo Bank, Development Manager / ScrumMaster
December 2012 - May 2016, Salt lake City, UT, United States
Directly managed team responsible for processing customized client requests with 24-72 hr turnaround in . Worked with team of 9 to adapt from traditional management methods to self-organizing and Scrum based methods to deliver results early and often. Expanded use of Scrum methods undertaking ScrumMaster duties across multiple teams and departments to ensure cross-collaboration, personal and team engagement with department and product vision/goals.

Davisbase Consulting, Agile Coach & Trainer
March 2011 - October 2012, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Worked with companies to implement Scrum from small product or project level to program or enterprise wide level. Company implementation has ranged from small start-up companies to large companies such as Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, AMEX as well as state and federal government agencies. Conducted sprint planning, retrospectives, release planning, roadmap planning and vision planning with companies to introduce and guide various companies in their implementation of Scrum methods.

Wells Fargo Bank, Product Owner / Team Lead
September 2008 - March 2011, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Worked with cross-functional teams to define product features to implement on transition projects from acquired clients existing software packages. Served as Team Lead for majority of the time while acting as pseudo-Product Owner in defining backlog priorities and conducting acceptance testing after each bi-weekly sprint.

Spillman Technologies, ScrumMaster / Project Manager
April 2006 - August 2007, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Worked with 8 software development teams in facilitating daily scrums, sprint planning, retrospectives, demonstrations and other planning sessions. Successfully worked with distinct product owners and other stakeholders to ensure early and continuous delivery cycles ranging from 1 month to 6 months for designated products. Coordinated with executives to ensure timely resolution of day-to-day impediments and organizational changes to ensure ongoing refinement of Scrum implementation within the development teams and within the company's culture.

eBay, Inc., Team Lead
September 1999 - April 2006, Draper, UT, United States
Worked with cross-functional, co-located teams to ensure timely delivery of internal tools to customer service and sales organization. Responsible for everything from daily standup meetings to process and product refinement to ensure success for internal stakeholders in the Trust & Safety department for eBay, Inc. Worked specifically in training new hires and existing team members with emphasis on empowerment techniques and collaboration in cross-functional roles such as development, testing, support and documentation of product and feature offerings that led to more efficient use of existing staff and resources while including additional business sites to see similar success with geographically distributed teams.

 

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