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John Clifford


Senior Fellow, Construx Software, Inc.

Location: Bellevue WA


John Clifford is a Senior Fellow and Agile Practices Lead at Construx Software where he focuses on software development, software estimation, project management and planning, portfolio management, product management, and organizational management practices. John has three decades experience across the software development and organizational management spectrum, working for small startups and the world's largest software company. He has been an individual contributor, development manager, QA manager, group project manager, development director, and CEO.

John has worked on software for everything from microcomputers to mainframes, in domains as disparate as mobile telephony platforms, desktop applications, asynchronous device drivers, and computer-to-computer telecommunications. He has developed software in assembler, C, C++, .NET, and Java on platforms that include CP/M, Unix, VAX VMS, IBM MVS/TSO, Apple MacOS, Microsoft Windows and OS/2, Windows CE, and Linux. He understands project management as a successful practitioner, and as one of the original software developers on Microsoft Project for Windows and Macintosh. His product management skills include the design and creation of industry-recognized software, and he has helped numerous clients achieve success by focusing on the essentials to deliver more quickly with higher revenue.

John has led numerous successful Scrum and Lean-Kanban adoptions, and his clients include several Fortune 500 companies with locations across the US, Europe, and Asia. He holds Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Professional certifications for the Scrum Alliance. He is a charter Kanban Coaching Professional, at the invitation of the Lean-Kanban University. He presents at Lean, Agile, and Scrum conferences, and has been recognized for his knowledge and ability in the application of Agile and Lean principles to all facets of software project planning, management and execution. John is a staunch proponent of Scrum, because he has personally experienced the transformative effects that Scrum can bring to an organization, and he has helped many others along the path to success with Scrum.

Work experience

Construx Software, Senior Fellow
May 2009 - Present, Bellevue, WA, United States
As a Senior Fellow, I provide training, coaching and consulting services to our global clients specializing in the areas of Agile software development, project management, and portfolio management methodologies and practices. In the past three years, I've personally trained over a thousand people in the basics of Scrum and have successfully helped many companies implement Scrum... and have successfully helped many other companies overcome impediments to successful Scrum implementations after rocky starts. I've trained and coached at small startups, privately-held companies, federal agencies, and several of the Fortune 100. If you don't know how to start, or are struggling, let us help you to success.

Articles I've written

Transitioning to Scrum: Selecting the Product Owner
Transitioning to Scrum: Selecting the Product Owner By John Clifford, CSM, CSPO, CSP Construx Software, Inc. Many teams moving to Scrum have questions about the Product Owner position. Is the Product Owner a member of ...

Cobblestones On The Road to Perdition
The more I work with companies that are struggling with Scrum, the more I’m starting to believe that "hybrid" Scrum adoptions in which people pick and choose what Scrum practices to follow and what to ignore invariably lead to failure. "Who...


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