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James Kutz

  

Agile Coach, SolutionsIQ


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Certified ScrumMaster

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Biography

James Kutz has been practicing Agile for more than 10 years, shifting from coaching roles to leading technical teams as a Delivery Manager. He currently works for SolutionsIQ as the New York coach on the eBay team. Before joining SolutionsIQ he worked at the Economist as a Delivery Manager, leading a global initiative to transform their eCommerce and subscription management capabilities. He also spent 3 years at NBCUniversal where he first coached teams to transform their Digital Products team, guiding them through organizing around a common process, and created consistency in how they plan, manage, measure, and execute their work. Additionally he helped institute a common agile framework that was used across the company. He left for a short while to do a project at McGraw-Hill Construction then re-joined NBCU as Implementation Manager, leading rollout of common  content management, Identity Management, and Video streaming platforms. Before that he held a variety of roles at The McGraw-Hill companies where he led the rollout of a social-media platform for business readers, as well as several re-platforming initiatives and site re-vamps for BusinessWeek.com and other related media sites. Besides his love for software development, he also enjoys traveling, architecture, and exploring the ever-changing landscape of Brooklyn, NY where he has lived for the past 20 years. 

Work experience

SolutionsIQ, Agile Coach
November 2016 - Present, New York, NY, US
Training and Coaching of 7 teams in the eBay New York office - Part of a company-wide Agile transformation moving teams from platform and component focused to product focused teams

The Economist, Delivery Manager
July 2015 - November 2016, New York, NY, US
Leading a global initiative to transform the subscription and commerce capabilities of the Economist as well as building a global marketing campaign solution. Managed the input of requirements into the team, the technical designs, and the building and testing across 4 teams.

NBCU, Director, Product Implementations
January 2013 - June 2015, New York, NY, US
Responsible for leading technical implementations of a common CMS, Identity Management, and Video platform across the organization. Led the successful re-launch of 4 of the company’s most critical brand sites as well as several internal sites. Initiated an Agile/Scrum framework spanning 3 teams delivering high-success rates and meeting deadlines and key business objectives.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Scrum Master/Program Managaer
August 2012 - December 2013, New York, NY, US
Led a pilot program to build a Company Directory for Sub Contractors. Helped identify and resolve issues with the organization’s Agile process. - Led the development, ETL, and Data Analysis teams to build a pilot program. - Enhanced the team’s approach to Estimating and Planning.

Gear Stream, Agile Coach
May 2011 - August 2012, Raleigh, NC, US
Improved individual and organizational performance, including: strategic planning, leadership and organizational development, process improvement, product and project management, culture changes, and executive / team coaching.   - Transformed 7 NBCU development teams from inconsistent, unpredictable releases to delivering valuable features and enhancements to their customers every two weeks. Created a planning and portfolio management process that enabled large projects to be broken-down into smaller deliverables across 7+ teams with visibility to all stakeholders.

Macmillan Publishing, Agile Coach
August 2010 - May 2011, New York, NY, US
Managed Web Operations team’s daily deliverables, managed small development projects to mitigate defects in production systems. Helped identify key areas of improvements and documented legacy systems. - Introduced an Agile Kanban framework to improve visibility around the quantity and complexity of issues and help management better prioritize issues the team focuses on. Increased productivity of team by 90%. - Organized team to better utilize team skills by leveraging an offshore team for repeatable tasks giving onsite team members ability to focus on more critical deliverables.

 

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