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Jon Luzader

  

Senior Program Consultant, NTTDATA

Location: Alexandria, VA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials

Biography

My name is Jonathan Luzader and I have been practicing Agile software development professionally for the last 4 years.  I have worked mainly in the federal space but have also contributed to non-profit initiatives in the past.  I currently hold a CSM, PMI-ACP and SAFe Program Consultant certifications and am seeking to finalize my application for a CSP, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).  My comparatively brief professional experience is backed by 4 years of military service in the United States Army, including serving with the 1st Infantry division in combat operations in Iraq from 2004-2005.

After 3 consecutive overseas tours, I exited the service and attended The Pennsylvania State University and received a degree in Information Sciences and Technology with a focus on enterprise applications and integration.  After gradatuation, I began work with SRA International, INC. as a Scrum Master for EPA ENERGY STAR, helping EPA build new software solutions that would meet the needs of their newly proposed certification process.  This system involved the creation of many seprate webservices, front-end user interfaces, data exploration experiences, data warehousing and reporting features and comprised many separate sub-systems.

Together we worked to implement a sensible approach using to Scrum, Xtreme programing, and Lean, coupled with JIRA and Confluence for work tracking and documentation.  Once we were able to stand up a few services, we began critiquing each point of development in our web-service creation process, focusing every iteration on improving both the amount of what we produce and the quality of what we are producing to go from 1-2 web-services a sprint to 10-12 web-services.  By properly capturing metrics and other velocity determining factors such as story points, we were able to accurately forecast our delivery schedule months in advance and were able to meet our clients deadlines on time, with additional features added in.

I am currently working on a new contract as a Senior Program Consultant for NTTDATA.

 

Work experience

NTTDATA, Senior Program Consultant
December 2014 - Present, Mclean, Virginia, US
Working with a Quality Assurance team to ensure Agile practices are adopted and practiced across over 100 different systems for a federal government client.

SRA International, INC., Technical Project Manager
January 2011 - December 2014, Arlington, VA, US
ScrumMaster for ENERGY STAR Products contract as well as Agile consultant for other teams including Veterans Affairs, Sandia National Laboratories, and NOAA.

SRA International, Analyst
May 2010 - February 2011, Arlington, VA, United States
I began my career at SRA in May 2010 after 4 years of college at Penn State and 4 years in the Active Duty Army as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. I interned initially on multiple different projects, getting to experience different areas of the company over the 2010 summer. I was given the opportunity to manage my own project, which was a Visitor Management System integration project for one of SRA's client sites. I also worked with market research teams, cyber security analysis, and contract procurement. At the end of the summer SRA kept me on part-time and allowed me to finish up my degree in State College.

United States Army, Signal Support Systems Specialist E-4
August 2002 - June 2006, Arlington, VA, United States
I enlisted in the United States Army on December 12th, 2011 in the aftermath of September 11th. I served 3 consecutive overseas tours including over a year in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from February 2004 - 2005. While deployed I operated on a 12 man security team for my Brigade Colonel Richard C. Longo (present Major General) as his Communications specialist and was responsible for my entire teams communications equipment and participated in well over 150 combat missions in the Sunni triangle in support of 1st Infantry divisions mission.

 

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