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Karina Bernacki


Organizational Coach

Location: Tampa, FL.


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster


Added Qualifications

Scaling Scrum Fundamentals (4593)

Groups I belong to

Scrum Singapore

Tampa Bay Agile


Karina's long-lived passion for technology & innate desire to build something useful and usable, fueled intensive independent study habits where she discovered affection for design, especially around the study of human-computer interaction and how technology can improve our lives and the world we share. 

After completing graduate work in Public Administration and National Security Studies, she returned to technology with a gig at a small web development shop, where technical and organizational agility were not only the norm but a necessity as everyone pitched in to get the proverbial 'ball' across the line. 

Seeking new opportunities to learn and grow, she decided to join the corporate world of banking technology. In her tenure at the bank she has served in many traditional technical roles including business analysis, production support, and product management to name a few. 

She was later given an opportunity to support large-scale agile transformations within the bank starting with a promotion to feature team member, and later serving as ScrumMaster.

Today she serves as a technical trainer and lean & agile organizational coach, delivering a full spectrum of training & 'in-the-trenches' coaching to software development teams & product owners globally in support of positive organizational change and an ever-growing culture of continuous improvement.

Work experience

J.P. Morgan Chase, Agile Coach
November 2013 - Present, Tampa, Florida, US
Coach and Trainer in an internal consultancy group supporting the Corporate & Investment Bank in a multi-year Agile transformation program, to drive change and develop a culture focused on quality and value for 17,000+ people. • Coaching software development teams and their business stakeholders in the values and principles of Lean & Agile thinking to influence organizational change. • Creating & facilitating workshops for team building and organizational design, supporting teams in their journey to become long-lived, self-organizing and self-managing teams. • Facilitating workshops to evolve or communicate a shared product vision and strategy utilizing User-centered Design techniques including; impact mapping, user task analysis, service blueprints, and customer journey mapping. • Improve developer proficiency by delivering workshops on technical software development principles and practices for Object-Oriented Development including: Lean Requirements Analysis for User-centered Design • Use Case Diagrams • Story mapping • Feature Based Evolutionary Development • Story Splitting • Domain Modeling • Specification by Example • Lo-fidelity Mock-ups • System Sequence Diagrams Theory and Techniques • Lean Modeling for agile development: Activity, Communication, and Sequence Diagrams • Advanced Object Design and Patterns: GoF, Enterprise Integration, MVW • Design & Development Principles: SOLID, FIRST, GRASP, and DRY • Test Driven Development: Acceptance, Unit, and Legacy code • Professional Software Development Behaviors: Pair Programming, Continuous Integration, Clean Code, and Refactoring

J.P. Morgan Chase, Technologist
January 2011 - March 2014, Tampa, Florida, US
Tenure at J.P. Morgan Chase includes experience with several different job roles: Product Manager, Project Manager, Production Support Manager, Lead Business Analyst, ScrumMaster, Agile Coach, and Trainer. Member of the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) Center of Excellence team; specialized in the development of real-time monitoring solutions for internal applications across the bank. Relevant role description: Served as ScrumMaster and provided motivation and support for two self-organizing, empowered, and continuously improving feature teams. As SM I passionately educated teams, product owners, and the larger organization on the values and principles of agile, Scrum, and lean software development practices. Empowered by the teams to facilitate both individual team and joint retrospectives utilizing a variety of techniques and activities to help them gather data, generate insights, and decide what to do as part of their improvement experiments. Facilitated other ceremonies when requested, but also focused on teaching teams facilitation and group decision-making techniques empowering them to take ownership of most events. Designed team dynamics workshops and activities to develop an appreciation of team and individual strengths and the team's ability to manage and resolve conflict fast. In summary, I lived by the definition of a Scrum Master as outlined in the Scrum guide: "The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring Scrum is understood and enacted. Scrum Masters do this by ensuring that the Scrum Team adheres to Scrum theory, practices, and rules. The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team. The Scrum Master helps those outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with the Scrum Team are helpful and which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these interactions to maximize the value created by the Scrum Team." -


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