Karen Bruns is currently serving as an Agile Coach for DHS State of California. She has served as a ScrumMaster, Mentor of ScrumMasters, Scrum Coach, Product Owner, Corporate Trainer of Agile Scrum processes for two organizations (ALLDATA and Vision Services Plan) and is certified as a SAFe Agilist (SA) of Scaled Agile Framework processes (SAFe). Karen has a natural passion for Agile and the power it of transformation it holds. Karen is a practitioner of servant leadership, not servant beatership.
An avid change agent, Karen has devoted her career to building cohesive teams through the inclusion of the Belbin Assessments and the Oz Principles of Accountability for her Scrum teams (see http://www.belbin.com/ and http://www.ozprinciple.com/services/accountability/).
Persuasive in her approach, Karen has succeeded in transforming teams and businesses into well-oiled Agile engines that purr. She has successfully coached functional managers to better understand and comply with their complimentary role within Agile, allowing teams to push past the gauntlet of management constraints. Karen is a corporate trainer of Agile Scrum Product Owner responsibilities and Agile Scrum principles, working closely with executive personnel, project managers, product owners, developers, systems analysts and testers.
Karen co-authored a white paper: Creating champion Scrum Teams and the accompanying Playbook for Creating Champion Scrum Teams One Team at a Time .
Karen is an active member of the Scrum Alliance. She is an Agile Evangelist, a Scrum Synergist, a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a SAFe Agilist (SA).
Karen holds a B.A. in Business Management from St. Mary’s College of California (2004) and was the Valedictorian for her graduating class, earning the Distinguished Project Award. Her project is permanently retained in the St. Mary’s library as an example for future students. At the request of her professor after graduation, she audited a class on International Business: Management and Culture, where she traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam to study the cultural differences between those respective countries and the US.
Karen has a jewelry design business (Karen Bruns’ Designs) where part of her time is spent traveling to Mexico and to Kondamangalam India, to remote villages to teach groups of women (single mothers/widows) the art of jewelry making, giving them a skill with which they can earn a sustainable income for their family.