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Kevin McManus


VP of Technology Solutions, ikuw Solutions, Inc.

Location: Missoula, MT


Kevin has 25 years experience in the IT industry spanning Systems Administration, Software Development, Software Engineering Management and Technical Training. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Scrum Developer, Certified Scrum Professional, Java Certified Programmer & Microsoft Certified Trainer.

His passion is melding the capabilities of technology with the creativity and ingenuity of highly talented people to produce exceptional results for both individuals and organizations.  As an agile practitioner, he has come to view both his personal and professional life as a series of sprints.  He possesses a unique ability to act as a bridge between business and technical audiences.  Although he can "get his geek on", he is an entrepreneur and business owner who also appreciates the business nuances, culture and operational needs of clients.  This combination of skills coupled with over two decades of "in the trenches" experience has allowed him to successfully help companies and organizations embrace the agile philosophy for improved customer satisfaction and team performance.

Work experience

ikuw Solutions, Vice President
September 2008 - Present, Missoula, MT, US
Provides enterprise instruction, mentoring and coaching for Scrum/Agile. Advanced Java development expertise in Java EE technolgies including Servlets, JSP, JSF and JDBC primarily focused on n-tier architectures implemented with MVC.

Zoot Enterprises, Engineering Group Manager
May 2004 - October 2008, Bozeman, MT, United States
Responsible for leading software engineering group consisting of 60 software and database developers. Clients were in financial services industry.

EDS, Consultant Specialist
September 1998 - June 2003, Bozeman, MT, United States
Java Developer and Team Lead for multiple Java-based web applications. Clients included General Motors, Sun Microsystems, Qwest Communications, First Health, The Associates Financial Group, Navy/Marine Corps.

Articles I've written

What Happens Between the Curly Braces, Stays in the Curly Braces
If you're a technical lead or architect, don't micromanage the team by telling them how to name their variables or what data type to use. Instead, encourage them to focus on adhering to the contract and supporting the design.


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