Mat Chacon is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and co-founder of Ruckworks.guru, an Agile and Scrum consultancy in Seattle, WA. He specializes in helping companies make new Agile transformations and has successfully implemented Scrum over the past 8-years in multiple industries including Healthcare, Manufacturing, Mobile and Information Technology. He holds advanced degrees in Counterintelligence and Social Media Marketing.
Ruckworks.guru, Co-Founder and Principal Agile Coach
December 2014 - Present, Bellevue, WA, United States
Principal Agile coach leading Agile transformations for Ruckworks.guru clients and partners from 1,000+ employee enterprise organizations like United Healthcare to small 4-person IT staffing firms like Summit Group Solutions.
As a co-founder, I have helped build and personally finance a 10-person Agile products and services firm that helps small, medium and enterprise-level businesses transform to Agile using multiple frameworks such as Kanban, Lean and XP with a core focus on Scrum. In 6 months we became a recognized industry leader throughout the US and Europe with a 100% customer satisfaction rate for Agile transformations and 100% year-over-year growth. In the first 3 months of business, I helped Ruckworks.guru achieve expert-level partner status with Atlassian, Axosoft and VersionOne.
I have closely collaborated with other company founders to develop our approach to Agile transformation at each client engagement. This included the pre-engagement strategy, discovery phases, education, coaching, success measurements and partnering with the team members and managers at all levels to ensure successful iterations that organically mature in the unique company cultures of our diverse clients. This collaboration has resulted in a very successful Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) where we embrace leadership at all levels, continuous improvement, flextime and a mindset that promotes continually producing valuable results via collaboration instead of heavy documentation, tools or cumbersome processes. A cornerstone of our success has been evangelizing and training our Agile transformation clients in correctly determining Team Capacity during Sprint Planning to better ensure successful Sprint releases. This all starts with building in Slack to each Sprint and refining it sprint-to-sprint so that the team is efficiently planning, executing and analyzing their work.
Articles I've written
Determine the Team’s Available Working Hours to Ensure Success
In Scrum, determining the team's available working hours determines the project's success. Ignore this and you are fated to failure. However, such a dramatic event need not take place. The remedy is quite simple. . . .
User Stories Versus Use Cases
The difference between user stories and use cases can be challenging to understand and explain, especially if your team is making a transition from a Waterfall software development environment to Agile and Scrum.
Real-World Agile Transformation
A health care software technology company was suffering a long history of late releases and unhappy customers. Here's how we turned it around.