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Melissa Dade

  

Location: Asheville, NC


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials

Biography

Melissa Dade has over 20 years of delivering value-added business solutions. She is passionate about utilizing her program/project management skill set, including Agile methodologies, scheduling, risk, process control, operations management and process improvement in an efficient and effective manner. Melissa demonstrates an ability to drive issues to closure within time and budget goals while building strong relationships. Additionally, her communication and leadership capabilities shine in a diverse, matrix work environment.

Work experience

TIAA for APEX Systems, Agile Coach/Scrum Master
July 2016 - Present, Asheville, NC, United States
- Guide team on Agile / Scrum practices, including: o How to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to delight customers o Self-organizing to fill in the intentional gaps left in the Agile/Scrum frameworks o Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organization and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization o Provide feedback on existing practices and offer suggestions to improve scrum practices - Organize Scrum events – Daily, Planning, Refinement, Retrospective and Review (Demo) - Work with the teams to remove any impediments and escalate where necessary - Managing and tracking the performance/velocity of the team, identifying opportunities and driving adjustments to continually enhance the efficiency of their delivery - Encouraging team members to be “owners” rather than “assignees”

Lash Group for Principle Solutions, Agile Coach
November 2015 - July 2016, Charlotte, NC, United States
Responsible for assisting the Client Delivery teams transition to an agile environment. Providing training to the agile teams, Scrum Masters and Product Owners. • Agile coach across Product Development organization, defining standards and processes • Manage Agile based software development lifecycle of revenue generating products • Track, manage and communicate sprint and release progress and team velocity • Ensure that the team is following core Agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, visibility and accountability • Continuously improve the development process by getting feedback and addressing areas of improvement

Blackboard, Sr ScrumMaster & Agile Coach
August 2012 - September 2015, Chicago, IL, United States
Senior Agile Program Manager/Senior Scrum Master Responsible for all product release communications within the corporation, utilizing Agile Development Process Methodology established within the Product development structure. • Agile coach across Product Development organization, defining standards and processes • Manage Agile based software development lifecycle of revenue generating web based products • Drive effective communication across multiple groups within the business • Collaborate with product manager to drive release and sprint scope and prioritization within a sprint and release • Track, manage and communicate sprint and release progress and team velocity • Ensure that the team is following core Agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, visibility and accountability • Continuously improve the development process by getting feedback and addressing areas of improvement • Assist with product backlog • Assist team with making appropriate commitments through story selection, task definition • Management of Quality Assurance Team and Gradebooks Development Team

 

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