My name is Mike Gale. I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO but now live in Seattle, WA. I've had an interesting professional career. I started out in the field of psychology and worked as a Recreation Therapist. From there I went back to school and got a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and became an Exercise Physiologist for about 10 years. It was difficult to make a living, so I went back to school again and got a degree in Information Technology. I worked as a computer tech for a couple of years and gradually moved into Project Management. I was a Project manager for ~3 years until I drank the Scrum Cool-aid. I've been a Scrum Master for about 5 years now in both the public and private sectors. Currently, I'm a Scrum Master at Thomson Reuters for 3 different teams, a User Interface team, an Infrastructure Team and a Bug team. I also help to coach additional teams located in Belarus.
My hobbies are tennis, hiking, hanging out with my dog and playing guitar.
Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker, Scrum Master
May 2015 - Present, Bellevue, WA, United States
Thomson Reuters is an international software application company for the legal and financial industries. I am a Scrum Master for 3 teams at Thomson Reuters, an infrastructure team, a user interface team, and a defect team. Additional responsibilities include:
1) facilitating a bi-weekly release status meeting for the Product Management and Engineering management leadership group.
2) facilitating an All-Team Sprint Review across the organization
3) mentoring new Scrum Masters
4) helping to coordinate projects when they cross functional boundaries
POWTEC, LLC, Scrum Master/Program Manager
November 2009 - January 2015, Bremerton, WA, US
I worked for POWTEC on a contract with a federal agency named Federal Occupational Health. I acted in dual roles as a Program Manager and a Scrum Master.
As a Scrum Master, I helped initiate and integrate Agile ideals and processes into development teams and organizations, significantly improving work efficiency, and allowing them to rapidly adapt to changing business needs and maintain a competitive edge.
As a Program Manager, I managed a 50-person enterprise IT Program including 4 development teams, an operations group and a helpdesk for a Federal Government agency.