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Mike Gale

  

Scrum Master, Thomson Reuters

Location: Bellevue, WA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

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.

Work experience

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.

 

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