Excella Consulting, Agile Coach
June 2016 - Present, Arlington, VA, US
A highly self-motivated, dynamic, and knowledgeable agile coach with a successful track record coaching knowledge workers and teams in employing agile best practices in order to maximize business performance and team potential while continuously delivering value to the customer.
Santeon, Agile Coach
April 2013 - Present, Reston, VA, US
I am an agile coach responsible for providing agile coaching within an eight-team program tasked with building an electronic benefit processing system. Support includes working closely with teams to improve agile scrum team processes and strengthen patterns used within daily standups, sprint planning, sprint backlog grooming, and retrospectives.
June 2009 - March 2013, Arlington, VA, US
Responsible for the facilitation of daily scrum, sprint planning, sprint review, and sprint retrospective meetings. Protected team by removing obstacles which would impede team progress and performance. Used Atlassian to facilitate the collaboration with a distributed team for the purpose of grooming the backlog, planning sprints, and creating and tracking user stories through the entire release process. Maintained and reported on various metrics to trend velocity, determine value earned, and forecast completion dates.
SRA, Principal, IT Project Manager
June 2001 - March 2013, Arlington, VA, US
Before moving to an a agile framework for software development, I was an IT project manager following more traditional waterfall approaches employing the software development life-cycle. After moving to an agile approach, we abandoned the water-fall approach to software development. However, it was required that I continue managing the overall task order for all IT projects (think program level) while now serving as a scrum master for individual projects. Note these are not in conflict with one another.
Doceus, Web Strategist
July 2000 - March 2001, Washington, DC, US
Assessed client needs and requirements of the organization, primarily small businesses and associations, by interviewing client staff, researching competition Web sites, reviewing client site statistics, and determining Web industry trends. Documented current workflow and business processes and wrote strategic briefs that included specific recommendations of Web site features, requirements, and a navigational architecture for a new or redesigned site. Assisted lead developers in the creation of technical specifications and functional requirements documents to ensure client expectations were met.
Public Broadcasting Service, Assistant Director
March 1994 - October 1998, Alexandria, VA, US
Responsible for the information management of electronic Nielsen ratings data for 7 person research department. Led a major departmental custom software project that tracked PBS programming across the U.S. by assessing user needs and requirements, preparing documentation for technical procedures, and conveying this information to software developers.
Bureau of Labor Statics, Economist
July 1992 - March 1994, Washington, DC, US
Analyzed and reviewed pre-publication indexes for abnormal price and index movements, including performing statistical analyses on published indexes to ensure the accuracy of each index. Wrote industry reports detailing economic issues such as price determination, level of competition, and growth of industry; resulting in development of a new index for the advertising agency industry.