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Marianne Kunkin


Chief Consultant, The Malea Corp

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Certified ScrumMaster



Marianne G Kunkin has 24 years in leading software development teams through complex systems development efforts and has spent the past 10 years leading organizations through business and information technology transformations to Scrum / Agile software development methodologies. Marianne has a proven track record leading cross functional teams of all levels to success. Growing up in a large family, Marianne grew and still holds an amazing passion for productivity that Scrum / Agile facilitates optimizing. Marianne is the President of The Malea Corp, a Scrum / Agile Training, Coaching and Consulting services company, and is the Founder of TravelHugg - a travel technology firm offering a risk free travel gift card program to travel providers. She is a single mother of 2 great kids and 2 adopted dogs. Jaime, a 14 year old 8th grader and club volley ball player, and Eric, a 7 year old 1st grader and amazing soccer player. Marianne also is a volunteer Soccer coach for the past 9 years.

Work experience

American Express, Agile Transformation Coach
August 2015 - January 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona
Provided team and program level coaching to teams in their adoptions of Scrum and Kanban. Led a program team through SAFe Agilist Certification and coached teams through first successful big room planning.

Arizona State University, Scrum Agile Coach & Master
October 2011 - February 2013, Tempe, Arizona, US
Provided leadership to ASU's Teacher College's through the adoption of Scrum / Agile best practices into the SDLC processWorked closely with management to create an overall strategy for adoption, while allowing flexibility which the inspect and adapt process requiresLed initial Agile / Scrum Project, as Scrum Master, to success creating national visibility for ASU's Teacher's College in the Education industryKicked-off 2 additional Scrum / Agile projects and transitioned to dedicated Scrum ManagerCoordinated on site CSM certification training for ASU; trained internal 'Chickens' on the benefits and general processConsulted with management in support of Agile scaling efforts within the Teacher's CollegeWorked with the University Technology Office (UTO) development and project office teams to drive organizational and process change required for Scrum / Agile success.

The Little Gym International, Scrum Project Manager
August 2010 - June 2011, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Little Gym International, Scrum Project Manager
September 2009 - March 2010, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Led a team of .Net developers in the  successful Agile/ Scrum delivery of an enhanced Order Management system for the franchise owners and Corporate's benefitsWorked with various team members to further educate them on additional Scrum / Agile best practices that may benefit team productivity

AAA Northern California, Agile Project Manager
March 2007 - October 2008, Glendale, Arizona, United States
Successfully led team of .Net developers in the 2nd Scrum / Agile project for AAA Northern CaliforniaParticipated on Agile Task Force, as well as in Scrum of Scrums as more Agile projects kicked offProvided consulting to Agile Task Force lead and PPMO lead in development of the 'standard Agile / Scrum project process'Received internal certification for leading Risk Mitigation work shops; successfully led the first virtual team Risk planning

Lumension Security, Project Manager
August 2006 - March 2007, Scottsdale, Arizona
Supported Executive Management and management teams through the discovery and transformation from Waterfall SDLC to Scrum / Agile processesThe Scrum team used Scrum to transform to Scrum.  I acted as CSM and wore a team members hat on multiple occassions.  Provided project management leadership to Merger and Acquisition related activities through the integration of multiple systems and applications from new international locations.  Scrum principles were applied, although not as elaborately as the Scrum transformation project.


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