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Mike Kuphal

  

Director of Mobile/Web Development, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Location: Appleton, WI


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials

Biography

Mike Kuphal is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) with Business and Technology management expertise across a variety of disciplines/industries. Comprehensive hands-on experience in Agile Methodologies, Software Implementations, Strategic Planning, Process Design, and Staff Management.  

Mike has built a high performance SaaS and Mobile development team by raising the level of success for the organization through the direction and delivery of multiple million dollar projects, focusing on strategic, trans-formative initiatives.

Mike's professional passion is helping solve critical business and technology challenges using internet and mobile based technology by building/enabling collaborative, high-performing teams.  

Mike has been able to achieve this in four ways – 

♦ Mike strives to be a Trusted Advisor to Director/Executive leadership, providing objective insight and perspective focused on their key strategic goals, in relation to their people, processes and technology. 
♦ Mike practices Servant Leadership, providing clarity of purpose, mentoring and structure, empowering teams to successfully deliver solutions and exceed expectations.
♦ Mike is a Developer at Heart, striving to understand emerging technologies at a technical level while maintaining a firm grasp of the organizations overall strategic vision and direction.
♦ Mike is a Change Agent, providing the leadership and vision necessary for teams, and the organization as a whole, to embrace agile methodologies in order to meet changing demands and successfully deliver business-focused, technology solutions. 

You can reach Mike by email at mkuphal@gmail.com or via Twitter (@MKuphal)  

Specialties:
> Agile / Scrum development
> Technology Solutions Strategy, Planning, Development and Implementation Project Management, Organizational Change Management 
> Technical understanding of Mobile and Internet/Cloud based application development tools and platforms

Work experience

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Software Development Manager
March 2004 - Present, Neenah , WI, United States
-) Managed and grew software development team to support product growth. Staff has grown to a peak of 20 technical people; functional areas include development, quality assurance, and client documentation. This includes annual review, merit increase, and career development responsibilities for all staff.
-) Defined and managed iterative development process, including Team Foundation Server and SourceSafe source code control, defect tracking using Rational ClearQuest, continuous integration builds, and automated build tracking and reporting. Process matured to include daily builds, automated regression and integration testing, and well-defined quality gates for software releases.
-) Managed 1.0 to 1.5 million worth of development annually. This includes major software and web application releases as well as internal development opportunities and process improvements. Projects varying from six months to 1.5 years in length.
-) Led product management functions of feature selection, release management, requirements definition, etc. Activities included participation in sales and marketing meetings. Managed release projects using MS Project.
-) Managed web application based internal support function for Professional Services and Sales Engineering employees. My department is the acknowledged “go-to” resource for tough or time-critical issues.
-) Reported progress and direction for the Development department at the Corporate Manager and Board of Directors level.
-) Led a successful platform change to a .NET based web application, winforms and .NET XML web services (SOA) architecture. This platform generates revenue of over 5 million per year on the web side and another 4/5 million per year on the shrink-wrapped software side. (Both platforms share a common code base from the Façade layer back.)
-) Acting web application administrator. In charge of implementing production builds, troubleshooting end user issues, as well as configuring .NET and IIS settings to allow for application functionality.

 

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