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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

Hi, my name is Mike Kuphal. My professional passion is helping solve critical business and technology challenges using internet and mobile based technology by growing/leading/enabling collaborative, high-performing teams at a Director/Executive leadership level. 

Having 20+ years experience designing/building/maintaining commercial software including large SaaS and Mobile applications generating $50+ million in revenue annually, I am an expert at tackling the unique challenges customer facing software teams encounter, which can be considerably different from traditionally internal facing IT related activities. I currently lead a largely distributed, 75+ technical person team, maintaining a <5% turnover rate while ensuring a high quality/productivity bar for the team.

Leveraging a strong entrepreneurial spirit, I strive to make a positive difference/impact via a strong internal drive for continuous learning/improvement, a willingness to experiment with Next practices - beyond current best practices, and the courage to question accepted norms challenging the status quo. 

Key Strengths Include:

✔ Large Commercially Available Internet/Cloud/SaaS Application Development w/350K+ users
✔ Native Mobile Application Development (iOS/Android/WinMobile)
✔ Strategic and Next Practice Based Leadership
✔ Technical Talent Recruitment/Evaluation/Retention
✔ Rapid Team Scaling including Distributed Teams
✔ Predictive/Projection Based Forecasting
✔ Product/Project Schedule Delivery
✔ Change Agent / Status Quo Challenger / Innovation Leadership
✔ Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certifications
✔ Social Media and Traditional Tech Branding
✔ Agile Coaching Including Scrum and Kanban
✔ Patent Creation

If you have questions or would like to talk about technology topics, please feel free to connect with me! I also welcome inquiries about the results I have achieved. You can reach me by email at mkuphal@gmail.com or via Twitter (@MKuphal).

Work experience

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Director of Mobile/Web Development
March 2004 - Present, Neenah , WI
Managed and grew software development team to support rapid product line growth. Staff includes 75+ technical people; functional areas include Development Managers, Team Leads, Development, and Quality Assurance. Includes hiring, annual review, merit increase, and career development responsibilities for staff. Managed $5.0 to $10.5 million of commercial grade development project activity annually supporting platforms that currently generate revenue of over $50 million per year. This includes major mobile (Android/iOS/WinMobile), software, and web application releases. Projects vary from three months to 1.5 years in length. Led the successful merger of two department development teams into a single dev team that now consists of six Scrum teams working across all product lines via a single product backlog. Serve and contribute on multiple Corporate Steering committees including: New Market Exploration, Data Security, Cloud Strategies, FCRA Compliance, Intellectual Property, Data Center Co-Location, Disaster Recovery, as well as multiple other cross department sub-groups. Designed/Implemented a DevSupport process that utilizes a KanBan board to make visible all support related development activities as well as integrates a single processing queue for all questions/data issues/etc. yielding a 50% productivity increase. Led the creation/implementation of multiple contract developer vendor partnerships to help address scarce local technical resource recruiting challenges. This included relationship creation, vetting of technical people, remote team setup/execution/integration, communication, etc. Participated in corporate annual budgeting activities including creation/maintenance of multiple cost center budgets.

 

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