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Melinda Jacobson



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Melinda Jacobson

Education: Washington University in St. Louis

B.S. / M.S. Computer Science

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Software development: Java, C, C++, Pascal, LISP, FORTRAN, COBOL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP, JSP, PHP, SQL, and many others

Companies: AT&T Bell Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard Company, Mastercard International, Autodesk and others.

Scrum Mistress since 2009

HP: first experience with Agile.  Inspired me to learn more.  Taught me what happens when you try to transition to scrum but you don't provide any training to anyone.  Highlighted the importance of getting management understanding and support for agile principles, and how much it can impact teams when they are surrounded by very inflexible waterfall processes.

Snapfish: Great experience in coordinating 23 teams all working on the same web site.  Lots of learnings from large meeting facilitation and motivating people through what matters to them.

Autodesk: wonderful hands-on experience with teams who were led by supportive managment.  Great seeing them become highly productive and happy.

Work experience

Hewlett-Packard Company, Uber Scrum Mistress
May 2010 - Present, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Responsible for overseeing the scrum process for the Clean Sheet project, an effort to rebuild the entire HP corporate customer facing web site using scrum. Managing a team of 13 including 5 scrum masters. Host of daily Scrum of Scrums across all project teams. Organization and facilitation of quarterly release planning.


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