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Michelle Thomas


Scrummaster, Ruck & Maul Enterprises

Location: Portland, OR



MICHELLE THOMAS - From an early age, Michelle was an avid reader who would get lost in books both fictitious and biographical in nature. She developed a love of learning about people, cultures, languages, how things work, what the history is of a particular subject, and so on and so forth. This insatiable appetite for wisdom led her to travel extensively but also to learn to speak Spanish fluently along with four other languages conversationally. Her experiences on the road have taught her that knowing the bare minimum about a group of people goes a long way in establishing immediate rapport & respect.  Michelle credits her humanistic approach to life for not only shaping her into the consummate professional she is today, but also for boosting and refining her self-esteem and overall confidence. Michelle is now at a point where she feels comfortable enough to talk to anyone about anything at any given time.  

“I believe that because of my life experiences where I’ve had to overcome a great deal of adversity just to survive, I lack any trepidation when approaching most people regardless of their title or mine because I know that at the end of the day, we both need the same air & water to live and on a basic human level, that is enough to start a conversation.”

Work experience

Ruck & Maul Enterprises, Sr. Director, Agile Solutions & Services
October 2015 - Present, Lake Oswego, OR, United States
Ruck & Maul was created to provide alternatives to individuals & organizations seeking help with their project and development practices through the use of Agile frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, and Lean management principles. The most popular framework is a simple yet incredibly powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change. Anyone who has a complex project can benefit from using Scrum. Whether you’re working on the next smartphone app, managing logistics for a store, or planning a charity event, you can use Scrum! Our goal is to foster a community of innovation that benefits job seekers, students, non-profits, and startup companies who are in need of training opportunities, resources, and support in their chosen fields of interest.

CollabNet, Global Professional Services Manager - ABL
November 2013 - August 2015, Portland, OR, United States

Management of Scrum and Agile Services providing private and public engagements worldwide; coordination and supervision of 8+ employees (made up of both elite subject matter experts and support staff); recruiting and coordination of contractors; coordination, scheduling, and logistics for public and private engagements; internal coordination with sales personnel, operations, and finance to create a smooth delivery of engagements.

CollabNet, Agile Business Strategist
February 2013 - November 2013, Portland, OR, United States

Specialties: Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Product Owner, Agile, Scrum, Project Management, Customer Advocate, Teaching, Training, Account Management, Sales Development, Team Building, Mediation

CollabNet, Sales Development Representative
October 2011 - February 2013, Portland, OR, United States

CollabNet's consultants are experts in distributed development and helping global development organizations transition and thrive in an increasingly global economy. In fact, CollabNet's consultants have more experience in this area and more companies using their solutions than any other services organization. Thus, they're uniquely positioned to offer the trusted advice you need to transform the way you develop software.

cPrime, Training Sales & Operations Manager
June 2010 - September 2011, Foster City, CA, United States

cPrime is a Project Management Consulting, Staffing and Training services company. We provide end-to-end project management solutions that increase your project success rate and establish project governance across the enterprise.


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