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Oluf Nissen


Location: San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Oluf Nissen is a software developer, Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was introduced to Agile software development in the dark days of the Internet via links he found after reading The Cluetrain Manifesto, or so he likes to think. After reading about eXtreme Programming, he was so curious that he actually changed jobs - just so he could experience it in action.

After joining a Fortune 20 company in 2001, and not finding it very Agile, he was given this advice by Kent Beck: "Change your organization or change your organization" (no, Kent does not remember this). So he decided to stay and find like-minded people to change the organization. He is a co-founder of an Agile special interest group and took his Scrum Master class with Ken Schwaber and Jeff McKenna in 2007.

Since then he's been an advocate for Scrum in every software team he's worked with. From time to time Oluf gets to have conversations with various levels of management about Agile, but whether that can be called coaching or not, he isn't sure of. One thing he IS sure of is that Ken Schwaber spoke the truth when he said "Scrum will expose every weakness in your organization ruthlessly. It's up to you what you do with that."

Oluf almost never wears a tie. What he DOES wear, he considers the hallmark of a geek: a lanyard with a USB drive at the end of it - all of which he calls his "geek tie". Hence his social media moniker: GeekTieGuy.

Work experience

HP Inc., Software Design Engineer
July 2015 - Present, , US
Work on a consumer-focused client/cloud solution called HP JumpStart ( for HP’s Consumer Personal Systems business targeted for OEM-preload on all HP’s Consumer PCs. Serve as Scrum Master on the team. Provide technical and team leadership where needed. Implement features and correct defects as time allows.

Hewlett-Packard, Software Design Engineer
March 2012 - July 2017, , US
Worked on "HP Connected Backup", a consumer-targeted version of Autonomy/IronMountain's Enterprise backup software, implementing a more consumer-friendly user interface and user experience using Microsoft's WPF platform.

Hewlett-Packard, Software Design Engineer
July 2013 - July 2015, , US
Worked on the consumer-focused client/cloud solution "HP Connected Drive" for HP’s Consumer Personal Systems business. Served as Scrum Master on a team distributed over two sites and two time zones, facilitating virtual team meetings daily. Provided technical leadership to newly forming team. Implemented features and corrected defects as time allowed.

Hewlett-Packard, Software Design Engineer
April 2013 - July 2013, , US
Ported an existing Windows 8-based .NET class library to make those code-investments usable with “Desktop” .NET codebases. Used .NET Portable Class Libraries and refactoring-to-interfaces to achieve best re-use of code. Implemented unit tests for new functionality I added to the library codebase. The libraries serve as the equivalent of “Flurry-like” app analytics capabilities for HP’s internal consumer software efforts.

Hewlett-Packard, Software Design Engineer
July 2012 - April 2013, , US
Worked on "HP Recipe Box", one of HP's early first-party Windows 8 apps. Wrote C# .NET code to interface with various server back-ends during investigation phase. Implemented several pages of the UI and led refactoring of business logic code to follow well-structured M-V-VM approach. Produced numerous XAML tweaks to stock Windows RT controls to arrive at pixel-accurate fidelity of visual and interaction designs. Collaborated closely with UI/UX designers and cloud back-end developers to ensure quality shipping code.


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