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Patrick McConnell


Agile Coach & Trainer, CSRA (formerly CSC)

Location: DC Metro, USA


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Dr. Patrick McConnell is an Agile professional directing and coaching development on a wide array of Civilian, Homeland Security, Defense, and IC initiatives.  Actively pursuing the Certified Scrum Trainer credential, while enabling solid Scrum practices in the area of Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

Geostatistician and criminologist by training (doctorate in Criminal Justice), specializing in IT Integration for Geospatial and Cyber Security technologies, and coaching at-risk projects and programs. Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), and PMI - Agile Certifed Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

Work experience

CSC, Agile Coach
March 2014 - Present, , United States
Agile Coach, Trainer, and solution architect on programs throughout CSC's North American Public Sector practice.

GD-Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS), Agile Coach and Trainer
April 2012 - March 2014, Fairfax, VA
Working within GD-AIS's Cyber Systems Division, I served as an Agile coach for a range of projects across the US Cyber Security and Cyber Defense mission space. Stood up and coached Scrum and Kanban teams on large, high profile programs, and established solid Agile Portfolio Management frameworks to manage Team-of-Teams DevOps execution. Provided Agile training, orientations, and primary instruction in Scrum, Kanban, and complimentary Agile practices for new hires, clients, and subcontractors.

ArdentMC, Technical Project Manager
July 2009 - April 2012, Arlington, VA, United States
Primarily supporting entities within the Department of Homeland Security, including DHS OCIO, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), and the US Secret Service. Specializing in IT Integration, multi-source visualization, and web-based GIS application development.

Articles I've written

Your Client Isn't Your Product Owner
Sometimes, when an organization is adopting Scrum as its development model, the following unfortunate thing happens: A decision maker with authority over the team-to-be is trying to match existing people to each of the Scrum roles, and he or she thinks, "Product owner . . . well, that's obviously the customer."Wrong. In almost every case.


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