I love AGILE! I am now working in the 2nd organization where I have been the agile champion and we are growing in our agile practice, adding new projects and training. Currently working as a business systems manager for ATI Metals, a specialty metals organization, prior to this I was deputy CIO and app dev manager for Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, where we re-wrote the Unisys legacy mainframe, formerly COBOL, on more contempory languages, entirely using the agile methodology. That project took 5 years, but if we didn't have agile, I'm quite sure I will still be there, and only 1/2 done. I am a CSM, working toward my CSP now. I am also certified PMI.
Alleghany Technologies, Business Systems Manager
March 2016 - Present, Albany, Oregon, US
Business systems manager for Specialty Alloys and Component division of ATI Metals. My role currently, is to spread the use of Agile practices to the ATI development teams and other business units based on readiness. I manage a team of 14 business analysts and developers at 2 manufacturing locations using two ERP systems and multiple 3rd party applications. I have over 7 years of experience from a previous position, with Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, where we implemented Agile to re-write the COBOL applications used to manage the enterprise applications.
Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Application development Manager
October 2010 - March 2016, Salem, Oregon, US
My position with ODFW was to manage the app dev group, which consisted of project managers, business analysts and developers. The primary goal assigned to me was to get the agency off the Unisys COBOL mainframe, which was used for 30 years to run the agency enterprise applications. Various attempts had been made in the past by previous management to re-write the applications with minor success. I came into the dept when an Agile project was underway that had just started by a vendor the agency contracted with. I hadn't used Agile in the past, so I researched and discovered more about the practice and within a couple of months attended an scrum master 2 day course to become certified, along with 2 other staffers. Within 5 years we had completed the project which involved re-writing 14 applications, using Agile. In addition, when I left the agency, we had 6 people who had obtained their scrum master certification. We were able to turn off the Unisys mainframe in September of 2015. A huge success for the agency.