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Robert Weidner


Director of Optum Agile, UnitedHealth Group

Location: Minneapolis, MN

(612) 750-5922


Certified Enterprise Coach
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


Certified Agile Leadership 1


My coaching focus is towards establishing high-performing agile software development teams, predominantly using the Scrum framework, for organizations that exist in the healthcare sector. In recent years, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and Meaningful Use incentives, have provided the catalyst for a period of rapid change within the healthcare industry. This has prompted many organizations to move to an agile framework, but healthcare has some unique challenges. For one, people’s lives are actually on the line, not figuratively, but literally. This means considerable oversight, regulation, and non-discretionary compliance measures to take into consideration. In addition, patient health information (PHI) must be protected in accordance with HIPAA and HITECH rules. As such, non-prescriptive agile practices are often molded to fit the industry, rather than vice-versa. I work with each department, the organization, or their affiliates, to help them do that.

Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses


  • Certified ScrumMaster


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

Work experience

UnitedHealth Group, Director of Optum Agile
November 2014 - Present, Eden Prairie, MN, US
Accountable for the enterprise-wide implementation of agile pinciples, frameworks, and continuous delivery practices for a Fortune 6 company, which includes 225,000 people. Charged with defining the change management strategies and operational model for transformation. Supervise and mentor a team of Enterprise and Team-level Agile Coaches and Trainers that are experts in more than one agile framework, and have additional knowledge in engineering practices and product management. Responsible for defining, documenting, and approving internal process standards using a lightweight governance structure. Accountable for developing collaborative relationships throughout the organization in order to align upstream and downstream processes (e.g., estimating, financing, release management), and to help staff transition into new roles. Responsible for developing and delivering training content, including agile frameworks (e.g., Scrum, Kanban, XP), agile at scale (e.g., SAFe, LeSS), role-based training (i.e., Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team), engineering practices (e.g., ATDD, DevOps, SOA) and internal as well as external certification programs. Trusted with enabling an agile culture, training executive leadership, and implementing communities of practice in support of a learning organization model.

Be The Match, Agile Scrum Master
April 2014 - November 2014, Minneapolis, MN, US
Responsible for using agile methods to facilitate and direct the efforts of Scrum teams to support the delivery of high quality technology products. Work closely with other departments to achieve client and coach-directed goals. Serve as coach and mentor for software development teams, using a servant-leader approach. Further the organizational competency of agile, using the Scrum framework.

Lakeland College, Adjunct Instructor
September 2009 - May 2014, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, WI, US
Responsible for curriculum development, course structure, lecture, student support, and grading; for the following graduate and undergraduate level courses, in both on-site and on-line formats: 1. [BA 782] Managing the Project Team 2. [BA 781] Fundamentals of Project Management 3. [BA 730] Organizational Effectiveness 4. [BUS 415] Technology Strategies for Healthcare Management 5. [BUS 301] Management Information Systems 6. [CPS 445] Systems Analysis and Design 7. [CPS 420] Operating Systems 8. [CPS 325] Networking and Telecommunications 9. [CPS 210] Database Basics 10. [CPS 100] Introduction to Computers 11. [Dislocated Worker Program] Career Awareness

Marshfield Clinic, Agile Coach
November 2010 - April 2014, Marshfield, WI, US
Agile Coach, responsible for leading the change effort to transition the organization, along with multiple affiliates, to the Scrum framework. Defined process, trained staff, mentored Scrum Masters, coached teams, and advised leadership. Served in the role of Scrum Master for multiple product efforts that were critical to the organization, as they sought to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage I and Stage II incentive payments, based on passage of the Affordable Care Act. Maintained vendor relationships, and negotiated contract terms. Primarily responsible for the agile process, with a focus on continual improvement and team optimization

Articles I've written

Open Space Design
Open space design can increase team member productivity, so long as work the team is focused on requires a high level of collaboration. If not, then the environment can be counterproductive . . .

An Introduction to Scrum
Scrum is an Agile process, focused on iterative and incremental development. Here is a look at the basics of Scrum.

Do you believe financial rewards are key when it comes to incentives in the workplace? While monetary reward may tell part of the tale, it isn't the whole story. . . .

Agile Adoption
In a large organization, it can often take up to two years to implement Scrum. This is a big change in culture, and change is hard work. . . .

Creative Problem Solving in Agile
A number of techniques have proven useful for creative problem solving in an Agile environment, and the best are lightweight tools, quick and easy to implement, bearing low cost and high value. Here are my six favorites.

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