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Salvatore Falco


Agile Coach

Location: Saint Petersburg, FL


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


Groups I belong to

Tampa Bay Agile


Salvatore Falco grew up in Orlando, Florida and later moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida, where he earned a BA in History and an MA in English. After a brief time as a teacher, he combined his affinity for computer technology with a love of writing to begin working as a technical writer. From there, he made the leap to working in the software industry as a Quality Assurance tester. He was first exposed to Scrum when the company he was working adopted the framework and he was tapped to serve in the role of Scrum Master. He became a CSM in 2011 and a CSPO in 2015.

When not working, he pursues writing as a hobby. His non-fiction has been published by Steve Jackson Games and his creative work has appeared in PKA’s Advocate, The Absent Willow Review, and Raphael’s Village. His latest publication is the short story, “Outlaw,” in Grift Magazine.

Work experience

New York Life Direct, Scrum Master/Agile Coach
December 2016 - Present,
• Designed and delivered workshops on Scrum practices, including writing user stories, estimation, and release planning. • Taught Agile and Lean principles for audiences beyond the IT department. • Manage projects across multiple teams, surface and resolve dependencies, and facilitate communication between Business Owners and Scrum teams. • As Scrum Master a team comprised of two Scrum Teams and one Kanban team, facilitated all required Scrum ceremonies, Product Backlog Refinement, and Kanban daily standup meetings. • Mentored other Scrum Masters.

Malwarebytes, Scrum Master
October 2015 - December 2016, Clearwater, Florida
Serve as Scrum Master for multiple teams, collocated as well as distributed.

Quark Software, Inc., Quality Assurance Team Lead/Scrum Master
June 2012 - January 2015, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
• Served as Scrum Master for two XML Research & Development teams. • Coached team members to lead the Daily Scrum and Sprint Planning meetings. • Led Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective meetings. • Worked closely with the Product Owner and the Development Manager to establish Sprint priorities and delivery deadlines. • Assisted the Product Owner in maintaining product backlogs, including helping to determine story priorities and write user stories. • Worked with both teams to design streamlined “on-boarding” processes that helped new team members to rapidly get up to speed on team Scrum and engineering practices. • Helped teams periodically refine their “Definition of Done” to clarify goals and expectations for completing Sprint commitments. • Used Scrum to direct a team of quality engineers based in Quark’s office in India. • Managed and trained QA engineers locally and in India. • Performed annual reviews for team members. This included evaluating employee self-appraisals, providing written and face-to-face reviews, and setting annual performance goals. • Participated in succession planning to identify and develop team members with the capacity to step into advanced roles when necessary. • Acted as liaison between development team members, project management, and Professional Services in order to maintain constant communication between stakeholders in each project. • Traveled to Quark’s India office to advise on quality assurance projects and procedures. • Led project to create an automated test framework for Quark XML Author.

Quark Software, Inc., Senior Quality Assurance Engineer/Scrum Master
September 2009 - June 2012, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
• As Scrum Master for the XML Author Team, led Daily Standup meetings, Sprint Planning and Sprint Review meetings, and Sprint Retrospectives. • Communicated team progress by publishing Sprint and Release burn-down charts, and tracking team velocity from Sprint to Sprint. • Introduced the team to the concept of relative estimation using Planning Poker, which streamlined story estimation and simplified Sprint Planning meetings. • Helped the team to create a “Definition of Done” to clarify expectations for completing Sprint commitments • Educated new team members about Scrum. • Coordinated testing across multiple locations including Saint Petersburg, Denver, and offices in Japan, Ireland, and India. • Coordinated beta test programs.

Quark Software Inc (formerly Research Corporation), Quality Assurance Engineer
August 2005 - September 2009, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
• Served as Scrum Master for the XML Author Team. Organized and led Daily Standup meetings, Sprint Planning and Sprint Review meetings, and Sprint Retrospectives. • During the organizational transition to Scrum, helped communicate Scrum practices to other business units that were accustomed to interfering with developer priorities, in order to protect the team. • Authored test plans and result reports for all levels of testing. • Derived test requirements, test cases, and test scripts from functional requirements and design documentation. • Performed scripted and ad-hoc manual tests based on functional requirements, test requirements, and customer workflow. • Designed and implemented an automated testing architecture. • Provided guidance to developers regarding expectations for features being implemented. • Created the Research Quality Manual by working with department heads to author Standard Operating Procedure and Policy documents for all departments.


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