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Stacey Agard

  

Release Manger , Eliassen

Location: New York, NY


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Certified ScrumMaster

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Biography

Stacey Agard is a seasoned professional  in Technology Program Management, Functional, and Testing Practice.  She is a dynamic leader with over 14 years of diverse experience implementing multi-million dollar projects from original conception through final implementation using traditional waterfall, iterative, and agile methodologies.  She has extensive management experience in software testing, requirements gathering, project management, and developing best practice methodologies for software applications . She has a diverse industry background and experience in managing complex projects/programs. 

Work experience

Viacom, Release Manger
February 2017 - Present, New York, NY, US
My current role consists of managing several scrum teams(3) and 1 Kanban team. As a Release Management I coordinate across multiple Agile technology teams, at the program level, to manage iterative planning, development, testing, deployment, and support components of a comprehensive software release plan.

Synchronoss Technologies,
October 2015 - May 2016, Bridgewater, NJ , US
• Champions project management standards and overall value internally and externally. • Lead Agile Transformation for several Scrum Teams assigned to client related work. • Manages the identification, resolution and escalation of project risks and issues. • Provides coaching and mentoring to less experienced team members. • Guiding the team and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices through transformation. Tools: Zephlin, JIRA, GIT/Stash

PJM Interconnection, Sr. Scrum Master
April 2014 - October 2015, Norristown, PA, US
Facilitate Daily scrum meetings. • Manage the overall performance and delivery of cross-functional projects for ITS Compliance and Security team. • Work with scrum teams on developing aspects of methodology and refining team skills. • Plan/Execute Sprint planning and Scrum reporting for multiple projects and team deadlines (Burn Down Metrics, Velocity tracking, Release • Planning and Management Metrics). • Lead and manage backlog grooming and Epic planning • Interface with external scrum teams and scrum masters to present information and gather feedback to help manage team’s removal of impediments. • Conduct meetings with all key stakeholders in order to announce the start of the project and review the overall project plans. • Work with ITS Department PMO defining guidelines and standards for dashboard reporting and executive stakeholder meetings. • Guide and mentor staff, manage resources to meet corporate goal and milestones. • Create, track and forecast changes in project budgets for Certified • Training project of IT professional. • Mange vendors timeline and planning for project execution

Deloitte, Scrum Master/ Agile Coach
April 2012 - April 2014, Harrisburg, PA, US
• Agile Scrum Master : Manage and execute training and onboarding of IT teams to the Agile Scrum Methodology framework methods on major in-flight system. • Perform Scrum Master Proxy duties for teams without a Scrum Master. • Put metrics program in place to measure progress of teams project execution with JIRA tool. • Trained and structured cross-functional teams based on the Agile framework and provided day-to-day guidance to technology practitioners. • Performed team training for JIRA Agile management of Product Backlog Grooming, Sprint Planning and Sprint Execution. • Provided overall program management and day-to-day execution, oversight and direction for resources. • Develop and execute strategy solutions and work products for CRM and ERP large scale projects. • Manage and direct onshore and off-shore teams on tasks and provide resource management on multiple client engagements. • Worked closely with program leadership, project managers, and project test leads to drive testing execution and high quality software delivery in a fast paced development environment. • Support parallel release planning activities through the development of work plans, timelines, resource plans, test plans and processes. • Provided program leadership and support issue/risk tracking/coordination, milestone tracking, dependency management, cross-workstream/team coordination. • Manage the overall project activities and the four sub-areas of infrastructure, Application Functional area, Application Development, and QA/Testing. • Provide executive oversight and project management coordination.

PPL, Scrum Team member
November 2009 - January 2011, Allentown, PA, US
Worked in an Agile pilot team using .NET to create an application which manage the inbound and outbound cash transactions. Developed and execute user acceptance stories as apart of the Product Owner Team (including requirements traceability matrix and test conditions) Identify process gaps and advise on solutions to drive process improvements Oversee Defect & Issue Management within the scrum cycle Meet with Business user to flush out requirements for user stories and orchestrated UAT plan Assist my team in creating prioritized product backlogs with plan estimates and acceptance criteria as well as task identification and estimation for each sprint iteration

PMI, Sr. QA Tester
November 2007 - November 2009, Newton Square, PA, US
Worked with Scrum Teams to develop new feature functions & Change requests. Coordinate capacity, release planning, and reporting to Release Management teams Implemented, updated, monitored, and audited Software Testing and Quality Assurance processes. Performed validation of new products, system enhancements, modifications, system upgrades, and code fixes in production deployments. Planned and executed the successful running of test cycles in multiple environments including: Dev branches, integration, staging and production. Produced smoketest/integration test platforms and organized support teams involvement in each release from a testing perspective. Managed bug reports and risk analysis matrixes. Developed the first version of a CCR( Change Control Release) process which documented and tracked statuses performed in our testing and production development cycles Utilize Value Stream Mapping to delineate waste throughout our project development cycles. Trained new incoming QA staff on current and upcoming projects.

Siemens, Sr. Tester
June 2007 - November 2007, Malvern, PA, US
Utilized agile development process for upgrades to legacy SOARIAN healthcare claims financial products. Liaison point-of-contact between Business and Offshore Test Leads to work towards standardization of Business Requirements and test matrix completion. Developed automated Smoke Testing and regression testing for current and legacy engineering products. Extensive testing in various environments before code freeze ex: Local Scrum, integration, regression using QTP test management tool. Performed manual and automation functionality testing to validate calculations, variables & attributes against database in SQL. Utilized Tools such as; QTP, CharmNT and ClearCase, for day to day project management activities Lead investigations of root cause analysis process of negative defects with other Release Test Mangers. Validated workflow process and identified risk to business/project with management groups using flowchart diagrams.

 

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