Steve Spearman is a founder and Principal at Swift Ascent, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate software development settings including 20 years in a variety of leadership roles. Steve has been a software developer, architect, project manager, and a senior manager of multiple teams encompassing all those areas. His enterprise experience spanned Bell Laboratories, Lucent, Avaya, and Cisco Systems. Recent clients include IEEE, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Aircell, and Cisco Systems.
For the last 2 1/2 years, Steve has been an independent Agile coach and trainer working with companies ranging from late-stage startups to large corporations (including SAFe implementations).
Steve has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Computer Science. His certifications include: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), PMI-ACP, PMP, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified ScrumMaster.
Swift Ascent, LLC, Agile Coach & Trainer
January 2012 - Present, Berthoud, CO, United States
Steve is a cofounder and lead coach.
AgileEvolution, Agile Transition Coach
September 2011 - Present, Rutherford, NJ, United States
Providing agile transition coaching with a focus on enterprises.
Cisco Systems, Senior manager / Agile transition engineering sponsor
January 2001 - July 2011, Boulder, CO, United States
I led teams ranging from architecture to operations and program management. My final role was leading a Software Development team of 40 – 70 engineers across multiple locations in the areas of Platform, Security, and Virtualization for the CUCM product (#1 enterprise voice system in the world).
In parallel, I orchestrated our business unit conversion to Agile as the Engineering sponsor. I managed one of the largest OEM server vendor relationships with IBM and HP. I also led a corporate initiative team focused on improving talent movement for the entire Cisco development organization.