Tim Hirner - I am a Dallas-based software team leader with many years' experience in developing and managing point-of-sale (POS) terminal software projects. Due to a corporate reorganization at my previous employer (VeriFone) in late 2011, I lost my position, but am thankful that it allowed me to "immerse myself" in the agile way.
At VeriFone, my projects included the standard credit/debit/prepaid applications, but also extended to non-traditional uses of POS terminals. I also contributed to non-trivial projects in the EMV and PCI-compliance areas. My last "crown jewel"(?) was steering a major application through the PA-DSS acceptance process. Prior to becoming a full-time manager, I was an embedded POS developer myself, responsible for software running in over 10,000 devices simultaneously across the U.S. I loved having that level of impact.
As a manager, my teams were both co-located and remote, internal and external to the company. Our projects were not large enough to fall within the "7 +/- 2" size guideline, and conditions dictated that I had to manage many projects simultaneously. Thus, although we couldn't have applied Scrum "by the book" I regret that I didn't know then what I know now. I am an enthusiastic believer in the framework and hope to apply it in a new position soon (not necessarily constraining myself to POS)...I'm somewhat late to the party, but at least I'm here!
VeriFone Systems, Manager, Engineering
July 1997 - October 2011, Dallas, TX, United States
Managed the stand alone POS terminal vertical market development projects for a wide range of petroleum, banking, and govt/health care customers.