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Teresa Simmermacher


Agile Project Manager, Sensis

Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Certified ScrumMaster


Groups I belong to

Melbourne Scrum User Group


Teresa is a seasoned Program Delivery Manager with more than 10 years direct leadership experience across both Agile and traditional Waterfall methodologies. Directly managing on-shore and off-shore teams (between 10-25 team members), with project budgets between $100k and $2 million per year, Teresa has successfully delivered engagements across Financial, Life sciences, Utility, Insurance, Non-Profit and Technology domains. Specializing in complex software development projects, Teresa combines both Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile ScrumMaster (CSM) certifications, along with consistency and predictability, to establish a proven track record of successful customer engagements and program leadership. Teresa also brings an international flavour to her work, having lived and worked in the USA, and having now settled as a permanent resident of Australia.

Work experience

Sensis, Agile Coach and Project Manager
August 2011 - Present, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Directly Coach Agile development teams to work towards better collaboration, increased transparency and improved quality. Manage delivery of the online and mobile Yellow pages using agile methodologies. Team releases include new article content, integration of Yelp ratings and reviews and iPhone application performance updates. -Lead a team of 25 - 35 technical and business resources. -Encourage review of manual regression test translation into automated tests. -Coach team through a variety of retrospective approaches in order to reveal issues. -Manage a total annual budget of $5 million. -Lead the development of project goals, delivery and measures. -Implement change initiatives for the team within the business area  

Medidata Solutions, Agile Coach and Scrum Master
September 2009 - March 2011, New York, NY, United States
Coached several agile teams through the software development process with mixed business and technical project resources (15-25 team members). Trained team to use Scrum processes and tools within a validated environment. Coached teams to a reliable and consistent release schedule by implementing sprint commitments, BDD, retrospectives, continuous backlog grooming and release planning. Worked closely with key stakeholders to manage the product release process, and drive the development of high value commercial software products (project budgets of approximately $2 million annually). Projects Included: -Development of a User Portal/Administration tool providing a central interface for managing user profiles across a suite of applications. -Web based trial budgeting and contracting tools, which enables users to build and benchmark clinical trial grant budgets and the associated contracts. -A study and protocol design solution which optimizes study design and streamlines the design process.

Avanade , Project Manager
January 2004 - April 2009, New York, NY, United States
Direct client facing Senior Consultant, with Project Management responsibilities. Activities included staff mentoring, coaching and training for Project Managers. P&L and management responsibilities for a project with revenues of approximately $2 million dollars annually.


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