Believe Charter network, Scrum Master
September 2011 - September 2013, Brooklyn, New York, US
Successfully transferred multiple groups from Waterfall to Agile Methodologies. Practiced Servant Leadership as Scrum Master for the team and Product owner. Worked with a team of cross functional members. Developed a Learning Management System and Mobile Applications to work along with it. Acted as a Change Agent for the Agile Culture while following all of the rituals of Scrum. Operated on 2 to 3 week Sprints. Assisted Product Owner in prioritizing Product Backlog for best ROI and Business needs, assisted team in Sprint Log grooming kept Sprint Logs current and up to date, Held Daily Standups, Sprint Reviews and Sprint Retrospectives. Kept track of Scrum Artifacts such as Release and Sprint Burn-down Charts Helped teams manage technical debt Followed up on Team Code Check in, Refactoring, Adherence to Coding Standards, Code Builds, and Bug tracking while building an LMS. Estimated Project hours using Ideal Days and Story Point Estimation with Planning Poker. Facilitated collaboration between team and Product Owner Used PMI to manage process improvement/part IT development projects with budgets ranging in size from $500,000 to $1,000,000 that were largely designed to incorporate technology into the Believe Charter School classrooms. Entire project life cycle was followed to support multiple strategic initiatives of the organization; which mostly focused on compliance and IT-focused improvements involving enhanced monitoring, controlling, reporting and overall communication processes. Designed and performed IT Risk Assessments and used results to help craft target state design of IT infrastructure and risk mitigation strategies. Created project charters and developed and used project management plans to monitor and control through to project completion. Reported on project progress to senior management via verbal and written communication methods.
Foundations inc, Scrum Master
August 2009 - August 2011, Philadelphia, PA, US
Used Agile Scrum methodologies to develop a Grading Software and Education Technology Mobile applications Project Manager for technology integration and process improvement related projects – including Compliance related requirements – for K-12 Philadelphia Board of Education classrooms. Performed IT training gap analysis, which helped to inform project plans developed specific to each in-scope K-12 Philadelphia school relating to Project Scope, Work Breakdown Structure, Business and Functional/Technical Requirements (and non-functional requirements), Project Management Plan, and Project Monitoring/Reporting. Risk Management Data Warehousing to analyze, keep track, and report various project metrics and Key Performance Indicators. Also practiced Servant Leadership as Scrum Master for the team and Product Owner. Assisted Product Owner in prioritizing Product Backlog for best ROI and Business needs; Assisted team in Sprint Log grooming; Kept Sprint Log current and up to date; Held Daily Standups, Sprint Reviews and Sprint Retrospectives. Kept track of Scrum Artifacts such as Release and Sprint Burn down Charts; Helped teams manage technical debt Followed up on Team Code Check in, Refactoring, Adherence to Coding Standards, Code Builds, and Bug Tracking, while building a Gradebook Software. Estimated project hours using Ideal Days and Story Point Estimation with Planning Poker. Facilitated collaboration between team and Product Owner Managed mobile teams to train school staff on the newly implemented technology solutions, which included: Time and Attendance, Information Security; IT Usage Policy; Gradebook, Lesson Planning, Regulatory Reporting, Special Education, MS-Office applications, Project Management, and various PC and MAC applications specific to the technology-based lesson plans.
GR Consulting, IT Project Manager/ Scrum Master
January 2006 - July 2009, Jenkingtown, PA, US
Acted as Project Manager for over 25 individual Compliance and IT-related projects for large Insurance and Financial Services clients – both process and IT focused - where my responsibilities included, but were not limited to, Business/Functional/Non-Functional Requirement Documentation; IT Risk/InfoSec Maturity and Risk Assessments; Forecasting/Estimation of Project Resources, Time, and Budget; Project Plan Documentation and Change Management; Project Monitoring and Reporting; Developed Project Artifacts and Managed Delivery to Client/Senior Management; and SDLC/Change Management and Release Management. Also conducted Quality Management reviews on all deliverables prior to acceptance. Developed and presented status reports to Audit Committee and Senior Management of client firms.
• Insurance Industry - Identified and Remediated Segregation of Duties conflicts across over 100 IT applications/databases (including Oracle Financials and Oracle DBMS) and 20 critical business processes for a Compliance project at a large Insurance company in Springfield, MA
• Financial Services - Reduced compliance costs for financial services client by over 20% due to IT Risk Assessment and implementation of data warehouse which enabled automated regulatory compliance reporting
• Natural Gas organization - Improved credit rating for one client from BBB- to AAA- in less than 3 years due to risk assessment and resulting implementation of an Enterprise Risk Management program
• Consumer Products manufacturer - Decreased IT operational costs by 30% due to IT Risk Assessment and resulting successful implementation of and ITIL framework within a consumer goods firm