I am a Certified ScrumMaster with over ten years of experience in business analysis, project and emergency management, product development, research and technical writing. As a product owner familiar with multiple software development methodologies and technology stacks, I work as part of a product team to ensure we are building the right thing, building the thing right and building it quickly.
My experience and core skills are centered on helping teams deliver superior products on time and within budget in an Agile environment. In my role as an Agile evangelist, I have helped teams and organizations make the transition from stage-gated processes such as Waterfall, to Agile frameworks that match their particular needs and goals. Working with product management and development teams, I have helped them overcome the technical and non-technical implementation hurdles that often emerge in such a transition. The net result has been to align development to the business goals, increase value to the customer while improving software quality and speed to market. Though every company and situation is different, I am passionate about Agile and how it can help improve processes and increase value to the customer and company.
I obtained my CSM through LitheSpeed in a class by Sanjiv Augustine at Agile East 2013. I am passionate about applying Agile methodologies and learning to be an effective team player and coach in order to help others learn and use Agile techniques.
Currently the project manager for all consulting engagements within our line of business.
2008 – Present Praeses, LLC – Shreveport, LA
ScrumMaster for a team consisting of three senior developers, one junior developer, and a business analyst building a RoR “progressing” system for use in the shipbuilding environment.
Developed initial requirements for the Rating Engine, a bespoke application used to support the Correctional Services Division line of business.
ERP Integration with Production Planning project manager – responsible for overseeing effort to move product data model information to the enterprise resource planning application
Navy Configuration and Logistics Data Exchange Specification Implementation team member – Translator/Adapter analyst
ERP Integration with CAD team member – assisted in producing “as-is” models of the material acquisition process for several shipyards
Process Oriented Visual Planner team member – responsible for building generic process models of the ship production process
Acted as a consultant on multiple projects within the DoD manufacturing space, one of which received letters of commendation to the Louisiana US Senate delegation from a client.
Responsible for generating technical and user documentation for multiple software applications, as well as crafting the technical portions of responses to requests for proposals.
2007 – 2008 Pennington Biomedical Research Center – Baton Rouge, LA
Maintained several mouse colonies, performed experiments and analyzed data relating to knockout and wild-type mice for the Mynatt Lab
PCR techniques including RT-PCR and qPCR
2003 – 2006 LSU Dept. of Biological Sciences – Baton Rouge, LA
Maintained mammalian cell cultures
Performed protein analysis including western blotting
Performed animal tissue extraction and analysis
Used bioinformatics programming skills for multi-species genome analyses
Responsible for ordering, accounting and ensuring smooth operation of a high-pressure research environment