Charlie loves Agile! He has been using Agile thoughts throughout his 30-year career in software development in some form or the other. He began to train as a ScrumMaster and then an Agile Coach to spread the agile mind-set and mentor and counsel other like-minded Agile professionals.
As an Agile Coach SPC4, an Agile ScrumMaster, an ICAgile Certified Professional and an Innovation Games Certified Orange Belt Collaboration Architect, Charlie specializes in helping people in different roles work better together. His aim is to help teams work faster and be better at responding to change whether they are remote/distributed or local. The ideal Agile Coach or ScrumMaster (Scrum Master) is described by many adjectives – especially Teacher, Mentor, Facilitator, and Servant-Leader. Charlie uses distributed tools to work with remote team members. His career and volunteer jobs have gone beyond instruction and training to forge these critical attributes into his personality, which he uses effectively to advise budding teams.
He has a strong background working with people in different roles. He is a lifelong learner and has a broad network of contacts.
His specialties and certifications include: SAFe, Agile, Scrum, Java, Cucumber, C, C++, Some Ruby on Rails, Embedded systems, Troubleshooting, Windows, Linux, UNIX, OS-X, Remote/distributed Tools: Sococo and Zoom, Trello and Leankit, Agile Tools: Jira and VersionOn.
As a Certified ScrumMaster (Scrum Master) I use Agile Techniques from Kanban, Scaled Agile Framework, Scrum and eXtreme Programming to help others reap the benefits of Agile. I have been trained and hold certification from two Agile certifying companies. I also work with people both inside and outside the IT/R&D arena. From Executive level down to the worker bees Agile can help improve performance. Agile recognizes that change is frequent and priorities can change just as fast. Using Agile, Scrum and Kanban to get things done recognizes that change needs to be built in from the start. And when companies start realizing that change is going to happen and plan it in from the start they benefit with improved performance.
As an Accountability Leader I speak in front of 200+ people to introduce the Accountability Groups to RUMC Audience. I also recruited the leader for our Entry Level Accountability Group. I work as a backup leader for all teams which have facilitator-led meetings that are run as a retrospective of job search activities.
As a table host, I host the dinner hour and facilitate table discussions after the Dinner Speaker has spoken.
As a special projects leader I am tasked to Work on special projects for Katherine Simons, one of the Directors of the RUMC Job Networking. A major project was to facilitate the team that added the ability to pay for career assessments with PayPal.
Teaching Assistant – January 2015 – Present: Worked with the founder of an online course in Agile to recruit and organize students for a 12 week certification program. As a continuing learner in an advanced track of the course, leveraged SAFe Agile components as model for User Story/Release/Feature/Epic structures and used the Release Train Engineer role to lead the lab (see below). Used Innovation Games to reflect on improvements to the course design.
Release Train Engineer (Scrum of ScrumMasters) Role for Lab – February 2015 – April 2015: Led two agile teams in their course lab project. Collaborated with each ScrumMaster using servant leader techniques to focus their goals for their teams. Interfaced with the lab Product Owner as requirements changed while still having to deliver.
Training one-on-one at local hospitals doing training with medical professionals.