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what i do

  • Continuous Improvement Consulting and Coaching

  • Agile Program and Portfolio Management

  • Business Process and Product Workshops

my results

  • IoT for Enterprises Company: Brought agile discipline to Engineering where all teams deliver 17-24 times a year with >85% commitment reliability on a platform that saw multiple outages a year to ZERO outages since 2021 and a 99.85% reliability

  • Software Company: Reduced time-to-delivery on its application from over a year to 3 months.

  • Telecom Company: Improved delivery reliability and quality of new features by nearly 100% and achieved ideation to delivery in 6-8 weeks with Scrum / DevOps

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where i've consulted

  • Telecom

  • Software

  • Financial Services

  • Travel and Tourism

  • National Chain Retail

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here's where and what

Charter Communications

  • Business Process and Functional Analysis & Design for Ceon provisioning and activation of Voice Over IP (VoIP) and DOCSIS-based High Speed Data services.


Comcast Communications

  • Agile Coach and Scrum Master for X1 Customer Care tools group

  • Product Owner for national small and medium sized business sales and order management tool

  • Business Process Implementation for National Testing and Quality Assurance Labs


David’s Bridal

  • Agile Coach and Scrum Master for Information Technology

  • Helped to establish quarterly roadmaps and planning across information technology


e-Acumen

  • Systems integration and delivery & deployment methodology for the AcuRisk risk management system in the US and Europe.


FiServ Investment Support Services

  • Product Owner for Orysp DollarUniverse Workflow Automation of 7x24, high-availability trade order and fund management systems.


MachineQ - A Comcast Company

  • Served as chief of staff to CTO, introducing Agile and other Continuous Improvement methods to engineering and its teams

  • Established several Agile-based PMOs to create focus, alignment and transparency


Mountain States Employers Council

  • Business Process Analysis and Design for a customer-centric compensation and benefits survey process.


TD Ameritrade

  • Product Owner for Fund Account Level Reconciliation and following Agile/Scrum development project


Telesat Canada

  • Business Process and Functional Analysis & Design of a complete OSS/BSS for DOCSIS over satellite and DVB-RCS systems.


ViaSat

  • Business Process and Functional Analysis & Design for a Device Provisioning and Management System using DOCSIS over satellite.


WildBlue Communications

  • OSS/BSS solution analysis & design and presentation of alternatives to prospective investors including Liberty Media and NRTC.


what my colleagues say

“David is the single-most knowledgeable and passionate practice leader for Agile development that I have ever met. He has the rare ability to both evangelize scrum and to execute on its best practices."
- executive director at Comcast

"David was an extremely effective Agile coach and mentor to me as well. I lead up our Program and Portfolio Office within IT and am grateful for the opportunity to have learned from David over these past two years.”
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VP at David's Bridal

"I found David to be excellent facilitator and a dynamic leader. He has a natural ability to bind a team and empowers others to be successful. He is a strong partner, having built strong relationships across complex and diverse organizations. "Customer" is at the heart of his approach.
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customer experience consultant at EY Consulting

David is one of the best resources I have ever managed, always had the big picture hat on, strong business sense coupled with an acute technical understanding of information systems space. David is always on my short list of people to call to join my future team. He was a pleasure to work with and was well respected by the entire executive team.”
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customer strategy expert and executive at CSG


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my background

  • Over 25 years working in information technology for telecom, software, financial services, travel and tourism and chain retail clients and companies

  • Certified Scrum Master

  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

  • Certified Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner

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EXAMPLES OF MY VALUE

Results I accomplished at several clients:


  • Developed Engineering and Enterprise light-weight agile Program Management Offices to focus on doing the right projects at the right time and providing focus, alignment and transparency where none had existed before and leading to a delivery rate of greater than 90% quarter over quarter; increased release from 2-3 times a year to 17 times; helped reduce outages from 8 in 2020 to 0 in 2021/2022 with >99.85 reliability on the platform

  • At a telecom/cable company, I coached on Agile Transformation and helped reduce ideation to delivery from 3 months to 6 weeks with commitment reliability greater than 90%, increased code quality from 60 to over 85% by coaching the value of self-organized teams and servant-focused leaders and support.

  • At a start-up software company, I helped develop a professional services organization based upon Agile principles that the was able to reduce time-to-delivery on its core software application from over a year to about 90 days

  • At Big Data software company, as Scrum Master and Scrum Coach, I created a stable, reliable and predictable foundation for scrum with two scrum teams where velocity increased by 15-20% over 6 months

  • At an investment support company, as Scrum Product Owner, I aligned goals and processes and funneled them into user stories and a backlog that allowed the company and Agile teams to achieve customer mandated transparency within 6 months, several months ahead of the mandate

  • At a financial support services firm, I discovered nearly 6 hours of workflow savings every day that reduced risk exposure to SLA violations by several million dollars and improved customer account reconciliation

  • At a human resources support organization, I facilitated workshops with members and employees that lead to reduced the age of survey date from 6 months to 1 month and prevented the organization from purchasing a COTS application that would not have served the its needs, saving them, potentially, hundred of thousands of dollars


Telecommunications Industry

      • Developed agile-based Engineering and Enterprise Program and Portfolio Management that provided focus, alignment and transparency that had not existed before and lead to completing 90% of rank order prioritized products over 1 year since inception

      • Instituted several Agile PMOs (focusing on Portfolio management) to make sure the right initiatives were done at the right time according to the company’s strategic goals and key objectives

      • Developed agile-based Engineering and Enterprise Program and Portfolio Management that provided transparency that had not existed before and lead to completing 90% of rank order prioritized products over 1 year since inception

      • Established Agile/Scrum practices to give teams control over what they negotiate and how they accomplish their work leading to consistent sprints and greater than 80% commitment reliability over 1 year

      • Lead 4 scrum teams producing software to support various products and operations teams – increased performance/velocity by 50%, commitment reliability to 100% and code coverage by 15%

      • Facilitated department vision for process, business use cases and system use cases for major cable company

      • Guided trial of an Agile based approach to functional and technical analysis and design for cross-ordering products and services between Lines of Business leading to tightest coupling of functional and technical designs for the commercial development teams

      • Streamlined product & backlog ownership and release planning & management processes into a single, agile and scrum-based backlog management process across multiple applications – allowing executives to focus on longer term strategic visions rather than shorter term tactical management of application development

      • Implemented UML-based analysis and design for business and systems requirements along with user stories to support agile/scrum development

      • Implemented work process to support a national testing and quality assurance organization for a major cable company

      • Developed business processes and requirements for fulfillment, assurance and billing for major Canadian satellite communications company

      • Assisted major Canadian satellite communications company in the selection of operations support systems (OSS)

      • Established best practices in functional architecture and process improvement for supporting new Voice over IP (VoIP) products and services as well as mobile device and IVR on-site solutions delivery for major cable company


Financial Services Industry

  • Developed new process to handle fund level account reconciliation for investment trading company

  • Built up product backlog and served as product owner to support development of fund level account reconciliation application

  • Performed Current State Business Process Analysis for the daily processing of trading transactions for investment support services company

  • Discovered redundant and outmoded processes saving the investment support service company nearly 7 hours a day in transaction processing and avoiding several millions of dollars per day in potential risk

  • Provided functional architecture, analysis and design to automate (using Orsyp’s DollarUniverse system) over 100 daily manual processes to various trading, pricing, dividend, accounting and portfolio systems for investment support services company


Chain Retail Industry

  • Developed Agile Steering Committee and strategies to improve agility

  • Lead several agile teams responsible for enterprise systems and e-commerce

  • Coached Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Developers in Scrum


Human Resource Management Industry

  • Facilitated customer sessions for a Colorado employer council’s statewide compensation and benefits survey program to determine what customer expect from the program as both participants in the council’s yearly surveys and as users of the survey data

  • Performed Current State and Future State Business Process Analysis and Design for council’s statewide survey program

  • Developed business requirements for a new survey system for the employers council that will allow the council to meet customer expectations


Utilities Industry

  • Performed Continuous Improvement for Utility software company’s product implementation processes

  • Reduced time to delivery by 30% by introducing new CMM compliant, process and template based professional services methods and procedures for energy industry software company


Software Industry

  • Transformed $3 million “Big Data” search & recommendations (S&R) program around agile and scrum methods

  • Improved velocity of scrum teams by 20-30% to help return the S&R program to a manageable delivery schedule

  • Established processes and agreements to help protect the two teams and their backlog work from interruption and risk from outside sources

  • Provided agile coaching to scrum teams, product owners and program management leaders

  • Performed Continuous Improvement of accounts payable and expense reporting processes at an international software company

  • Reduced time to prepare payment by nearly 20% and prepared for automated A/P and expense reporting tools


Travel Industry

  • Performed Current State and Future State Business Process Analysis and Design for national travel company looking to improve the delivery of online leisure travel services to customers

  • Developed business requirements for a new interactive, customer-goal based system to allow customers to plan, book and fulfill travel based upon a travel experience rather than by specific product


CERTIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Agile Certified Scrum Master

  • Agile/Scrum Certified Product Owner

  • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Certified

  • Member, Agile Alliance

  • Lean Enterprise Institute Leadership Workshops, 12/2012 – Doing the Right Things & Problem Solving to align Purpose, Process and People


EDUCATION

Gonzaga University

Juris Doctor (Law Degree)

Spokane, WA, 1995


Thunderbird School of Global Management

Master of International Management

Glendale, AZ, 1987


Drake University

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism &

Bachelor of Arts in English

Des Moines, IA, 1986

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