Highlights

Summary

Here is a summary list of some of my talents and experience:

  • Agile / Scrum:  12+ years in total;  3 Scrum certifications (CSP, CSM, CSPO);  Published author
  • 8+ years in a Scrum Master role
  • Agile Coaching & Transformation:  8+ years at Apple (very large scale transformation in a >850 person engineering group – >100 teams – 3 continents);  Ivanti (>180 of engineers, PdMs, UX – 24 teams – 4 continents);  Cox Auto (1,000’s of engineers, PdMs, UX – 100’s of teams – 14 brand divisions);  Others: Macys.com, Kohls.com, Genentech, PG&E & more
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe):  3+ years;  Fully trained in Leading SAFe and Implementing SAFe;  Extensive experience implementing SAFe at large scale
  • Agile & PPM tools:  9+ years – JIRA, Azure DevOps/VSTS, Rally, Mingle, Confluence, Jive Software, WordPress & many others
  • Waterfall / Ad-hoc:  12+ years – IBM PM certified (based on PMI PMP), trained & experienced in many methodologies
  • Program / Project / Change Management:  17+ years
  • 5 Certifications in Agile & Management:  CSP, CSM, CSPO, CCP & IBM PM
  • Software Engineering Background:  10+ years, started career as software engineer, earned 
    17 engineering certifications
  • e-Commerce at country to planet scale:  Apple Online Store – desktop web, services, Mobile Optimized Web (MOW), iOS; Macys.com – Android, iOS; Kohls.com – desktop web, MOW, services
  • Mobile:  7+ years of PM and design experience, including app dev with iOS, Android and Mobile Optimized Web (MOW)
  • Cloud:  8+ years; SaaS, IaaS, PaaS; AWS, Azure, Linode, VMware
  • DevOps, CI/CD:  6+ years; Led transformations; Automation; TDD; Repo strategies & more
  • My web site:  https://KennethAdams.com
  • Recommendations:  https://KennethAdams.com/Recommendations
  • LinkedIn profile:  https://www.Linkedin.com/in/kennethbadams
  • My blog:  https://AdamsAndBits.com
  • Agile / Scrum articles that I’ve written:  https://AdamsAndBits.com/Agile
  • Scrum Alliance certifications profile:  https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/profile/kadams8

Key Skills

My key skills organized by category.

Agile, Scrum, SAFe, Transformation and Coaching

DevOps, CI/CD

  • 6+ years in organizations from no skills in DevOps or Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) to extreme maturity utilizing full automation and TDD or ATDD.
  • Led transformations of large scale Agile programs up to 24 Scrum teams.
  • Led CI/CD Scrum team to transform product dev Scrum teams – also known as a System Team in SAFe.
  • Techniques & practices: Test Driven Development (TDD); Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD); QA / Test automation; Build automation; Deployment / Release automation; Pair programming; Code repo management, branch strategies & more.

Cloud, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

  • 8+ years leading Scrum teams using cloud based development & production environments.
  • IaaS, PaaS Platforms: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, VMware.
  • Leadership team developing new SaaS product platform using a microservices based architecture.
  • Worked in environments using microservices, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) based software.

Project and Program Management

  • 5 Certifications in Agile & Management: CSP, CSM, CSPO, CCP & IBM PM.  See the Background section of my web site for details.
  • 17+ years of project and program management experience.
  • Certified in the Agile Scrum framework – Earned Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials.
  • Experienced in multiple methodologies including Agile methods, Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK), PMI Project Management Framework and Standard, IBM Global Services (GS) Method, waterfall methods, etc.
  • Trained and studied in Project Management Institute’s (PMI) and certified in IBM Project Management methods and practices.
  • Enrolled in the Stanford Advanced Project Management certificate program at Stanford University focusing on portfolio management, program management and organizational project management.
  • Experience with all aspects of project management from developing requirements, Return On Investment (ROI) analysis, creating a Scope of Work (SOW) and budgets to managing team member recruitment, schedules, project plans, vendors, financials, implementation and more.
  • 20+ years experience working with and managing vendors and suppliers of IT products and services involving scoping of work, contracts, implementation, financial aspects and more.

Product Management and Product Development

  • Certified in the Agile Scrum framework in product management – Earned a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) credential.
  • Worked on commercial software products both cloud based or SaaS and on premise products while at Ivanti and Cox Automotive in 2016 to 2018.
  • Worked on commercial software products that integrate with Atlassian’s Jira in 2011-2012.
  • Conducted some product development work with the IBM/Lotus product development team for Lotus Connections (Social Networking – Blogs, wikis, community tools, user profiling & other social networking tools) while at IBM GBS and working on the NYC DoE project in 2007 to 2008.
  • Worked on product development of web portal applications while at CGS in 2005 to 2006.
  • Responsible for product management and customer support for a commercial software package that delivers professional services automation (PSA) capabilities via a web UI.
  • Managed product development while running InterFusion from 1995 to 2000. Products developed include:
    A web site content management system, with advanced features for it’s time, including template based customization, componentization of page elements, automated page assembly from components, automated navigation and site maps, workflow, web analytics, ad management, performance caching and other features. A system that integrated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) with document delivery via fax and web.
  • Selected to work on several beta products in closed beta programs while running InterFusion. We were selected by IBM Lotus because we were one of their few Premium level Business Partners in the country with advanced skills and experience.

Mobile and Cloud

I’ve been working with and experimenting with mobile device and cloud technologies for over 16 years. Long before Apple re-invented what a mobile phone could be with the iPhone.

  • Managed and worked on several mobile software development projects utilizing Apple iOS and Android, developing commercial and enterprise apps for both phones and tablets.
  • Managed an enterprise Apple iOS infrastructure projects leveraging my vast amount of experience in enterprise IT and infrastructure.
  • Started working with smart mobile devices over 10 years ago and over the years prior to the iPhone, worked on projects involving Mobile Windows, RIM’s Blackberry, Nokia Symbian and a dozen or so other WAP / WML based phones. Including developing WAP / WML based applications.
  • Worked on projects involving mobile technology at several pharmaceutical, biotech, mobile communications and technology companies.
  • Learned and experimented with web based mobile and iOS application development for years.
  • Experienced in many Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), web services and cloud related technologies.

Leadership

  • Extensive leadership, communications, engagement, writing, presentation and meeting management skills developed over 17 years of consulting.
  • Extensive experience and comfortable working with all levels of an organization from C level executives to directors and managers to developers, engineers and support staff.
  • Founded and managed my own consulting firm for 5 years and sold it to a larger company.
  • Experience working with off-shore development teams.
  • One of my strengths over many PMs is my hands on technical talents, fueled by a very deep technical background and the passion to never stop learning and the talent to learn it fast.
  • From software development to systems architecture to network infrastructure, I can speak the languages of developers and engineers, because I’ve been one.
  • As a seasoned PM and technologist I bring a great deal of credibility to the essential endeavors of relationship building, leadership, motivating teams and cross functional collaboration.
  • With a wealth of experience working with people from CEOs to managers to developers and engineers, I know how to speak their language.

Software Engineering

  • 10+ years as a software engineer. Started career as an engineer.
  • Earned 17 engineering certifications.  See the Background section of my web site for details.
  • Certified in the Agile software development Scrum framework with Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) credentials.
  • Extensive experience with Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) processes and techniques.
  • Talented in user experience (UX), usability and user interface (UI) design.
  • Managed software product development for a commercial software product.
  • Managed many Java EE (Java Enterprise Edition) / J2EE software development projects.
  • Developed Java EE / J2EE components using JSP, HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Managed and developed web, collaboration, workflow, content management and knowledge management applications.
  • Certified in Java EE based portal, collaboration and messaging technologies.

Business Process Re-engineering, Analysis and Strategy

  • 17 years of business process re-engineering and requirements analysis experience on dozens and dozens of projects.
  • Vast experience in business process re-engineering in many industries and functional areas.
  • Experience in requirements analysis, user experience and user interface design, developing documentation, conducting client review sessions, consulting with technical staff and more.
  • Consulted many companies on strategic direction and planning.
  • I’ve been an early advocate of BPR and organizational change management techniques in technology.

Industry Expertise

  • Experience working in very large enterprises as well as medium and small businesses.
  • Experience working with organizations in many industries including technology, e-Commerce, biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, legal, consumer products & services, financial, government, manufacturing, education & more.

Cross Functional

  • I bring to the table experience in many functions and industries. From customer facing systems, transactional systems and support systems, to operations, manufacturing, marketing, sales, R&D and internal support functions, I bring a vast amount of expertise to my work.

Systems Engineering and Implementation

  • Vast experience in infrastructure technologies including local & wide area networks, firewalls, Linux & Unix, Windows Server, clustering, LDAP servers, HTTP & web app servers, database servers & more.
  • Certified in networking, collaboration, messaging, portal and search technologies.

E-commerce & Retail

  • Large Internet scale e-Commerce: 3+ years working on desktop web, services, Mobile Optimized Web (MOW), iOS and Android.
  • My experience in e-commerce and retail includes many projects and companies for a combined total of over 7 years spent throughout my long career — From electronic payment systems and an in depth expertise in the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards, to developing e-commerce web portals, to working with several consumer products companies and brick and mortar retail companies.

Java EE (Enterprise Edition) / J2EE

  • Over 11 years experience in Java EE (formerly known as J2EE) software development, deployment and operations.
  • Managed enterprise class Java EE software development and operations of very large scale mission critical systems involving HA (High Availability) clustering, multi-site failover, load balancing, disaster recovery, 100+ tps (transactions per second) loads, multi-tiered architectures, e-commerce and more.
  • Certified in Java EE based technologies and personally done some development in Java EE technologies.