I have been attending Agileindy events for the past five years and received my first taste of the board by volunteering for the Speaker Committee at the 2018 Agileindy conference. I feel great in my knowledge about Agile (mainly Scrum framework, Kanban method), and my ability to interact with people. What I know is that being a board member is the hard work. The board is always on the grind trying to help our Indy community with Agile. I am also passionate about trying to help our community out, and believe that the Agileindy board will allow me to fulfill what my purpose is which is to help people.
I believe the scope and breadth of my career provides a unique perspective that will allow me to deliver a unique point of view as a board member. Over my career, I have worked in a number of roles, ranging from CTO to Developer. As a practicing Agilist over the last 7.5 years, I have worked and led organizations ranging from startups to public traded Fortune 500 companies. After leaving Angie’s list at the end of 2017, I have been focused on enabling local companies as they undertake their Agile transformation. With the majority of my Agile career, I have been an employee leading change from the inside. As the managing director of beLithe, our company is focused on enabling each individual through continuing education and opportunities well beyond certification. Our approach is different than many organizations and consultants who earn their livelihood by constantly selling certifications. I believe Agileindy can play a key role in the growth of the technology sector in Indianapolis by focusing on the enabling individuals along their respective and unique Agile journey. For more information about me, you can check out my Linkedin profile or more about beLithe.
- Not a consultant – have perspective of guiding two agile transformations from the inside Agile transformation champion/RTE at MISO 2015 – 2017
- RTE Cloud adoption at Sallie Mae 2018
- SAFe SPC4 certified
- Agileindy meet-up attendee (instrumental in procuring MISO meeting space and June 2016 speaker)
- Featured in a video Scaled Agile loves to show at their training classes: YouTube
I am a Scrum Master at Crowe and a regular attendee at both the northside and downtown meetups. Prior to Crowe, I was a Scrum Master at Stonegate Mortgage where I lead Stonegate’s transition to a Kanban based development approach. A presentation on this transition was presented at a monthly meeting. I have both a masters and bachelor's degree from Purdue University. If elected to the board, I will work to bring speakers from the Indianapolis IT community to share the lessons and struggles local companies going through agile transformations are experiencing.
- As Treasurer of my homeowners association for 3.5 years, I've drafted covenant revisions, budgeted capital improvements, and generated doors-to-door consensus in my neighborhood.
- As a tax accountant for 5+ years, I've prepared tax returns, financial statements, and budgets for both non- and for-profit enterprises.
- As the EVP of BitLoft, a local consulting and software and software development firm, my company counts web and app development among our core competencies
As a leader, my focus is on empowering my team members to pursue their passions. In the spirit of agile, I establish the vision of what we need to accomplish, and then I entrust them with the resources they need to accomplish the goal. I have found that I can achieve greater outcomes by valuing people over processes, to paraphrase the Agile Manifesto.
I look forward to offering my skills and enthusiasm for the Agileindy Board.
Five years ago, I was told at work that we needed "to be agile." Like many, I thought it sounded good, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. I attended the 2013 Agileindy conference and sought out local resources to figure out what agile meant. Between the conferences and monthly meetups, I learned—not only from the speakers, but from my Indy peers—the approaches they were taking in their workspaces. At the same time, I took courses to earn my CSM, CSPO, PMI-ACP and ultimately received my CSP in 2016. I participated in Agile coach camp and attended the Global Scum Gathering in Orlando. Through these experiences, I realized I had finally found my people.
Over these past 5 years, I have led an agile transformation within the enterprise software division of Indiana University. To support that effort, I gathered a group of "Agile Ninjas" that have grown communities of practice, arranged open space events at Indiana University’s annual IT conference, and have been running a pilot of quarterly retrospectives with teams using the AgilityHealth® radar.
To stay connected to the community, I volunteered on the 2017 and 2018 Agileindy conference planning committees. In 2017, I was a member of the attendee obtainment and social media committee where I handled ticketing and social media marketing. In 2018, I co-chaired the ticketing and day-of-event, which meant setting up ticketing in EventBrite, handling registration setup for group discounts, sponsors & speakers, responding to inquiries in the firstname.lastname@example.org email account and recruiting, coordinating, and training all day-of-event volunteers.
I bring enthusiasm for technology, building high-performing teams, and the championing of agile techniques. I’m pursing both an MBA & MS in Marketing through the IU Kelley School of Business, which I'm confident gives me the solid business background necessary to support Agileindy's operational needs. I’m excited by the opportunity to continue serving Agileindy as a member of the board.