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ABOUT ME

JOSHUA L. ROBERTS - Agile / Lean Enterprise Transformation Coach

Simply put, I am passionate about helping IT organizations modernize how they design and manage their solutions delivery processes in order to optimize value delivery.

 

It's the 21st century and application modernization initiatives rank high on the agenda of IT executives. With a primary goal to modernize business applications, the IT organization is often neglected. However, it's important to recognize that 21st century business applications require 21st century delivery processes.

 

The hairballs we are seeking to modernize didn't build themselves. It was legacy mindsets that built legacy systems and it's time we upgrade our thinking. Let's re-engineer your hairball factory.

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SOMETIMES IT'S THE JOURNEY THAT TEACHES YOU A LOT ABOUT YOUR DESTINATION.

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Week Seventeen – The Business Vision

We’ll pick up where we left off in the last post… the Solution Architect sets the technical vision for an Agile Team, while the Product Owner sets the business vision. As illustrated by Agile Transformation Inc, the Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value delivered by an Agile Team. In an enterprise environment, where […]

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Week Sixteen – Organizing Around Value

Currently, we are focused on designing the IT organization of the future. In last week’s blog post, we spoke about the ScrumMaster role. In short, the ScrumMaster has a primary focus on serving the needs of the team and the customer through servant-leadership. But, they are not working alone. As illustrated by Agile Transformation Inc, […]

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Week Fifteen – Master of Scrum?

As we build our Agile organization, the ScrumMaster will be a new, key role at the team level. Remember, the foundation of our future organization is Agile Teams. With servant leadership in mind, we are flipping the org chart, putting the team back on top as visualized by Agile Transformation Inc. in the graphic below. […]

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Week Fourteen – Building for Agile Teams

Last week we held a Retrospective for the August iteration of our Agile/Lean Transformation. To kick things off, I asked them to share one word that described how they felt about the transformation to date. A few of the words that stood out were Anxious and Stalled; this was coming from some of the longest […]

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EXPERIENCE

BE BRAVE. TAKE RISKS. NOTHING CAN SUBSTITUTE EXPERIENCE.

Westar Energy

Agile/Lean Enterprise Transformation Coach

JUN 2014 - TODAY
MAY 2014

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Agile Panelist

Agile panel discussion with Program & Project Management organization.

Waddell & Reed

Application Development Manager

Managed the Web, ETL, Siebel, and Mainframe Development Teams.  Led Agile/Lean Transformation for the Enterprise Solutions Delivery organization.  Acted as Enterprise Change Agent and Team Coach.

FEB 2012 - MAY 2014
APR 2014

Kansas City IT Symposium

Agile Panelist

Panel discussion focused on the "how" of instituting Agile in the Enterprise.

Thumb Grooves Mobile Game Studio

Co-Owner & Lead Developer

Kitty Pig, the first iPhone game created by indie developers and brothers, Josh and Zach Roberts, was released to the Apple App Store.

FEB 2014
SEP 2013

PMI Professional Development Days (PDD)

Agile Open Space

Co-led interactive Agile/Lean Q&A for PDD participants.

Jack Henry & Associates

Application Development Manager

Managed development of the Mobile Banking, Electronic Statements, Bill Pay and OFX products within the Internet Solutions organization.  Implemented Agile / Lean Practices at the team level to increase team productivity, quality, speed to market, and overall employee engagement.

MAY 2009 - JAN 2012
JAN 2004 - APR 2009

Electronic Data Systems

Application Delivery Manager - Sprint & Embarq Accounts

Managed the software delivery for a portfolio of 21 revenue management applications to include Rating/Billing, Accounts Receivable, and Treatment/Collections.

Electronic Data Systems

Project Manager - Bank of America Account

Managed the implementation of a third-party software solution to replace the bank’s internal corporate billing system.

JAN 2003 - DEC 2003
JUN 1999 - DEC 2002

Electronic Data Systems

Project Lead / Software Developer - WorldCom Account

Led and performed software development for the Rating & Billing system.

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EDUCATION

EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

SAFe Agilist (SA)

Scaled Agile Academy

2013 / FEB

Enterprise Agile/Lean Training

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Scrum Alliance

2012 / AUG

Product Owner Training

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

Scrum Alliance

2012 / AUG

ScrumMaster Training

Model-Netics

Main Event Management

2011 / JAN

Management Training & Development

ITIL Foundation

Information Technology Infrastructure Library

2010 / AUG

Service Lifecycle & Management Practices

Master in Business Administration

University of Kansas

2004 / DEC

Finance, International Business, E-Commerce

BS, Business Administration

Oklahoma State University

1999 / MAY

Management Information Systems