ANJUAN SIMMONS

P.O. Box 8354 ● The Woodlands, TX 77380 ● 832-326-2765 ● anjuan@AnjuanSimmons.com

CAREER SUMMARY

  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering; MBA
  • Certified Scrum Master with 15 years of experience in both Agile and waterfall software project management
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively leading and managing cross-functional teams through multiple parallel software development lifecycles; excellent leadership skills with the ability to build teams, facilitate conflict, and lead by influence across departments
  • Strong requirements analysis skills including collecting and analyzing scope statements, deriving and clarifying business requirements, and translating functional requirements into technical specifications
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation, and meeting facilitation skills; thrives under pressure
  • Outstanding attitude with a passion for people and the eternal pursuit of program management perfection

EXPERIENCE

Questback, Houston, TX

1/2017 – Present

Technical Program Manager

  • Project Scope Management – Managed multiple parallel software customization products through several releases; defined project requirements, deliverables, plans, and schedules; created and updated project tracking metrics
  • Project Time Management – Gathered and tracked time information from development resources to compare estimates versus actuals; served as primary liaison with Accounting to track budgets and submit invoices; tracked progress against project plans
  • Project Quality Management – Improved the Quality Assurance (QA) practices and introduced code reviews; introduced the Definition of Ready and Definition of Done concepts
  • Project Team  Management – Improved the one-on-one (1:1) practices; created and communicated performance reviews; aligned the needs of the organization with the career goals of each individual member of the team
  • Project Communication Management – Centralized communication and provided real-time visualization of the state of the development projects; managed project dashboards and reporting of status to upper management
  • Project Risk Management –  Identified, prioritized, and tracked risks and issues; created risk mitigation and contingency plans; appropriately escalated issues quickly to the executive team and managed action plans

Assemble Systems, Houston, TX

3/2015 – 12/2016

Technical Program Manager

  • Project Scope Management – Managed multiple parallel legacy and new development products through several releases; worked with senior management team to map product vision to project schedules; facilitated the definition, refinement, and prioritization of user stories with Product Managers and Engineering Teams; defined project requirements, deliverables, plans, and schedules; created and updated release tracking metrics
  • Project Time Management – Gathered and tracked time information from Engineering Teams to compare estimates versus actuals; served as primary liaison with Accounting to roll up time entries to project budgets; tracked progress against project plans
  • Project Team  Management – Continually empowered the Engineering teams by emphasizing the power of self-organization; used Information Radiators to transparently help the team understand where they could improve; maintained a high level of morale and coached team members in Agile principles and practices including Scrum, Kanban, and XP; removed impediments to the work of the team; championed individual empowerment of each team member, ensured full engagement by every person, and maintained a sustainable velocity; facilitated the creation of action plans to address feedback provided by the Engineering Team; contributed to performance reviews; introduced Agile Marketing concepts to the Marketing Department; protected precious Engineering resources from inefficient activities
  • Project Communication Management – Consolidated information sources to create a single source of truth for what the Engineering Teams are currently doing; managed project dashboards and reporting of status to upper management

On Center Software, The Woodlands, TX

11/2012 – 1/2015

Software Project Manager

  • Project Scope Management – Served as Scrum Master for three legacy products and four new products through multiple releases; helped write, slice, and size user stories; created and updated Release Burndown Charts; helped write sprint goals and prioritize backlogs
  • Project Team  Management – Coached the Scrum Development Teams by reinforcing Agile Values and Principles; used Information Radiators to transparently help the team understand where they could improve; communicated the concerns of the Scrum Development Teams to senior management and delivered organizational messages to the various teams; protected the Scrum Development Teams from distractions

Infosys Consulting, Houston, TX

04/2011 – 09/2012

Principal

  • Business Analysis – Led the gathering of application requirements covering the multiple business process flows; created a fit-gap analysis between business requirements and native application features using process flow diagrams
  • Project Time and Team Management – Worked with the Engineering Teams and Product Managers to create and implement application requirements; led all planning activities and coordinated the tasks of onshore and offshore team members
  • Business Development – Created the technical response to two proposals totaling $1.5 million in revenue

Deloitte Consulting, Houston, TX

01/2010 – 05/2010

Senior Manager

  • Project Time and Team Management – Worked with Engineering Teams and Product Managers to gather and structure requirements; managed multiple application infrastructure teams with offshore personnel across several full software development lifecycles
  • Business Development – Created the technical response for client proposals and converted four opportunities into revenue totaling $2 million

Accenture, Houston, TX

11/1997 – 08/2008

Manager

  • Project Time and Team Management – Sequenced work activities and provided high level estimates; created project plans; managed onshore and offshore technical teams through multiple  full software development lifecycles; worked across industries and geographies
  • Business Development – Created the technical response for client proposals and converted two opportunities into revenue totaling $1 million

EDUCATION

Texas A&M, College Station, TX

08/2008 – 12/2009

Master of Business Administration

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

06/1993 – 08/1997

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

COMMUNITY

South by Southwest  Interactive Advisory Board

2013- 2017

Review and rate proposals to determine the sessions for South by Southwest Interactive

OSCON Programming Committee

2016

Review and rate proposals to determine the sessions for the OSCON conference

CERTIFICATIONS

Scrum Alliance

2013

Certified Scrum Master [Member: 000298080]