Tony Amos, Technical Project Manager in Summit, NJ, United States
Tony Amos

Technical Project Manager in Summit, NJ, United States

Member since December 5, 2020
Tony is a seasoned Agile professional who started as a self-taught programmer in the US Navy. He had served in every role of the SDLC before bringing his software engineering passion to Agile project management. His technical skills, combined with his managerial, communication, and analytic abilities, have served him well while successfully guiding teams. Tony uses these talents and his development experience to lead by example while helping organizations create greater value through software.
Tony is now available for hire

Project Highlights

  • Reduced the cost of software defect resolution by 22% over two years by introducing an OKR strategy and designing statistical cost models; also expanded pre-release testing capacity with simplified, coordinated operations.
  • Transformed a system team to Scrum from the waterfall methodology—while implementing a DevOps platform—which resulted in that team serving as a model for 11 other teams as they progressed through their transformations.
  • Coached three scrum masters and four release train engineers representing 23 SAFe Scrum teams.

Expertise

Employment

  • Founder | Agile Consultant

    2015 - PRESENT
    Anthony Software Group LLC
    • Founded this software engineering consultancy to meet the needs of organizations transitioning technology units to adopt Agile methodologies.
    • Provided management consulting services that enabled organizations to create Agile adoption strategies, coach Agile teams, oversee DevOps implementation and expansion, and train staff on Scrum, Jira Administration, and Scaled Agile Framework.
    • Created a team of three digital marketing professionals to create and manage the company's web and social media presence, and provide video and podcast production assistance.
    • Implemented Zoho CRM and Zoho Books to manage company-customer relationships and billing needs. Later transitioned Zoho Books to QuickBooks Online.
    • Delivered Jira Cloud Administration training sessions for a US government contractor.
  • Consultant

    2018 - 2020
    Verizon Wireless
    • Reduced defect-resolution costs by designing key metrics enabling teams to prioritize based on value; attained more predictable product quality by establishing, capturing, and reporting DevOps metrics.
    • Used Python, MongoDB, Jira, and Confluence to implement and validate my objectives-&-key-results strategy to quantify cost savings and process improvements.
    • Coached three scrum masters and four release train engineers representing 23 SAFe Scrum teams.
    • Implemented enterprise release planning, and inspect-&-adapt practices which improved test cycle effectiveness and product quality by expanding testing capacity without increasing resources.
    • Eliminated resource conflicts by creating a data model and schedule to allocate testing asset inventory; this schedule proactively mitigated cross-team impediments while exposing dependencies ahead of problems.
  • Consultant

    2016 - 2017
    Sirma Cognitive Consulting
    • Teamed with the CEO and sales director to establish this Bulgarian company’s US consulting and product delivery practice.
    • Prepared proposals, presentations, and product demonstrations as part of the sales process to large clients including Procter & Gamble, Bank of America, and The Intercept.
    • Implemented Scrum with Kanban to manage product customization, customer requirements, and product delivery from the development team in Bulgaria to US clients.
    • Implemented Jira & BitBucket Cloud to manage communications between client, management, and offshore development team; managed client backlog, wrote JUnit test scripts, and used Test-Driven Development (TDD) for user acceptance in BitBucket workflow.
    • Managed product discovery for Procter & Gamble in order to capture and document project vision, objectives, key results, and user stories; worked with the development team to create the MVP.
    • Implemented the project management strategy used to ensure reliable product and value delivery to clients. Collaborated with clients so the strategy met their needs, and ensured the offshore team understood any deviation from core practices.
    • Created real-time status reporting with information radiators using Jira, thus eliminating the need for periodic reports and creating flexible communication between development teams and stakeholders.
  • Lending System Architect

    2015 - 2016
    Principis Capital
    • Led the creation of a proprietary business lending platform, reported to the CEO, and instituted the Scrum framework with Kanban and DevOps platform while serving as a scrum master.
    • Coached the CEO on how to be a product owner while defining user stories, business rules, and compliance requirements to automate applicant processing and underwriting.
    • Completed product discovery, goals, objectives, requirements, and user experience design for the lending platform.
    • Hired and managed a Scrum development team; prepared an RFP, selected, negotiated terms, and engaged an Agile software development partner in Ukraine.
    • Established development standards, practices, and workflows; installed and configured Jira and Confluence servers, a BitBucket (Stash) source code server, and TeamCity for build management. Created workflows to integrate internal and external code.
  • Vice President

    2012 - 2014
    JP Morgan Asset Management
    • Helped the transition to Scrum and served as a scrum master to the team responsible for designing the automated testing and CI/CD platforms for a $1 trillion global trading platform. This team became the model for the full 65-member team transformation.
    • Led the team that implemented Jira and Confluence Servers, Jenkins, and Subversion as the portfolio management system's first continuous integration (CI) platform. Created integration and testing workflows and automated pre-release validation.
    • Designed product features; the flagship product was a major investment scenario analysis module that allowed analysts to compare the impact of various portfolio changes when adjusting positions while maintaining compliance.
    • Designed user interaction, documented specs, defined performance criteria, and validated that deliverables created expected outcomes before presentation to stakeholders.
    • Refactored scores of major C# .NET modules into testable components and automated testing processes. Designed the release management process by automating system build, test, and deployment with Subversion, MS Test, Jenkins, Jira, and Confluence.
    • Designed and implemented memory management and code optimization strategies to assure the system optimally handled over 1 million daily investment transactions; also refactored multi-threaded C# .NET components from DLL code to stateless processes.
    • Guided the system team’s epic and story creation, established non-functional requirements for the development teams, and managed the release process product backlog.
  • Director of Application Development

    2004 - 2011
    GoldenTree Asset Management
    • Reported to the chief operating officer and served as an enterprise architect and director of development. Directed a cross-functional team of over 15 software engineers, business analysts, and project managers.
    • Contributed to the firm’s growth by rapidly automating strategic business processes; proactively defined, reported, and addressed IT performance KPIs.
    • Designed and created multiple software products, including portfolio what-if analysis, rules-based regulatory compliance validation, fixed income pricing analysis, foreign exchange hedging, daily portfolio pricing, and transaction auditing.
    • Collaborated with the chief investment officer, chief financial officer, portfolio managers, and head traders to design portfolio management, investment analysis, and client accounting operations products.
    • Created RFPs, selected vendors, negotiated contracts, and implemented vendor management procedures.
    • Formed and staffed a program management office to centralize direction and control of all IT projects, ensure practice consistency, and meet business expectations.
    • Met the needs of the firm as it expanded its investment strategies to include quantitative analysis by forming a quant tech team while collaborating with investment analysts to manage requirements and verify that outcomes met business expectations.

Project History

  • Enterprise Release Optimization Through OKRs
    Reduced the cost of software defect resolution by 22% over two years by introducing an OKR strategy and designing statistical cost models; also expanded pre-release testing capacity with simplified, coordinated operations.

    I served as a liaison for over 80 development teams as they coordinated, tested, and prepared various enterprise and public-facing systems for monthly release cycles. Each scheduled release required a 6-week testing cycle, so I created a resource management strategy to maintain three test environments with overlapping schedules, established sprint cycles to manage testing, and participated in program implement (PI) planning to ensure proper communication and responsibility assignment.

    This strategy resulted in an expanded testing capacity.

    I was tasked with reducing the cost of resolving post-release software defects, so I introduced an OKR strategy to set objectives aimed at identifying, isolating, and prioritizing defects based on cost analysis.

    The feature's cost factor became an input to WSJF calculations when prioritizing sprint backlog items. This forced defects with the highest cost-of-delay to be resolved first while allowing lower value defects to remain in the backlog.

    Ultimately, the focus on higher-value defects reduced costs by 22% while maximizing value delivery, thus debunking the myth that all defects must be addressed immediately.

  • Lending Platform Architect and Data Designer
    Transformed an aged Oracle database to a modern distributed data model combining SQL Server and MongoDB.

    As part of a lending platform, I performed data analysis and business process analysis to deconstruct a 20-year-old 40GB SQL database in order to design a more flexible distributed model using SQL Server, SSRS, and MongoDB as new data stores.

    I decided to use a distributed model to allow flexibility as the system grew while optimizing data storage and retrieval efficiency. SSRS provided a consistent data access method, facilitating the use of an API layer to isolate data from business process functionality.

    As feature implementation progressed, the old Oracle database served as one of the data stores while we enabled functionality in the new platform. This eased the transition to the new platform, as it enabled us to gradually retire the old database as data moved to the new platform.

  • Scrum Transformation
    Transformed a system team to Scrum from the waterfall methodology—while implementing a DevOps platform—which resulted in that team serving as a model for 11 other teams as they progressed through their transformations.

    I served as liaison to 65 developers, product owners, and scrum masters across 12 teams as they were transforming their development practices from traditional waterfall to Scrum.

    This was prior to the concept of an Agile coach or Scrum coach. After I implemented sprints, sprint goals, daily scrums, sprint reviews, and sprint retrospectives to manage our backlog and define our increments, I helped the product owner to treat other development teams as our stakeholders and size, prioritize, and refine the backlog.

    My team was the first in the bank to fully implement Scrum, so we became the model for other teams. I coached other scrum masters, participated in their sprint reviews and retrospectives, and helped to keep their daily scrums from becoming a status meeting.

  • Lending Platform Architect and API Designer
    Created and guided the implementation of two custom APIs using the 12-factor strategy. The first was a data access API to isolate data management, and the second was a business process API.

    Using Python 3 and working closely with the product owner, I designed two microservice APIs which isolated business functionality and data management while facilitating eventual migration to the Cloud. Major services were implemented as thread-safe stateless processes to minimize operating system overhead, facilitate code distribution, and optimize performance.

    Through design work, I prepared user stories and created organization standards for the definition of done. I helped the development team with epic and value-stream management, sizing efforts, and by addressing impediments.

  • Agile Article Publications
    Published an ongoing series of Agile and Scrum articles.

    I published an active and growing series of well-received articles on various aspects of Agile, Scrum, and life in the software profession on the Medium publishing platform. The articles have been distributed and promoted by the "Serious Scrum," "Agile Insider," and "The Innovation" publications, garnering hundreds of readers and scores of fans.

  • Agile YouTube/Podcast Channel
    Created a YouTube channel dedicated to the various challenges inherent while becoming Agile.

    I created and produced a video series that focuses on different aspects of Agile and Scrum management. Each video covers a topic, challenge, or fundamental requirement necessary to bring Agile to life within an organization. I then extracted the audio track from the video to create a podcast channel.

  • Enterprise Agile Coach
    Coached three scrum masters and four release train engineers representing 23 SAFe Scrum teams.

    As a member of the Verizon Wireless release management team, I was a direct asset to 23 DevOps Scrum teams for various internal and external software products across a variety of technology platforms. I created and monitored OKR strategies, prepared executive presentations, and tracked team-specific objectives.

    Since Verizon follows the SAFe standard, I guided scrum masters and release train engineers to follow an Agile mindset, establish and follow continuous improvement practices, and advance increasingly predictable quality. I would routinely identify and correct behaviors that impeded positive progress, actively participate in program implement planning, and run DevOps workshops as well as various Agile workshops as needed.

  • Agile Coach
    Transitioned the development team to Scrum by training staff and leading the development team and introducing Agile concepts to the organization.

    For a commercial investment portfolio performance product, I transformed the development team to Scrum by implementing an Agile Transformation strategy. I coached the CEO and executive team as part of the Agile/Scrum transformation and then trained and coached a scrum master and product owner through Scrum adoption by participating in three Scrum iterations.

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
    1985 - 1988
    Rutgers University, Newark - Newark, NJ, United States

Certifications

  • ICAgile-Agile Team Facilitator (ICP-ATF)
    JUNE 2020 - PRESENT
    ICAgile
  • ICAgile-Agile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC)
    JUNE 2020 - PRESENT
    ICAgile
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    JUNE 2020 - JUNE 2023
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Certified SAFe 5 Program Consultant (SPC 5)
    MAY 2020 - MAY 2021
    Scaled Agile, Inc.
  • Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK I)
    APRIL 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II)
    APRIL 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Professional Agile Leadership (PAL I)
    MARCH 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS)
    MARCH 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Professional Scrum Master Level II (PSM II)
    MARCH 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Financial Modeling
    JULY 2019 - PRESENT
    Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)
  • Financial Analysis Fundamentals
    JUNE 2019 - PRESENT
    Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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