Technical Project Manager, CSM

Jessica L.
Ives

 
 Photo by Jeffrey Moustache 

Photo by Jeffrey Moustache 

 

Experience

Agile Methodology | Project Management

I'm currently in the technology field as a Technical Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master advocating for Agile Methodologies. It is my belief that no matter the project, team or organization, small and large, Agile is the methodology to make it happen. With Agile your organization, initiatives and teams will be self-organized, collaborative, innovative and will fail fast without costing the organization money and wasted effort. The market moves fast and so should your organization.

QA

I started my career in the video game industry as an entry level QA "tester" contractor. My passion for gaming is what landed me my dream job and out of the restaurant life. Big thanks to my regulars (at the restaurant) for taking a chance on me. During my years of being in the QA department, I learned the foundation of video games and how they worked by discovering, breaking and documenting. Clear communication and context were key when interfacing with developers and producers. Using various project management tools to convey defects on builds and provide user feedback.

Production, Project Management, Agile Advocate

I eventually leveled-up to Producer while at Zynga 1 year early of my 5-year goal to become a Producer/Project Manager. This, when looking back, my passion for leading teams flourished. I was a Producer for the Art department and two feature pods. While reflecting after my departure from Zynga, I decided I wanted to try the start-up scene to get more experience in all business development and have a larger impact on culture and process change. During this period I worked at various design and product development agencies working with high profile clients to deliver entertainment apps, utilitarian apps, video games and so much more. I was able to help rollout process and tools to effectively deliver and provide transparency on project initiatives for client as well as internally. The start-up scene allowed me to grow my knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively coach and manage initiatives, teams, and clients. While I enjoyed the fast pace of projects at agencies I was ecstatic when i was contacted by Silvercar to join the engineering department as their Production Manager. Over time as Silvercar grew the need for a Product Owner arose, while I was performing many task of a PO during my production manager role being a PO isn't where my sights are set. I prefer building teams and helping define and guide team members to achieve at their highest levels with a framework or process that best suits the project, product, team or organization. While I prefer the Agile methodology sometimes the organizations needs are not always in alignment with but some practices in product development can be accomplished with great success.

 

Silvercar
Technical Project Manager, CSM, Product Manager, Production Manager

November 2015 - Present

Austin facial Hair club
Business Operations, Webmaster, Marketing

May 2011 - Present

Inmar formerly Clarus
Senior Production Manager

June 2014 - November 2015

Rocksauce Studios
Project Manager

January 2014 - June 2014

The Bakery Interactive
Production Manager

October 2013 - January 2014

Chaotic Moon Studios
Project Manager

November 2012 - August 2013

Zynga
Producer, QA Lead

August 2011 - September 2012
October 2010 - Feburary2011

Junction Point Studios
Quality Assurance (contract)

October 2010

Trion World Network, Inc,
Assistant Community Manager, Test Team Coordinator, Quality assurance

June 2008 - August 2009

Aspyr Media
Product Analyst (Contract)

April 2008 - June 2008

Midway Games
Quality Assurance (contract)

September 2007 - February 2008

 
 

Knowledge

 
 
 

Skills

 
 
 

Ability

 
 
 

Recreation

Technology for convenience
Audiobooks
Podcast
Hiking
Charity Events
Dogs
RPG Video Games
Art
Tattoos & Piercings
Interior Design
Crafting
Remodeling/DIY
Gardening/Landscaping
Cooking/Baking

Personal Background

Dallas born and Austin raised. I grew up with two strong passions animals and video games. Video games were and still are a family thing. I play ESO with my mother today. My boyfriend and I have 5 dogs (Hoshi, Akira, Zoey, Ludo, and Freya), 4 of those are mine. Some friends call me a crazy dog lady, but I 'm okay with that.  I also like to volunteer my skills and services to community organizations and events. I help organize and plan events with the Austin Facial Hair Club. Our club has over 70 active members who volunteer or compete in competitive facial hair competitions to raise money for charity and help build a community of acceptance and tolerance. We have many walks of life that contribute to making it successful. I recently helped get branding and a website up and running for a new non-profit for bully breed type dogs, Bully Ranch.  

 
 


Certifications

CSM, Certified Scrum Master

 

Volunteer

Austin Facial Hair club
Beard Team USA

 

Education

Cedar Park High School

Diversified Agricultural Studies
Graduated May 2004

Contact

Email: jives@jivesturkey.com
Phone: 512 300 6704
Address: 7903 Whitsun Drive Austin,TX

 

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