Carolyn Wendrowski and Scott Ceniza-Levine
Talk: An Agile Transformation Story
In 2012, The Rockefeller Foundation , a New York based private philanthropic foundation, started using the Agile Scrum framework as opposed to the traditional, waterfall approach to internal IT project development and execution. In this talk we will discuss the project opportunity and initial experiences piloting Scrum, and learn how Rockefeller developed its own “flavor” of Agile that has since been adapted to small and large IT projects involving foundation IT staff, program staff, and consultants. We will focus on our lessons learned from the initial pilot, and how we are experimenting with Scrum and Kanban to improve our processes in the IT department and within the organization.
Scott Ceniza-Levine is Chief Technology Officer at the Rockefeller Foundation, responsible for strategic direction and implementation of information and communications technology solutions across all Foundation offices. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1999, he was a manager at Accenture, implementing enterprise business systems to various organizations across industries such as pharmaceutical, retail and direct mail marketing.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University. He is active in the Technology Affinity Group (a group focused on promoting technology in philanthropy), and is a member in the network of Foundation Information Systems Managers.
Carolyn Wendrowski is Associate Director, Information Technology at the Rockefeller Foundation, responsible for applications development. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, she worked as a technical services and implementation manager and consultant for Perceptive Software, known for ImageNow document imaging and workflow software. Carolyn started her career as a software developer and has had deep exposure to a variety of technologies, most recently on the Microsoft platform. In 2012, she helped Rockefeller transform their approach to IT projects using Agile Scrum by leading Agile training and pilot projects.
Carolyn has a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver. She is PMP certified and a Microsoft Certified Professional in CRM. In addition to attending Agile NYC meetings and events, she is active in the Technology Affinity Group (a group focused on promoting technology in philanthropy), and is a member in the network of Foundation Information Systems Managers.