I'm a father, project manager and problem solver living in the absurd city of San Francisco. My trajectory has taken me from developer to project manager and back again a multitude of times. My greatest successes emerge when solving complex problems and leading teams to create amazing things. If I'm surrounded by inspired and funny people who are passionate about solving problems, I'm a happy camper.
February 2015 - Present
At Sungevity, I am currently the Scrum Master for 3 cross functional teams, and Agile Coach for 2 additional teams. Along with ensuring the teams are high performing and unblocked, I work closely with the business and product managers, coaching them in creating INVEST epics and user stories. I also lead and oversaw the migration of many disparate systems to the Atlassian suite (Jira/Confluence/Hipchat), improving transparency and productivity throughout the organization.
Management: Scrum, Kanban, Process Improvement
Technologies: Scala, Angular, Salesforce, Jira, Confluence, Lucidchart, Jenkins, Git, AWS
2013 - 2015
At Sony Mobile, I managed projects involving the launch of Sony Xperia phones into the US market. I worked seamlesslywith everyone from clients, to upper management to developers, and coordinated teams in Sweden, China, Japan, and the US to align hardware release schedules, regulatory compliance, internal stakeholders, and customer expectations.
Management: Agile, Waterfall, Kanban, Distributed Teams
Technologies: Mobile Phones, Android, Java, Wiki, Jenkins, MS Office/Project, Rational ClearQuest, SharePoint
2012 - 2013
As an Agile Project Manager, I was responsible for building, mentoring, and leading multiple cross-functional Scrum teams in a client services environment. Once Scrum Master certified, I lead the pilot of Scrum, along with Jira/Confluence, eventually implementing it for all development teams.
Management: Scrum, Client Services, Process Improvement
Personally, I’ve never heard a single team member (besides the scrum master or manager) say that the burndown helps them in delivering features. That alone, to me means that in general the sprint burndown fails the smell test.Scrum, Burndown, Artifacts
The trap that people (including myself) often fall into is trying to use the newest gadgets and most expensive tools to solve a problem. Sometimes being clever for the sake of being clever creates more problems than it solves.Process, Agile
Do you hate being asked to talk to people about issues that come up at work? Does your boss sometimes just come by your desk… and ask you questions? Well never fear! PowerPoint is your savior.Sarcasm
The only thing worse than failure, is not being allowed to fail. If someone isn’t allowed to fail, they can’t learn, they don’t get better, and ultimately, the good ones just leave.Leadership
I had the great pleasure of having Mark on our team at General Things. He undertook a number of important initiatives, including a pilot program to adopt scrum. He also was instrumental in us adopting JIRA, and both of those projects were key to our future success. At the same time, he was loved and respected by his team - was always looking out for them and ensuring they got the support they needed. He was a fantastic addition to our team on account of his professionalism, hard work, and his sense of humor.Jonathan T. - General Things Inc.
Mark brings a great deal of technical and agile experience to the table wherever he works, and both played a significant part in my respecting him deeply as a manager. But more than that, he has a remarkable sense of humor and attitude which made him a pleasure to work with and made a significant contribution to the General Things culture. Can't recommend him enough.Jeff S. - General Things Inc.
Mark is an extremely capable technical project manager. His technical and communication skills are top-notch. Mark introduced and championed the scrum process in our company when there were only 15 employees or so and we are now 50 employees strong. Moving to scrum no doubt played a huge role in the company's ability to scale quickly. Mark has always been a pleasure to work with. His passion for Agile is infectious and I would recommend him for any position in a heartbeat.Melissa B. - General Things Inc.
As past president of Watts Radiant I hired Mark Rushton and found his performance to be outstanding in every respect. Mark has a rare talent for managing people, interacting with customers, and outstanding technical abilities. Mark was also a pleasure to work with. and always had a personable manner about him, while always performing above expectations. He was steadily promoted, and excelled in all positions he filled under my direction. I recommend him without reservationMike C. - Watts Radiant
Mark has a lot of great qualities and strengths. Of those, the one I have valued the most over the years is his ability to look objectively at a problem or situation and offer honest, direct, workable solutions. His ability to integrate a wide range of resources is key to finding solutions to unusual problems. In addition, his loyalty to the people he works with is unmatched. He has been an incredible manager and mentor to his team over the years. A trait few posses these days. Logistics and strategy are Mark's strengths. His participation in lean manufacturing and Kaizen events have proven invaluable to the overall improvement process. In short, Mark is a great employee who possess great potential. He is a self starter, requires zero oversight, and is generally one step ahead of everyone around him.Kolyn M. - Watts Radiant