Journey from Scrum Master to Program Portfolio Manager

Have you noticed the increased demand for program portfolio management talent? Companies now need to achieve agility beyond just scrum teams.

Recently we had an engaging virtual chat with Susan Rainsbarger (Scrum Master and IT Portfolio Manager at RUAN) and Mauro Martins (Sr. Program and Portfolio Manager at Basecone) to discuss their journey from scrum masters to program portfolio leaders, and how dragonboat and responsive PPM helped propel their organizations.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Scrum masters naturally progress to portfolio managers 
  • Top five areas to focus on to be a successful portfolio manager
  • Taking an agile approach to make process / culture changes 
  • Managing unplanned work and what-if/ trade off discussions
  • Using visuals and data from dragonboat to help expose hidden issues and drive difficult yet valuable discussions
  • The positive impact and rewards of being a Portfolio Manager

To learn more, access the full recording.

Our guests

Mauro has spent 10+ years in tech, went from a Front-End Developer to team leader at Rocket Internet; to a Delivery Manager at Betfair. Over the last four years, Mauro worked at Feedzai as Delivery Manager/ Scrum Master and grew into Director of TPM to drive portfolio visibility, alignment, and efficiency across its 150+ Product organization. Mauro is now a Senior Program and Portfolio Manager at Basecone, a leading Tax and Accounting business in Europe. Mauro has been using dragonboat at both Feedzai and Basecone to lead portfolio management across products and teams.

Susan is currently a Scrum Master and IT Portfolio Manager for Ruan Transportation. With over ten years of industry experience, she is an expert in the implementation and utilization of agile practices, defining scope, budget, resource management and process improvements. Susan joined Ruan as a Scrum Master and has expanded her role to lead Portfolio Management for their entire IT Department.

Special thank you to Mauro and Susan for sharing your journey with the community!

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Becky Flint

Becky Flint

Becky is a product and tech executive based in the Silicon Valley. She has built and scaled product and engineering teams globally for both startups and Fortune 500 companies. Currently Becky is the founder and CEO of dragonboat with a mission to empower responsive leaders and their teams to build better product fasters. Prior to founding dragonboat, Becky has held executive roles at Feedzai, Bigcommerce, Tinyprints/ Shutterfly, and PayPal.

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