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Paul Rasmussen

Paul Rasmussen

Paul wants to live in a world where he can golf every day of the year, he has an unlimited number of “Do Overs," and he hits every goal he sets for himself. As a project manager, one of Paul’s strengths lies in managing multi-faceted Agile projects. After tackling some tough ones, he’s learned a lot about which management styles do and don’t work in a given situation, when and how to ask the hard questions, and how to identify who can be counted on at critical junctures. Throughout the project cycle, he strives to give team members and clients more than what they expect. “When I can do that, it’s amazing to see the lasting business and personal relationships that are made.” Outside of work, you are likely to find Paul at the golf course, brewing up his own specialty beer, or whipping up something new and crazy for Saturday breakfast. The past few years he has spent an inordinate amount of time assembling toys for his kids. Paul grew up in Sparta, near LaCrosse WI. He graduated with a degree in Management Information Services from UW - Oshkosh. He and his wife Jody have two daughters (Maddison & Skylar) and a son (Dyllan).

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What does an Agile scrum master do? (And how can you get the most out of working with one.)

Agile Software Development Project Management

If your organization is getting started with an Agile software development project, you can expect to be working closely with an Agile scrum master. This person plays a very important role in the development process and will be both your right hand and your window into the work the Agile team is doing on your project. If this is your first Agile project, however, you might have some questions about what a scrum master is, and how you should be working with them.

Why does your Agile project need a project manager?

Software Agile Project Management

Your organization needs software built. You could invest in a team, complete with a project manager, or you could just hand the project over to a developer and have that developer create the software and report to you. After all, a project manager isn’t doing the coding. Why have them on the team at all?

5 things to look out for when implementing Agile for the first time

Agile Software Development Project Management

Agile adoption is at an all-time high. According to last year’s State of Agile report, 97 percent of participating organizations are running some kind of Agile development, while several reports indicate that Agile software development is now the norm. Agile may be increasingly popular, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to have an easy time implementing it in your company. Any change is often met with resistance — even changes that are good for your organization and projects.

How being a project manager improved (and is still improving) my communication skills

Project Management

A little background about myself first. I worked my way up through the ranks to become a project manager: intern, developer, senior developer, scrum master and currently project manager. From the start of my career, I always loved working with the business and trying to understand what the current challenge was and how IT could help make their job simpler, faster and have a more reliable outcome. As my communication skills improved and I learned that each client has different needs and expectations, I knew I wanted to become that “go to” person. You know, that guy that ties the client to the development team.

Should You Choose Agile or Waterfall Project Management? Watch Our Webinar

Agile Software Development Project Management

When you’re going into a software development project, you usually have two choices when it comes to managing the project. You can choose to manage the project using a traditional methodology like Waterfall, or you can choose to use Agile methodology.

How is 5G different than 4G? (And other big questions about the next gen of wireless)

Mobile Internet of Things News

You’ve read the news: 5G is coming in 2019. But what is it and what does that mean for your business? And how is it different from 4G, your current network standard? Because 5G is so new, there are plenty of questions about its capabilities and the timeline for its rollout. We’ve compiled some of those questions here.

7 Myths About Agile Methodology

Agile Project Management Waterfall

You may have heard a lot about Agile methodology but how well do you understand it? Do you think it’s organized chaos? Do you worry that all planning is thrown out the window, or conversely, that you’ll spend an entire software development project in meetings? If so, I have some bad news: you’ve been exposed to some myths about Agile.

7 Ways to Make the Introduction of New Technology Easier for Your Business

Implementation Change Management

Disruptive technology is a term that means ground-breaking or game-changing technology. But often when new technology is introduced to a business, it’s disruptive in a different sort of way. Management might balk at a new way of doing things. Employees may not want to use the new tech. Some people might even openly rebel against it and that’s a big problem if you’re investing in a big new solution that will improve the way your company does business.

Agile or Waterfall Software Development: Why You Don’t Need to Choose One or the Other

Agile Software Development Project Management Waterfall

Your organization is going into a big software development project. The development work you’re doing is crucial to your company’s mission. Maybe you’re doing mobile application development for your customers to use or maybe you’re developing custom software that will be used internally. Whatever your software development project is, you now have an important question to answer: How do you manage the development process? Do you use a traditional software development method like Waterfall or do you use Agile methodology?