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People Behind the Project: Angie Steffen

The People Behind Your Project – Angie Steffens

You told us you want to know more about the people behind your projects. You got it. This is the 17th profile in that series.

Angie Steffen

Scrum Master

How do you help clients?
My job is to help identify and remove anything that is getting in the way of the developers doing their work. By making it easier for them to work, the clients will get more value.

What led you to here?
I met Kate, Megan and Chris at EntreFEST a few years ago. They were all very friendly, kind, and welcoming. After learning more about scrum at my former job, Kate asked if I’d be willing to give it a go at Far Reach. How could I resist? 

Tell us about your background or training.
I am a certified elementary school teacher. I left teaching full time when I had children and have been subbing ever since. I also helped start a co-working space here last year. In addition to teaching I did bookwork for a small startup and individuals. I’ve gone through a certified scrum training and am a certified scrum master, although the best scrum training has been by being in it at Far Reach. 

What is your work mantra?
This too shall pass. When there are hard discussions or things that are difficult for the company I try to remember that we’re in it together and we’ll get through it—this too shall pass. 

I don’t know what I don’t know. Part of my job is to ask a lot of questions and get people talking.  If everyone assumes that we don’t know what we don’t know they’ll communicate more clearly about something that they need or different ways for us to approach work. 

What guides you?
Knowing that everyone at Far Reach is always doing their best to continue and get better. We’re a team.

What are you reading?
Getting Naked” by Patrick Lencioni. Kelly has me hooked on all of his books. I’m working through the list and loved “Death By Meeting”—a perfect book for a scrum master.

Who do you follow?
My kids mostly. But at work I like reading Seth Godin and anything from Mike Cohn.

What’s your favorite app?
Well, I use Facebook the most, but the most useful one is my calendar. If I don’t have it on there, I’ll totally forget about it. Ask my kids. I may or may not have forgotten them a few times. 

Where do you see the field going in 1–3 years?
Far Reach does great work and I can see the company continuing to grow. More and more companies are seeing the value in custom work versus off the shelf apps or websites. I see us really improving our processes so that the clients start seeing the value we provide and everyone else will see our fantastic work through the clients!