Cathy Simpson is a certified scrum trainer and agile coach, with a passion for transforming the world of work to be more productive, creative and fun.
Cathy combines a warm energetic style with insights learned in the trenches at companies ranging from large financial institutions to small start-ups. This enables her to effectively connect with individuals, teams and managers in order to facilitate transformation.
In her career, Cathy has worn a number of hats, including software developer, technology manager, scrum master, project and program manager, consultant, agile coach, scrum trainer and camp counselor.
Cathy Simpson started her career in New York developing software at an investment bank. Then she was bitten by the dotcom bug and worked for several startups in Silicon Alley. Each time she was part of a small, self-organizing team creating exciting new technology like the first video streaming website.
When the dotcom bubble burst, Cathy found herself a project manager on large waterfall projects doing status reports, updating ms-project plans and going to endless meetings. The high performing teams and collaborative working style she loved seemed to be gone. She became subversive, using the people-centered approaches from her dotcom days to make things happen and enable her teams to produce better products, despite the process.
Fast forward to 2009 when Cathy took the Certified Scrum Master workshop. The light bulb went on and she realized that there was language to describe her working style. It was called agile and scrum. Cathy became a scrum master and worked at Visa for several years before becoming an agile coach at the GAP. In 2014 she joined Agile Learning Labs as an agile coach and scrum trainer. Besides training people in scrum, Cathy is passionate about mentoring women and girls in STEM, training counselors at summer camp, and a good glass of red wine.