DEGREE: BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
MAJOR: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
MINORS: BUSINESS AND MATHEMATICS
COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON:
SURE Entrepreneurship Program
Per Scholas Data Engineering Fellowship
SCALED AGILE FRAMEWORK
SPC5: SAFe 5.0 Program Consultant
SA: SAFe 5.0 Agilist
SRT: SAFe Remote Trainer
CSM: Certified Scrum Master
CSPO: Certified Scrum Product Owner
Amber Branch, the “Agile Strategy and Efficiency Change Agent,” is an Electrical Engineer turned Agile Coach. She Is a native of Colorado, but relocated to Houston, Texas at the age of 11. After graduating from Hightower High School, in Missouri City, Texas, Amber relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth Area where she attended the University of North Texas.
During her collegiate years, Amber was an active member of the executive boards for National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Collaborative Actors Singers and Talents (CAST), and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She would go on to not only obtain her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, as one of the first Black females to graduate from the UNT EE department, but also had double minors in Business and Mathematics.
Upon graduation in 2014, Amber was one of only 12 students, and the only Black female, recruited to work for the Hitachi Consulting Corporation headquarters in Dallas, Tx. There, Amber started her career as a consultant in Agile/Scrum project management working with companies that include AT&T, Hormel and Orthofix.
Amber then moved to IBM, where she worked in software sales and identified nearly 3 million dollars in revenue within her first 9 months. Shortly after, Amber was presented with an opportunity to move back into Agile with CA Technologies – Rally. There she not only exceeded her sales goal by 181% but was also number 1 in her company for generating new business. With CA Technologies, Amber was able to move into coaching technology leaders on both the software and services needed to scale agile throughout their organization.
In 2017, Amber relocated back to Houston, where she was the Executive Director of her own company Ultimate Agile Experience, where is not only did agile coaching but also certified over 30 Scrum Masters through their training program. In 2019, Amber served as the Agile Coach for CPAP.com where she performed an agile transformation of 150 people. She also served as Scrum Master to a global Scrum Team where she improved project delivery velocity by 67% and decreased unplanned wok by 37%.
Currently, Amber serves as the Agile Coach and Sr. Scrum Master for Endurance International Group – Host Gator, where she leads 2 engineering teams while simultaneously empowering a scaled agile transformation for the Host Gator brand.
She holds certifications as a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, SAFe Agilist, and SAFe Program Consultant. Amber is also 2018 graduate of the U of H Sure Entrepreneurship Program, and a 2014 National Service Participant of AmeriCorps.
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