About

Formed in January, 2005, Agile Places is an independent LLC supplying on-demand systems development and deployment services uniquely tailored to your technical initiatives. You supply the requirements, the time-frame, and the budget. I supply a broad array of world-class services - ranging from project management consulting to dedicated software product development teams. I consult to Program Management, Project Management, Knowledge Management, and IT Infrastructure teams to deliver world-class results. Who I AmDonald Case: A hands-on leader with over 20 years consulting to development operations teams. Enabling high-performance geographically distributed teams is my core competence. What I do: Orchestrate globally distributed stakeholders, platforms and knowledge to deliver "must-do" results in break-through markets. How I work: I consult to leaders to leverage best-practice methods and technologies to fulfill highly visible software and systems initiatives. I facilitate solution development, and motivate change in the context of a going-forward framework for action. My background: I am a veteran with NearSourcing and Offshore programs. I bring deep domain knowledge of optimal development processes uniquely tailored for the project life-cycle, methodology, quality assurance, configuration and release management. I am known for aligning with short and long term business objectives, providing responsive leadership, based on proven best practices and front line experience. I have a reputation for delivering on-time results, gleaned from my background in Engineering, SQA and Program Management, maximizing your team's sustainable competitive advantage in this increasingly flat playing field. Domain experience includes:
  • Initiatives: Macys.com's NearSource Service Desk, Macys.com's Integrated Data Management (IDM) v1 Marketing Analytics, BizCare, Inc. (startup), Cisco's™ Smart Care Service v1 | EMC/Documentum's™ WebTop v1, AppConnector v1, Web Publisher v2 | Intuit's™ QuickBooks v1
  • Program responsibility for over 15 globally distributed cross-functional development teams; simultaneously releasing portfolios of 50+ software products, in 500+ configurations and seven different languages every 4-18 months to over over 4.5 million active seats
  • Won "Best Practice" recognition; established centralized enterprise software development project operating platform, maximizing productivity and minimizing risk on 50+ products
  • Designed and deployed a real-time project-portfolio metrics system; delivered critical project progress dashboards to globally distributed teams; set companywide benchmark
  • Revamped core software development processes; led automated testing initiatives, saving $300K / release
  • Delivered $1.3+ million ROI in 2 years; tailored unique collaborative project development environments for 3 global business units
  • Propelled 2 high-tech startups to reach profitability with up to $4 million revenue and 25 employees
  • Piloted development/QA of industry-leading solutions including QuickBooks 1.0 and Harvard Graphics applications

Take the test

  1. Is your IT charter over-booked with must-do projects?
  2. Are you considering starting a Program Management Office?
  3. Are you looking for a reliable offshore team to handle sustaining software engineering?
  4. Are you chartered with a must-do software-systems development project?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, contact me for a high-level project assessment.