PUTTING THE AGILE IN ALL-STAR
We all know someone who wakes up very slowly, right? Brian is not that type of guy. “Agility is my middle name. I am up at 5 a.m. making quick decisions; one being whether to drive my car or ride my motorcycle to Freddie Mac. My commute takes about an hour and a half, but it’s great. When I ride, it’s just me, my Harley, the morning air and the open road. I’m able to just focus on navigating the road ahead of me.“
In seventh grade, Brian attended the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, a program that introduces preteens to the service mindset of the U.S. Air Force. In high school, he joined the Air Force JROTC and upon enlistment, Brian graduated from basic training in two weeks. His U.S. Air Force career landed him in California, where he supported aircraft electronics until earning his undergraduate degree.
“We observed enemy movements, strategic positions, surplus and war reserve stocks. To collect this critical intelligence, our technological capabilities had to always be in top shape. That was my job. I knew the lives of many U.S. servicemen and women depended on the strength of accurate data.“
Today, Brian is a business process manager on the Freddie Mac Multifamily Strategic Transformation team. Last fall, he was selected to become the product owner for one of Freddie Mac’s pioneer Modern Delivery teams. With Modern Delivery’s approach, small, cross-discipline teams are co-located to easily confer on ideas.
“When I joined the Strategic Transformation, I quickly realized the value of the Agile approach. Engaging our customers and stakeholders early in the development process, producing iterative product capabilities based on their feedback and testing in partnership with them empowers the teams to deliver high quality products that increase customer satisfaction, as well as reduce the risk of building the wrong thing or finding out after the fact. Conducting biweekly product reviews with our stakeholders also increases transparency and helps ensure that our builds are aligned to business benefits.“
Brian has found this work to be exciting and challenging because it requires him to be agile, like most everything else in his life. It rolls together his interests in technology, mentoring people and helping Freddie Mac develop great products for the business.
“Being of service, whether it’s the U.S. Air Force or Freddie Mac, is central to how I live,“ says Brian, who comes from a military background. Nine of his family members are veterans, and one nephew is currently enrolled in the U.S. Air Force Academy.
“My family members regularly hear me say that someday you’ll realize that one of your greatest strengths is your ability to adapt. Stay open; try new things. You will grow and learn something from each adventure that you take.“
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