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Bob Schatz specializes in training, consulting, and coaching in the practice of successfully using agile project management techniques to transform organizations and improve the performance of their software development project teams. He is a long-time Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with the Scrum Alliance. He began his practice as a result of leading the first large agile transition at Primavera Systems in 2002. Since then he has helped many other companies do the same.
Bob has over 38 years of experience at every level of the organization. He was the VP and Chief Development Officer for Solstice Software, leading the development of one of the first SOA Automated Enterprise Integration Test tools on the market. Bob Schatz also served as the VP of Development for Primavera Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for leading the team that develops Primavera's software solutions for Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management. This is where the first large-scale agile success story was "written". Before joining Primavera, Bob spent 7 years at Liquent, Inc. leading the development of revolutionary publishing solutions targeted for the pharmaceutical market, and 12 years at GE Aerospace/Lockheed-Martin, where he held various technical and management positions for large-scale development projects for US government agencies and the Department of Defense. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Temple University, a Master's Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership degree from Thomas Jefferson University focused on the dynamics of Radical Transformational Change in organizations. His dissertation is available on the Links page.
Bob is an expert in successfully implementing agile development techniques such as Scrum, XP, and Kanban, and driving culture changes in organizations. He and his teams have been featured in a number of industry articles. Bob often speaks at industry events talking about the benefits and challenges of bringing agile practices into an organization. He has a strong passion for creating great products and motivated teams.
"My team at Primavera had the privilege to work with and experience the magic of working with Ken Schwaber and Bob Martin as we iteratively and incrementally molded the organizational change and helped other companies by setting a good example."