Elizabeth Raley

Director of Professional Services
Los Angeles, CA

About Elizabeth Raley

Elizabeth joined CivicActions in 2010 as an Agile Project Manager, leading teams of developers and designers through successful digital projects for nonproft and government clients. Her impeccable attention to quality and enthusiasm for human connection propelled her to become Director of Professional Services in 2014. In this role, she oversees hiring, business development, team leadership, client relationships, and thousands of small details per day — all while helping team members remain present and productive.

Elizabeth excels at facilitating change, encouraging growth, and empowering people. She brings an aura of confidence and balance to even the most complicated projects, inspiring her teams to problem-solve and collaborate until victory is achieved. She has served on a myriad of projects for CivicActions clients such as the Department of Defense, the City of Los Angeles, C2ES, Denver Public Library, EatFresh (San Francisco Human Services Agency), FosterClub, GlobalMDP Program (Columbia University), Netpop, and SACNAS.

As a certified ScrumMaster, Elizabeth is passionate about spreading the positive impact of agile project management in public sector organizations. She helped establish and expand Agile Government Leadership (AGL), a community powered network of agile professionals working to increase user-centered, iterative processes in government. She collaborates with the AGL working group to provide resources, arrange partnerships, host events, and facilitate conversation so agencies can be empowered to start using agile methods. Elizabeth has also moderated and spoken at a number of events across the country on the topic of agile government.

Before joining CivicActions, Elizabeth served as Director of Project Management for the software company Casting Networks, where she helped form the PM and QA groups, along with introducing and implementing agile methodologies.

Elizabeth holds a BFA from Wayne State University and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and young daughter. She appreciates the flexibility of working full time from home, hanging out with her kiddo during lunch breaks, and practicing yoga for mental balance and physical health. Elizabeth also enjoys reading the funnier side of the internet or getting outside with her family — being in California, this means the beach and the mountains.

Speaking

  • June 2017, Moderator for AgileGovCon 2017, virtual conference for agile in government
  • August 2016, “Agile Development", FedScoop's Lowering the Cost of Government w/ IT Summit
  • August 2016, “Examining California’s Agile Strategy", California Technology Forum
  • 2014 - 2016, Monthly moderator for "AGL Live"
  • March 2014, “EatFresh.org: An agile case study”, GLADCamp, Pasadena, CA
  • March 2012, “CivicActions on Scrum”, Community Media Drupal Summit, Austin, Texas
  • March 2011, “Lessons Learned from the Agile Process Applied”, Drupalcon, Chicago, IL

Posts

CivicActions Values Diversity

We're hiring at CivicActions. For the past few years we've been focused on bringing more diversity to our unique and talented company.

2017-03-31T06:19:53+00:00 Categories: Culture|

CivicActions’ Product Owner Self Assessment Survey

The success of every development project hinges on a strong product owner. At CivicActions, we use a simple assessment to give potential product owners an idea of what is required of them and help assess if they can do the job.

2017-03-31T06:19:57+00:00 Categories: Agile|Tags: |

Introducing Agile Government Leadership

CivicActions collaborated with federal, state and local government and private sector leaders to launch the Agile Government Leadership, a group to foster awareness, create and aggregate resources that will make it easier for those implementing agile development to access information and get support from their peers within the public sector.

2016-06-24T22:47:57+00:00 Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government|

Lifehacks for Focus and Mindfulness

On our all-hands scrum this week, we talked about some lifehacks that help us to be more mindful or help us with focus. Here are some highlights.

2017-03-31T06:19:58+00:00 Categories: Culture, How-To|

What Happens At A Sprint Planning Meeting?

  The Sprint Planning Meeting is the first meeting to kick off the sprint. It is attended by the ScrumMaster, Development Team and the Product Owner, along with interested and invited stakeholders. The meeting is time boxed to 8 hours, so it's important to gather first thing, usually on a [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:03+00:00 Categories: Agile, Project Management|

Why Choose Scrum

My first post in this series discussed the 3 Elements of Scrum and now I'd like to touch on why I chose Scrum. You can also read the series on how CivicActions implemented Scrum here.  Scrum is a buzz word among many Drupal shops and web companies. It may be considered [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:03+00:00 Categories: Agile, Project Management|

Creating the Product Backlog

My last article provided an overview and explanation of the Product Owner role within the Scrum Framework.  In this article I will discuss the Product Backlog.  The Product Owner is responsible for maintaining and prioritizing the Product Backlog, which can be a daunting responsibility, but she doesn't need to create [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:03+00:00 Categories: Agile, Project Management|

How To Be a Product Owner

In this next post in my series on using Scrum, I'll discuss some of the do's and don'ts of being a Product Owner (in the Scrum meaning of the words). Often the role of the Product Owner is new to the person who is taking it on. It does take [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:03+00:00 Categories: Agile, Project Management|

The 3 Elements of Scrum

Scrum is the framework that we use for the Agile process here at CivicActions. (Our experience transitioning to Scrum was interesting, and you can read about that in our Agile Applied blog series.)  In the spirit of following the roadmap that Scrum has laid out, this blog series will be [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:04+00:00 Categories: Agile, Project Management|