Elizabeth Raley

Director of Professional Services
Los Angeles, CA

About Elizabeth Raley

Elizabeth Raley joined CivicActions in 2010 as an Agile Project Manager and Quality Assurance guru and became Director of Professional Services in 2014. She excels at bringing balance, facilitating change, encouraging growth, and empowering people.

Elizabeth uses her Agile coaching and people skills to keep CivicActions’ team members present and productive, and her project management skills to help keep projects running transparently and smoothly. As the PM on a collaboration platform project for a large federal agency, she has led a team of 10+ engineers and user experience professionals through countless successful releases. Other projects that have benefited from Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and attention to quality include 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.

Elizabeth is also on the steering committee of Agile Government Leadership (AGL), which is a community-powered network of agile professionals working to bring an iterative, user-focused approach to government project management. There she works with other members of the committee organizing and strategizing, creating course content and reaching out to other leaders in the agile community to participate and share their knowledge in order to propagate agile in government.

Prior to working at CivicActions, Elizabeth spent five years at the software company Casting Networks as Director of Project Management. There she helped form the PM and QA group along with introducing and implementing Agile methodologies.

Speaking about Agile is always of interest to Elizabeth and she has been fortunate enough to do so at the California Technology Forum 2016, FedScoop’s Lowering the Cost of Government w/ IT Summit 2016, Drupal GladCamp 2014, the Community Media Drupal Summit 2012, and Drupalcon Chicago 2011. She also moderates a monthly webinar, AGL Live.

Elizabeth earned her BFA at Wayne State University and is also a certified ScrumMaster. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time practicing yoga, reading the funnier side of the internet or hanging out with her favorite people: her family.

Speaking

  • 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- Present, 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|