Cathy McGraw

Cathy McGraw
Cathy has 25+ years experience in Application Development as a software engineer, Director of Application Development, and Scaled Agile Coach. As her career progressed, Cathy recognized her passion to help people and organizations mature in their careers and agile journeys, and so for the last 10 years, she has been practicing and coaching agile. As a SAFe-certified SPC, POPM, and SDP (DevOps) professional, Cathy has helped multiple companies initiate and deploy their Agile and DevOps practices. She has worked in numerous industries, including manufacturing, logistics, insurance, software development, broadcasting, utilities and retail, where she has provided coaching and training for teams and executives. As a certified Enterprise Business Agility Strategist (EBAS), Cathy has been a driving force in strategic planning for multiple companies. Her background in Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence provides her the unique ability to evaluate an organization’s agile progress from different views and metrics, then tailor next steps based on findings. Cathy has both managed and coached teams across the globe, including in the US, Europe, and Asia. She holds a Computer Science degree from Central Michigan University and has her CPIM certification for manufacturing.

Recent Posts

Beyond Automation: How to Succeed with DevOps

Posted by Cathy McGraw on Feb 18, 2020 10:03:04 AM

We’ve heard the message of DevOps: Automate Everything.

Automate code testing. Automate workflows. Automate infrastructure. Create the no-touch deploy. Empower the application developer to deploy directly into production. Sounds simple enough, right?

As your organization begins its DevOps transformation, you may become preoccupied with automation, forgetting that there are other DevOps concepts to address in your environment. The Scaled Agile Framework® references CALMR (Culture, Automation, Lean Flow, Metrics, Risk & Recovery) to highlight the importance of more than automation in DevOps. In this article, we’ll address the other concepts to keep in mind while on the DevOps journey.

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Topics: SAFe®, Transformation, DevOps

5 Things to Know before Your First PI Planning

Posted by Cathy McGraw on Nov 19, 2019 11:32:16 AM

Your first Program Increment (PI) Planning event is on the calendar, and you feel ready to kick-off your first Agile Release Train. It’s time to align the teams on their work for the next three months. No pressure here—PI Planning is only the most pivotal, face-to-face event in the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe).

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching, Leadership, PI Planning