Stephen P Berczuk

40 Teel St

Arlington, MA 02474-5513 Twitter: @sberczuk LinkedIn:steveberczuk

Phone: 617 699 0208 Email:

A hands-on, collaborative technical leader with a track record of delivering products and building teams. Expert in agile software development processes and technical methods who can contribute to a team as a developer, process coach, or manager. Author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration. Contributor at, Certified Scrum Master. Demonstrated ability to help improve teams’ delivery, understand and improve legacy code and to become proficient at new technologies quickly.


OUTFRONT Media (Boston MA) Principal Software Engineer Sep 2018 - Present

Out of Home Advertising, Digital and Transit

Develop tools and software for ONSmart digital advertising platform for transit.

Tetrascience (Boston MA) Senior Software Engineer March 2018 - July 2018

Data Integration for Labs startup.

Developed code for informatics platform, deployed on AWS, in NodeJS. Introduced a Scrum process that enabled my team be more productive and meet a deadline (April 2018). Developed data pipeline service.

Laid off due to Company Financial Situation

Fitbit (Boston MA) Principal/Staff Software Engineer Jul 2013-March 2018

Helped to form the Boston office of Fitbit, as the first developer and technical lead for the Commerce team, and have served in other roles as needed to help improve the effectiveness of the Boston office. Also served as agile coach (technical and process), and give training classes. Developed code using Java, Spring, and MySQL, Python and Groovy. Worked on developing and improving build, deployment and developer testing processes. (Gradle, Jenkins, Puppet, Aurora).

Roles included:

Senior contributor for the eCommerce and Customer Support Feature Team (9/17-3/18) Work across teams to address architectural and process challenges and delivering code.

Manager, Software Test Engineering Team (12/15 -7/17) Responsible for supporting teams efforts to better test applications and services by testing, training, and developing frameworks, and working with builds and operations and infrastructure. Responsible for hiring.

Backend Lead, Community Application POC (9/15-12/15). Bootstrapped a new application as part of a small team using Java, Spring Boot.

Agile Coach, Analytics Infrastructure Team (7/15-9/15). Worked with team and stakeholders to improve delivery until we hired a dedicated Scrum Master.

Developer + Engineering Manager (4/15-7/15). Commerce Developer, mentored new tech lead, and managed 4 engineers on various teams.

Technical Lead, eCommerce Team (7/13-4/15). Java(Spring) web and batch applications for fulfillment, payments, and customer support tools. Developed payment processor framework to support domestic and international stores, and technical point of contact for all store development. Also established Scrum process for teams in Boston.

Humedica (Boston MA) Engineer Nov 2008 – Jul 2013

Healthcare Analytics Startup

Software Developer for data pipeline services, Scrum Master, Supported repository and release management, and automated testing processes. I was one of the first 15 employees, and one of the first 6 members of the engineering team. Primary developer for Electronic Health Records ingestion system (Java, Spring Batch) and Data Quality Portal application (Groovy, Grails, JavaScript) Developer for Analytics Application (Flex, Java, Maven).

Cyrus Innovation (Boston MA) Technical Lead, Scrum Master Jan 2008 – Sep 2008

Technical Lead for the Boston office of a New York City based agile (XP) consultancy. Coach team members, provide training in agile methods and SCM techniques to clients, develop code. Supported business development activities. Managed a team of 4 engineers at primary client, and supported other clients. Developed code in Java, J2EE, and Hibernate using XP Practices (Pair Programming, TDD, Continuous Integration).

Fast Search and Transfer (Needham, MA) Sr Software Engineer Jan 2006 – Aug 2007

Technical Lead and ScrumMaster for a search application development team for eCommerce applications built on the FAST platform. Java, J2EE. Managed a team of 4 engineers, serving as Coach and Mentor.

Developed application components in Java and provided support for customers and solutions team.

Developed build and release management system using Maven, Cruise Control and CVS.

Consulted with other application teams on applying Scrum and using Jira and Confluence effectively.

Boston R&D Operations were shut down.

Iron Mountain (Boston, MA) Sr Software Engineer Jun 2004 – Dec 2005

Developed software for a Digital Archives application, including automated build and deployment scripts. Improved Release and Configuration Management practices. Introduced Scrum. Scrum Master and automation evangelist.

Developer, Sustaining Team. Fixed software problems and wrote deployment and administration tools.

Technical Lead and Scrum Master for Digital Archives application (J2EE / Spring). Supported testing and build tools.

Technical Lead, Message Archiving Project (Java and Perl). Improved deployments with QA and ops.

Steve Berczuk & Associates (Consulting and Contract Work) Aug 2002-Jun 2004

Contract Developer, Perceptive Informatics (Waltham MA) February 2004 – June 2004: Member of a 3 person team developing a web application interface to configure the database for an IVR system for clinical trials in Java.

Consultant for Aliaswire, Inc. (Boston MA) August 2003 – February 2004 : Developed software, improved automated testing and managed projects for a bill presentment and payment system startup using Java, and VXML.

Independent Consulting August 2002 – August 2003: Wrote for an assortment of technical publications, short consulting engagements around build and release management, helped bootstrap Silverlink Communications.

Skyva International (Medford, MA) Developer Jun 2001-Aug 2002

Developed Java applications for business process modeling, and service management applications using Java & Oracle. Improved agile development. Wrote ANT scripts & supported the build and configuration management processes.

Laid off Aug 15, 2002. Skyva was acquired by ABB International in 2002.

iPhrase Technologies (Cambridge, MA) Principal Software Engineer Oct 2000-May 2001

Developed software and test tool in Python, Java, and C++ for a natural language web search engine. Introduced agile development. Supervised an engineer, planned releases, defined requirements, supported customer deployments. .

Laid off May 2001.

Verbind (Boston/Lexington, MA) Senior Software Engineer Jul 1999-Oct 2000

Developed software in C++ for a Customer Relationship Management System. Technical lead for audience selection and message delivery platform. Supervised 1 engineer. Improved agile process, including build, release and SCM.

Left in advance of a layoff and to pursue more challenging work. Verbind was acquired by SAS in 2002.

NetSuite Development Corporation (Concord, MA) Sr Software Engineer Oct 1998-Jul 1999

Developed Software in C++ and Visual Basic for an enterprise network design application. Led quality improvement process. Technical lead for new features team. Primary developer for the network design COM API.

Netsuite has since been acquired by Visionael Corp. (Somerville, MA) Sr Software Engineer Apr 1998-Sep 1998

Developed software in C++ for an internet travel reservation system running on Windows NT. Designed and developed interfaces to the customer reservation system and operations support tools in Perl and C++.

Laid off September 1998. Biztravel has since been acquired by Rosenbluth International.

Corechange, Inc (Boston, MA) Sr Software Engineer Jan 1997-Apr 1998

Developed software for a client-server organizational management application in C++ under Windows, using C++, DCOM and Win32 APIs. Assisted with test planning, requirements process, and mentoring junior staff.

Left in advance of a layoff. Corechange has since been acquired by Open Text.

Optimax Systems Inc (Cambridge, MA) Sr Software Engineer Feb1996-Dec 1996

Developed genetic algorithm based manufacturing scheduling applications ( Windows and Unix) using VBA, MS Access, C++ and a proprietary constraint language. Maintained and extended the scheduling toolkit. Project Manager and Developer for a vehicle paint scheduling application.

Once my client project was done I left to pursue work emphasizing programming in C++.

MIT Center for Space Research(Cambridge, MA) Software Tools Engineer Jun 1992-Jan 1996

Developed real-time data analysis and monitoring software (application and framework) in C++, TCL, and Perl (Unix) for the Rossi-XTE satellite. Developed the cross-site SCM system. Supervised students (graduate & undergraduate).

Eastman Kodak Boston Tech Center(Billerica, MA) Software Engineer May 1990-Feb 1992

Developed Photo CD photographic applications (user interface, application and framework, and image processing APIs) using C++, X11/Motif, on Unix. Technical liaison between Boston and Rochester development teams.

Laid off Feb 1992.

Systems Center, Inc. (Waltham, MA) Technical Support Rep Jan 1989-Apr 1990

Supported and tested DB2(MVS) management and optimization application. Supported pre-sales technical evaluations, resolved post-sales database design, optimization, and customization problems, wrote tools for customer and internal use. Trained support representatives in MA, VA, and UK offices.

Left to pursue work as a programmer.


Stanford University. Stanford, CA: Master of Science in Operations Research June 1988

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge MA: SB in Electrical Engineering Background June 1987


Graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. My professional interests include software patterns, team dynamics, and agile software development For more information: Presenter at various conferences and user groups.


I have a regular column on Techwell ( A complete list of publications is available at

Selected Books and Book Chapters

Berczuk, Stephen with Brad Appleton. Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration published by Addison-Wesley, November, 2002.

Berczuk, Stephen P. 1996. “Organizational Multiplexing: Patterns for Processing Satellite Telemetry with Distributed Teams.” In Pattern Languages of Program Design, ed. John Vlissides, James Coplien and Norm Kerth, 2. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Berczuk, Stephen P. 1995. “A Pattern for Separating Assembly and Processing.” In Pattern Languages of Program Design, ed. James Coplien and Douglas Schmidt, 1. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Selected Articles

Berczuk, Steve, “Feedback without Fear” Better Software magazine. May 2007

Berczuk, Steve, “Breaking with Tradition, Add an Agile Twist to your SCM Process” Better Software Magazine. Feb 2006.

Berczuk, Steve, “Pragmatic Software Configuration Management,” IEEE Software. March/April 2003.

Berczuk, Stephen P. 1997. Teamwork and Configuration Management. C++ Report 9, no. 7: 28 ff.

Berczuk, Stephen. 1994. “Finding Solutions through Pattern Languages.” IEEE Computer 27, no. 12 (Dec. 1994): 75-76.

Summary of Significant Experience

Job Dates Startup Process Development Management
OUTFRONT Media 2018-09- Present New SW Team Build and Deployment tooling. Distributed Team (Boston, NYC, Canada, Eastern Europe) NodeJS, Java, Dropwizard, AWS, Spinnaker, Jenkins, Kubernetes Team Lead (team of 5, multi site)
TetraScience 2018-03- 2018-07 Early Series A Hire Scrum Master, Build Tooling NodeJS, AWS
Fitbit 2013-07 - 2018-03 Started Boston Office Scrum Master, Agile Trainer, Build and Deployment Tooling, Initiated company Migration from ANT to Gradle. Distributed Team (Boston, San Francisco, Minsk) Java, Spring, JavaScript, Groovy, Python Tech Lead (team: 6), Manager (team: 5), On Tech Leadership Group
Humedica 2008-11 - 2013-07 Early Employee Scrum Master, Build and Deployment Tooling (Maven). Java,Javascript, Flex (Flat org)
Cyrus Innovation 2008-01 - 2008-09 First Lead in Boston Office Scrum Master, Consultant Java Managed Team of 4
FAST 2006-01 - 2007-08 New Product & Team Scrum Master, Distributed Team (Boston, Norway) Java Tech Lead, Mentor
Iron Mountain 2004-06 - 2005-12 New Project Team Scrum Master Java, Spring Team Lead, Team of 4
Skyva 2001-06- 2001-05 Startup Build and CM Java
iPhrase 2000-10 - 2001-05 Startup Test Automation Python Tech Lead, Team of 2
Verbind 1999-07- 2000-10 Startup Introduced Agile, TDD C++ Tech Lead, Team of 2
Netsuite (Networking) 1998-10 1999-07 Startup Quality and Process Improvement C++/WIndows Tech Lead, small team
Biztravel 1998-04 - 1998-09 Startup C++/WIndows Tech Lead ,Team of 2
CoreChange 1997-01 - 1998-04 Startup C++/Windows Mentor
Optimax 1996-02 - 1996-12 Startup Project Manager & Developer (Client Apps) C++, VBA/ Windows+Unix
MIT Center for Space Research 1992-06 - 1996-01 Build and CM, Iterative Development. Distributed Team (Cambridge, San Diego, Washington DC) C++. TCL, PERL Supervised Students
Eastman Kodak 1990-05 - 1992-02 New Product Initiative Technical Liaison between Boston and Rochester Teams C++/Unix
Systems Center 1998-01 - 1990-04 One of first 5 Eng/QA QA Engineer, Customer Support (Pre-Post Sales), Training. Distributed Team (Boston, VA) Internal Tools: MVS. DB2