AIM Leadership Academy
Selected to participate in the AIM IT Leadership Academy for the 2018 to 2019 year. Graduated May 2019. AIM IT Leadership Academy (AITLA) is an annual management course for IT professionals. The Academy’s goal is to help IT managers develop and enhance their leadership skills to more fully leverage the talents and contributions of the local IT workforce. Selection for participation is based on leadership potential, motivation, and the ability to identify and meet technical challenges in the candidate’s current organization.
I am a technical leader who has a passion for developing people’s skills. In my experience as Lead Application Developer, Interim Team Leader, or Cross-Functional Team Leader, my focus has been on operational excellence, coaching, and collaborating with various team mates to create innovative solutions.
The majority of my professional career has been in software development, providing specific technical guidance and leadership. I was on the first team at Farm Credit Services to use an agile methodology for software development; I helped champion practices such as continuous integration, test-driven development, cross team collaboration, and service-level testing. I was also a founding member of Mobile Development at Farm Credit Services of America. I am still currently part of the mobile development team, where the focus is on the iOS, Android, and responsive platforms.
I took the initiative to develop and discover my personal leadership brand by taking an internal self-guided leadership program, successfully completing the program objectives, which were understanding functional leadership within the associations while showcasing my interest and potential as a future leader.
Lead Application Developer
Farm Credit Services of America
August 2014 – Present
Lead Application Developer on the mobile development team, where the focus is on the iOS, Android and responsive platforms. Led team through various agile software development methodologies with continuous integration and delivery. Lead facilitator during process discussions regarding architecture, integration enhancements, user experience, platform stability, and quality improvements to prepare our systems for digitizing the customer experience. Collaborated with Product Managers to assess feature ROI (Return On Investment) including time to market and the product roadmap using agile processes.
Farm Credit Services of America
May 2000 – August 2014
Member of the first team at Farm Credit Services to implement the transformation to using an agile methodology for software development, helped champion practices such as continuous integration, test-driven development and service-level testing. Developed extensive domain knowledge and expertise by working on various internal financial systems built on various internal and external platforms.
Interim Team Director
Lead the process of expanding Applications Development’s internal leadership Program. This involved leading a team of interns and full-time employees in a software development project. Championed a creative and experiential interview process for candidate selection. Provided leadership to the Intern Team on the day-to-day operations, project management, and project resources.
Interim Team Leader
Team Leader of the 2015 & 2016 Intern Teams, a continuation of the Team Director role. I led a team-oriented and leadership-focused environment, encouraging employee development through formal reviews and feedback sessions as well as defined training plans.
In 2015 championed an innovative idea of adapting Business Intelligence data into a responsive web application. This idea was responsible for future mobile or responsive technologies, products, and solutions
In 2016 I helped create a product that had not previously been considered possible in terms of practicality and time. Used an emerging technology to prove the concept and delivered a working system. Provided budgeting, project transparency, and created a vibrant team culture.
AgDirect: The mobile application includes features such as the ability to authenticate, calculate finance and lease payments, compare options side by side, and text or email the information before deleting.
FCSAmerica: The mobile application includes features such as the ability to authenticate, view account details with transactions, and remotely deposit a check.
- Xcode Objective-C / Swift
- Android Studio Java / Kotlin
- API Gateway
- OAuth 2.0
- Visual Studio 2019 Web API C#
- SQL Server Studio 2016
Internal iOS & Android: Internal geographic information system (GIS) sales enablement application for internal employees. Provided a location based native mobile application with actionable data while in the field to facilitate prospecting and sales. Features of the app are: Display customers, prospects on leads in a graphical map format, identifying potential sales call planning and providing land ownership information to assist in sales planning.
- Esri ArgGIS
- Xcode Swift
- Android Kotlin
- API Gateway
- OAuth 2.0
- Visual Studio 2017 Web API C#
- SQL Server Studio 2016
Agripoint: Combines Account Access with customized market and weather information, plus tools to create balance sheets, cash flows, and what-if scenarios, plus grain marketing and risk management plans to help the customer optimize their business.
- Visual Studio 2017 / Web Storm / Visual Studio Code
- Web API C#
- Sever Studio 2016 SQL
- OAuth 2.0
Cross Functional Teams
I have a proven ability to collaborate, negotiate, and influence effectively across business teams working with various levels of leadership.
Internal Innovation Competition
Provided Technical and Project leadership to both winning teams for the 2016 and 2018 Internally hosted Innovation Events.
- Focused on each team member’s skills and strengths
- Focused on emerging technology and enhancing the customer experience
- Used analytics to make decisions for risk reduction
- Demonstrated viable methods of setting our product apart in the market
Member of cross-functional team looking at how Open Banking could disrupt business by being adopted in the United States. Provided technical expertise on what Open APIs would mean for the company. Gave recommendations and presentation to entire company for open data versus private data to company.
Led a team building blockchain-based applications during the 2018 “Blockchain Hackathon” event. The team built the application using the concept of individual recognition – i.e. you can award someone recognition tokens when you feel they have gone “above and beyond”, which can then be “spent” on physical items. (e.g. gift cards, candy bars, etc.) We also integrated the concept of team goals wherein multiple teammates can pool their tokens for larger, team/company-oriented awards. (e.g. picnic, etc.)
2010 to present
Promoted Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit as the employers of choice by participating in career fairs and student events, as well as other campus activities. I have built a positive relationship with the University of Nebraska at Omaha career services to promote talent recruitment and engagement.
Created on-premise recruiting events to build relationships with college students and staff, and promote the company as a premiere place to work.
- Technology Works Here
- Innovation Works Here
Employee Activity Committee
- Member of the 2014 & 2015 Cross Functional Employee Activity Committee. Helped champion activities for employees, as well as help with community activities and fundraisers.
- Employee Halloween Party
- Talent Competition
- Intern Program
Speaking Engagements and Descriptions
ISQA 8210 Managing Software Development Fall 2017
December 1, 2017
Volunteered as a “Product Owner” to the University of Nebraska-Omaha ISQA 8210 Software Management class. The major responsibility was to work hand-in-hand with project groups of 4 to 5 students. Attended project demos, gave feedback, and was engaged with the students to ensure their success.
ISQA 8210 Managing Software Development
December 6, 2016
Talked to graduate-level Project Management about Agile practices that are unique to my team at FCSAmerica.
ISQA 8210 Managing Software Development
Software Quality, What Does That Mean?
Management Information Systems Student Organization October 21, 2016
“Anthony’s talk is titled “Software Quality, What Does That Mean?” Both in education and in professional software development, we are often told that quality is a key component of software. But what does that actually mean? Does quality mean better, more reliable software? When you create software, how do you know you have done enough to ensure quality? How do you get done with Quality? How do you meet the goal of quality? In this lively MISSO Session, Anthony will start the discussion with these questions. He will then share why quality matters, its importance, and the steps to get there.”
Customers, UX and the Development Process
Heartland Developers Conference September 11, 2015
“What problem are we trying to solve for our customers? How do I include UX in my development process? How do we know if our design efforts are on the right track to satisfy the user experience? Finding the answers to these questions doesn’t need to be scary; your users want to tell you everything you need to know to be successful. Tamara Sutton, UX Designer, & Anthony Carlson, Lead Developer, explain how to build UX processes into your development lifecycle. Learn real world examples on how to effectively engage your customers and development team with UX basics, when to apply them and how to plan for them.”
ARE YOU THE BUS FACTOR?
Building Upon Existing Infrastructure for Mobile Applications
Building on Existing Infrastructure for Mobile Applications
AGILE DEV, BETTER SOFTWARE & DEVOPS CONFERENCE WEST 2015 June 2015
“In 2013 Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) wanted to enter the mobile application arena so their customers could manage their FCSAmerica lending accounts. Anthony Carlson explains that in the previous thirteen years, FCSAmerica had built an SOA infrastructure for internal applications, including services for customer authentication, lending accounts, and remote check depositing. However, mobility had not been considered when the services were created, and these services were internally protected by a firewall inside their DMZ. If your company has concerns of exposing services to a mobile app, yet wants to reuse what already exists in the enterprise, then the concept of designing services through an API Gateway may be your answer. API Gateways are part of an API Management solution to deal with issues of integration and security. Anthony shares the benefits, challenges, and results of designing a system with an API Management solution to expose services to a mobile application.”
Enterprise Mobility Testing Strategies
Unicom Next Generation Testing September 17, 2015
“What should we be testing in Mobile Applications? There are trade-offs regarding the mix of different techniques and methods that will be used in mobile app testing. Each testing method you consider will have pros and cons. More than likely there is not a single testing methodology that is completely satisfying. In this session, lead developer Anthony Carlson, will guide you through FCSAmerica development team’s Enterprise mobility testing strategy. The strategy combines different levels of testing, techniques and tools used throughout development to realize the team’s goal of quality software, as well as a great mobile experience to their customers.”
Mobile Development at Farm Credit Services of America
Management Information Systems Student Organization November 14, 2014
“In this meeting, Anthony Carlson will show you how Farm Credit Services of America used its existing
infrastructure to create software that users want. It just happens, right now, the software users want a mobile application.”
From Visual Studio to Android Studio
Omaha Mobile Group October 2, 2013
“Our speaker this month is Anthony Carlson, an Applications Developer at Farm Credit Services of America. He’s going to try a Lean Coffee (www.leanCoffee.org) approach to his presentation “From Visual Studio to Android Studio.”
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Computer Science, 2002 – 2009
Peru State College
Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Mathematics and Computer Science, 1995 – 2000
Activities and Societies: 1997 NAIA Academic All-American
MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer
Microsoft License a681-1681 February 2009
2005 to Present
I am a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) under Rodrigo Vaghi and a Black Belt in Judo under Sensei Mike Penny. I have been of the most active and decorated BJJ competitors in the Midwest, having medaled at both the Pan Ams and World Games, as well as various NAGA, IBJJF, and Grapplers Quest events. I am an instructor at Mid America Martial Arts.