Todd Holden


Scrum Master (Product Services), TN Department of Transportation

Location: Nashville, TN


Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Nashville Agile User Group


My name is Todd Holden.

Long time IT professional with background in testing, business analysis, process definition and technical team leadership who participated in perhaps one too many "death march" projects and watched folks scratching their heads and wondering why things fell short of customer expectations or fell apart altogether and left team repeating the same approach again (and see the same results) or companies pointing fingers based on change or the unknown complexities of a business or just shifting business value.

Never being one who wants to remain in a constant state of professionla pain, I actively sought a better way to work and happened upon the Agile manifesto (as I had followed a lot of Brian Marick's work as a test automation engineer and several of the other adopters as I was always interested in value driven approaches). This lead me to exploration of scrum as a framework and once I read the agile manifesto and then the scrum framework, I was hooked! I became the local scrum evangelist within my company! ;)

Always strive to extend myself to learn new things, grow new skills and embrace the "inspection, adjustment and adaptation" concept as it applies to not only how I work with teams and but the value I can provide to organizations and teams.

My favorite quote is from Einstein: "Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results".

I believe that conversation coupled with focus on value as a driving factor combined with a trust in smart teams inspired to do great things can lead to amazing outcomes. I personally strive to be involved in these sorts of teams.

Work experience

Department of Transportation, Scrum Master\Agile Evangelist
March 2011 - Present, Nashville, Tennessee, US
I performed initially as a scrum master for a pilot team at TDOT. I was asked to perform as scrum master for a later team and obtained my CSM, CSPO and my PSM I certifications (as I wanted to firmly understand the role to guide others). As a result, the department I am a part of have begun an organizational transformation to scrum and support of collaborative team space and have become one of the leading advocates for utilization of scrum for product delivery within Tennessee state government. I have performed directly as a scrum master for several scrum teams over the past few years as well as directly mentored several product owners regarding their role, product visioning and planning and helped team members consistently improve. I have also worked with operational units to look at how they can apply scrum or other lean principles (such as a Kanban pull system)to their daily work.