I am a Certified Scrum Trainer and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance. I enjoy working with the broader Scrum community and helping others learn and use Scrum. I introduced Scrum and agile to a very large company in 2004 and have spent the last several years training and coaching IT employees in the use of Scrum. I have also invested considerable time influencing the company culture and work environment to change to become more agile. I train Scrum as a consulting trainer to several organizations, too. I spend as much time as possible with my family (in the photo, my wife Maryann, and my daughters Lindsey - 10, Kristen - 8, and Amanda - 5) and occasionally spoil a good walk with golf, walk our dog, Penny, ride my recumbent bicycle or Eliptigo, travel for work and fun, and instruct scuba diving as a PADI instructor.
Braintrust Consulting Group, Senior Trainer and Agile Coach
July 2013 - Present, Birmingham, AL
Coach and train companies and their people in the effective use of Scrum and the nuances of an agile culture and work environment. Speak at user groups, conferences, and gatherings about Scrum, leadership, modern management paradigm, effective product development and product management principles and practices.
State Farm Insurance, Scrum Trainer and Coach
April 1992 - June 2013, Bloomington, IL 61704, United States
Joined the IT department in October 2001 after spending 20 years in the business side of insurance. In March 2003, became a project manager and in February 2004 introduced Scrum into the department in a single project. Helped grow the use of Scrum for the next 9+ years and worked on over 50 Scrum projects as a ScrumMaster, Dev Team member, or Coach. Spoke at conferences and Scrum Gatherings throughout the world about the use of Scrum at State Farm. Trained directly with Ken Schwaber to become a Certified Scrum Trainer and accepted his invitation to become a Scrum Alliance Director in March 2008. In September 2009, I assumed Chairmanship of the Scrum Alliance Board following Ken Schwaber's resignation. I remained in that position until September 2009, when Mike Cohn took over for me. I trained many classes - public and private - on my own time while with State Farm. I retired from State Farm on June 1 after 20.5 years of service.
Articles I've written
Leadership Reading List
Part of what makes a good leader great is a commitment to continuous improvement. These are the “must-reads” for every leader (or potential leader). What’s on your bookshelf?
What Can We Do About (Or Perhaps Better, For) Our Managers?
I owe the title of this piece to Alistair Cockburn, who several years ago wrote a favorite article of mine for Cutter IT Journal entitled “What Can We Do About Our Project Managers?”# I think it remains a relevant read today. In it, Al...