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Christine Thompson



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster



Christine Thompson is a Scrum Alliance-certified Scrum Master with 16 years experience in commercial software engineering, using Agile techniques including DSDM, XP, Scrum and KanBan. Christine has 6 years recent experience as a Scrum Master, both in implementing Scrum from scratch and in developing teams who are already following the approach. She currently works as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach in role which requires her to be both a hands-on servant leader for her Scrum teams as well as an evangelist for Scrum within the organisation, driving forward agility from both the bottom-up and the top-down.

Work experience

Alfresco Software, Scrum Master & Agile Coach
January 2015 - Present, Maidenhead, GB
Scrum Master for two Engineering teams and Agile Coach within the Engineering organisation. As well as my responsibilities to support and facilitate my teams, on a day-to-day basis, I am also tasked with proactively looking for improvements to our Agile processes within the Engineering Department and wider organisation, working with the management team and individual teams to put in place the desired changes.

Cisco Systems Ltd, Engineering Manager
October 2004 - November 2014, Staines, GB
Key participant in the introduction of Scrum into the Engineering Group. Scrum Master for two teams of up to 10 software and test engineers, working closely with the Product Owner and stakeholders to develop Video on Demand solutions for a number of large broadcast and telecoms customers.

Articles I've written

What's in a Name?
Without a working knowledge of Scrum, I could see how it might be easy to misunderstand the role of someone with the ScrumMaster title.

Scrum Chums: The Product Owner and Scrum Master Partnership
The ScrumMaster and product owner need a solid, supportive relationship and a united intent for the team. How do they achieve this?

3 Skills for an ACE ScrumMaster
A key role for the ScrumMaster is the pastoral care of the members of the team. As a ScrumMaster, I must unconditionally support my team members. Here is what I believe this does, and does not, mean.

Building Trust Safely at Work
Trust is a behavior central to Agile teams. Individuals need to be able to rely on each other completely for the successful working of the team. But what is the downside of trust, and how do we protect ourselves from the inherent vulnerability it causes?


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