Dan Rawsthorne, PhD, PMP
Senior Scrum Consultant at 3Back, Scrum Management Consulting & Training.
Seattle, WA


Dan Rawsthorne has worked in software for almost 35 years in many capacities, from coder to product/project manager. He has worked on small (3 people working on an e-commerce web site) and large (500 people working on aircraft avionics) projects, and has learned many things about what works and what doesn't. He has worked in small "hack it out" companies and big CMM and ISO organizations and has been involved in process improvement and leadership coaching in most of them. 

At 3Back, Dan is a transformation agent who helps organizations mature by applying common sense and agile techniques. His PhD in mathematics guides Dan to look for underlying problems rather than focus on surface symptoms; his military background helps Dan understand the importance of teamwork and empowerment; and Dan’s common sense tells him change must happen in small, manageable bites. 

As a Certified Scrum Trainer with knowledge of many software processes, procedures, and techniques, Dan brings them to bear on the problems he sees. He is a firm believer in agility, practicing it nonstop since 1983. Dan was introduced to eXtreme Programming (XP) by Kent Beck in 1995, and to Scrum by Linda Rising. These experiences led Dan to move from government contracting to Scrum coaching, training, and consulting. Dan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds the PMI's PMI-ACP certification, and is co-author of the book Exploring Scrum: the Fundamentals. 


Credentials:  PhD, CSM, CSPO, CSP, CST, SSwS.4, PSM1, PSM2, PSM3, PMP, PMI-ACP, LTC (Ret.)