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Dan Rawsthorne, PhD, PMP


Senior Scrum Consultant, 3Back, Scrum Management Consulting & Training

Location: Seattle, WA


Certified Scrum Trainer
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Registered Education Provider


My Courses

Certified ScrumMaster®
24-25 January, 2018
Location: Hartford (Windsor), CT, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
27-28 January, 2018
Location: Dulles (Weekend), VA, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
24-25 February, 2018
Location: Dulles (Weekend), VA, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
7-8 March, 2018
Location: Raleigh, NC, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
21-22 March, 2018
Location: Hartford (Windsor), CT, United States of America

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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.)


Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses


  • Scrum Implementation Workshop-CSD (Intro)
  • Effective Scrum Developer (Technical)

Continuing Education

  • Scrum Implementation Workshop
  • Agile Scaling Professional


  • Certified ScrumMaster


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

Articles I've written

Contracts for Implementing Scrum
The essential promises required for Scrum to succeed in an organization.

The Metaphors of Scrum
One of the success factors of Scrum as an agile product development framework has been its powerful language. However, as with all models we create to help us understand, we need guides on how to use the tools. We will be pointing out the boundaries where the Scrum language can become confusing—and, in so doing, hopefully make adoption and application easier.

Product Development Reading List
Check out this reading list, designed to help those “in the trenches” with product development and the social aspects of building great product development teams.

Scrum In A Nutshell
Scrum is about Teams producing Results in an agile way. Scrum Teams achieve results anyway they can by using a simple set of rules to guide effort. We will describe Scrum as a simple applied model so that a central understanding of Scrum can be built. Other complexities of applied Scrum such as scaling, distribution, etc. will be explored elsewhere.

Accountability in Scrum
Accountability is a very important concept in Scrum. Most people don't really understand what it is. In fact, there isn't even a word for it in many languages. . . .

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