Jean Richardson was first exposed to Agile by working with a team using many of the methods later identified as constituents of Extreme Programming. Her first formal exposure was through a lecture on XP by Ward Cunningham in the late 90's. Since then her career has evolved through traditional and Agile methods, as she sees value in both but refers Agile. She was trained in Scrum by Ken Schwaber and then by Bryan Stallings. Her master's thesis, In Your Own Hands: Personal Integrity and the Individual's Experience of Work Life, include Agile theory, specifically as related to Scrum, as well as leadership theory and systems theory and systems thinking. This work incited her to develop a theory of Pervasive Leadership which she uses in her coaching practice with individuals and teams.