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Kelly Flynn


Scrum Coach, Optum

Location: Atlanta, GA USA


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


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I started in Agile with XP 15 years ago. The second the Agile Manifesto came out, I went to my CTO and told him that this was what we were trying to do.  When Scrum became a dominant methodology, we adopted that, thus launching my career in Scrum.  I was a ScrumMaster for 3 years before becoming a Scrum Coach, a role I've had ever since (I do occasionally take ScrumMaster positions to keep my skills fresh).  I have worked predominately in startups and international consulting positions, taking regular full time positions when interesting opportunities come along.  

Currently, I work as a Scrum Coach for an organization of approximately 3,000 technologists inside of a large company, Optum, which is a subsidiary of United Healthcare (#15 on the Fortune 500).  My job, as part of a team of three, is to provide internal training as well as coaching for both teams and individuals.  I manage our ScrumMaster Support and Enrichment Program, offering services to over 65 ScrumMasters.  I also develop all of our training materials, including partnering with another organization to produce training for a large scope Agile initiative based on SAFe, Scrum and Kanban.

As for the rest of my life, I am an avid painter, having participated in a couple shows.  I am also a fanitical reader, and regularly plow through 1-2 books a week.  I have 3 large dogs and 2 cats with my wonderful partner.

Work experience

Optum, Scrum Coach
December 2012 - Present, Atlanta, GA, US
I was originally hired as a ScrumMaster and Scrum Coach to start a new Scrum Program within a large software engineering program. By the end of my tenure with that group, I had brought up 8 teams (running all of them for at least 3 months and 5 of them long term) in Scrum and was loaned out to a second organization to remodel an existing non-functional group of 3 teams. That restructuring was successful.

Tea Tree Consulting, Principal
January 2005 - Present, Atlanta, GA, US
Principal for a small consulting firm, my role focusing on Agile implementations. I focused on rapid ROI on new and revamped implementations of Agile, Scrum, Kanban, XP in both pure and hybrid programs. I have owned this company since 1998 (there is no option to go this far back on the profile page).


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