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Tommi Johnstone

  

Location: Portland, OR


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials

Biography

 

Tommi Johnstone fell accidentally and headfirst into the world of Scrum and Agile in the autumn of 2006 when she was hired to be a Jill-of-all-trades at Danube Technologies, a popular Agile training company at the time. With a strong conviction for customer service and community involvement, Tommi was instantly attracted to the human-centric tenets expressed in the Agile Manifesto.

As her new life unfolded, she found herself working at CollabNet via acquisition. In this space, she added the classic Scrum roles of Product Owner, ScrumMaster and team member to her repertoire, along with support, scheduling, sales, training assistant, coach, confidant and cat herder. As you may have noticed, Tommi likes to dig in and get her hands dirty, a personality trait that eventually led her to 3Back. 

At 3Back, Tommi funneled her energy into building business and client success stories. Among her many and varied roles at 3Back, she was most notably involved in strategic visioning, marketing oversight, Product Ownership for a custom ecommerce project, internal and external facilitation of workshops and Retrospectives, and customized Scrum training and coaching for 3Back clients.

One of Tommi's favorite things about working in the Agile industry is the people. She is passionate about teamwork and collaboration, empowerment and self-organization. And more importantly, she is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve these things through healthy means. As she continues to move through life as a people-focused Jill-of-all-trades, she wears many hats and is often asked, "So what do you actually do?" To which she often replies honestly, "Whatever it takes!"

In her personal time, Tommi is an avid cyclist, kickboxer, animal lover, and fierce supporter of her own community. If she's not in the gym or on her bike (and sometimes even if she is), she can usually be found fundraising for her favorite causes, the National MS Society and the Oregon Humane Society, or volunteering at one of her local homeless shelters.

In addition to holding CSP, CSM and CSPO certifications through the Scrum Alliance, Tommi is also a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner.

 

Work experience

3Back, LLC, Scrum Coach / Director of Business Integration and Marketing
March 2013 - December 2016, , US
Development and delivery of customized Scrum resources, training, coaching and facilitation for external clients, both onsite and remotely. Planning and facilitation of internal Scrum ceremonies, including large-scale annual Retrospectives. Product Owner for marketing and growth initiatives, including development of custom ecommerce software. Strategic interfacing and alignment of company departments for management and revenue growth of Scrum services business.

CollabNet, Inc., Product Owner / Manager
July 2010 - March 2013, Portland, OR, US
Product Ownership of Scrum and Agile Services Line (fulfilling up to $950k/quarter in private and public engagements worldwide). Management of 8+ services and support employees. Management and coordination of contractors. Coordination, scheduling, and logistics for public and private engagements. Internal coordination with stakeholders, sales personnel, operations, and finance to create a smooth delivery of engagements.

CollabNet, Inc., Scheduling & Logistics Team Member
February 2010 - July 2010, Portland, OR, United States
Development, maintenance, and support of Scrum and Agile public course program. Handling enrollments, logistics, venue coordination and negotiation, and scheduling for public and private engagements. Perform market and competitor research. Plan and schedule courses internationally.

Danube Technologies, Scheduling & Logistics / ScrumMaster
November 2006 - February 2010, Portland, OR, United States
Development, maintenance, and support of Scrum and Agile public course program. Fulfill informal team-elected ScrumMaster role. Work with team and management to reduce and remove impediments to maintain smooth delivery of engagements. Handling enrollments, logistics, venue coordination and negotiation, and scheduling for public and private engagements. Perform market and competitor research. Plan and schedule courses internationally.

Articles I've written

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. . . .

The Product Owner Dilemma
Struggling to find some solid footing as a product owner? The PO role means balancing the push and pull of product management. . . .

 

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