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.