Tom Mellor has been a Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008 and was mentored in the use of Scrum and as wanna be Scrum Trainer by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber. At Ken's invitation, Tom served on the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance from 2008 to 2010, including chairing the Board from 2009 to 2010.
As an employee of a Fortune 50 US business, Tom introduced Scrum into that company in early 2004 and helped incubate and grow agility there until his retirement from the company in 2013. During those 10 years, he was involved in over 50 product development efforts as a Scrum Master and trained over 1,000 company employees as Certified ScrumMasters. He coached and helped many teams and people in being agile and using Scrum effectively during his tenure.
Tom now enjoys helping people and companies discover agility and find joy in being aigile and sing Scrum effectively. He strives is to help people find joy in their work, improve their organizations, their work environments, and themselves. Tom lives in the state of Illinois in the US with his wife Maryann, daughters Lindsey, Kristen, and Amanda, and dog, Penny. He enjoys teaching scuba diving, spoiling a good walk with a golf ball, and reading really good books.
Tom prefers to have no title, but if he required to have one, he would prefer the title that author Gordon MacKenzie had at Hallmark Cards: "Creative Paradox." He also believes everyone can benefit from and enjoy reading MacKenzie's literary gem: Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace. Everyone can orbit their company hairball better with training, coaching, guidance, and mentoring.
Braintrust Consulting Group, Senior Trainer and Agile Coach
July 2013 - Present, Birmingham, AL
Coach and train companies and their people in the effective use of Scrum and the nuances of an agile culture and work environment. Speak at user groups, conferences, and gatherings about Scrum, leadership, modern management paradigm, effective product development and product management principles and practices.
State Farm Insurance, Scrum Trainer and Coach
April 1992 - June 2013, Bloomington, IL 61704, United States
Joined the IT department in October 2001 after spending 20 years in the business side of insurance. In March 2003, became a project manager and in February 2004 introduced Scrum into the department in a single project. Helped grow the use of Scrum for the next 9+ years and worked on over 50 Scrum projects as a ScrumMaster, Dev Team member, or Coach. Spoke at conferences and Scrum Gatherings throughout the world about the use of Scrum at State Farm. Trained directly with Ken Schwaber to become a Certified Scrum Trainer and accepted his invitation to become a Scrum Alliance Director in March 2008. In September 2009, I assumed Chairmanship of the Scrum Alliance Board following Ken Schwaber's resignation. I remained in that position until September 2009, when Mike Cohn took over for me. I trained many classes - public and private - on my own time while with State Farm. I retired from State Farm on June 1 after 20.5 years of service.
Articles I've written
Leadership Reading List
Part of what makes a good leader great is a commitment to continuous improvement. These are the “must-reads” for every leader (or potential leader). What’s on your bookshelf?
What Can We Do About (Or Perhaps Better, For) Our Managers?
I owe the title of this piece to Alistair Cockburn, who several years ago wrote a favorite article of mine for Cutter IT Journal entitled “What Can We Do About Our Project Managers?”# I think it remains a relevant read today. In it, Al...