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Tirrell Payton


Principal, Payton Consulting, Inc

Location: San Diego, Ca


Certified Enterprise Coach
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


Groups I belong to

San Diego SCRUM User Group


I am an Agile coach and consultant with experience across industries (Defense, BioTech, Energy, Manufacturing).  I help companies realize the value of agility and help them smooth the adoption curve.  I have been working in Agile environments since 2006.

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Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses


  • Certified ScrumMaster

Continuing Education

  • How to Build a Backlog from Scratch
  • Introduction to Scrum (1-day Course)


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

Work experience

McKinsey & Company, Agile Coach
January 2014 - Present,
Agile Coach as part of McKinsey's digital labs/advisory practice.

Facilitation and Co-Training: CSM, Facilitator and Co-Trainer: CSM
September 2013 - September 2013, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Facilitation and Co-Training:  CSM Course

Facilitation: CSM, Facilitator
September 2013 - September 2013, San Diego, CA, United States

CSM course:  Facilitation as an experienced Scrum Master

Genalyte, Inc, Architect/Agile Coach
June 2012 - June 2013, San Diego, CA, United States

(Biotech)  Led Agile transformation for a biotech startup:  Agile Training, Embedded Coaching, Tool Selection and Implementation, Software Development.

- Harmonized good agile practices with the constrants of FDA medical device certification

- Trained internal staff on values, principles and practices

- Introduced XP practices including TDD and pair programming

AT&T, Principal Agile Coach
April 2010 - April 2011, Middletown, NJ, United States

(Telecom) Led a team of 5 Agile coaches in an enterprise-wide Agile transformation for the AT&T Research Group with a heavy emphasis on Organizational Change Management.

This project started with a pilot of a single team on a single project moving away from AT&Ts proprietary SDLC process to Scrum.  After achieving a level of success with the single project, we scaled the rollout across 10 scrum teams working on a single program.

Solar Turbines, Agile Coach and Program Manager
August 2009 - March 2010, San Diego, CA, United States

As the Agile Program Manager for Solar Turbines $5 million ‘Engineering Office of the Future’ program I led a technical team of 45 (40 local/5 offshore) for 10 months, implementing a new Product Lifecycle Management system.

- Reduced engineering part proliferation by 40%, saving 20% in engineering change management overhead and enabling 40% part reuse.

- Enabled effective Bill of Material comparison and management, reducing design engineering labor requirements by 15%, and reducing cycle time by 10%.

- Employed lean operational management and business engagement techniques to drive project deliverables.

United States Air Force, Scrum Master
October 2008 - March 2009, , United States

(Defense Industry)

- Realized $1 million in value per air exercise based on network outage awareness.

- Saved 1000 man hours/year by enabling additional real-time analysis capabilities.

- Reduced implementation $2 million in implementation costs by enabling data re-use.

- Managed risks, issues, impediments and project bottlenecks.

Yahoo, Scrum Master
January 2007 - March 2008,

(Consumer Web)  

- Introduced robust software development lifecycle processes resulting in a decrease of 80% in the number of new software defects.

- Managed the adoption of test automation, which led to a decrease of 50% in the test-release cycle time.

- Led the adoption of desktop virtualization, leading to a 75% decrease IT infrastructure overhead.--

- Helped to introduce Scrum/Agile as an execution discipline as well as XP practices, resulting in the office being recognized as an ‘Engineering Center of Excellence’ within Yahoo.

- Acted as Subject Matter Expert on process, methodology, and quality processes for other Yahoo offices.

- Patent 20090193395 Awarded: Software Development and Testing Methodology

- Patent 20090063973 Awarded: Degree of separation between media artifacts

Toptech Systems, Inc, Project Lead
August 2004 - December 2006, Longwood, FL, United States

- Envisioned and designed internal CRM system, saving +/- 10,000 man hours per year.

- Participated in the DSO/AR Account Management program, realizing outstanding revenues of $3 million (gross revenues $14 million).

- Introduced software virtualization and automation, saving 5000 man hours per year.

- Actively led and mentored a team of 5 engineers.

- Led the introduction of QA/Dev pairing as a standard practice.

Articles I've written

Scaling Scrum: 4 Tips to Help with Organizational Change
When a company decides to embark upon the Scrum journey, it may start with renaming a few project managers as ScrumMasters. It may even send them to become certified and then have them come back and teach others. Things muddle along for a while, then at some point the organization begins to stall, and no one understands why. . . .

Agile Transformation: 5 Ways to Establish a Sense of Urgency
Creating major change in an organization is tough. The change process in the context of an Agile transformation is even more tricky, because it tends to radiate out from the development group, rather than down from executive management. You have to be able to drive that change out, up, then down. And for that, you will need to create a sense of urgency.

How to Create Agile Team Working Agreements
Working agreements describe positive behaviors that, although basic, often are not automatically demonstrated in team processes.


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