Tom Westervelt is an Agile Coach and Scrum Master, most recently for DST Systems, Inc. He earned his BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and started his career as a programmer. Since then, he has garnered 25+ years of experience in all aspects of IT. Tom was directly involved in DST's Agile adoption since 2008. This also involved mentoring the offshore development teams in Bangkok, Thailand and Hangzhou, China.
As additional divisions within DST adopted Agile, Tom started the DST Agile Forum. This group meets monthly and is composed of multiple roles across all divisions in DST that have adopted Agile. The idea being that each division can learn from and assist other divisions throughout their Agile adoption journey.
Tom holds both the Certified ScrumMaster designation and the Certified Scrum Professional designation from the Scrum Alliance. Besides the Agile Hood group, he is also involved in the Agile KC group.
Tom is a big believer in the transparency that Agile brings and is also highly interested in the impact that culture, psychology, and motivation have on the execution of the Agile methodology. But his real interest is in the statistical side – root cause analysis; and measuring Agility of individuals, teams, divisions, and companies.
Areas of Expertise: Release Planning, Retrospectives, Integrating offshore teams into Agile, and Metrics/Reporting