About Scrum Inc.Scrum Inc. is the world’s leading authority on Scrum, the most widely used Agile management framework. We provide training, consulting, and counsel to companies and individuals. We are also thought leaders in the industry publishing mainstream books, scientific papers, case studies, blogs, and creating online educational content. Founded by Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum, Scrum Inc. has helped hundreds of companies fundamentally re-shape themselves to face a changing world, dramatically increase productivity, and drive profound growth.
Founder, Principal Consultant, and Trainer
“Scrum is an Agile method designed to add energy, focus, clarity, and transparency to project planning and implementation. While some say Scrum is not a silver bullet, it can be a heat-seeking missile to outmoded business practices.”
Jeff is the inventor and co-creator of Scrum. He is a West Point graduate, former fighter pilot, and cancer researcher, as well as, CTO of eleven different software companies. He launched the first Scrum team in 1993 and has shepherded its growth into almost every industry: finance, healthcare, higher education, and telecom. His most recent book is Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.
Chief of Operations, Trainer
"If you find that the meetings you attend are not productive, if projects come in late despite working overtime, and if your clients aren’t satisfied — you’ll want to learn about Scrum."
Arline brings her unique perspective as a Unitarian Universalist Minister to the Scrum Inc. team. She joined Scrum Inc. in December of 2010 as Product Owner, setting strategic priorities, ordering the backlog, and expanding the team. She is the co-author of Scrum Inc.’s Product Owner course.
Yesim helps organizations implement clear and consistent financial systems with the goal of helping stakeholders understand where added value is generated and with a clear focus on the bottom line. Her BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Financial Economics enable her to interact with and integrate multiple perspectives inside high-tech enterprises.
"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." - W. E. Deming
Jessica has a background in logic and linguistics and has years of experience as an educator and university instructor. Her passion for communication, problem-solving, and analyzing patterns brought her to Scrum Inc. She teaches Scrum Master and Product Owner classes and provides on-site training and coaching to teams and leadership at all stages of their agile transformation.
When she’s not at work, Jessica spends her time doing pottery, reading, and enjoying outdoor pastimes such as hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and skiing.
Coach & Trainer
Dave has experience starting Scrum in an organization from the ground up. This inspired his passion for helping other teams make themselves awesome.
Dave's background is in digital hardware design. Dave spent two years in the trenches as an embedded Scrum master and eventual coach of 5 teams at Tait Electronics in New Zealand. In his spare time, Dave goes on little adventures like hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Ray has had a long career in business and technology, helping companies from small startups to the Fortune 500 improve the way they work to better delight their own customers. Along the way, he has been lucky enough to lead some highly effective Teams and help others achieve their goals, both personal and professional.
When not working, he enjoys living the good life in Boulder, Colorado. Ray is a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong skier, hiker, camper, and stand-up paddleboarder.
Coach & Trainer
McCaul is a constant student of servant leadership and has been coaching teams on self-organization as an embedded scrum master since 2011. His teams have delivered value in many forms including federal enterprise applications, mobile apps, product launches, and editorial content. He has a passion for coaching high-performing teams and changing the world of work with Scrum.
When he isn’t training or coaching, he works as an actor in the Washington, DC area.
Michael builds elegant, user-friendly tools and software. He approaches every user story as an opportunity to create a better experience for the customer. He loves the freedom to implement and experiment with new technologies. He’s also never met a technical challenge he could not conquer. When he isn’t working, he can be found coding for fun and keeping up with the latest trends in software. Prior to joining Scrum Inc. he was a freelance developer and a student at California State University, San Bernardino.
Agile Practice Consultant
Alexander has over 20 years of experience in technology and product development. A former U.S Army Airborne Infantry Officer, he has extensive experience building and leading high-performing teams and is passionate about enabling the creative and transformative capacity of these teams.He has been applying Agile practices professionally for over a decade and has successfully led change in the digital, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech and manufacturing domains.
Digital Marketing Strategist
“Living life by design, not by default.” — Me
Affectionately known as ‘Kay,’ Kamaria is a self-proclaimed Digital Marketing nerd. Combining an educational background in Mechanical Engineering with an unyielding creative spirit and thirst for knowledge makes her a hybrid of sorts. She uses this left and right-brain synergy to help Scrum Inc. further its mission of helping teams get more done in half the time.
Kay enthusiastically drives awareness of products via online lead generation, email marketing, social media, and SEO/SEM. Having worked for top tier entertainment companies and non-profits, she is also a veteran of the television & film industry with over 15+ years experience in creative services, product development, graphic design and website development. In her down time, she loves rehabbing vintage furniture finds from Craigslist.
Chief Executive Officer
"The future is not fixed. Don’t live in scarcity—live in abundance. The possibilities are limitless."
As CEO of Scrum Inc, JJ is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. He is the author of The Scrum Fieldbook: The Art of Changing the Possible which is set to release October 1, 2019. He is also the co-author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.
A Certified Scrum Trainer and leading expert in Enterprise Agility, JJ works with companies around the world to help them adapt to change, accelerate value delivery, reduce waste, and increase profit.
Before joining Scrum Inc., JJ was an award-winning Correspondent and Producer with NPR.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Veronica Ruiz leads our outreach and branding strategies, including our online learning resource ScrumLab, our Live Webinar Series, our Social Media channels and our Newsletter. She keeps the Scrum world up-to-date on the latest developments on Scrum.
Veronica has 10+ years of Marketing experience, with a specialty in Hispanic Marketing and in the Telecom Industry.
Product Owner, Transformation Services
"We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein
At Scrum Inc., Mark is the Client Success Manager and is dedicated to ensuring that organizations undertaking a Scrum transformation have the support they need throughout the program to achieve the best results. He partners with corporate leadership to identify and design the right transformation program for their business.
Mark has spent 10+ years helping large organizations become agile. Mark began his career as a mental health counselor and advocate. After a shift into Business-IT, Mark was immediately drawn to Scrum, its values, and its ability to solve problems in society, not just in the world of business.
Scrum Master, Trainer & Coach
Alex is a Scrum trainer and coach who was first exposed to agile software development in 2000 at Thoughtworks, where he was fortunate enough to rub elbows with multiple future authors of the Agile Manifesto. Since 2008 he has used Scrum to build software both as a lead developer and entrepreneur. He has found Scrum to be transformative on projects ranging from financial risk systems to DIY gaming platforms. Alex is a digital nomad who has traveled literally around the globe, living in nine different countries while only getting food poisoning in three.
Product Owner, Licensed Scrum Program
Heather helps define, measure, lead and improve digital experiences and the LS Program for Scrum Inc. She is a veteran digital strategy and customer experience professional. Her background span numerous industries including automotive, education, entertainment, government, healthcare, music, nonprofit, philanthropy, professional sports, retail, technology, and television, where she often found herself initiating skunk works projects. Prior to joining Scrum Inc, she was the Chief Experience Officer at her own firm and the Sr. Manager of Digital Media for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Brandon is a design advocate and firm believer in the creative process. With roots in documentary filmmaking and market research, he understands storytelling from a variety of perspectives. He looks forward to having Scrum become a part of the creative industry.
He holds a Master’s of Arts in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art & Design. His graduate thesis focused on the cultural impact of process change within creative teams. Outside of work, Brandon has been known to find unique activities around Boston while also creating the occasional gif.
While completing a degree in Public Communication with a minor in Marketing at the University of Vermont, Kelsey found a passion in learning about the Agile world and Scrum framework. She has taken this passion to create a career path that focuses on changing the way the working world encourages their employees and defines success.
Now as a graduate and full-time employee at Scrum Inc, Kelsey is dedicated to enhancing the Scrum Inc. brand and marketing strategies for our public class offerings. With fresh content creation, social media coordination, and excellent customer interaction, Kelsey hopes to drive excitement about Scrum throughout a variety of industries.
Director, Training & Coaching
“If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it." - William James
Kevin mastered the art of communication during his three decades working in radio broadcasting at WGBH and Clear Channel, as talent, producer, and director. His experience as a trainer, coach, and facilitator at Harvard University helped leadership develop emotional intelligence for success and happiness; key elements of Scrum. As a Marine, Kevin learned how to respond to change. He was brought to Scrum Inc. to help organizations change the way they work and think.
Kevin is pursuing his Social Science degree at the Harvard University Extension School. Kevin is an improvising poet and thinks deeply about the space-time continuum.
Coach, Trainer, Facilitator
"Be kind and find joy in everything you do" - D. Rhoda
“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” - Alice in Wonderland
Sarah is always on a journey to find her next big challenge. From the hotel industry to media buying and airline eCommerce, Sarah is constantly learning new techniques and skills to provide seamless communication between her customers and her teams. As a global citizen Sarah believes that Scrum in its many forms can change the way the world works and she is excited to play her part in communicating this far-reaching message.
Outside of work, she loves to travel to not-so-famous places and experience new things. She is also a happy promoter of the far west (AKA Central MA).
Chief Product Owner, Training & Consulting
Patrick Roach has been with Scrum Inc. since 2013. He joined the company as the seventh employee to lead new business development. Since then Patrick has trained, coached and consulted for Scrum teams in industries ranging from energy and wine production to retail and finance. As Chief Product Owner, Patrick leads Scrum Inc.’s global Training and Consulting practice and is a servant leader for Scrum Inc.'s internal operations.
SVP, Agile Transformation Architect
“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” – Spinoza
A contributing editor of the Scrum@Scale Guide, Avi’s current emphasis is “Scrum Beyond IT”. Working within various industries from biotech to consumer-packaged goods, Avi sees Scrum as THE key to delivering better results through innovation where rapid change is now the norm.
Scrum Master, People and Culture
“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” - Daniel Pink
A Yooper by birth (Google it!), Jess has always been a bit of an adventurer. Her Dance/Russian majors and itchy heels landed her as a linguist in the Army. Post military, she landed as a project manager in a software company, which led to a scrum master role in a fun startup. There, she helped the entire organization think and work in an Agile way. Post-startup, she landed in Boston at NPR, scrumming with dev teams there. This led to her to Scrum, Inc, where she is an internal Scrum Master - protector of culture and seeker of ways to help humans be happy at work and in life.
Alex is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of experience practicing Scrum both as a developer and as a product owner. He first learned Scrum in 2007 by attending one of Scrum Inc’s first Scrum Master classes and has used it since to envision, create, market, and sell software products to customers around the globe across multiple industries. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alex was a graduate student in Game Theory and released the first commercial Nash Equilibrium solver for Poker. In his spare time, Alex works with some of the best poker players in the world on the application of computational game theory to high stakes poker.
"Think Big, Act Now" - Unknown
Kim teaches, coaches and works with teams to conquer big things by breaking them into small pieces. She has always focused on delivering the right things for her customers in the simplest way. She has experience in the credit, health care, pharmacy and industrial sectors. She started her journey of process improvement with Lean in 2000 and Scrum in 2008.
While away from work, you can find Kim on her next outdoor adventure skiing, backpacking/hiking, paragliding, scuba diving or maybe something else.
Tom is a firm believer in the power of a well told, well sourced story. It’s an art he spent 20 years mastering at every level of public radio. His work has been recognized with every major broadcast journalism award and has earned him a page in the book commemorating NPR’s first 45 years of work.
Now, Tom will help tell the story of Scrum and help expand the reach of our concepts, techniques and body of knowledge.
Director of Business Development, Public Classes
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix
Bruce is making a career out of his passion for creativity and problem-solving. With more than a decade of experience in customer service, account management, and business development he is eager to figure out how Scrum, Inc. can help you achieve twice the work in half the time.
Product Owner, VP, Education & Business Strategy
"You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it" - Pirkei Avot
Noah has a background in Education, Workforce, and Economic Development. She has diverse experience as a founding team member of a startup that spun out of MIT, K-12 educator and coach. In her role as Product Owner of the Education Business, Noah works to continuously evolve our educational experiences and offerings in order to prepare individuals to drive how companies adapt to the increasing rate of change.
Dr. Mark Buckner has over 32 years of experience in R&D leadership, strategic planning, coordination, and execution. As a Distinguished Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he was responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of teams of innovative cross-disciplinary scientists and engineers conducting R&D in support of strategic government, commercial, and U.S. national security needs.
Megan is obsessed with psychology, employee culture, the teachings of Simon sinek and her Peloton. She inspires a desire for others to perform at their best using her warmth and keen sense of humor. She has proven effective in developing individuals and teams to deliver projects on time and under budget.
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