I’m a Scrum Master at Hyland Software in the Cleveland, OH area. I followed a thread on Linkedin that lead me to this treasure trove and I’m super excited to be able to connect and collaborate with other Agile Enthusiasts. In terms of personas, I would have to say that I am some sort of Susan the Scrum Master and David the Developer hybrid.
I have been on my Agile journey for 3 years. I started as a tester on a scrum team and became that team’s part time Scrum Master. The Agility Enablement group at my company was influencing through “guerilla tactics” at the time and my QA manager quickly discovered the value a full time Scrum Master could provide. I became a Scrum Master for two more teams while still having a QA Analyst title, helping to pave the way for the Agility Enablement team to create Full Time Scrum Master roles in our company. Since then, we’ve embarked on a full blown Agile transformation at our company and I now support multiple teams both independent and part of SAFe programs.
I love experimenting with my teams and showing them the importance of Agile as a mindset. It’s important for me to help open a team’s eyes to engineering practices as well as process improvements. Being the team’s therapist and conscience is probably the most rewarding aspect of this role that gets overlooked in most SM “job descriptions” The relationships that we cultivate whether it’s with the development team, the Product Owner, or those Executive leaders or influencers is so paramount to what we do but so easily overlooked. To do that well, I’ve found that I rely heavily on mentors and there are great people in the Agile Community that are gracious in lending their time and knowledge and I’m excited to have found another avenue to expand my network of colleagues.
I was lucky to have been selected to be a part of the Women in Agile2017 Lightning Talks for new and inexperienced speakers. I was teamed with a mentor to help prepare for the talk as well as introduced to a group of “Power House” Women that have since changed my perspective and influenced me in ways they’ll never know. I look forward to connecting to more strong Women (and Men) in Agile and exchanging tips and tricks.
Thanks for letting me introduce myself!