I am currently one of two stewards of the Professional Scrum Product Owner course and one of 7 PSTs in the world certified to teach the entirety of Scrum.org’s course catalog.
I have over 30 years of experience in education and software. I have has taught nearly 4,000 students in Professional Scrum classes and hundreds of students in noncertified classes ranging from highly technical programming classes to executive classes on process engineering.
Not only do I teach but I consult with a variety of large organizations. I focus on helping organizations realize the benefits of agile principles and practices through better business and IT alignment.
In academics, I've earned a Doctorate of Computer Science from Colorado Technical University, an MS in Computer Information Science from Cleveland State University, and a BS in Computer Science from Edinboro University. I've been a full-time faculty member at Colorado State University and currently serves as adjunct faculty at Colorado Christian University.
My classes focus on transforming the way you think about work over learning the mechanics of Scrum. If you don’t understand the basis for Scrum and you just follow the mechanics, you’ll be disappointed when you go to apply Scrum.
I don’t guarantee everyone will pass the Scrum.org assessment, and with good reason. The test is difficult and should be seen as a significant achievement. I don't run a certification mill and as such, I teach a deep understanding of the reasons behind Scrum rather than how to pass a test.
I don’t play games in classes: no Legos, marshmallows towers, paper airplanes, or pickles. I like to have fun in my class, but we are all professionals so I use difficult, professional exercises that reflect real-world situations. I believe my students are intelligent peers who bring their own worthy, creative ideas to the class and I respect their thoughts.