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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The T-Shaped Scrum Team: Get in Shape for Your Future

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Today, agile teams are being asked to do more than ever before. The notion of a T-shaped person, created by Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO) in the 1990s, describes a new breed of worker—one who goes beyond the standard, assigned role. Mary Thorn believes that the roles of team members can stretch to include other aspects that intrigue them and keep them interested. Mary’s team members are writing product documentation, are ScrumMasters, are building infrastructure to support rapid release, are taking ownership for security and compliance to standards, are presenting the development process to customers, are visiting customer sites to research how people are using the product, are devising internal communication strategies, and are using their natural skills and abilities where they are best suited to help move the business forward. Through mentoring, coaching, teaching, and upskilling, Mary has taught many different ways to get into T-shape. Join Mary and learn from her experience to increase the value to your agile teams with T-shaped people.


Chief storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is director of agile practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad agile and testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than nineteen years of experience with healthcare, HR, financial, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A strong leader in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience leading teams through agile adoption and beyond.