Tom Mellor has been a Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008 and was mentored by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber. Tom assumed the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance following Ken’s resignation in 2009. He joined the Board at Ken’s invitation and served from March 2008 through September 2010.
Tom introduced Scrum into the custom software development department of one of the Fortune 50 companies beginning in February 2003. He was involved in over 50 projects that used Scrum as the framework for development. He trained over 1,000 employees of the company as Certified ScrumMasters and coached and assisted many more in the use of Scrum.
Tom retired from the company after a 22 year career in both business and IT. He has been working in business in some capacity since 1978. Tom grew up in Montana and now resides in Bloomington, IL with his family – wife Maryann and children Lindsey, Kristen, and Amanda, and dog, Penny.
Tom enjoys helping people discover and use modern software product development methods and his purpose is to help others find joy in their work and improve their work environment, their processes, and themselves. He likes to remind people that Orville Wright did not have a pilot’s license and no one should be inhibited or prevented from being creative.
Tom also prefers the same title that Gordon MacKenzie had at Hallmark Cards: “Creative Paradox.” He also believes everyone should read MacKenzie’s gem: Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace.