I started my career as a traditional software project manager more than twenty years ago. After a decade of using waterfall techniques, I dipped my toe in the Agile waters as a product owner at a multinational company. All my team did was identify and order the list of items we’d work on. Although this one aspect of Scrum showed some success, I wasn’t ready to embrace the entire framework. Like many traditional project managers, I was skeptical. I believed we needed a well-defined plan with all the steps included upfront to deliver the product. Otherwise, how would we know when we’d be able to reach the end goal? 

Skip to my experience working on the redevelopment of a global retailer’s online platform. I took on the Scrum Master role with the help of a coach. We had our struggles, but the project team was successful. Seeing 100 people around the world using Scrum in tandem allowed me to understand how it outperformed a waterfall approach. I was sold.

Since then I’ve led and coached scores of teams making the Agile transition. I’ve seen the kind of dramatic results that never cease to amaze and exhilarate me — products delivered in up to half the time, organizations transformed to a better way of working. All without crunch time late nights and exhausted, dispirited team members.  

I’m eager to share my knowledge with you as a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer (PST). Together, we can transform the way you work and realize better outcomes for your team.

More about me, Mary Iqbal (PMP, PST)

  • Trained more than 1,000 people in Agile, Scrum, and Kanban

  • Guided Agile transformation for more than 60 teams

  • Led multimillion-dollar Agile project increasing WPS Health Solutions veterans affairs business by 100% in six months

  • Led multimillion-dollar Agile project with 11 teams and more than 100 stakeholders implementing a claims processing platform processing 00k health insurance claims per week

  • Holds a Bachelors of Business Admin from the University of Austin, Texas
     

Mary Iqbal, Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org