Rebel from the old-school standard approach to complex work
Embark on an Agile transformation that will unleash your team’s potential, deliver more value, and bring balance to your empire. Traditional approaches to complex knowledge work routinely disappoint because they can’t effectively address the many unpredictable variables that inevitably arise. Many of us who have managed software projects using waterfall methods know firsthand the soul-crushing result of multiple missed deadlines, blown budgets, and too many late nights trying to right the starship. Using an Agile approach, such as Scrum, for complex work involves delivering value in increments while discovering and adapting to the inevitable twists and turns that evolve. Agile is light-years away from waterfall. Progressive organizations are adopting Scrum in record numbers, but the incredibly straightforward and lightweight framework can be challenging to apply. Successful transformations involve a significant cultural shift and a commitment to continuous improvement.
Training and certification from “the home of Scrum”
I’ve guided scores of teams and organizations through Agile transformations using Scrum and Kanban as a certified professional Scrum.org trainer and Agile coach. Approachable, engaging and spirited, I make every Scrum training event fun, interactive, and immediately applicable. Scrum.org is the home of Scrum; its founder Ken Schwaber is the co-creator of the framework. Its mission is to improve professionalism in complex product delivery through training and certification. Scrum.org certified trainers are a select group of Scrum experts who undergo extensive screening, testing, training, and interviews before being accepted as Professional Scrum Trainers (PST). Every class participant who completes a Scrum.org course can attempt the certification assessment for free up to two times.
Professional Scrum Trainer
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 400k health insurance claims per week
Holds a Bachelors of Business Admin from the University of Austin, Texas