Thank you for considering me to replace one of the vacant Scrum Alliance board positions. Becoming a board member is something I take very seriously, just as I have taken the role of Scrum guide, advocate and community member.
A quick introduction: My name is Bob Sarni, I am an Business Agility Coach, Leadership Coach, Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with over 20 years of deep experience in organizational effectiveness and change, product design and development, portfolio management, and project and program management. My expertise is in guiding enterprise transformation and the adoption of Agile’s values, principles and practices. I have extensive experience with small and large teams as well as entire enterprises in the Insurance, Finance, Trading, Aerospace, Electrical Power Distribution and Generation, Telecommunications, and Life Sciences sectors. My experience ranges from that of a long-term internal employee to a consultant, coach, and trainer. My greatest passion (besides that of my wife, family and my Harley Davidson) is that of a coach, especially at the organizational level, where I spend the majority of my time.
I started using Scrum in practice in early 2004 and officially became a member of Scrum Alliance in early 2005. The continued success of Scrum and Scrum Alliance has been a focus of mine since becoming a member. I quickly became involved with Scrum Alliance improvement efforts by volunteering to be a member of the Scrum Coach Certification (CSC) creation committee and have continued to volunteer on Scrum Alliance improvement committees, Scrum Gatherings, and local user groups.
In addition to my active role as a Scrum Alliance community member, I am also an active member of the larger Agile community. This year I was the stage producer for the Agile Adoption and Transformation Stage at Agile 2012. The theme of enterprise adoption and transformation was extremely popular this year as it has been in the past few years, not only at various well-known Agile conferences but at Scrum Gatherings and various Agile/business themed conferences around the world. I believe that organizations, large and small, are starting to realize the importance of Agile frameworks like Scrum and changing how they develop and deliver their products. What organizations are finding out is that they also need other tools in addition to Scrum to compliment their transformations – tools like organizational change models, leadership agility, systems concepts and thinking, Lean thinking, organizational collaboration, Agile portfolio practices, Agile product management, Lean architecture, evolutionary design, theory of constraints, Kanban, etc. We have to see and support the bigger picture in order to "transform our world of work."
We have so many experts in our community, not only on applying Scrum but also in supporting these complementary tools, techniques and thinking -- we should leverage this expertise. As a member of the board, I would like to see Scrum Alliance become the place where the community (people, teams, executives, organizations) can come to learn about Scrum and also learn how they can leverage Scrum and other techniques and thinking to increase their success in transforming their world of work. In order for Scrum Alliance to become this destination, they not only need to be the source for Scrum but also a leading source for information, guidance and training on other organizational agility tools and techniques.
I appreciate your consideration and support to be a Scrum Alliance Board member. I believe my experience, active community involvement and vision for the future will be an asset as a board member. In an end I see myself as a bridge from the Scrum Community to the Scrum Board of Directors. This means I will make myself visible and open to the community.
In the end, I have respect for all the candidates and will support anyone who is elected, as I will the Board as a whole. As far as I am concerned, any of the candidates you vote for will do the best in their power to do a great job for you.
Please feel to reach out to me at anytime to discuss your concerns, thoughts or ideas – my information is included below.
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/bobsarni
Cell: (309) 531-1035