If you are a member of the Scrum Alliance you
should have gotten an email asking you to vote for a new member of the board. Please
vote! I am one of the three people who are standing for election, below is my candidate
summary statement that I submitted to the Scrum Alliance.
Scrum Alliance Board Candidate Summary Statement:
I am honored to stand for election as a board member of the Scrum Alliance. If elevated,
I feel that my education (MBA) and past industry experience as a developer, venture-backed
entrepreneur, consultant, CIO, and senior management at an ISV will bring a unique
perspective to the board.
Having managed both a P&L at an established firm as well as my own self-funded
startup, I think my business experience will contribute to the financial and legal
health of the Scrum Alliance. I understand what it is like to sit on a board of a
high profile industry organization: I have served on the board of similar organizations
and take the role very seriously. During the “.com” era, I was on the board of the
New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA) from 1998-2004, and served as vice-chairman
from 2001-2004. (NYSIA has now merged with the NY Tech Council.)
I am motivated to serve on the Scrum Alliance board since as a professional, I have
implemented Agile and Scrum at the places I have worked. I would consider my experience
very diverse. For example, I have implemented XP at Zagat (venture backed consumer
site) during the “.com” era, as well as Scrum at Telerik (an ISV) in the post- “Lehman”
economy. I have also implemented Scrum at my startup that was acquired by a larger
non-Agile company and had to re-implement it as part of the merger. Additionally,
I visit several Telerik customers in Asia who are bumping into some of the limits
of Scrum and are implementing some of the “Lean” practices such as Kanban and “Software
While my experience with Agile and Scrum comes as a practitioner, not a trainer, I
do speak on Agile and Scrum at several industry events a year worldwide, so understand
the educational and certification side of the organization. In 2011, I have spoken
about Agile several times in many countries, reaching thousands of practitioners.
As a Certified Scrum Master (#37679) and member of the Scrum Alliance’s insiders “Agile
Leaders” Google email group, I feel that I know the organization well and can contribute
to its mission. I am familiar with the Scrum Alliance’s 2010-11 Strategic Plan and
Certified Scrum Professional Program (I volunteered as a beta tester of the exam and
passed, so I am now a CSP as well). I also feel that the Scrum Alliance’s goal of
larger community outreach fits in with my experience as a conference speaker and user
While based in Asia, I am a New Yorker, and am an executive at a European company,
so I have a truly global reach. I speak about Agile, Scrum, Lean, and Kanban all over
the world. My company, Telerik, makes Agile tools and also has a global reach. (This
year I helped Telerik open offices and launch new business in the UK, India, and Australia.)
I’ll bring a global perspective, and if desired, I can also help the Scrum Alliance
expand outside of its core markets.
I have a long history of volunteering and giving back to the community. I have been
running user group events since 1996 and have been awarded an “MVP” award from Microsoft
for my community outreach. I also am heavily involved with charity, helping raise
money and organize a charity, Education Elevated, dedicated to building schools in
remote villages. I lead treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp each year to raise money for
I can wear jeans and a tee shirt (preferred) and speak to developers about deep technical
and process issues and then turn around and put on a suit and talk to a CEO about
business models, strategy, and macroeconomics. It would be an honor to bring my experience
and creativity to the board of the Scrum Alliance. I have a passion for Agile and
Scrum since they truly have changed the way I do business, and I want to help spread
the word and adoption of Scrum worldwide. Lastly, I want to “give back” to Scrum by
volunteering my time on the board since I feel Scrum has given me so much over the
course of my career.
Thank you for considering me; it is an honor to even be considered for the board of
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).
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