My Mom, The ScrumMaster

Picture1A very special Mother’s Day edition of iamagile.

Have I told you the story of the woman that reinvented herself as a ScrumMaster in just 3 short months?  Well, that’s the story of my mom, Dottye Stewart.

As the story goes, this isn’t the first time my mom has reinvented herself.  She started out as a widowed mom to two daughters, pursuing higher education to be a positive role model for my sister and me.

After earning her MBA in Finance back in the 80’s, she did the consulting circuit for a while then quickly gained success in the life insurance industry as a marketing and business development executive.   After finding herself in a dead end job with a dead end, and morally corrupt, company last year (I won’t name names but I’m certain you could figure it out), she came to me and said, “I’m going become a Scrum Master”.  Admittedly, I laughed a little on the inside thinking there is no way someone can reinvent themselves into a Scrum Master at this point in their career.  Boy was I wrong!  If you ask my mom, she will tell you she’s been an agile leader throughout her entire work-life.  Not because she’s been subjected to my agile ways, but rather because of something called “facilitative leadership” that she learned while at GE Capital.

In October 2016, my mom began attending Tampa Bay Agile meetups regularly and, being the extreme extrovert in the family, she quickly became the social director for the ScrumMasters Guild, personally connecting with each and everyone.  Before 2016 was over, my mom had earned the Professional Scrum Master (PSP) and the ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) and was being personally mentored by some of the best Agile Coaches in Tampa Bay from the AgileThought team.  By January 2017, my mom was gainfully employed at Bankers Financial as an Agile Coach and ScrumMaster.  That takes us to today.   While Bankers has been great training ground, she is openly pursuing new opportunities as ScrumMaster to continue along on her agile journey.

I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree or, in this case, maybe the tree follows the apple.  I hope you are pleased to meet My Mom, The ScrumMaster.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom. You make me so proud to be your daughter!

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About Stephanie Davis

Stephanie is Executive Director - Enterprise Agility Office at Catalina, driving lift and loyalty for the world's leading CPG brands and retailers.  Most recently, Stephanie was Senior Director of Enterprise Agility at Valpak. She was with Valpak for 13 years, most of which were focused on leading their agile transformation to what became a world renowned success story published in case studies and demonstrated to over 50 different companies through the years via agile tours.  Prior to Valpak, Stephanie held past positions in the project management domain with AT&T and IBM. Stephanie's academic credentials include a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA in International Business from the University of Bristol in England. She also maintains the Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Stephanie is big on tech community involvement!  Most recently, she served as an elected board member to the Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization with global membership, committed to advancing agile development values, principles, and practices. In addition, she serves her local community as an organizer for Tampa Bay Agile, the largest and most active tech Meetup in the area, and the annual Agile Open Florida event. In 2016, Stephanie was awarded Tampa Bay Tech’s Technology Leader of the Year and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s BusinessWoman of the Year (Tech) and Emerging Technology Leader of the Year. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

2 responses to “My Mom, The ScrumMaster

  • Julee Bellomo

    Agreeing here wholeheartedly! Dottye is a pleasure to partner with. I am always learning something new from her – plus getting rejuvenated from her passion! I hope to work with her again.

  • Phil Zofrea

    I always love speaking to Dottye at all the Agile events. She helps me see different ways of viewing things that I never would have thought of. She is a very special member of our Tampa Bay Agile Community. Happy Mother’s Day Dottye and Stephanie!

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