Tom Bellinson

Tom BellinsonMr. Bellinson has been working in information technology positions for over 30 years. His diverse background has allowed him to gain intimate working knowledge in technical, marketing, sales and executive roles. Most recently, Mr. Bellinson finds himself serving as a Scrum Master for ITHAKA, a global online research service. From 2008 to 2011 Bellinson worked with at risk businesses in Michigan through a State funded program which was administered by the University of Michigan. Prior to working for the University of Michigan, Mr. Bellinson served as Vice President of an ERP software company, an independent business and IT consultant, as chief information officer of an automotive engineering services company and as founder and President of a systems integration firm that was a pioneer in Internet services marketplace. Bellinson holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and has a variety of technical certifications including APICS CPIM and CSCP.


The Agile Practitioner: Balancing Change

Tom Bellinson discusses lessons learned in a class he took to fulfill his scrum master certification training, “We must be willing to take bigger risks in the name of continuous improvement.” Read his compelling story drawn from Tom’s personal experience.

The Agile Practitioner: Agile Projects

Tom Bellinson states that “Agile project management is not an excuse to forego planning or architecture.” The fundamental flaw with the traditional approach to project management is that both the time permitted and the scope of work are fixed at the beginning. Read Tom’s Column to learn how an Agile approach can help overcome this problem.

The Agile Practitioner: The “Other” BPM

An attitude prevails in some organizations that too much business process management will stifle change, which is fundamental to being Agile. Tom Bellinson believes that trust is a very important characteristic of organizations that enjoy successful Agile practices. Read the examples he cites in support of his theory.

The Agile Practitioner: Stranded on Agile Island

Tom Bellinson’s experience as an Agile practitioner has led him to conclude that helping other teams become more Agile can ultimately increase trust throughout the organization and bring additional efficiencies to everyone. Read his Column for details.

The Agile Practitioner: Process, Dogma and Flexibility

Organizations that are serious about process management often use the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) as a means of evaluating their place on the maturity scale. Getting from Level 3 to Level 4 presents a considerable challenge to most organizations. And, although certain processes will always be managed at the organizational level, Tom believes agile practices are best left to the team level.

The Agile Practitioner: Using Agile Tools

For several years, BPTrends author, Tom Bellinson wrote a quarterly Column titled Process Solutions. This month he begins a new series for BPTrends entitled “The Agile Practitioner.” In his first Column in this series, Tom provides a detailed explanation of what agile processes do and how they can be applied.

Process Solutions: The Process of Startups

Finding a lack of content relating to small businesses in the BPTrends archives, Tom decided to share his experience in starting a new soap business with our readers. The Process Startups is the first of several Columns in which he will describe his progress and setbacks in his and his team’s effort to launch his new business. Follow the first installment of the process.

Process Solutions: What is the Internet of Things?

Although The Internet of Things provides users and businesses a great opportunity to make life a little easier, Tom Bellinson warns that, left unattended, these devices have the potential to do great harm. Read his concerns and his suggestions for making these devices more secure.

Process Solutions: Life in the Cloud: Part III – Scaling Up

The process of building software applications and making them available to users over the internet has evolved over time. In this Column, Tom Bellinson presents a brief history of web hosting to see how we arrived at our present state and why. Details inside.

Process Solutions: Life on the Web Part 11—SaaS ERP

Tom Bellinson asks “what is the difference between an ERP system that is cloud based and one that is not?” He argues that the answer is more about the architecture of the software and less about the software vendor. Read this edition of Process Solutions for Tom’s insights on selecting the software solution that best fits your processes.

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