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 an Agile Coach 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: The Daily Stand-up

While preparing for an upcoming IRM UK Business Change & Transformation Conference, Tom Bellinson discussed an agile practice called the daily stand-up. The idea behind a stand-up is to promote the agile principle of “people and communication over process and tools.” Learn more about this practice which could prove useful to your team.

The Agile Practitioner: The Daily Stand Up

While preparing for the upcoming IRM UK Business Change & Transformation Conference, Tom Bellinson spoke with some people around his organization about an agile practice called the daily stand-up. What, you may wonder is the daily stand-up? Some new exercise? You better read inside to find out.

The Agile Practitioner: All Things Agile

Tom Bellinson’s plan for 2021 is to shift his approach to The Agile Practitioner to shorter, more focused pieces on specific more practical topics that have come up during his own Agile practice. This month, he focuses on agility “writ large.” Follow him on his new approach. You will be rewarded.

The Agile Practioner: The Product Organization

Products can take countless shapes and forms. In the software industry, in which Tom Bellinson works products are actually provided as a service to the customer, but make no mistake, we are a product company. Tom Bellinson expounds upon what a product company means.

The Agile Practitioner: Agile Documentation

Tom Bellinson advises against standardization. If there’s one takeaway here, it is this: don’t standardize on one or two tools and force everyone to use them for their solution. Allow people to find the tools that fit their particular needs. This practice, he believes will result in a more productive staff and better outcomes that will more than justify the cost of the extra tools.

The Agile Practitioner: Workflow

In this Column, Tom talks about two topics that consistently come up in software development, but, he insists, they can most definitely apply to other product development processes as well: The amount of work in progress and the coupling/interdependency of components.

The Agile Practitioner: Agile Risk Management

Tom Bellinson describes how an agile team responds “when a deadline looms large.” Above all, product teams must have the freedom to deliver on the required outcomes for the customer in a highly flexible manner. An Agile team is trained for this purpose. Read more on this topic in Tom’s Column.

The Agile Practitioner: Business Process in an Agile Age

Tom cites a quote from The Agile Manifesto which states that the definition of Agile is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools,” a phrase that he finds confusing. In this Column, he relates his efforts to uncover its meaning and shares his discovery with our readers.

The Agile Practitioner: The Importance of Trust

Tom’s role as a scrum master is to encourage practices that make the team more effective. Read why he considers trust an essential ingredient in accomplishing the goals if an “Agile” team.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

BPTrends Columnist, Tom Bellinson, is constantly on the lookout for material that will enhance his work as an agile practitioner. In one such search, he encountered Daring Greatly. What he found particularly compelling about the author’s analysis is that she uses empirical evidence coupled with statistical analysis to back her ideas. High praise from someone I know to be a careful and dead center critic.

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