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Hello there! I'm Jason Malmstadt, Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org and Responsive Advisors, and I'd love to help you learn more about Scrum, agility, and delivering value. And tell you lame dad jokes. But mostly those first three.
I help people work better.
I started out tinkering with computers as a kid. My family got an IBM PS/2 when I was in elementary school, and I learned to play lots of DOS games (ah, those were the days). I also quickly learned that I could edit the startup scripts and before you know it? I broke it. Thus began a cycle of Jason exploring, breaking, and ultimately repairing our family's 1980s PC.
My professional background is in Software Development, with over a decade in the Medical Devices industry. You want to talk about high pressure? Quality was quite literally a matter of life and death. It's in this environment that I first learned about Scrum. The ideas of transparency, adaptability, and continuous delivery of value resonated with me immediately. I quickly began helping teams learn and use the framework, and discovered that I was adept at helping others understand the concepts that made it work.
When I'm not teaching Scrum and coaching organizations in applying the framework, I like to sing, play video games, build Legos with my kids, and take long walks on the beach. That last one is only possible about 2 weeks a year because I live in the frozen state of Wisconsin in the United States.
I began teaching Scrum classes in 2017, and immediately knew I found something that I loved. I still remember a "light-bulb moment" with a student from one of those first classes. This student sat in the back of the room with her arms crossed, very resistant to the use of Scrum in her department. Suddenly, something clicked and she understood how this framework could help her team. She ended up being one of the strongest advocates for the use of Scrum in her organization.
There are few things more professionally satisfying for me than watching a student in my class have that light bulb moment. Except maybe having zero emails in your inbox. That's absolute gold.
At Responsive Advisors, our goal is to provide our clients with a holistic approach to business agility. We partner with our clients to help create a sustainable culture that is tuned to create fast, nimble, and resilient organizations that can respond quickly to changing conditions.
Learn more about us here:
- Responsive Advisors Agile and Scrum Courses
- View Our Upcoming Classes in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City
- Join Our People Side of Software Meetup in Chicago
- Responsive Advisors Blog
- Our YouTube Channel
We've worked with all kinds of companies big and small. Here's some of them:
I would love to see you in one of my upcoming classes. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! Hope to see you soon!