Thomas has an excellent understanding of today’s rapidly evolving business needs and knows what it takes to create software that best serves these needs. Working in software project management since 1995, he is known to be an expert of "what really matters".
His passion for improving processes and teams goes all the way back to the early nineties – when he was managing restaurants, bands and events and saw how businesses could dramatically improve when the right structures and people are put in place. It was then that he realized that there was an important gap in the market and decided to form a business consulting firm to help companies implement better processes and workflows based on customer-focused software.
In 2005, he became a “natural born Agilist” – although he didn’t know it at the time. His company had been busy developing Internet applications and began to notice that they were running into all sorts of issues with the waterfall process. Without realizing that there already was an existing framework for it (Scrum), Thomas began setting up cross-functional teams that were self-organized. He asked the teams what they thought they would be capable of delivering in a four-week period and took this as a basis for serving customers. Ever since then, the company has delivered every single project on time and on budget.
With this successful outcome the company quickly grew to 25 employees, with no set hierarchies and a flexible group of four to five teams. “It was awesome to watch this happen and to see how we began to stand out from our competitors,” says Thomas. He continues to establish Scrum-like communication to his teams and customers to this day. Another key part of the company’s success has been to focus on creating a common understanding of business needs and how to best address those very needs.
It was during some time off that Thomas began doing in-depth research into what the best practices in software development were and soon discovered Scrum. Since then, he is Scrum’s biggest fan and wants to become the best product owner on the planet – although he is fully aware that can never happen as there must always be room for improvement. Or as Mike Cohn says, “You might have to admit that you could be wrong.”
Inspired by Jeff Patton in 2013, Thomas has recently been taking a closer look into making extraordinary software with a strong user-centric & lean UX approach that always focuses on the “Why” as well as the impact a product has on its market. Today, this is his biggest passion to deliver the best software products at the right time and to the right people.
Thomas-John Martin, May 2015