updated 9/15/2010 6:17:39 PM ET 2010-09-15T22:17:39

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 15, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Scrum Alliance has selected Donna Farmer as its new Managing Director. Farmer, former CEO and Founder of TOR LLC, assumes her role on October 1, 2010. She will lead the Scrum Alliance in its mission to transform the world of work and to serve those who seek an agile approach to complex business problems.

Previously, Farmer was Director - Global Networks for the Association for Competitive Technology, and Executive Director of Vivit, a non-profit serving the broad HP software community. She was also CEO of the non-profit Smart Card Alliance, CEO of the Smart Card Forum, and Vice President of Strategic Business Development at CertCo.

"Donna has the experience, expertise, and leadership abilities to . . . deliver the value expected by our members and broader constituent communities," said Tom Mellor, Chairman of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. "We're incredibly fortunate to find a person with a background in law, expertise in strategic business development, and experience directing multiple international organizations, including non-profits."

Farmer has spent the majority of her career in strategic development but has also served on the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science as Counsel for the Subcommittee on Technology. In her roles with a wide variety of industries ranging from Congress, to banking, to high-tech non-profits, Farmer has a record of success in growing strong organizations that nurture innovation and outreach.

Says Farmer, "I want to thank the Scrum Alliance Board and current Managing Director Jim Cundiff for providing a strong foundation upon which we will continue to build our legacy of excellence and success. Scrum is by far the most popular agile development framework. As it continues to be more broadly accepted and spreads beyond software, the demands for training, information, and guidance will increase exponentially. I'm looking forward to leading the Scrum Alliance in what promises to be an exciting time of growth and transition."

Farmer replaces outgoing interim director James Cundiff.

About the Scrum Alliance

The Scrum Alliance ( http://www.scrumalliance.org ) is a not-for-profit, professional membership organization created to promote and share the Scrum framework throughout the world.

About Scrum:

Scrum is an agile-based product development approach appropriate for organizing and managing complex work. Though it has historically been used by software development organizations, Scrum's flexible framework can be applied across multiple industries.

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