Remembering Tamsen Mitchell

The Agile Alliance community was deeply saddened to learn that Tamsen Mitchell passed away on October 28, 2020.

“Thank you Tamsen for brightening up the world by colouring outside of the lines and putting the word facilitation into graphic facilitation. You were an awesome coach/trainer and pretty darn handy with Neuland. You taught me the value of group drawing as a way to embrace diversity of thought and as a way to welcome the judgement, preferences, and beliefs of all individuals within a working group. You will be sadly missed in the world of Agile, Scrum and beyond. Take care my friend.”

“We lost a wonderful member of our community. I knew Tamsen through Agile coaching classes and through her presence at conferences. She had a knack for naming things. And in both of her Agile coach Bootcamps, she was the humorous force that cracked the joke, made everyone laugh, and helped create shared identity for the whole group. I was also so proud to know her as she pursued her visual facilitation work and created her own special niche in our community.”

“This was such an important event for her, so we had to find a way for her to share in the experience. This is how Tiny Tamsen, or TT for short, was born. TT is a small crocheted doll, sporting a conference “lewk” — a white top with puffy sleeves, gracing black bottoms, all tied together with some Louboutin shoes. Friends and strangers all embraced TT and were eager to share in her adventures. TT allowed the community to stay connected with Tamsen and was also an expression of our love and support for her. A number of keepers took her on adventures — from backstage access to all the happenings of the conference, from attending sessions to playing games and hosting office hours, to multiple rounds of dinners and drinks, and more.

Over the course of the week, all of her keepers got to share stories of their experiences with this amazing woman who meant so much to us. After the conference, a book of photos chronicling Tiny Tamsen’s Adventures along with TT herself were delivered to Tamsen to keep bringing her joy after Agile2019.”



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