Employee Q&A: Sherrine Marlow

Meet Sherrine Marlow, an IBM TRIRIGA Applications Consultant at The Building People! She is a key member of our Technology Team.

Here is more from Sherrine about her background and role at TBP:

What is your professional background?

I have over 24 years of experience implementing dozens of Software Applications standing in a variety of roles including Certified Scrum Master, Project Manager, Project Lead, Tech Lead, Tech Product Owner, Tech People Manager, Business Systems Analyst, Data Developer/Analyst/Scientist, Business Intelligence Developer/Analyst, Training Developer, Trainer, Web Developer, Web Master, Quality Assurance Lead/Tester, just to name a few.  I am a seasoned Business and Technical leader in the implementation, upgrade, and support of software application projects for both the government and commercial sectors across a variety of domains. I strive to assist businesses to achieve their objectives through the introduction of technology solutions to solve business problems.

Prior to The Building People, I had been gaining knowledge and experience as a Contractor to various government, for-profit, and not-for-profit companies, and organizations. I have an extensive background in successfully bringing technology projects to completion leading a variety of methodologies including Agile, Waterfall, and hybrid, as well as supporting applications after project completion.

I earned my Master of Science in Information Technology from Capella University, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from University of Phoenix, with an emphasis on Information Systems and Technology, Project Management, and Technology Administration. I am a Certified Scrum Master and have been an effective and successful servant leader to Agile project teams. I have completed training and have been successful managing technical and learning teams. I have also completed Developer, System Administration, and Business Intelligence Developer training for the TRIRIGA application and have applied the training over a 6-year period to the implementation and upgrade of IBM TRIRIGA, the application and the infrastructure, as well as production support and training to become an expert in this area. I possess a wide and varied skillset allowing me to contribute to any project in a variety of capacities.

What is your role at TBP?

I am the IBM TRIRIGA Applications Consultant for The Building People. I specifically help the Technology team with learning about IBM TRIRIGA. I am also the IBM TRIRIGA expert for our clients, advising them on how to fit IBM TRIRIGA into their current processes and how it can improve them. I am very passionate about the IBM TRIRIGA product and am excited to be able to assist organizations in setting it up, training Users to use it, and seeing their smiling faces when everything works as they expect.

 Can you tell us about the work you do at TBP?

As the IBM TRIRIGA Application Consultant, I am primarily collaborating with a client to stand up their purchase of this application. I am also assisting our Tech Team where required to help stand up a copy of the software and any peripherals at The Building People.

What is a fun fact about you people might not know?

I love to design and make quilts.

What do you like most about working in your role?

I love working with IBM TRIRIGA and showcasing what an awesome product it can be for a company. I love untangling the complexities that IBM TRIRIGA brings and helping Business Users understand the power and usefulness of this new product to do their jobs. I love to see their smiles when they see something they used to do manually, or in another application, come through in IBM TRIRIGA.

How do you define success?

Success is looking back at my life when the end is near and realizing my family, my creations, and my accomplishments are my legacy to be left behind for the future generations and how excited I am to have lived the life I have lived, learned the things I have learned, loved the people I have loved, laughed as much as I have laughed, and the goal to keep on learning, laughing, and loving until my last breath.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would like to learn how to be a “white hat” hacker and spend my days saving companies and individuals from being hacked.

Do you have a favorite quote that resonates with you?

“Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s being afraid but doing it anyway.” (Unknown).

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

When you do not know what to do, do nothing!

This does not mean that you should not take action, but it does mean that while you are struggling to find answers to give your mind and body a rest to help figure things out. Go for a walk on the beach. Take the dog on an adventure in your neighborhood. Get some fresh air. Go for a drive. Allow your mind and body to breathe and wander. The answer will find you.

What is the accomplishment you are the proudest of to date?

Learning how to learn and finding that always being open to learning new things will lead you to accomplishments that you did not even know you were seeking. My latest, most exciting accomplishment has been to become a SR. TRIRIGA Developer, SR. TRIRIGA BI Developer, and a Certified Scrum Master – the three most fun and exciting positions I have ever held. What is my next great accomplishment? I guess we shall see!


Pictured above is a “temperature” Afghan. Sherrine had a color chart and crocheted the highs and lows during a 6-month period in Portland, Oregon!