I'm a massive and enthusiastic Agile project management fan, Why? Because I've been involved with Agile and non-Agile projects for over ten years and I've seen how being agile really does make a difference!
So what about me? Passionate self motivated Scrum Master, Well versed in agile methodologies, agile adoption & transformational change - I love sharing my experience of the agile world with others either to ease the transition between traditional methodologies to Scrum, Kanban or just to help teams work more collaboratively.... I'm a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, member of the Scrum Alliance and regular blogger and Tweeter on all things agile!
I come from a development background (Java/.Net) with over 15 years experience in the field and I've held many job titles in that time from junior developer to lead developer, Team lead, Team manager and Scrum Master.
I understand the world of IT and the personalities within IT! I also understand the world of business! I'm happy to work with developers, PM's and stakeholders to reach win-win solutions... and yes compromises! but always through transparency and collaboration.
Please feel free to connect with me - I'm always interested in expanding my network and discussing new opportunities.
Agile Coaching, Scrum Master, facilitator and even a little coding! Scrum Master/Coach on a phased project to merge the UK and international e-commerce platforms. Additionally running agile Brown-bag lunches/talks, "Scrum Dine with Me" and various practical and sometimes fun coaching sessions!
Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) is the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services. With an unrivalled range of technical expertise and accredited services. UKAS accredited laboratories located across the UK and Ireland supported by a centralised head office.
PCMS is a software-house supplying retail and automotive systems I was a key individual in PCMS’s move from being a COBOL software house to Java, taking a lead role in the initial team which developed Beanstore, PCMS’s flagship POS system which is used by many tier 1 organisations including: Dixons Store Group, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. I worked on a number of projects including: Beanstore – EPOS solution I was part of the team that developed PCMS's EPOS solution, being 100% certified Java able to run on any platform or database! Beanstore is now PCMS's flagship product, sold world wide and used amongst others by M&S, DSG, Waitrose, John Lewis, Budgens, Kardstadt, Sunglass Hut, Harvey & Thompson, Pearle Europe and Shoppers. Vision Back Office The original carnation of our Vision back-office product was Java Swing based - I was an early advocate for a move from thick client applications to thin browser based - producing an early prototype which gained acceptance. We then went onto develop the back-office product for Budgens, Waitrose, Pearle Europe, Shoppers and Harvey & Thompson Shoppers in partnership with IBM Lead developer and Scrum Master working with PCMS's Cincinnati office and IBM to deliver Beanstore and Vision back-office into Shoppers – a chain of Canadian drug stores. The partnership was the first with IBM and ensured that PCMS and IBM worked together to supply Beanstore to M&S Partco Automotive – Ordering Software Lead developer on a project to replace Partco's stock reordering and suggested reordering systems. The objective of the project was to reduce overall stock holdings and to improve availability of stock through out Partco's then 500 branch network.
Team leader, technical lead and Scrum Master, responsible for mentoring, setting standards (both for internal and external staff) managing 3rd parties and assisting the development manager in the day to day running of the team. Heavily involved in the process of moving IT to an Agile environment and coaching teams and management on all things Agile! Drew up the .Net road map and saw it through to successful implementation, produced the development mobile strategy and delivered our first Proof of Concept Android applications. I also worked on a large range of applications including our core financial systems in a mix of technologies including, Java, .NET (C#, MVC, HTTP Services, SOAP) and Android.
Consultancy work, advice, training and Agile coaching
Minster is a software house who specialise in logistics/warehousing software for many well known companies including: Marks & Spencer’s, Wincanton, 3663 and Brakes I was approached by their development director in early 2008 whilst they were securing a contract with Wincanton – They were keen to get people who could assist them in building an enterprise scale solution and had broad skills set. I proposed several strategies and made recommendations as to how their development and release process could be improved before accepting a position in April 2008 Helped develop an infrastructure allowing Minster to augment all of their existing Cobol/Unix business logic with a .NET web front end. Moved all of Minster’s separate .NET web applications into one application in order to share existing and future infrastructure and functionality. Introduced a multi-tier architecture and data access framework. Introduced a new suite of UI components to improve productivity and consistency of work. Integrated web UI with existing Cobol business logic. Laid the ground work to enable the core COBOL file system to be replaced with an ORACLE database (A key Wincanton requirement as part of our bid) whilst allowing the existing code base to remain unaffected for other customers.