Alan Taylor

  

Agile Project Manager

Location: Melbourne, Australia


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

As an experienced Project Manager with over fifteen years experience working with leading businesses across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Alan started in IT as a developer, then moved through team leader to Project Manager, with Business Analyst tasks throughout. Alan has gained broad exposure across complex IT transformation projects, playing a leading role in managing the development and integration of business critical projects using both Agile and Waterfall methodologies.

His passion for the Agile methodology, and the firm belief he holds in the positive outcomes it can deliver for development teams, has been the driving force behind Alan’s campaign to help businesses understand and adopt this incredibly powerful approach. His recent leadership appointments, including working as a Scrum Iteration Manager has allowed Alan to work with multiple clients and cross-functional teams to ensure consistent and reliable rollouts in the delivery of cloud (SaaS) web products.

With experience managing software delivery projects end to end, throughout the complete SDLC, Alan has implemented small to medium software and integration rollouts, including international system replacement projects. As a capable stakeholder manager with an excellent ability to work consultatively to understand goals, objectives, requirements and priorities, Alan utilises high level communication and presentation skills to work effectively with business and technical teams, based locally and abroad.

Adept at budget management and task tracking, Alan has lead development projects and teams, maintaining a clear view of progress towards key milestones, whilst also staying within budgetary parameters. Through close collaboration with each organisation and their stakeholders, Alan is able to identify critical risk issues before they surface, avoiding potential disasters during roll out.

Away from the office, Alan is a keen runner, motorcyclist, traveller and chef – passions that he’s indulged in for over 20 years.  With an appetite for business improvement and a desire to drive teams to realise their full potential, Alan is a catalyst for change, with a reputation for thinking outside the box to achieve outcomes.

Work experience

PageUp People, Agile Project Manager
March 2013 - December 2013, Melbourne, Victoria

Agile Project Manager / Iteration Manager. Facilitated Standups, Iteration Reviews, Iteration Planning sessions, etc.

Amdocs, Software Support Manager
March 2010 - March 2013, Melbourne

Managing support and defect resolution of CRM software, which included use of Lean in incident assessment, prioritisation and work stream assignment.

Amdocs, Project Manager
October 2003 - February 2010, Auckland

Software development Project Management in a primarily waterfall model (PMI), working with others to demonstrate the benefits of change to Agile through example projects

Audatex, Team Lead
March 2001 - September 2003, Zurich, CH
Technical team lead for application development. Introduced XP concepts, resulting in high quality, on time and budget solutions.