Benjamin Cooke

  

ScrumMaster, ASOS.com

Location: London


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile Coaching Exchange (ACE)

Biography

An experienced Certified ScrumMaster and agile professional with a passion for combining technology, best practice and growing self-motivated, effective teams. I combine strong principles with a wealth of real world experience from a variety of different software delivery teams at ASOS.com as the company has expanded and progressed through various transformations. Both inside and outside of work I contribute to the agile community through internal education programmes and my co-organisation of Agile Coaching Exchange events, sharing skills and ideas with others.

 

Work experience

ASOS.com, ScrumMaster / Development Manager
August 2012 - Present, London, United Kingdom
• Formed a new Rapid Response Scrum team from scratch. • Responsible for the day to day management of the team and delivery of customer facing functionality, while navigating platform restrictions. • Driven the creation of a team backlog and development of requirements to ensure a steady stream of work for the team. • In addition to key agile ceremonies, I’ve facilitated User Story mapping sessions, helping the team and Product Owner to work together to divide large problems into smaller vertically sliced Product Backlog items. • Proactive reporting of team progress to stakeholders around the business, highlighting any changes, issues or risks to delivery expectations. • Situational coaching of Product Owner as needed to help manage expectations and understanding of technical subjects as well as encourage ownership of Product Backlog. • Successful delivery and end to end management of customer-facing functionality, including trending products, recently viewed products control and implementing Fit Visualiser tool. • Co-organise a regular industry-wide agile coaching exchange to allow cross-pollination of skills. • Ability to use different communication styles, depending on the need, with various stakeholders, including conflict resolution. • Creativity and vision to see the bigger picture at ASOS, understanding the long-term business strategy and inspiring these qualities in others. • Following Lean principles co-developed a Waste Management strategy, highlighting common causes of waste across teams to encourage change and process improvement across the company.

ASOS.com, Associate Software Engineer
August 2008 - August 2012, London, United Kingdom
• Software Engineer position with increasing combined ScrumMaster responsibility on top of engineering duties helping to coach the team via facilitating key ceremonies. • Experienced in Product Backlog grooming and developing requirements with Product Owners from different areas of the business. • Regularly took on a Servant Leader style role, facilitating planning sessions, providing technical advice for sizing but stepping back enough to allow the team to make informed decisions. Using open ended and thought provoking questions I was able to bring the team together to come to solutions. • Studied Scrum outside of work to further improve my knowledge and the quality of our team output. • Been a key part of various groups and initiatives to increase the quality of our software through improving team morale and technical abilities. • Passionate about creatively motivating the team and fostering a strong rapport. • Worked on development of a variety of customer facing and back office applications in C#, VB.Net using Scrum framework. • Strong client side skills, promotion of client side optimisation concepts, JavaScript standards and AJAX. • Research and development including Windows Azure Diagnostics, JsLint as part of build process, Chrome browser extensions, Search, Service Bus, Test Automation using WatiN.