Derek Davidson

  

Founder, Webgate Ltd

Location: UK


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Biography

Derek Davidson

Hi!

I'm a Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach. I teach Scrum and I help businesses to implement Scrum. I also write a blog on Scrum at http://www.webgate.ltd.uk/category/news/

I am a software specialist and have worked in all roles from Programmer to Chief Technology Officer CTO. I have also taught advanced programming techniques to professional developers all over the World.

Work experience

Agility in Mind, Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach
December 2013 - Present, London
Agility in Mind provides Scrum Training, Agile Coaching, Scrum Master, TFS and agile related services and consulting. It relentlessly focuses on delivering value for its clients. I predominantly teach Professional Scrum classes for Scrum Masters and software developers for organizations such as Oracle and UKHO.

Webgate Ltd, Founder
November 2012 - Present, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Founder at Webgate Ltd, an independent Scrum Training, Consulting and Contracting organization. I have created, and provided, Scrum training course both in-person and live online.

Dunelm Mill, Scrum Trainer / Agile Coach / ScrumMaster
March 2013 - June 2013, Leicester, United Kingdom
Dunelm Mill is a FTSE 250 company providing homewares from both physical stores and online in the UK. Initially, taught Scrum across the company followed by a stint as ScrumMaster helping new Scrum Teams to implement the Scrum techniques newly taught. I also operated as an Agile Coach, providing coaching services across the business, including at board level. I continue to provide training services for Dunelm Mill, on an ad-hoc basis.

ASOS.com, Agile Coach / Scrum Master
July 2012 - November 2012, London, London, United Kingdom
I worked as an Agile Coach / Scrum Master / Scrum Trainer at ASOS.com (contracted via RippleRock). ASOS.com is the UK’s largest independent online eCommerce fashion retailer. I trained teams in Scrum and Agile techniques and helped them on the road to high-performance and achieving increased productivity. I also acted as the Scrum of Scrums Master for four Scrum teams, both internal and external, working on a project to convert an eCommerce solution onto new technology. I had additional responsibilities as an Agile Coach where I would provide coaching for senior management as well as mentoring for permanent Scrum Masters. I also trained internal and external resources on Scrum.

Webgate Ltd, Founder
September 2010 - June 2012, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Founder at Webgate Ltd, an independent Scrum Training, Consulting and Contracting organization. I have created, and provided, Scrum training course both in-person and live online. Webgate Ltd is a Microsoft BizSpark member. I provide training and consulting services in deploying, managing and maintaining Scrum and Agile practices. In addition, I do presentations for User Groups and speak at seminars and conferences on business of Scrum and Agile. Training testimonials available here: http://www.webgate.ltd.uk/testimonials/ I maintain a blog on Scrum at http://www.webgate.ltd.uk/category/news/ and have a membership list including people from companies such as Intel, HP, Cap Gemini, Greenpeace, UBS, Logica (CGI), Tata, ING and Cognizant.

Connaught PLC, Software Development Manager
August 2008 - August 2010, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
Connaught PLC was a FTSE 250 company with over 10,000 employees, engaged in the provision of integrated asset services to the public and private sectors. (nb: Company now defunct) I managed a team of 26 internal staff and 35 outsourced, external staff using Agile / XP on both new and BAU software products. Managed entire contract for outsourced development team (Ukraine based) achieving significant savings for no loss of service over the contract period. Delivered services to 10000+ users in multiple offices all across the UK. Managed fast paced change across the business as a whole and in software development in particular by successfully introducing new estimation, scheduling and project delivery processes. Successfully achieved on-time, on budget deliverables over the term. Utilized Agile methodologies (Scrum / XP) Technology Used: Java, Hibernate, Microsoft Project, Agile (Scrum / XP)