Gerald Stober - I am passionate about business analysis and the role agile thinking has improved the effectiveness of software delivery. The idea of servant leadership thrills me, guiding teams of developers and analysts in their own achievements and the evolution of software solutions. Saying I love what I do is an understatement of note. My enthusiasm for sporting activities, partner, Lesley and our 3 dogs ensure that I maintain a healthy work-life balance. While my short-term goals include becoming a certified scrum professional and coach, achieving a MBA remains a long-term achievement.
Alacrity, Business analyst/ scrum master
February 2005 - Present, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Started with Alacrity (then known as Magmatec) as a business analyst. Obtained the BA diploma (DipBA) through FTI in 2008. My agile journey started early 2009. Obtained CSM in this year as well and have been involved in various roles (BA, tester, scrum master) on scrum teams since then.
In my first team, my role was business analyst and coached the scrum master (PM background) in her role. We worked mostly on maintenance projects. In my last 2 teams we worked on projects from inception and used scrum as a framework to achieve this. I have also co-trainined 3 in-house teams which are now working at various client sites.
Currently working in my 5th scrum team at a client's site in the role as scrum master. I did presentations to various units within the client's organisation making them aware of what scrum is and how it affects the way things are currently done. They have now established a second scrum team which has been working on another high profile stategic project. I initially became the scrum master for that second team but managed to persuade them to hire a permanent scrum master which I could coach immediately. This team has now been operarational for 6 months and the new scrum master is now extremely capable of running the team on his own.
Attended the SA scrum gatherings (2010, 2011 & 2013). Also completed the course Leading Self-Organising Teams in 2012 (Scrumsense) and the DAD (disciplined agile delivery - Scott Ambler and Ass.) in 2013. I also play an integral role in facilitating agile/ scrum coaching sessions. People from different companies attend these sessions (2 hours bi-weekly). The coaching sessions have been running for the last 3 years now. I'm also a regular attendee at the monthly SUGSA (scrum user group South Africa) sessions. Most recently I've been given the role of establishing an agile competency within our organisation. This is my current challenge.
Summary of roles:
February 2009 - December 2009: BA on scrum team (this was a team to pilot scrum).
January 2010 - May 2011: BA, and tester (at this point we had 4 scrum teams).
June 2011 - February 2012: Scrum master (also mentored and coached 2 scrum masters during this time).
March 2012 - September 2012: BA at client site (using waterfall methodology).
October 2012 - started making client (same client) aware of agile delivery and first scrum team was established at this corporate in December 2012.
Current - scrum master for 1 team and coach/ consultant for the second team.