Jarek Brandt

  

Multiplatform Project Manager, Channel4

Location: London, UK


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

Jarek Brandt - a Senior Project Manager with 10+ years’ experience of complex project delivery and multiple workstream management. Currently working as a Multiplatform Project Manager at Channel 4 responsible for delivery of multiple projects for mobile and online platforms. Acting as an Agile evangelist working with in-house development teams and extrenal vendors adopting Agile practices. Previously worked as a Senior Project Manager at BBC News in London responsible proejct management of Media Publishing System platform across 3 workstreams in 24/7 service oriented environment applying Agile toolbox (Scrum, XP and Kanban).

I combine robust experience and understanding of business processes with extensive knowledge of technical delivery and development practices having delivered over 50 challenging projects in my career. I have implemented workflow systems and business change projects; successfully managed and delivered both UX heavy front end projects as well as server side solutions; I have managed projects with multiple external suppliers and delivered projects on client sides in variety of domains.

I am an accomplished Certified ScrumMaster with robust hands on delivery experience, proficient in Agile project management capable of adapting delivery processes to fit particular business environment. I am familiar with Scrum, Kanban, Lean Thinking, OGC Programme Management framework (MSP), Dynamic System Development Methodology (DSDM), Business Driven Development (BDD), Test Driven Development (TDD) and Extreme Programming (XP) practices.

I am also a certified PRINCE 2 Practitioner experienced in delivering projects in controlled environment.
I have been recognised as an effective Agile team coach having mentored junior project managers and ScrumMasters at BBC. Before BBC I was tasked with setting up an overseas development office (Krakow) where I implemented Scrum from scratch

Key expertise areas
-Agile Project Management / Agile in Enterprise level environments / Agile evangelizing
-Programme Management / Business change projects,
-Project Management with external suppliers,
-Team leadership / line management,
-Stakeholder engagement management,
-Dependency, Risk and Issue Management,

-Definition and optimisation of: project approaches / product roadmaps / product backlogs,-Management of QA and UAT processes / Implementation of XP, TDD and BDD practices.
 

 

Work experience

Channel 4, Multiplatform Project Manager
March 2012 - Present, London, United Kingdom
Key responsibilities: Day-to-day project delivery of multiple projects on online and mobile platforms Integration of strategic CRM platform with third party applications Agile coaching / mentoring / Embedding of Continuous Improvement culture Definition and execution of process improvement plans / Project delivery optimisation Project governance and stakeholder management Vendor relationship management QA process optimisation Dependency, Risk and Issue management,

BBC - News & Knowledge, Senior Project Manager
October 2010 - March 2012, London, United Kingdom
Key responsibilities: Day-to-day project management of multiple projects grouped into 3 workstreams with two separate product owners in 24/7 service-oriented environment using Agile toolbox approach. Team management of 10 senior developers and testers, Stakeholder engagement management, Fostering culture of Continuous Improvement across organisation, QA process improvements implementing BDD across workstreams, Software development process optimisation using Agile and Lean techniques, Project reporting and documentation using workflow tools – JIRA, Confluence, Collaboration with BBC PMO; Development of Programme Management framework and Agile best practice with BBC PMO and Senior Projects Managers from across BBC News.

BBC - CBBC Interactive, Technical Project Manager
October 2009 - October 2010, London, United Kingdom
Key responsibilities: Indie (External Vendor) stream project management: o Full lifecycle project management; Release management; Budget spend accountability; Tender process management; Resource management, o Line management of two junior project managers / Scrum Masters; o Concurrent project management with scaled Scrum / Scrum of Scrums; o QA and UAT process definition and implementation. Evangelization of Agile across department o Organisation of Agile workshops and presentations. o Coaching and mentoring Project Managers / Scrum Masters / Product Owners o Agile on UX led projects o Scrum with remote and distributed teams / external suppliers; o Standardisation of Agile project management approaches: Product backlog generation, estimation and prioritization streamlining;

Ministry of Ideas Ltd, Principle Project Manager
October 2006 - October 2009, London, United Kingdom
Key responsibilities: Project Team Lead – Line management of two delivery teams. o Establishing of Agile practices in overseas development office in Krakow. o Team building / recruitment / coaching, Planning, managing and delivering portfolio of projects for selections of key accounts: Adidas UK, Ferrero UK, British Telecom Agile Media UK, o Management of multiple projects at varying stages in development lifecycle, o Working with both distributed and remote project teams. Client side project management: consultation, project implementation and integration for key accounts using PRINCE 2 or Scrum: British Telecom - Agile Media, T-Mobile NL, Heineken Nigeria, Ferrero UK, Adidas UK, BP NL, Aral DE, Dougwe Egberts NL,