Michael Chik


Head of Agile, Standard Chartered Bank

Location: Singapore


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

London, UK


Professional with over 15 years of experience in the Digital Media field. I consider myself a pioneer of sorts in the Internet space. I have had a passion for the internet since I first began using at the age of 14. I started freelancing when I was 15 - building websites for various companies.
With a background in coaching, I strongly believe in the human aspect of technology and therefore focus on Agile Coaching for individuals as well as teams.

Being a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) I also specialise in Agile project/programme management using Scrum (敏捷項目) and Lean Kanban (看板). Believing fully in the principle off Kaizen (改善), I do a lot of work managing and improving processes, which I got praised for by Deloitte in 2010. I also focus on web architecture, information architecture, search engine optimisation, usability and user experience.

I was the product owner of Amnesty International's main global website amnesty.org for over 2 years. Other web products I was heavily involved with include benjerry.co.uk, tasteandsmile.com, glenlivet.com, report2007.amnesty.org, report2008.amnesty.org, report2009.amnesty.org, obama100days.amnesty.org, makesomenoise.amnesty.org, thechinadebate.org, livewire.amnesty.org and crisis.org.uk.

Considering myself as inherently agile, I've got a GTD attitude and always get things done on time.

I am the organiser of the London Scrum User Group Digital Project Managers group and co-organiser of the London Scrum User Group.
I'm fluent in English, German, Swiss German, Mandarin and Cantonese

Work experience

Photobox Ltd, Scrum Master / Agile Coach
May 2011 - Present, London, Select a State, United Kingdom
I was hired to fill the role of Scrum Master. Moreover, however, to help a struggling team and organisation with implementing Agile, Scrum and Kanban.

Ars Agilis, Freelance Agile Project Manager and Agile Coach
January 2005 - Present, London / International, United Kingdom

·         A-Z digital project management of websites and mobile apps from inception to retrospective

·         Emphasis on delivery of business value in an iterative fashion

·         Agile team and behaviour coaching and team transitions from waterfall to agile, including the pomodoro technique 

·         Special PM focus on agile UX, user centric design and IA

·         More than a year’s experience working in digital agencies (Maynard Malone, Birddog, Brightlemon)

·         Organiser of the London Digital Project Mangers meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/london-digital-project-managers)

Amnesty International, Online Developer
March 2007 - August 2011, London, United Kingdom

·     Managed several microsite projects for AI’s worldwide International Council Meeting

·     Managed several technical projects aimed at helping to achieve strategic organisational objectives

·     Essentially project management a 1-year project to redesign AI’s website on Drupal

·     Acted as the lead PHP and Drupal developer for AI’s global website

·     Administered Linux, Apache and MySQL (LAMP) stacks for dev and production environments

·     Managed four legacy project using Prince 2

·     Maintained over 30 Lotus Domino databases and applications feeding onto the web

Maynard Malone, Head of Project Management and Team Coach
October 2010 - May 2011, London, United Kingdom


·        Managed high profile projects for Ben & Jerry’s, Tate & Lyle, Glenlivet and Plymouth Gin with 100% success rate (on or ahead of time and within budget), including facebook applications and flash games

·        Brought in to establish operational processes and change management

·        Developed and implemented advanced development, operational and project processes

·        Implemented agile processes, including a kanban-based pull system

·         Managed and coached a team of 9, including 4 developers, 3 designers and 2 account managers

·         Managed the technical team and filled the role of technical lead, implementing best practices

·         Increased team morale, productivity, team cohesion and team communication

·         Audited, managed, monitored and projected account budgets

·         Project managed 10 projects, all on time and within budget


Brightlemon, Head of Production
February 2010 - August 2010, London, United Kingdom

·        Project managed amnesty.org, newcoventgardenmarket.com, planschoolslink.org, brightlemon.com, explorerowing.org, kinetick.co.uk, thelmandlouise.com

·        Brought in to establish project and operational processes to allow the company to grow

·        Rescued 4 projects in terms of deadlines, scope, budget and client satisfaction

·        Responsible over all aspects of product development workflow

·        Implemented agile processes (Scrum, DSDM and Kanban) using a step-by-step approach

·        Developed and implemented operational and project processes from scratch

·        Transitioned a team of 12 people to agile

·        Responsible for all aspects of client projects from the proposal stage until completion

·        Responsible for all client communications and stakeholder management

·        Managed dispersed developer team members in Italy, France and Belgium

·        Delivered 7 projects on time and on budget

Amnesty International, Senior Web and Information Architect
August 2007 - January 2010, London, United Kingdom

·     Project management of amnesty.org’s continuous development and redesigns

·     Managed all aspects of the website development life-cycle as a project, program and product manager

·     Commissioned and led on the implementation of a SEO and a usability report 

·     Technical lead on over 20 digital projects

·     Scoped the technical architecture of over 50 digital projects, including iPhone and Facebook apps

·     Managed the technical backend infrastructure for over 20 digital properties, including aspects of performance and scalability

·     Improved performance of the team by introducing agile methodologies and lean processes

·     Direct line management of a 8 person tech team

·     Managed offshore development teams in the US, India, Japan and New Zealand

·     Maintained 4 Ruby on Rails applications