Mike Lowery

  

Agile Consultant

Location: Wellington New Zealand


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Biography

Prior to immigrating to New Zealand, Mike worked as a senior project manager (PM team Lead) at the BBC.  His previous experience includes working for two big-5 consultancy firms, delivering local government IT projects in the UK and working in telecommunications manufacturing.  He also spent just over six years in the Military, where adaptive, responsive planning to dramatically changing situations with immediate feedback (some of it hostile) is the norm.

Motto: No plan survives first contact with the enemy.

 

Work experience

Open Polytechnic, Agile Coach
March 2012 - Present, , New Zealand
Scrum Master for a major online marking Project. Providing Scrum coaching to other teams.

Assurity Consulting Ltd, Agile Consultant
March 2010 - March 2012, , New Zealand
Scrum and general Agile practices coaching. Over a 2 year period lead the transformation of a team of 120 people at a major NZ bank from waterfall to a Scrum and Kanban driven delivery programme. Presenting at conferences within New Zealand. Working with small business to increase their business Agility. Coached delivery teams at a NZ university in Scrum.

3Months, Agile Consultant
July 2012 - March 2010, , New Zealand
Project manager / Scrum master delivering bespoke web applications Financial, risk and issue management Coaching and training in Agile practices Coaching and training in general project management practices Reviewing organisational software delivery capabilities

ACC, Manager Programme Teams
April 2008 - July 2009, , New Zealand
Project and Programme delivery management Coaching and Mentoring Resource management / recruitment Line Management – up to 18 project managers / coordinators Quality assurance of project artefacts Acted as Programme Office manager during recruitment freeze Conduit for senior management concerns and project issue escalation Subject matter expert / internal coach on Agile practices

BBC, Senior Project Manager / Scrum Master
February 2007 - December 2007, , United Kingdom
Delivery of complex, high value / risk projects using Scrum Coaching of junior staff Financial and resource management Reporting to senior management Stakeholder management SME for Agile project delivery methods

BBC, Project Manager / Scrum Master
February 2005 - February 2007, , United Kingdom
Delivery of all BBC mobile projects and others as required using Scrum and Agile delivery frameworks Financial and resource management Team workload forecasting Reporting to senior management Stakeholder management SME for project delivery methods Agile Coach / trainer

BBC, Operations Producer
April 2004 - October 2004, , United Kingdom
Day to day management of operation team – including out of hours management support covering emergency call out for website issues Act as an interface between client and first line support team Act as an single point of contact between project team and production support team Creation of management reports on roll out progress Release manager for project team deployments Assist the product manager in planning the implementation of new product launches.

London Borough of Greenwich, Technical Project Manager
September 2003 - February 2004, , United Kingdom
Single point of contact between council and vendor Technical support and guidance of MS content management system rollout internally Project reporting and resource management Generation of UAT scripts and processes Management of council staff during UAT phase of the project Production of requirements specifications for site upgrades Liaison with the Royal National Institute for the Blind on accessibility issues and testing

Deloitte & Touche,
August 2002 - September 2003, , United Kingdom
Mentoring and Coaching junior team members Project QA role looking at methods, practices and governance on client projects Bid management Generation of new business Project management

Arthur Andersen, Consultant
September 2000 - August 2002,
Project management Software development Generation of new business

Nokia Telecommunications, Test Development Engineer
February 1995 - September 2000, , United Kingdom
Component level repair of base station equipment Maintenance of test equipment and production line tools Production line build and deployment Software development Small scale project management

British Army, Telecommunications Technician
June 1988 - April 1994, , United Kingdom
Team leadership Training Repair of military telecommunications test equipment to component level Telecoms site setup and maintenance