Bob Willis


Director, Bob Willis Ltd

Location: Exeter, UK


Bob Willis has held most roles in the IT industry over the past 30 years, from development, testing and training, to solution architect and database administration. In the last 10 years he has shifted his focus to IT Project Management, specialising in Agile delivery. His first exposure to Agile was while managing a Telematics project for General Motors in Detroit, MI. The delivery was being hampered by low quality, high defects, missed deadlines and low customer satisfaction. It was decided to try and use Agile techniques for delivery –delivery was very much improved.

Since then he has been a DSDM Practitioner, managed IBM’s BPM Playback methodology (Scrum-like Agile delivery) for rapid development of business processes and developed Project Management and Agile training.

Currently he is leading the introduction of Scrum into Babcock Marine, working with Agile coaches from an external Agile consultancy. He is also the ScrumMaster on multiple Scrum and Kanban projects.

Work experience

Babcock International, Project Manager
August 2013 - Present, Plymouth, Devon, GB
Introduced Agile (Scrum/Kanban) methodologies to Babcock in order to streamline their IT development process focusing on delivering customer value. As a result, Scrum is now being used to effectively manage the delivery of multiple projects including submarine refit software and several .NET web applications. Ran Training Workshop for Project Managers using Lego to provide Scrum training through experiential learning.

Bob Willis Ltd, Owner
December 2011 - Present, Exeter, Devon, GB
Formed Bob Willis Ltd to provide Programme and Project Management services to the public and private sector.

Devon and Somerset Fire Rescue Service, Project Manager
November 2012 - August 2013, Exeter, Devon, GB
Created Middleware Process Factory in order to manage the development of IBM BPM and Broker work using IBM BPM Playback methodology (Scrum-like). Managed the delivery of the Process Factory in the ScrumMaster role, with the team comprising a process analyst, 2 BPM developers and 2 integration specialists.

Babcock International, Project Manager
December 2011 - March 2012, Plymouth, Devon, GB
Managed delivery of multiple ERP projects (HR, Finance, Supply Chain and Production Planning.

Met Office, Project Manager
November 2007 - November 2011, Exeter, Devon, GB
Managed multiple programmes and projects including Supercomputer Programme, Payroll project, Microsoft BI project, Doppler Radar project, and Web based multi-layer GIS/Weather projects.

Compuware, Project Manager
November 2005 - November 2007, Detroit, MI, US
Ran multiple Telematics projects at OnStar (subsidiary of General Motors). This was my first experience of an Agile methodology and completely changed my perspective on software delivery. The situation was brought about through the desperation of multiple failed delivery deadlines and the customer's reducing confidence in our ability to provide them what they needed.