Simone Hull

  

Certified Scrum Master, Fundamo

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Biography

My name is Simone Hull and Scrum is what excites me right now! My career path has allowed me the opportunity to work in both the Project Management and Agile Frameworks. The latter being the one I am currently most passionate about for the past 3 years.Scrum has given me the platform to work in great Scrum teams, being exposed to different Agile techniques. I love the transparency of the process and the Values that drive the process, that being Openness, Courage , Committement, Focus and Respect. I'm passionate about my role, always striving to learn and inspire others about the process.I have been privledged to have worked in start-up teams, intermediate team amd mature teams. I gained valuable experience being exposed to the various team elements from positive to exciting challenges given the level of maturity in teams. My my role has evolved from Teacher, to Facilitator, Mentor and I'm trying my hand at Coach:) Being part of the only Coaching Circle in Cape Town for the past 2 years has been my "Scrum School", and we recently started our Blog and did our first talk at a SUGSA event.

My goal is to work towards a CSP and PMI-ACP.
"Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life,
it's about what you inspire others to do"

Work experience

Fundamo, Scrum Master
November 2013 - Present, Cape Town , Western Cape, South Africa

Fundamo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa Inc. and one of the largest specialist providers of mobile financial services in the world.The platform has been deployed in more than 34 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, offering mobile financial services to unbanked and under-banked mobile subscribers including person-to-person payments, bill payments, wireless airtime top-up, and ticketing.

I am privledged to have been appointed as Scrum Master for such a global company.I will be looking after two development teams and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. Currently the teams have been gounded in the Framework of Scrum. However I would like to take the teams to the next level by driving passion and the art of Scrum through these teams. I am excited about the work being implemented abroad and working with people on an international level...very exciting and I am nervous at the same time:) I know that the experience I have gained over these past 3 years or so, community sharing events, education sessions and my coaching circle interactions has provided me with excellent insights to be able to do my very best!

Watch this space for more updates.... It's only been two months!!

Alacrity Technologies, Scrum Master
July 2011 - October 2013, Cape Town, South Africa

Alacrity Technologies is a privately held software company that provides services and crafts software solutions to fit a specific business and technology domain. For more than a decade Alacrity has provided the South African financial services and retail industries with exceptional software solutions, strategic services and technical resources.

I was based at a Client site with two development teams. One being new to Scrum and the other more intermediate level of experience in the Scrum process. This was an awesome challenge being able to "teach" through inter-active scrum 101 workshops and then "faciltate" the process with the young team. It brought me through vast learnings and knowledge transfer. Building exceptional relationships and the pride in seeing how the team inspecteded and adapted to the new way of life beyond Waterfall:)

I have also been involved in presenting Scrum to new employees of the business as part of their induction.This exposed the wider organisation to an educational in the process.

Metropolitan EB, Project Co-ordinator/Scrum Master
September 2004 - June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

I began my career at Metropolitan as a Project co-ordinator. During this time most of the projects I worked on used the PMBOK framework in Waterfall. I was tasked on a project to implement a satellite Project Office into our Buisness Unit and worked a huge migration project which tapped into using an international company and its people.

Since 2010, I have been involved and practicing the art of Scrum. I started out with 3 Dev teams and we all novices at this new framework.  We had many challenges but faced them together, and thrrough this endurance all our roles matured and we successfully progressed into fine Scrum development Teams.

I have learnt through this experience that living the Values and Manifesto in your daily inter-actions underpins building of relationships and awesome foundations for the Team to work from. Reading was the source of inspiration, being part of the Scrum community gave great guidance for me as a novice SM and having the passion to love my role made it even more worth it.