Tomasz de Jastrzebiec Wykowski

  

Owner, Procognita

Location: Krakow, Poland


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

ALE Krakow

Poland

Biography

Tomasz de Jastrzebiec Wykowski is an independend Agile Trainer, Coach, project manager, founder and owner of Procognita company.

Tomasz has started his adventure with software over twenty years ago, creating his first programs in BASIC. After graduating from University of Science and Technology, in Krakow, Poland, he’s been working for eight years in international corporations (Motorola, Sabre Holdings) as developer, configuration manager, quality engineer and project manager. This gave him a chance to see software development from different perspective and familiarize with both Agile methodologies and traditional approach to software development. In his work, he was responsible for projects of different size; from small, several weeks long, up to multi years, complex undertakings with budgets over million dollars, aimed at developing advanced product with multiple dependencies from other components and systems.

In his projects Tomasz has been successfully implemeting Agile practices, utilizing best practices of Scrum, Extreme Programming and Kanban. He has coordinated multinational, multicultural and distributed teams, cooperating with citizens of countries such as United States, India, Great Britain, Ireland, Ukraine, Russia and Israel. He has experience in managing project from high level idea, through identification of customer and end user expectations, requirements definition, product implementation, beta tests, up to delivery and maintenance. Owned certificates of Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) allows him to effective support adaptive approach with traditional techniques, and select processes and tools that best suits his customers’ needs.

From 2010 year he is helping IT companies in their quest for Agile culture as an independent coach and trainer. His training are conducted in light and original way, with a large dose of humor. Provoking the audience with his questions, he leads the audience into deep analysis of IT problems and finding profound solutions. His creative exercises are not limited to the development of yet another online stores, but allow participants to try their hand at creating software for RoboCop, Han Solo or Santa Claus. As a coach, Tomasz focuses primarily on the aspect of human behavior by observing both individual team members as well as the dynamics of the group.

Tomasz is actively engaged in Agile society. He is giving lectures on international conferences and organizing them. He’s founder co-organizer of ALE Krakow (Agile-Lean-Europe) local Scrum User Group.  For over eight years, he provides training on Communication, Project Management, Agile and Lean. Since 2011 he’s also co-training Scrum Alliance certified courses. His trainer's competencies are continuously developed on dedicated training.

Articles I've written

Teaching Relative Estimation by Throwing a Cat
I'm a big fan of relative measurements in software development. However, when teaching this idea, I've noticed that many developers who are used to estimating work in hours or days find it difficult to switch to using story points as the relative measurement of complexity. . . .