Tim Saunders

  

Agile/Digital consultant, Freelance

Location: Sevenoaks, Kent, UK


Certifications

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

Tim Saunders

I am a freelance Digital consultant, specialising in Agile methodologies such as Scrum. I was a co-founder of the London digital agency The Cogworks and was the development director for almost 7 years. I transitioned the agency to using Agile techniques and helped clients and partners with their own agile adoptions. In addition I evangelised the use of Scrum and Kanban to help turn around failing projects.

I am a certified Scrum product owner and have successfully lead projects and programmes of work for large companies using Agile techniques. I am focused on business value at all times and am a firm believer in incremental delivery in order to reduce risk, ensure value for money and to keep customers at the forefront of strategy.

Using my breadth of experience and knowledge I help companies and agencies with Agile transitions. I also help with digital strategy and improving a company's overall efficiency through better use of technology and resources.

Work experience

The Cogworks, Development Director
June 2007 - February 2014, London, GB
Transitioned the agency from traditional waterfall techniques to a fully agile Scrum based agency. Worked with teams as coach, mentor, Scrum master and product owner. Helping team members adopt agile development practices as well as helping shift the agency culture to a more agile based approach. I also worked with clients to evangelise and educate on the benefits of the agile approach (scrum in particular). Often this involved explaining not only how the process worked but helping dispel myths and fears of working with an agile agency. I was also Product Owner on larger multi agency projects for clients such as: Reckitt Benckiser, Vanish and Endsleigh Insurance. As part of which I facilitated workshops at client offices, working with stakeholders to create meaningful user stories and useful product backlogs. Also working throughout projects to ensure the rapid delivery of business value. Some of the other clients I worked with were: Happier Homes, Durex, Veet, Clearasil, Jaguar Landrover, Wunderman, Blackbridge Communications, Iris Worldwide, Olswang, Best Invest, Collinson Latitude, World Skills London 2011, Jack Wills, Oasis and Agria.

Collinson Group, CMS Consultant
April 2010 - June 2010, London, GB
My first experience of Scrum in practice, I was bought in as a CMS consultant to help with a large project. I was a member of the development Scrum team, involved in all the normal ceremonies of Scrum and also Agile development practices, such as TDD, automated integration testing, refactoring and incremental delivery.