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Al Simons

  

ScrumMaster, Information Processing Limited (IPL)

Location: Bath, Bristol & Swindon, United Kingdom


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials


Groups I belong to

Bath Scrum User Group

Biography

Al Simons I am a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with a wide range of experience working on Agile projects as a ScrumMaster and within Agile teams. I have a particular interest in web and mobile-based technologies and have over 16 years in the IT industry. I have experience of bottom-up business transformation following my championing, introduction and evolution of Agile development processes within a formerly fully Waterfall organisation. I am a member of Agile groups both within my company (which I helped to start) and in the Bristol/Bath community. I am highly professional, organised and approachable; these qualities combined with a natural flare for problem solving and an “agile evangelist” mind-set have helped me to fulfil my ScrumMaster roles. My enthusiasm and commitment to quality motivates those working for me and inspires customer confidence. My outgoing persona, pro-active communication approach and calm attitude help me to get the best out of everyone around me, whether they are young engineers or senior customers. I aim to succeed as a ScrumMaster by building and utilising relationships across organisations to help identify people or processes which I can later call upon to remove impediments for my team.

Work experience

Nationwide Building Society, ScrumMaster, Next Generation Banking App Development Team
February 2015 - Present, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
I was one of the ScrumMasters of the Next Generation Banking app development team who were responsible for building the society's new Tablet-enabled Banking app. We had two Scrum teams in the UK and four offshore in India. I also acted as coach for a new ScrumMaster who joined our UK team.

Nationwide Building Society, ScrumMaster, Mobile Banking App Development Team
September 2013 - January 2015, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
I was the ScrumMaster of the Mobile Banking team who were responsible for building and maintaining the society's Mobile Banking app. In time we grew to three Scrum teams within the Mobile Banking space and I was asked to help recruit and ultimately coach two new ScrumMasters. I also provided high level analysis, helping to define and refine business requirements while helping with project planning and estimation.

Nationwide Building Society, ScrumMaster and Agile Champion, Internet Bank Development Team
January 2012 - August 2013, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
I defined and rolled out a Scrum implementation in an otherwise Waterfall organisation. I was the ScrumMaster working with my new Scrum team who were responsible for building and maintaining the society's Internet Bank, Part of my aim was to expand the profile of Agile within the department and expand the use of Scrum. Over time the department grew and I coached several new ScrumMasters in to their new roles as we increased the number of Scrum teams. I also provided high level analysis, helping to define and refine business requirements while helping with project planning and estimation.

Nokia Music, Tech Lead & ScrumMaster Cover, Nokia Comes With Music Project
May 2009 - December 2009, Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
I worked as a Tech Lead and stand-in ScrumMaster for a Scrum team on a project which aimed to rebuild Nokia's "Comes With Music" website, a music download site offering free music to people who bought Nokia phones. Nokia Music reorganised all of its developers and testers in to new Scrum teams to work on a new architecture based around RESTful services, built by 8 Scrum teams. These services were consumed by the UI which was built by a further 2 Scrum teams. The Architects remained in their own team, providing high level design guidance to the Scrum teams. NOTE: Nokia Music later because known as Mix Radio, after they were sold by Nokia.

Nokia Music, Test Engineer within Scrum Team
May 2008 - February 2009, Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
I was an automated test engineer within a Scrum team working on the "Comes With Music" website project which aimed to offer free music downloads to anyone buying a Nokia mobile phone. NOTE: Nokia Music later because known as Mix Radio, after they were sold by Nokia.

 

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