Bruce Keightley’s extensive military career has ingrained the Agile principles of transparency, inspection and adaption. This, combined with his extensive and real-life leadership, management and training experience has produced an unusual, but extremely effective skill set.
Bruce served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for over 23 years as a pilot, flying instructor, staff officer and squadron commander. After leaving the air force he moved to the Middle East where he flew with three different air forces over an eight year period. On returning to New Zealand he started consulting in the leadership, training and aviation sectors until he was introduced to Agile in 2010.
Since then he has worked as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, trainer and Agile coach; he has implemented Scrum, Kanban, Visual Management and Evidence Based Management into a growing number of clients throughout the Canterbury region.
Assurity Consulting Ltd, Agile Practice Lead
December 2012 - Present, Christchurch, NZ
Training, implementing and coaching Scrum, Kanban, Evidence Based Management and Visual Management into a range of clients.
Clarus, Agile Consultant
August 2012 - November 2012, Christchurch, NZ
Worked as an Agile Consultant for Clarus, first as a contractor, and then as a permanent employee. Once a permanent employee filled the role of Agile Practice Lead. Working with a range of clients, I would take them through the two-day Scrum training course (modelled on Kane Mar's and Jeff Sutherland's CSM course), and then coach and mentor the client through two sprints to get them to the point where they truly understood the values, principles, behaviours and events of the framework to the point where they became self-sufficient. For Kanban and Visual Management, the same approach was taken but the training was one day and ½ day respectively.
Tait Communications, Scrum Coach
May 2011 - July 2011, Christchurch, NZ
Worked as a Scrum Coach for three teams initially, then set up, trained and coached a further two teams
Zeacom, Scrum Master
February 2011 - April 2011, Auckland, NZ
Worked as a contract Scrum Master at Zeacom. They employed a contract Scrum Master who turned out to be the major impediment. Clarus (the company I was working for) was called in to get the Scrum implementation back on track. Edwin Dando did the initial work, then handed over to me to continue as Scrum Master until the Company could identify and hire/get trained a replacement.