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Rowan Bunning
Principal Trainer and Agile Coach at Scrum WithStyle.
Australia

Biography

Rowan Bunning is an Australian pioneer of the world’s most widely used Agile framework: Scrum. Rowan is one of Australia’s first Agile Coaches having been hired as such by one of Europe’s foremost Agile consultancies in 2007. As a Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008, he has trained over 5,000 people in Australia and New Zealand making him one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the Australasian region. Rowan spent the first 10 years of his career in technical software development and UX design roles. 5 years of this was in project delivery for government clients. This included designing the original online Australian Business Number transactions for the ATO in the lead-up to introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Rowan’s next 5 years were in product R&D as designer of products including one of the world’s first semantic XML-based Content Management Systems. Rowan was web architect and team lead of a group of cross-functional group of 16 developing websites using this CMS product. He also worked as a Product Owner in a start-up software product company that delivered a highly flexible web content authoring tool under a whole-of-government license.

Rowan learned the disciplines of Agile development from a technical coach in 2001 whilst using the object-oriented development environment from which Scrum and eXtreme Programming emerged: Smalltalk. It was at a Smalltalk conference in North America that Rowan discovered Scrum. Rowan led a company-wide introduction of Scrum in 2003 which produced break-through innovations in the re-design of an enterprise collection management product used by Germany’s Bundesarchiv, the USA’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Library of Congress.

Rowan worked as an Agile Coach at a full-service digital consultancy in the U.K. who had a reputation as the top in Scrum consultancy in the country. As well as training new hires in Scrum, Rowan stepped in as ScrumMaster to recover a challenged project resulting in the launch of a profitable flagship web property for a leading European media organisation.

As an Agile Coach in Europe and Australia since 2008, Rowan has a track record of facilitating accelerated Agile transformations including team building, ScrumMaster mentoring, management consulting and cultural change. Rowan has coached organisations ranging from start-ups to global brand-name enterprises across the real estate, media, food, building security, data security, collection management, content management and video gaming industries as well as the state and federal public sector.

Rowan’s Agile coaching engagements include successful transformation of a long-running in-flight programme with an expected spend of over $100M; a Scrum initiative for a multi-national that scaled up to 160 personnel and delivered an enterprise solution to 43 countries; and the introduction of Scrum at a global engineering company of over 400,000 personnel.

As a Certified Scrum Trainer®, Rowan has extensive experience delivering the world’s most popular Agile courses: Certified ScrumMaster® and Certified Scrum Product Owner®. As a Mountain Goat Software Authorised Trainer, he also offers one day courses on Effective User Stories and Agile Estimating and Planning as licensed from Mike Cohn. Rowan also offers executive, management and team workshops on Agile and Lean Product Development.

Rowan is highly active in the Agile community internationally and has spoken at several conferences in Europe and North America including Scrum Gatherings® in London, Munich (twice), Atlanta, Paris and Prague. In Australia, Rowan founded Agile Canberra in 2007 and helped to initiate Scrum User Groups in Sydney and Brisbane in 2008. Rowan holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology, is a PRINCE2® Practitioner, is Cognitive Edge accredited, is a trained Innovation Games® facilitator, is a Certified LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) Practitioner as was part of the first cohort in the world to reach Certified Agile Leadership Credential II. As a director of not-for-profit Scrum Australia, Rowan has been heavily involved with organising four sold-out Regional Scrum Gatherings® in Australia. Having worked in each of the Scrum roles with genuinely high-performing teams in high innovation environments with excellent business - IT relationships, Rowan is passionate about helping other organisations benefit from this. He is particularly interested in organisational design for customer-centric agility, learning organisations, Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), high performing teams and organisational culture.