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Christopher Davey

  

Director, Steelcurve Ltd

Location: Guildford, England

Biography

Chris Davey a Scrum Master (CSM, SAFe SA), Agile coach, Product Owner and Software development manager with a focus on generating valuable software and processes through engaged & empowered teams. I have had the opportunity to work with both on and off shore teams, helping them inspect and improve their processes and working practices. Working with all levels of organisations to drive positive cultural change and tackle artificial or impractical process barriers. I enjoy keeping up to date via articles, books and meet-up events as well as sharing my own insights with the Agile community through published articles. Experienced at working collaboratively with some of the UK top brands in their field such as The AA, The Royal Horticultural Society, The University of Law, Innovation Group/1Insurer and Thales Information Systems. The above skills and more are currently available on a contract or consultancy basis via Steelcurve Ltd.

Work experience

Innovation Group, Scrum Master
June 2016 - September 2017, Whiteley, Hampshire, GB
Engaged as a Scrum Master I’ve helped empower the off-shore team members and assisted them on the journey to a cohesive and productive team. This has generated an increase in quality and value being delivered to the customer. This combined with honesty and transparency has allowed us to rebuild trust and collaboration in a strained customer relationship. I helped organise a Scrum Down meeting with my fellow Scrum Masters to share knowledge, experience and act as a support network. I also initiated a paired coaching approach so that we could experience insight and continual improvement at the Scrum Master level. I obtained certification in Scaled Agile Framework SAFe as this is the framework utilised by the organisation via VersionOne.

Royal Horticultural Society, Systems Development Manager
May 2016 - August 2016, London
Managing a team of 13 over two sites with skill sets ranging from architecture, development, quality assurance and database administration for the society. My time was spent maturing the software delivery methodology of their systems development function. I utilised agile principles to ensure that more focus is given to return on investment and realising value at the earliest opportunity. I evangelised traits such as providing a sprint goal, ensuring the backlog is groomed, self-organisation of the team, coaching the team to provide a definition of done and understanding value. Understanding that the development function didn't have enough skills to get work into a done state I grew the team in terms of development and more specifically QA capability. I also presented a roadmap and realisation plan to consolidate the technologies and processes while maturing the release and continuous integration processes.

The AA, B2B Software Development Manager
March 2013 - April 2016, Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Since joining The AA I have been instrumental in transforming the B2B software development team to an Agile delivery team with lean and focussed processes. This has included the implementation of ATDD, BDD and TDD, implementation of continuous integration, test and deployment. My work transforming the development process for the B2B business has led to me coaching other team leads with-in the business. Due to the improved processes implemented I’ve managed to increase the through-put and responsibilities of the team and they now look after a number of core applications and services including PCI/DSS card payment. Although our main customer is internal I have also worked directly with a number of key external customers such as Porsche, Jaguar / Land Rover and the VW Group.

 

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