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Ciarán ONéill


Owner, ONeill Consulting

Location: Amsterdam


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Developer
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Ciarán Ó Néill, Irish man living in the Netherlands.

I grew up and got my education in Ireland but have worked most of my life in the Netherlands where I live with my partner and two young children. I have been working in software development since 1995. I have worked as a developer and a team lead and a project manager. I did most of my developing in Visual Basic and SQL. I first became interested in scrum (and agile generally) in the early 2000's. I have been working exclusively as a scrum master or agile coach since 2011. In this work I use (some combination of) scrum and lean and kanban and xtreme programming as I feel that the situation demands. Recently I have been helping teams move towards continuous delivery.

Besides delivering high quality software my interests are writing, painting and music. When I was a little younger I was also heavily involved in sport but these days I restrict myself to (tour) cycling, walking and core strengthening exercises. 

Work experience

Solvinity, Agile coach/scrum master
September 2013 - December 2015, Amstelveen/Amersfoort, Netherlands
I started at BitBrain in Amstelveen in September of 2013. I had worked with some of the guys from BitBrains on a previous project at the ING and they invited me to help their organisation become more agile as a result of that collaboration. I helped several system engineering teams to implement Kanban. The company merged in December of the same year with ASP4All (Amersfoort). Since September of this year the two companies are proceeding under the name Solvinity. They setup their first software development team in March of 2014, I took the scrum master role on that team and wil fill it till the end of this year. During the same period I continued to advise the original BitBrains organisation on their transition to agile and fulfilled a similar role with the ASP organisation at large.

National Nederlanden/ING, Scrum Master
June 2012 - June 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands
A large Solvency 2 project which was in deep trouble was rescued by a rigorous scrum implementation.The various vendors were co-located and a team of scrum masters was drafted in to setup the delivery using 1-weeks sprints and ultimately having implemented continuous delivery. All vendors were used to feedback cycles of months and manual testing, by the time we had delivered the project the teams were delivering to production several times a week..


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