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Craig Pearson


Director, Creative Agile Partners - "Enabling (Agile) Continuous Delivery"

Location: Newcastle, UK



Craig Pearson is an experienced and commercially aware Agile (Scrum) and Waterfall (PRINEC2) project manager from an IT management, big-4 consulting and software development background now focused on specialist consultancy using Agile (Scrum), Continuous Delivery and DevOps approaches to help commercial, high-tech and software/service/mobile-led organisations improve their delivery performance. 

Craig is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), as well as a DevOps Institute Certified DevOps Trainer.

Craig's first involvment with Agile, and the Scrum framework, came during 2011 when leading a team to rapidly develop a range of Mobile applications for integrating with the Sage range of accounting solutions.  This led to the wider roll out of an Agile/Scrum culture across the global Sage organisation through 2012 and into 2013 as a part of a "world class development" initiative Craig was instrumental in.

DevOps and Continuous Delivery featured heavily in the world class development initiative and led Craig to specialise in thes areas, using Agile and Scrum to deliver DevOps/Continuous Delivery initiatives for William Hill Online, during 2013 and into 2014, and Accenture and HMRC, during 2014 and into 2015, and ING Bank during 2015. Further Agile Coaching roles followed at BAT Plc in 2015, Virgin Money from late 2015 through fall 2016 and Skybet at the end of 2016-  always embracing a DevOps and Continuous Delivery mindset  Scrum for Digital Continuous Delivery continues to be a key focus for Craig and he has implemented Agile-at-scale (SAFe) at Nordea in the early months of 2017 before working again with Virgin Money on scaling Agile from April 2017 onwards.

Work experience

Virgin Money Plc, Agile Coach
April 2017 - Present, Newcastle, GB
Agile Coach helping Virgin Money scale Agile outside of its original heartland (the Agile "Lab") into other areas of the business, though training, 1-2-1 coaching and team coaching.

Nordea, Agile Coach
January 2017 - March 2017, Copenhagen, DK
Working with strategic partner Alani Consulting as an Agile Coach with Nordea, working with teams in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm on SAFe - the Scaled Agile Framework.

Sky Betting and Gaming International, Agile/DevOps Coach
September 2016 - December 2016, Sheffield, South Yorks, United Kingdom
Modernize the DevOps delivery capability across the Skybet agile delivery squads. Stabilise the delivery model using agile (Scrum) approaches.

Virgin Money Plc, Agile Coach
November 2015 - August 2016, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Support the adoption of Agile principles (Scrum) across the “Mortgage Lab”. Coach the team Scrum Master’s, establish and run an Agile Community and support the ambitions of Agile across Virgin Money.

BAT Plc,
August 2016 - November 2015, , United Kingdom
Agile Coach - Implement Agile Principles (Scrum, TDD, UCD, User Stories) across the Global Manufacturing Execution IT Delivery Group. Coach, mentor and support Agile teams, both BAT and across the Global IT supply base.

HMRC, Lead Scrum Master and Agile Coach
November 2014 - September 2015, Newcastle, GB
Lead Scrum Master and Agile coach across 20 Scrum Teams in a UK Government department (HMRC) Digital Transformation Programme. Focussed on consistent Scrum delivery and 1-2-1 Scrum Master coaching.

ING Bank, Agile & Continuous Delivery Coach
April 2015 - August 2015, Amsterdam, NL
Agile and Continuous Delivery coach in ING Bank global back office trading team

Accenture UK, Scrum Master
April 2014 - November 2014, Newcastle, N/A, GB
Facilitating and Coaching Agile (SCRUM) and Continuous Delivery for various programmes within Accenture UK.

William Hill Online, Agile Change Manager
June 2013 - January 2014, Leeds, N/A, GB
Rolled out DevOps technology, processes and organisational change using Agile (SCRUM) across 200 development and operations (DevOps) staff into a complex legacy infrastructure, both UK and overseas (Gibraltar).

Sage Group Plc, Agile PM
January 2012 - May 2013, Newcastle, N/A, GB
Led a strategic initiative to transform the R&D & IS functions of Sage Plc into a truly world class development operation, a stream of which was defining best practice for Agile/SCRUM and rolling these processes out across all the teams.

Sage UK, Agile Project Manager
January 2011 - December 2011, Newcastle, N/A, GB
Led a project that developed and integrated a range of Mobile applications (iOS, BB, Android) with on-premise and cloud accounting/ERP applications by using Agile and SCRUM.


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