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Danny Simper

  

Technical Scrum Development Manager, Eventbase Technologies

Location: Canada


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials

Biography

Daniel Simper I have 15 years Software Development Experience, 8 of which where I've been heavily involved in agile change management. My path into agile first started when I realised there had to be something better than the chaos that surrounded me. I championed change and soon came across agile. In a short few years, instigated and oversaw a complete change in the company and moved to a fully functioning agile based company. With the help of a great team, we transformed our environment from an unproductive, finger pointing culture, to a self managing, fun and productive place to be. I have overseen and managed the introduction of agile, XP and Lean practices, physical scrum boards eventually moving to JIRA, continuous integration and build, advanced branching strategies, introduction of QA discipline from the ground up and so on. I've also trained and coach team members from Developers to Board members on agile best practice and it's benefits. I have held the role of Development Manager and Head of Development at several companies now and have since moved away from direct people management. My newest role is now in Canada where I'm working for an awesome company and a great product. From day to day I'm working as a scrum master but working across company to improve processes and consult on process improvement.

Work experience

Eventbase Technologies, Technical Scrum Development Manager
May 2016 - Present, Vancouver, Canada
I work day to day as a scrum master but am working across teams to improve efficiency

Rufus Leonard, Head of Development
August 2012 - August 2014, London, United Kingdom
• Headed up team of 20+ Developers • Complete overhaul of internal processes and implementation of new ways of working, practices and tools: o Planned and implemented move from waterfall to agile development process, working with multiple departments and disciplines o Ran training programmes for Development Team and Project Management o Took on key roles during implementation and subsequently trained team members to take them over e.g. scrum master, running stand ups, tracking velocity, managing backlog o Oversaw implementation of new software tools to improve efficiency, quality and project tracking (JIRA, Confluence, Review Board, GIT, Team City etc.) o Implementation of development standards and code review process across all disciplines o Worked closely with other department to improve the quality of specification o Implemented and ran regular working groups, labs and retrospectives to keep ahead of technology and inspect and adapt our ways of working o Worked cross project to identify dependencies and common tasks o Assisted Project Managers with tracking team progress and velocity o Restructure of Development Team to allow for top down management over different disciplines o Complete restructure of support team • Key changes to ways of working resulted in: o Projects being delivered on time and on budget o 40% reduction in testing time and drastic improvement of defect discovery both during project and after o The creation of structured, self managing teams o Improved standards and capabilities contributing heavily to winning multi million pound new business contracts • Worked closely with individuals to develop their skills in line with company and individual goals • Acted as a Consultant on several projects, planning, liaising with Business Analysts, Project Managers and client stakeholders through the full project lifecycle • Invested in core Development Team by hiring and converting several contractors to permanent, reduced overall need for contractors resulting in significant cost savings • Highly effective resource management • Worked with outsourcing partners effectively to deliver projects • Worked on and took part in pitches and proposals for new business

Adgistics Ltd, Development Manager and Scrum Master
July 2007 - July 2012, London, United Kingdom
• Instigated and oversaw the implementation of scrum and other agile and XP practices with a high level of success over multiple concurrent projects • Trained and mentored developers, product owners and senior management in agile practices • Consultant to board members on scrum • Executed scrum master and Agile Project Manager role for multiple teams, responsible for planning, tracking and delivery of all development projects • Managed development of Adgistics’ core .NET MVC / NHibernate / SQL Server product • Identified delivery issues and oversaw implementation of continuous integration • Successfully increased productivity by 40% resulting in increased profits and capacity • Reduced out of iteration defects by an average of 80% • Drastically improved both morale and front / back office communication throughout the company • Restructured department creating core, project and integrations teams resulting in: o The ability to deploy core product within days instead of weeks o Increased project team productivity by reducing distractions o Reduction of technical debt both current and moving forward • Introduction of QA discipline into scrum teams increasing quality and productivity • Introduction of BDD principles and automated acceptance testing, hands on experience of writing effective user stories and acceptance criteria • Created and executed proper HR and review processes, creating and monitoring measurable goals to push developers and the department forward • Worked with front of house to improve client experience and improve feedback cycle • Excellent resource and line management skills with the ability to form strong internal and external relationships • Extensive experience in full SDLC, from technical presales to scoping and delivery • Continually strive to improve processes within the company and deliver high quality software

 

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