I started off my career in England as a developer working on the Y2K bug all those years ago.
In the mid 2000's I took a few years off to become a photographer in Austria. Whilst there I met my wife and moved back to her homeland of Cape Town, South Africa.
I first learned of Agile and Scrum in 2008 when we tried unsuccessfully to introduce it to the development team I was working in as a Systems Analyst. We knew the current waterfall methods were not working, but we also couldn't quite work out how Scrum was supposed to work either. Eventually we managed to make a mish mash 'Wagile' or 'Scrumfall' approach which was better than what we had, but still didnt quite work.
Later on I joined Unboxed Consulting who are Agile specialists in all they do. Agile runs through the whole philosphy of the company, and its here that I learned how to properly implement Scrum. I have been working with agile methodologies since 2010 and I believe seeing the worst of waterfall implementations before that has helped me to appreciate what agile is all about.
I then joined Intervate as the next step in my career as a Scrum Master to help them move from a waterfall based approach to an agile approach. In this role I am not only Scrum Master, but a Product Owner and then became an Agile Coach as I progressed.
I also volunteer as a committee member for the Scrum User Group of South Africa. We organise monthly meetups for guest speakers and monthly lean coffee's held in 2 locations in Cape Town. We also organise a Coaching Retreat and a Regional Scrum Gathering annually.
DStv, Scrum Master
December 2016 - Present, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA
Scrum Master for the Cape Town team at DStv
Intervate, Agile Coach
November 2012 - November 2016, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA
I was brought in to Intervate to work as a ScrumMaster on a project and Product Owner on another project. Intervate are a company that recently made the switch from a waterfall environment to a Scrum environment and the process currently is very much ScrumBut. I took on the job with the understanding I would be the internal Scrum Coach and help them to achieve Scrum proper and get rid of their Waterfall legacy processes that jam up the agile ideal.
Unboxed Consulting, ScrumMaster
November 2010 - October 2012, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA
ScrumMaster at a truly Agile company.
Aurecon, Product Owner
June 2008 - June 2010, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA
Whilst working on several projects in this organisation we were looking for new ways to develop software. We investigated Scrum and it was my role as the Systems Analyst to take on the role as the Product Owner.