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Bob Willis

  

CEO, Pure Scrum Ltd

Location: Exeter, UK

07860 468021

Biography

Bob Willis has held most roles in the IT industry over the past 30 years, from development, testing and training, to solution architect and database administration. In the last 10 years he has shifted his focus to IT Project Management, specialising in Agile delivery. His first exposure to Agile was while managing a Telematics project for General Motors in Detroit, MI. The delivery was being hampered by low quality, high defects, missed deadlines and low customer satisfaction. It was decided to try and use Agile techniques for delivery –delivery was very much improved.

Since then he has been a DSDM Practitioner, managed IBM’s BPM Playback methodology for rapid development of business processes and developed Project Management and Agile training.

Bob has lead the introduction of Scrum into Babcock Marine, training their IT organisation in a 2 day Scrum Practitioner course following the Scrum Alliance learning objectives for the CSM Certification.

He has more recently been a Scrum Master and Coach at Liberty Global in the Netherlands delivering cutting edge, pan European Digital projects.

Bob is currently an Agile Transformation coach at a department of the UK Government helping them to transform their Agile Portfolio Delivery, creating an Agile PMO and coaching delivery teams to better deliver value.

Work experience

Companies House,
December 2015 - Present, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Currently transforming Agile Delivery at Companies House: • Developing agile portfolio management strategy in order to better visualise the delivery pipeline, enable efficient capacity management and maximise value streams • Creating an Agile PMO in order to increase probability of project success, propagate agile knowledge and ensure that the right projects get initiated to deliver benefit • Running evaluation of Jira Portfolio as a potential tool across the organisation to see a strategic view of delivery and enable informed decision making • As an experienced Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer I am coaching all Scrum teams and Product Management at Companies House - encouraging transparency, self-organisation and continuous improvement.

Liberty Global, Scrum Master
January 2015 - November 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Agile Coach and Scrum Master focused on Digital teams delivering value through distributed Scrum teams in The Netherlands, India and Macedonia. Coached new Scrum Masters and evangelised Scrum and Agile in the context of digital delivery. Provided expert advice on the use of Jira to best complement the Scrum process. Developed information radiators in the form of Jira Dashboards to reflect quality (defect resolution rate, average time in status etc.) and sprint progress and impediment resolution. Ran local/distributed stand ups, sprint reviews, retrospectives and planning sessions using Skype and screen shared Jira Agile boards. Introduced use of Zephyr Testing Suite plug in for Jira to better visualise the relationship between defects and test case progress. Developed 3 tier delivery model including a pre-sprint ‘Elaboration’ phase run using Kanban to fully flesh out user stories, visual designs and architectural implications, a 2 week Scrum sprint and thirdly a Release phase also run in Kanban that allowed for more flexible UAT and subsequent production release.

Babcock International, Project Manager
August 2013 - December 2014, Plymouth, Devon
Introduced Agile (Scrum/Kanban) methodologies to Babcock in order to streamline their IT development process focusing on delivering customer value. As a result, Scrum is now being used to effectively manage the delivery of multiple projects including submarine refit software and several .NET web applications. Ran Training Workshop for Project Managers using Lego to provide Scrum training through experiential learning.

Devon and Somerset Fire Rescue Service, Project Manager
November 2012 - August 2013, Exeter, Devon, GB
Created Middleware Process Factory in order to manage the development of IBM BPM and Broker work using IBM BPM Playback methodology (Scrum-like). Managed the delivery of the Process Factory in the ScrumMaster role, with the team comprising a process analyst, 2 BPM developers and 2 integration specialists.

Babcock International, Project Manager
December 2011 - March 2012, Plymouth, Devon, GB
Managed delivery of multiple ERP projects (HR, Finance, Supply Chain and Production Planning.

Met Office, Project Manager
November 2007 - November 2011, Exeter, Devon, GB
Managed multiple programmes and projects including Supercomputer Programme, Payroll project, Microsoft BI project, Doppler Radar project, and Web based multi-layer GIS/Weather projects.

Compuware, Project Manager
November 2005 - November 2007, Detroit, MI, US
Ran multiple Telematics projects at OnStar (subsidiary of General Motors). This was my first experience of an Agile methodology and completely changed my perspective on software delivery. The situation was brought about through the desperation of multiple failed delivery deadlines and the customer's reducing confidence in our ability to provide them what they needed.

 

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