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John farrow Australia

Program Delivery Manager

John is a successful, experienced and capable IT & business project outcome delivery professional. Having worked on initiatives in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. For the last 12 years as a Program Director / senior projects manager on major ICT and business initiatives in the financial services, insurance, logistic / warehousing, local government, Telco and payments sectors.


Australia Post

IT - Business / Technology Manager 2012 - 2012

This included 3 assignments:
Issue resolution consultant -realignment of an intranet project governance and team
Business Consultant / Project Manager - review & recommendations on logical security and IT compliance to federal contract standards
Project Manager - PCIDSS Stakeholder management relating to e-mail & perimeter scanning.

Australia Post

Business Projects Manager - Implementing Technology Resource Bench 2012 - 2012

Successfully, leading and managing the team of senior technology managers in developing an additional resourcing channel or “virtual bench” to support the increased project slate for 2012-2013, and selecting the appropriate SI bench partners through a strategic sourcing / RFx process.

Menture - "Mentoring The Future"

Senior Agile Leadership - Training, Coaching & Professional / Personal Mentoring 2001 - 2017

Delivering tailored training and coaching programs to mid size ASX listed organisations, as well as moving them to an agile business model.
Recent Clients include :
- CPT global
- E-centric Innovations
- Knowledge Hut, BCL for lean / agile training delivery
- nBn SEO & business
- CrownBet - Service Delivery
- Salvation Army PMO
- BlueScope Steel - IT
- Dept. Premier & Cabinet - DPC Vic
- AusPost IT & Business Delivery
- AIA Australia
Well versed, teaches and coaches in Lean ( Kaizen, 5S, 6S, PDCA, DMAIC, SIPOC, Kata, Visualisation, and Value stream mapping), Agile ( Kanban, Scrum, XP, VMB Lean and A3 Canvas, Story mapping, TDD and BDD), and Change Management ( Lean Change, OCM & Balanced Scorecard, Kotter, ADKAR, SCARF, Cynefin), and scaled techniques such as Xscale and SAFe.
Leading & supporting the role out of the scaled business agile model, supporting business agility transition and holocracy - "Xscale " in Victoria
Training / Coaching
• Delivering training courses on behalf of IT education organizations in the scrum / agile / lean / chnage management practices arena, adding in depth experiential business / technology examples
• Teaching agile basics and advanced concepts across large organizations, starting on their Agile journeys
• Agile Coach, NLP and Lean6 practitioner
• Business initiative facilitator and strategist
• Networker with large individual and business network across Melbourne arranging successful events to further networking for individual benefit.

nbn™ Australia

Lead Agile Lean Coach 2017 - 2017

Lean Agile coach, mentor, leader and trainer to 12 technology teams across two portfolios, based in Melbourne and Sydney.
Training some 130 in the basic agile techniques (e.g. Mindset change, Pull model, Kanban, Scrum, XP, VMB, Lean and A3 Canvas, Story mapping, TDD and BDD), through a tailored iterative education program. As well as specific role based training for Iteration Leads (scrum masters), Product owners and managers.
Moving teams from the push,” hierarchal” and project management based approach to the agile team ”pull” / self-leadership model with community of practices (COP) defining the much wider team Guiderails, DOD & DOR for them to work and innovate in.
Leading the introduction of UX design into their agile process.
Coaching and leading teams through their journey from waterfall (SDF), to agile and onto scaled agile (Safe) across some 150 people.
Enterprise Coach - Consulting to SEO /IT / Business executive level on their journey of business and Technology agility, an agile PMO - Agile Investment Office (AIO), benefit realization, Release & SIT management etc., in an agile environment.

The Agility Collective

Founding member - The Agility Collective 2017 - 2017

As the Agility Collective we :
- bring together leading practitioners across many business disciplines.
- are lean from our bootstraps. It’s at the heart of everything we do.
The heart of our business is a ‘collective’ operating model based on the DNA of a Swedish company called Crisp.
Being a collective allows us to attract diverse people who are ‘the’ specialist in their respective areas. This means we can offer our clients an end-to-end solution, and deliver work of varying size and complexity.
We value connecting with anyone with a design thinking, lean agile mindset.  Especially if you have applied these in areas like: Business support, Governance, PMO, Accounting, HR, Risk, or Marketing.


NLP - Practioner & NS Coach

Feb 2016 - Oct 2017

Scrum Alliance - CSM

Apr 2015 - Oct 2017


Scrum Alliance

CSM 2015 - 2015


MGMAA 2013 - 2013

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