Stephen has a background in software development working with teams on a wide range of business systems for multiple companies in multiple industries. He has been an active Agile Coach within Software Development environments since 2009, utilizing his Agile skillset, Mediation and Negotiation expertise to enhance team’s ability to work more efficiently in their Product Development process.
He has been involved with many Agile software teams delivering business systems and products worldwide. He has coached leaders of teams in Agile techniques at some of the largest software organizations in the world including Adobe in USA and Ericsson in Shanghai and worked with some of NZ's best known Agile software houses. His qualifications include the Certified ScrumMaster certification which he earned under the mentorship of Mike Cohn.
Training Courses in Agile, Scrum, and Kanban
Engaged on multiple consulting and coaching projects within Software Development and Business Development roles
Agile Coach training and coaching software teams in Scrum for Target Harlosh (NZ / UK).
Agile Coach coaching Scrum Masters and teaching Kanban to software and hardware teams for Endace (NZ).
Senior ScrumMaster and Agile Coach across multiple teams in multi-locations at IAG New Zealand (NZI and State Insurance).
ScrumMaster and Business Analyst in multiple software projects at AIA New Zealand.
Senior Business Analyst at Genesis Energy and Mighty River Power in power, switching, and generation projects throughout the business.
Senior Business Analyst contracted to Hamilton City Council on Planning Consent Process project, Building Consent Process project, Parking system & GIS system projects.
Working with a Law Firm with the aim to bring them in to the world of high performing teams and hyper-productivity through the use of Lean and Agile techniques. Coming from a background of Software Development, now doing Kanban with Lawyers, using a Kanban board visualizing WIP and collaborating each day with a daily standup. I'm an advocate for getting work done using Lean in the Law Firm.
Utilizing Team based approaches to completing work in progress
Building Lean into the Law Firm (from Software to Services)
Visualizing Work using Kanban boards
Acted as the Agile Coach helping train ScrumMasters and implement a new Agile environment with Senior Executives direction including setup and coaching of Agile teams working between distributed Auckland and UK based software development teams (Target Harlosh) building software for the Insurance industry.
My role as Agile Coach included being involved from statup of their Agile journey within a multi-team multi-timezone based Agile implementation.
Working with Agile Coaches in the UK across time-zones and working with Senior Exec's, technical developers, and business analysts in NZ, I assisted with the Agile coaching and development of the Agile Framework and culture within a highly pressurized project based work environment.
The work included preparing and training teams and business people to follow the Agile framework, Release planning, Iteration planning and review sessions. I trained ScrumMasters and Product Owners on their role with the Agile environment and coached teams through to competent use of Agile for their software development projects.
Working on Analyzing the Business Process Improvement Project, carried out Workshops with multiple Billing and Finance teams (15 total) and across the business including dealing with Retail / Generation / Senior Management to analyze the requirements for solution.
Workshop Facilitation - Senior Management team.
Data Analysis - of current processes, and current Key Performance Indicators.
Report Generation - KPI Analysis for Business Process Improvement Initiatives.
Law Firm Practice Management
Trust Account Management,
HR and Employment Contracts,
Marketing Relationship Management.