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Kane Mar

Founder of Scrumology.com. Agile and Scrum Trainer and Coach. Creator of Scrum101.com

Location
Brisbane, Australia
Industry
Management Consulting
Current
  1. Scrumology Pty Ltd
Previous
  1. Agile NZ,
  2. Agile Australia,
  3. Scrum Alliance - Shanghai Scrum Gathering
Education
  1. Durham University
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Scrumology Pty Ltd

Scrumology Pty Ltd

Agile trainer (Certified Scrum Trainer), and Agile coach

– Present

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Background

Projects

Scrumology Blog(Link)

I'm frequently writing articles, creating interesting videos and doing interviews for my blog. Why not check it out?

Scrum101(Link)

Want to know more about Scrum and Agile software development? Do you know the four meetings, and three roles? And how does impact an organisation?

Scrum101 is an online introductory course to Scrum. It covers the essential elements of Scrum and introduces the participant to the language and ideas behind the Agile approach.

When you signup for the course, you'll receive a daily email and video for 10 days. A new topic will be introduced and discussed each day, and every topic will build upon previous material. At the end of the 10 day course you'll have a solid understanding about the fundamentals of Scrum.

Scrum Addendum(Link)

– Present

Scrum and Agile software development are more than just superficial changes to an organization and many of the more advanced topics are simply not discussed during training courses. For example, what are some types of Agile contracts? How do you do performance reviews within a Scrum team? How do you cost an Agile project?

The Scrum Addendum is my email newsletter which addresses these questions and more. It's started as a collection of unrelated articles providing actionable advice on how to address these issues. After I'd written about a dozen articles, I decided to package it all up in an easy to deliver format and the Scrum Addendum is the result.

After you signup you'll an email once a week (for about 15 weeks) discussing some of the more advanced topics on Scrum and Agile software development.

Summary

This is who I am:

I started in the software industry in 1990 as a software developer writing C and PL/SQL code for billing systems. In the mid-90's I decided to become a project manager and for several years I was a traditional waterfall project manager with PriceWaterhouse Coopers (now IBM Global Services).

In 2000 I went to America (USA) and worked on a large death-march project. When it ultimately failed I decided to look for alternative ways in delivering software. In 2001 I had an opportunity to work with Ken Schwaber, the Co-Creator of Scrum and I've been in the Agile community ever since.

This is who I help:

I help both large and small companies adopt Agile software development (especially Scrum). Some of the large international companies that I've helped include Microsoft, Oracle, Capital One, Nationwide, and Metlife. Large organizations present a challenging environment in which to introduce Agile with many complex problems that need to be address. These are often non-trivial engagements lasting 1-2 years.

And, I also work with small to medium sized companies like QPass, GBST and TIOBE. Small to medium sized companies present their own set of challenges but usually the results are more direct and tangible.

And this is how I help you:

I work with companies to explain what Agile software is all about. I do this through:

- Training programmes. I do both public and private trainings. A list of my public training schedule can be found at http://Scrumology.com/events
- Direct coaching with teams and senior management. Coaching engagements are specific to the organization are vary in cost, duration and involvement.
- And, finally I write regular articles on Agile software development on my blog which can be found at http://Scrumology.com

You can check out my work by signing up for my free online Scrum course which address a number of commonly asked questions: http://Scrumology.com/signup

Specialties:Scrum, Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Master, Scrum Trainer, Certified Scrum Trainer, Coaching, Agile, Extreme Programming, Enterprise software, Software Development, Agile software, Agile Project Manager, Agile Project Management, Agile PM

Experience

Agile trainer (Certified Scrum Trainer), and Agile coach

Scrumology Pty Ltd
– Present (5 years 11 months)Brisbane

I am an Agile trainer (Certified Scrum Trainer) and coach specializing in Scrum and Extreme Programming. I have been working exclusively with Agile software development teams since 2001 when I had the pleasure of working with Ken Schwaber, the Co-Creator of Scrum. I have worked with large clients such as QPass, Microsoft, Capital One, Progressive, and TransCanada Pipelines.

I help both large and small companies adopt Agile software development (especially Scrum). Some of the large international companies that I've helped include Microsoft, Oracle, Capital One, Nationwide, and Metlife. Large organizations present a challenging environment in which to introduce Agile with many complex problems that need to be address. These are often non-trivial engagements lasting 1-2 years.

And, I also work with small to medium sized companies like QPass, GBST and TIOBE. Small to medium sized companies present their own set of challenges but usually the results are more direct and tangible.

Finally, I write extensively on Agile topics including many practice Agile How-To articles. You can see examples of my work on my blog [http://Scrumology.com]

Keynote Speaker

Agile NZ
(1 month)Wellington, New Zealand

- A short history of software engineering and Agile software development.

Comments from the conference feedback:
"An inspirational speaker - hope is eternal."
"Good speaker, very interesting topics, engaged audience and entertaining."
"Really good session 'best so far'."

And my favourite comment:
"Uncomfortable chairs!"

Speaker

Agile Australia
(less than a year)Sydney, Austalia

- PANEL: Software engineering is a dead craft
- Agile Team Games

Speaker

Agile Australia
(less than a year)Melbourne, Australia

- Working with Continuous Deployment to reduce cycle time
- Agile Team Games

Keynote Speaker

Scrum Alliance - Shanghai Scrum Gathering
(less than a year)Shanghai, China

Scrum and XP: Myths, truths and how to do it.

Speaker

Agile Australia
(less than a year)Sydney, Australia

- Agile team games

Agile trainer (Certified Scrum Trainer), Agile coach and Agile Project Manager

Danube Technologies, Inc
(3 years 2 months)North American

I am an Agile trainer (Certified Scrum Trainer) and coach (Certified Scrum Coach) specializing in Scrum and Extreme Programming. I have been working exclusively with Agile software development teams since 2001 and have worked with clients such as QPass, Microsoft, Capital One, Progressive, and TransCanada Pipelines. My focus is on creating highly performing Agile teams that are delivering high quality software and maximizing business value.

I am also experienced in guiding organizations that are transitioning to an Agile organization. This includes preparing senior management and business partners for changes resulting from the introduction of Scrum.

Prior to my work with Agile software development, I had 10 years of experience as a developer and project manager for Waterfall and RUP projects working with Java, Smalltalk, C, SQL and PL/SQL. My recent technical interests have turned towards Ruby primarily because of its similarlity to Smalltalk.

Scrum trainer and Agile coach

Microsoft
(2 years 1 month)Redmond, WA

I worked periodically as a vendor within Microsoft at their Redmond, WA campus for a number of years. During this time I worked closely with teams in their Business Intelligence unit to help them adopt Scrum. This gave me unique insight how is structure and works. My responsibilities included Scrum training, education of ScrumMasters and Product Owners and hands-on coaching of the project team.

Scrum coach, ScrumMaster and Agile Project Manager

QPass
(9 months)Seattle, WA

QPass had been unable to deliver software for about 2 years, and had entered into a state of 'Analysis-Paralysis'. Their senior management determined that they needed anther approach and asked me to help their teams adopt Scrum and to transition the organization. I coached four teams, acted as ScrumMaster and helped educate senior management about some of the cultural and organizational changes they should anticipate.

QPass released version 2 of their software in September of 2006, after a short 9 months.

Agile Project Manager/Iteration Manager and Agile Coach

ThoughtWorks, Inc
(4 years 8 months)

As an Agile Project Manager, Coach and Mentor much of my work has involved organizational change, behavioral change, and coaching both management and staff. My responsibilities have included ensuring the smooth operation of the project teams, conducting seminars and educating the client on Agile best practices, ensuring that Agile practices are followed, project management, and resolving issues.

Clients that I worked with while at ThoughtWorks include TransCanada Pipelines, MetLife Insurance, Progressive Insurance, and Capital One.

Agile Project Manager/Iteration Manager and Agile Coach

Capital One
(10 months)Richmond, VA

ThoughtWorks has been be engaged at Capital One from about September of 2004. Capital One launched an Agile Pilot engagement. A portfolio of projects were identified by Capital One to implement Agile practices. TW engaged with the pilot teams and advised them in the implementation of Agile practices. The Agile practices adopted were weighted more towards the realm of Project Management, Analysis and Testing and not as much towards development practices.

My responsibilities at Capital One consisted of advising client management on cultural and organizational changes in addition to teaching the customer and BAs to write user stories, developers to elicit acceptance criteria, testers to begin using acceptance criteria to test parts of a system and the team plan and deliver functionality in iterations. As a part of mentoring the various pilot teams I developed a coaching roadmap. The roadmap outlined a plan in order to get Capital One Associates trained in Agile practices, and was subsequently rolled out across the organization as their model roadmap. I mentored five successful projects (3 at any one time) while at Capital One.

Agile Project Manager/Iteration Manager and Agile Coach

Progressive Insurance
(less than a year)

Progressive was migrating a large legacy Smalltalk application to a .Net platform. This project was expected to take four project teams 18 months to complete. Two project teams had been established and consideration was benign given to the third project team.

Progressive was using the xPS project as a way to introduce Agile methodologies into the organization. As a consequence much of my work involved organizational change, behavioral change, and coaching both management and staff. I was responsible for 6 ThoughtWorkers and about 20 client staff. My responsibilities included ensuring the smooth operation of the project teams, conducting seminars and educating the client on Agile best practices, ensuring that Agile practices are followed, coaching project management, and resolving issues.

Agile Project Manager/Iteration Manager and Agile Coach

CTB McGraw Hill
(less than a year)Monterey, CA

McGraw-Hill CTB were responsible for producing online testing for K12 schools. The E-learning project aimed to integrate testing frameworks, source questions and original artwork into their online application database. This involved building integration components, automation of validation routines, and issue resolution of source data.

As Agile Project Manager I was responsible for managing three Thougworks staff and 2 client staff. I was responsible for coordinating the team activities, prioritization of business requirements, issue resolution and coordinating with the client project management. I guided the project through development, testing and rollout into production.

Agile Project Manager/Iteration Manager and Agile coach.

Nationwide Insurance
(5 months)

Nationwide Financial were interested in updating their in-house software development methodology (SDM) to include modern iterative software delivery methodologies such as RUP and Agile. I was tasked with devising and creating the material for Agile methodologies. This included descriptions of Agile practices, high level summaries of work products, examples and working templates.

Agile Project Manager/Iteration Manager

MetLife
(10 months)Greenville, SC

I was the Agile Project Manager responsible for overseeing the implementation of a common customer information system for the institutional line of business. This application supports information for over 20 million individuals an 30 thousand organizations. It leverages MQ and custom software for initial data load and real-time synchronization with several legacy systems and presents an ACORD compliant Web Services interface that will eventually be used by over 60 front-end applications. Technologies include Java/J2EE in a WebSphere environment, UDB (formerly DB2), TopLink and MQ.

I was responsible for coordinating and directly overseeing the activities of 11 ThoughtWorkers and 9 client staff members. My responsibilities also included:
- Introducing and implementing Agile best practices and software development processes.
- Providing direction and focus to the team, though all phases of SDLC
- Work estimation, planning and tracking
- Issue resolution, and Risk mitigation
- Negotiations with the client regarding project scope, functionality, budgeting and staffing.
- Reviewing invoices and billing
- Reporting to senior management, including formally presenting deliverables and status reports
- Mentoring staff, including performance appraisals, recommendations, and feedback
- Interacting and coordinating project related dependencies with other project teams

Agile Project Manager/ScrumMaster

TransCanada
(1 year)Calgary, AL

I acted as Agile Project Manager (“Scrum Master”) for a high profile, high-risk Land Information Management project. This project had failed several times before, and I was tasked with turn the project around. I was responsible for introducing Scrum to the team, and for ensuring successful delivery of the complex business application. The project team was delivering useful functionality to the business within 6 weeks of inception, and has delivered more usable functionality than any previous team after only three months.

My responsibilities as part of this project included, but were not limited to:
- Leading a team of 6 ThoughtWorkers, and 5 client staff
- Providing direction and focus throughout the SDLC
- Introducing Agile Methodologies (Scrum) to the project team
- Estimating, Planning and Scheduling work efforts
- Issue Resolution and Risk Mitigation
- Presenting deliverables and status reports to senior management

Project Manager, Team Lead, Snr. Software Engineer

PricewaterhouseCoopers (NZ)
(5 years)

In my time with PWC I was held several different positions including Software Project Manager, Acceptance Testing Manager, Team Lead and Snr. Software Engineer as part of the Land Information NZ (LINZ) project.

As Project Manager, I was responsible for leading/managing a team of 15 PwC and 4 contracting staff in the construction of the CRS1 Cadastral, Geodetic, Electoral and Spatial display subsystems.

In addition, I was responsible for the delivery of several major deliverables, such as the Receive and Authorise Survey High Level design, and subsequent detailed designs. These deliverables have been important in defining the scope and extent of the Survey construction project.

Software Developer

Telecom (NZ), Ltd.
(1 year)

Billing reports and adhoc reporting using C and PL/SQL.

Skills

  • Agile
  • Scrum
  • Certified Scrum Master...
  • Certified Scrum...
  • Certified Scrum Trainer
  • Professional Scrum...
  • Certified Scrum Coach
  • Agile Coach
  • Agile Project Manager
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Project Management
  • Software Development
  • Extreme Programming
  • Coaching
  • Enterprise Software
  • Software Project...
  • Project Management
  • Oracle
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Databases
  • Project Planning
  • SDLC
  • Java
  • UML
  • PMO
  • PMP
  • Continuous Integration
  • Web Services
  • Test Driven Development
  • Change Management
  • Testing
  • Waterfall
  • Integration
  • Spring
  • Ruby
  • Management
  • RUP
  • Business Intelligence
  • Web Applications
  • Software Engineering
  • TFS
  • Quality Assurance
  • SOA
  • SQL
  • REST
  • .NET
  • Requirements Gathering
  • CRM
  • Websphere
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Publications

Scrum with XP(Link)

InformIT
March 2002

Scrum and extreme programming (XP) are both Agile methodologies. We've heard controversy regarding the value of each, with people familiar with each tending to disparage the other. Yet we found these methodologies to be complementary in a recent project at a large energy company where we got to implement them jointly.

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Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Scrum Alliance
– Present

Certified Scrum Professional

Scrum Alliance
– Present

Certified Scrum Coach

Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Trainer

Scrum Alliance
– Present

Professional Scrum Trainer

Scrum.Org
– Present

Education

Durham University

BSc (Hons), Computer Science

King George V

Organizations

Scrum Alliance, Scrum Council

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