About the Speakers
After getting lost in geography teaching then finding project management, Jolly Rotten Richard has used an extensive range of agile techniques in a range of innovative boutique digital agencies across the UK. He's helped launch film programmes with the Co-op, keep legs hair-free with Veet Reckit Benckiser and kept dogs pain-free around the world in 17 languages, on 5 different platforms, with a global pharmaceutical company.
Returning recently to the public sector, he works in an agile delivery team, tailoring techniques to deliver software and hardware projects, and even an agile internal conference running over 2 days. He is now on an agile coaching pathway, accruing certification like a junior swimmer, on a journey from certified scum master to certified team coach, via lean kanban, LeSS and SAFe, providing agile coaching to thousands of colleagues across the sector. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a 4th generation beekeeper.
Simon has worked in and around agile projects for the past 15 years or so, predominantly in the public sector. Recently, as technical director and lead agile coach for a new software development business unit, he led the recruitment of and established agile practices for almost 150 software engineers at all levels of experience.
In this role, he applied agile techniques to the business processes and model, and introduced tailored techniques and processes such as the Inception Deck to the agile teams he led.
He has lots of certification badges like CSM, A-CSM, CSP-SM, lean kanban and is even LeSS and SAFe certified (though doesn’t like to talk about it), and a fellow of the BCS and the IET. He is currently working towards achieving certified team coach with the Scrum Alliance, and combines agile coaching with providing technical direction for public sector software teams.