Simon Girvan is an experienced Agile Coach and a Scrum Alliance ‘Certified Scrum Professional’, predominantly working in the public sector.
With over 20 years of experience in hardware, software and systems development, he came to agile approaches in the mid 2000’s and has been an advocate ever since. In addition to the more usual software projects, Simon has been applying agile principles and mindset in a wide variety of contexts including IT infrastructure, business change and organisational design. As Technical Director for a new software engineering business unit, he applied agile and lean principles to setting up the team and growing it from 8 engineers to almost 150.
He is currently an Agile Coach and technical lead, working with teams in the public sector.
Day One Case Study: Practitioner session 10:50 – 11:10
Agile from the Ground Up by Simon Girvan
Building new teams is an opportunity to change culture and build new business practices. But doing so inside an existing organisation makes things trickier.
This is the story of a Government Department establishing a new team in a new location, and using the opportunity to rethink how teams behave, and establish an agile mindset from the ground up. But growing from 8 staff to almost 150 presents it’s own problems, especially when the majority of the new recruits are brand new to the kind of work we do. Dealing with a workforce where two thirds are junior staff, and almost half on probation forced some challenging decisions, particularly when you are trying to create empowered, autonomous teams and build reputation with remote customers.