I moved to New Zealand from South Africa for a different life in the Pacific and found part of that new life in agile software development. For the first time in a long while software development made sense again, focusing on the customers and their needs.
With this new found mindset I became a certified scrum master and certified scrum professional. To give back to the community I have been the organizer, a co-organizer, and a co-treasurer of the Christchurch Agile Professional Network and Board member to Agile Alliance New Zealand. I am also the National President for Round Table New Zealand "adopt adapt and improve".
On a technical side, I develop software for Business Intelligence and the Web (html5 and data visualization).
Christchurch Agile Professionals Network
The Christchurch Agile Professionals Network (APN) is open to all with an interest in Agile Practices and Lean Software Development in the Christchurch area. Meetings generally involve a guest speaker, with time for drinks and chips before and after. There is are no prerequisites for membership, and membership is currently free, though a gold coin donation at the door is common.
As a speaker
As a scrum master at Statistics New Zealand I thought I should give a talk about scrum in government and with great support from both Census and the organizers of the Agile NZ conference 2013. I got the opportunity to do the last session on the first day.
Had a great technical session at the Code Camp / SQL Saturday Christchurch on 10 August 2013 on "Assemblies on Analysis Server".
GOVIS 2014 I spoke about Agile used in Census again.
Toastmasters International really helped me with public speaking and to find out more please go to :http://www.toastmasters.org/
As a Scrum Master / Scrum Coach
I have had the pleasure and pain of coaching several teams over the last 5 years and with willing and supportive management the transformation has been astounding.
If you want to get more out of your employees, I can help to show you the door.
I am a certified scrum master and scrum professional. There is only a hand full of us in New Zealand.