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I am a keen advocate of Agile practices, and have been using them for over nine years during my career; utilising various flavours of Scrum, DSDM, Lean, and KanBan in the different companies I have worked within. I have helped hone the processes with my prior experience, as I usually find that sometimes Agile is sometimes represented in a bad light due to poor implementation of various processes. I am keen on noting that Agile is Agile itself, and the process should evolve into something that works for the team, project and company where it is implemented.
Following from my previous work at Thunderhead, I was offered an extension to help ensure that their new web based product range meet Disability Discrimination Act/Section 508 compliance in both the UK and USA territories. As well as continue my efforts developing their applications, I was also empowered to lead an off-shore development team to help meet these standards. From July 2011 to December 2012 (1 year 6 months) Solutions Architect @ Working within the Product Development division, I am tasked with reviewing internal technical requests for new projects before they become fully fledged projects, then consulting on projects when my solutions are given approval and given the go ahead.
The role requires me to speak to internal clients, who define what they are trying to achieve, which will take all communication and information, then drill down to the core requirements. I will then define plausible solutions (either technical or non-technical) that will provide the 'best fit' for the boundaries for the project.
The inputs of the role require regular internal meetings, and also meeting software vendors to source suitable products to fit the requirements (where appropriate). The outcomes will be taken into account when providing short solutions descriptions for PMO, as well as noting what internal resourcing is required for development purposes, or alternative departments where a suitable alternative is appropriate. From July 2010 to July 2011 (1 year 1 month) Software Development Manager @ An off-shoot from Telegraph Media Group; I was seconded into this project company to provide assistance in resourcing and managing a software development team.
The project was short lived, and was later consumed back into TMG, into a new department which has since been consumed into the Technical department. From January 2010 to July 2010 (7 months) Deputy Web Development Manager @ I was promoted into this position to provide a dual-management capability, through deputising for the Web Development Manager.
My key successes here were to provide the foundation for a build and release procedure, which has proven to be successful. I have also been instrumental in helping to develop an Agile project process, which is continuing to evolve for the needs of projects, and day-to-day changes.
I was also involved with the day-to-day management of the web development team, as well as team leading the project team, providing assistance to locate and refine requirements, and provide clarity to the development team to ensure a clean development from inception to completion. From August 2008 to January 2010 (1 year 6 months) Analyst Programmer @ Just after I finished university, I was immediately offered a job at Telegraph Media Group as an Analyst Programmer; at the time they were looking for a senior candidate, but decided to train someone from the ground up.
I quickly found myself at the core of the team, and became an active member in discussions and provided new ways of thinking; offering innovative technologies to the site, as well as seeking new methods and ideas to learn myself.
During this time, I have been a key member in the upgrade of the website to our new CMS, and have been a development team leader during the redesign of telegraph.co.uk, which saw me overseeing internal development resource, onshore technical resource, and off-shore development resource.
It is through my accomplishments at this level that I was offered a promotion to my next position at Telegraph Media Group. From June 2006 to August 2008 (2 years 3 months) Developer @ During my study, I had the option to work on placement for a year. I managed to get a junior development role at Aspect Group, which later became LB Icon.
During my time here, I was mentored by many experienced developers, and project managers, and my main role was to provide development on a multitude of websites for clients, some from inception, and some through ongoing maintenance.
The job as a whole allowed me to realise how working in the industry differs from the academic side of my degree. From June 2004 to September 2005 (1 year 4 months)
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