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Pete George

I am an experienced team builder and trainer. I have developed excellent coaching skills from working with software delivery teams for over twenty years. I have worked specifically as a coach and trainer since 2013, predominantly with Agile/Scrum delivery teams, and am currently working as a Scrum Master in Malvern, UK.

In addition to coaching, I regularly deliver training in team building and in Agile/Scrum practices. I am a Belbin Accredited Practitioner and Professional Scrum Master. I also have three postgraduate qualifications, including a post-graduate certificate in secondary education.


Experience

Scrum Master, Malvern Panalytical Oct 2019-Present

Scrum Master for project consisting of two software development teams and analysts

  • Coached project team and software sub-teams to high performance
  • Advised business on communication and team development principles
  • Advised Scrum teams on use of Agile and Scrum principles and practices
  • Facilitated team building and requirement refinement workshops
  • Facilitated Scrum events – Planning/Daily Scrum/Review/Retrospective
  • Coached product owner and business stakeholders

Strategic Director, Laburinthos Ltd Oct 2019-Present

Responsible for strategic direction and growth of Laburinthos escape room business (t/a Escape Rooms Cheltenham)

  • Overseeing Lean Startup approach for business
  • Advising on creation of escape rooms and team building behaviours
  • Exploring funding and sponsorship opportunities
  • Exploring new venue opportunities

Lean Startup Coach, Create on the Square CIC Nov 2015-Present

Responsible for growth and implementing vision for regeneration social enterprise

  • Developing business strategy and overseeing growth
  • Coaching and training the paid/voluntary staff team
  • Managing the Create on the Square incubator space
  • Advising in Lean Startup principles
  • Advising startup businesses on strategy and planning

Coach/Trainer, George Team Development Ltd Oct 2013-Present

Delivering coaching and training for a variety of organisations

  • Creating and delivering training in team building and Agile/Scrum
  • Coaching teams, predominantly in software development contexts
  • Scrum Master/Coach in a variety of contexts, activities including: facilitating retrospectives, problem solving, coaching and mentoring development teams (inc use of Belbin assessments)
  • Providing advice on agile practices, inc BDD, automation, continuous integration/delivery, estimation and planning
  • Delivering Agile certification training courses, eg Professional Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Developer

Significant Projects:

Transformation Coach, BNP Paribas Fortis, Brussels May 2018-Oct 2019

Supporting a large-scale Agile business transition (‘Spotify’/SAFe) and DevOps

  • Advising Tribe leadership and supporting development Squads
  • Coached Scrum teams in Scrum and Agile principles and practices
  • Coached Scrum teams in DevOps principles and practices
  • Prepared and delivered training/coaching on relevant topics, including Scrum, DevOps, CI/CD, BDD/TDD, example mapping, 3 Amigos, Pair/Mob Programming, Lean, Kanban
  • Advised on the use of tools such as Jenkins, Docker, SonarQube, GitLab, Agile Central
  • Advised Tribe leadership on Agile delivery practices
  • Acted as subject matter expert in Agile/DevOps for learning & development
  • Conducted team development activities and training
  • Instigated DevOps Guild
  • Facilitated team events

Agile Quality Consultant, Office of National Statistics Dec 2017-Apr 2018

Advising a business unit comprising five Scrum/Kanban software development teams in quality assurance and software testing practices.

  • Advising leadership and delivery teams on test strategy and planning
  • Coaching in agile testing and BDD
  • Providing classroom-based training in a variety of Agile and test related topics, inc supporting graduate training programme
  • Created online training material
  • Facilitating Scrum events and workshops

Freelance Trainer Nov 2013-Nov 2017

Creating and delivering training in team development and Agile-related subjects, predominantly Scrum & Belbin Team Roles, for a variety of clients in the UK, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Kenya

  • Created and delivered Belbin Team Roles workshops
  • Created and delivered training in communication techniques
  • Created and delivered training courses to prepare delegates for Professional Scrum certification
  • Created  and delivered other training on Agile, Lean, Kanban, TDD, BDD and DevOps
  • Delivered training on current Scrum Guide content

Agile Consultant, GCHQ Oct 2005-Oct 2013

  • Advising and coaching Scrum development teams, Scrum Masters and business representatives across technical departments.
  • Advised on Agile principles.
  • Delivered Agile testing strategy and implementation on large-scale software development projects.
  • Created and delivered training courses in Agile/Scrum principles

IT Consultant, CMG (now CGI) Jun 2001-Oct 2005

  • Functional and non-functional infrastructure testing in an integrated test facility. Extensive use of automated testing.
  • Testing and integrating applications on large-scale desktop development project.
  • Developing and testing bespoke Java, VB and Perl products.

Teacher, South Bromsgrove High School Sep 1998 – Aug 1999

Teaching History and RE at South Bromsgrove High School

Soft Skills Coach Sep 1993 – May 1995

Providing soft skills training and running activity programme for 60+ residents at Crewe YMCA

Education & Qualifications

Post-Graduate Certificate (Sociology) University of Birmingham, 2018

Professional Scrum Master Scrum.org, 2014

Belbin Team Roles Accredited Practitioner Belbin Institute, 2013

MSc Computing Science Staffordshire University, 2001

PGCE (Secondary Education) Manchester Metropolitan University, 1998

BA (Hons) Theology Manchester University, 1997