I have spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer I moved into consultancy where I quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So my focus shifted, while still being very involved technically, my first focus is on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment.

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Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

Agile North East (Newcastle)

August 8, 2017

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About John

Starting my career in systems administration, I first dipped into software engineering writing automation and data migration tools mostly using Perl and VBScript on Windows. This sparked my interest and led to 10 years as a software engineer, working in a wide range of environments and languages including C, C++, PHP, Python, Ruby, C#, VB, Java, JavaScript and probably more that I have forgotten!

After a decade as a software engineer, I then spent most of the last decade as an independent consultant. Working with companies to help them get the most out of their technology teams. I soon recognised that the technological problems I was hired to solve, were rooted not in technology, but in the way teams were collaborating. This led me to research lean and agile ways of working, transforming my practice.

My approach is focused on helping organisations create an environment that fosters safety facilitating creative collaboration. I am known for my infectious passion and sense of humour that brings in a much needed injection of energy to unmotivated, challenged teams.

After nearly 2 decades of work in the IT industry there isn’t much that I haven't put my hand to; working for both government and private sector clients in advertising, telecoms, recruitment, civil engineering, education, broadcast, gaming and mass transit.

I host and produce the well respected Agile Path podcast where I create in-depth audio documentaries on the topics that most affect organisations transitioning to agile ways of working and other critical issues. The first season focuses on the effect of psychological safety (or the lack there of) on organisations and wider society. This has lead to many speaking engagements at conferences and user groups across the UK, US and Europe.

I live in Manchester, UK with my two boys and cat. I love experimental cookery, photographing things that others don’t notice, getting lost in cities I don’t know and travelling to places I've never been to. But more than anything, I love spending time with my two boys who have taught me more about life than anything else possibly could.