Creating opportunities for learning, sharing and networking
Meet the Cape Town Committee (2020) andre.deschodt
I have been an IT professional since 2009 and am currently an Agile Coach & Trainer at Think Agile. I have previously worked as a Software Engineer, Scrum Master, and Delivery Manager for a team of developers in Taipei. My passion is coaching, enabling, and leading people to do their best work, focusing on personal, career, and organizational growth. The SUGSA community has rapidly improved my abilities by providing a network of smart, humble, and helpful individuals and creating a safe space in which we can all learn. I would like to give back to SUGSA by striving to extend and grow the current high standard of the community by offering my time, energy, experiences, and positive outlook as a SUGSA Committee member.
Who am I? I ask myself this on a regular basis! I am an ex-lawyer now working in the startup space facilitating agile teams (with a sprinkling of law) at Afrolabs in Cape Town.
I vary along the spectrum of being career-obsessed (on one end) and wanting to travel the world for a living (on the other), with self development as an overarching driver. I’ve found a way to do both as an avid agile-tourist, trying to visit and share with as many dev cultures as I can. And I’m looking forward to visiting you as a tourist too!
Originally from Johannesburg, next April will be my 3rd year in Cape Town. Absolutely loving Cape Town and the healthy lifestyle it offers, although it can be difficult to remain healthy when surrounded by delicious food and amazing coffee.
I have been working in the Cape Town Software industry for a number of years, primarily as a developer and more recently also as a scrum master. Initially I mostly worked in more traditional / waterfall environments, until I was shown the light of Agile. As a result, a big focus for me has become helping others to see the light and help and support them on their own Agile journeys.
SUGSA and the amazing humans that comprise it’s community have played a massive role in supporting and inspiring me along my Agile journey and I’m really proud and excited to serve that community as a committee member.
I am one of the few people that have never done a Waterfall project. I was taught Agile / Scrum from the first day of my education in Advanced Computer Scientist and since then it became a natural way of thinking both in work and private life. I fully live up to the saying: you don’t do agile, you become agile! In my career, I have fulfilled all scrum roles: Developer, Product Owner, and Scrum Master. At the moment I work as an Agile coach and trainer at Agile of Course.
My first introduction to SUGSA was when I moved from Denmark to Cape Town 2 years ago. I quickly realized how amazing SUGSA is in bringing the community together. I have a deep respect for the current SUGSA committee, on how they manage to keep up the standard and continuously adapt to what the community needs and wants. It will not be easy to follow their footsteps, but I hope and trust that with my many years’ experience in the field I can add a different take on things and maintain the continuous growth of the organization. I would consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to serve the SUGSA committee in the best possible way.
Agile has felt right from the beginning and Scrum is my favorite Agile flavour. I have been able to witness how Scrum can transform and help teams to be their best. I am passionate about helping others learn about Scrum so that they too can feel empowered to reach their full potential.
It has been a great pleasure being part of the Agile community, including my coaching circle this year. I really enjoy sharing resources, experiences, and working together to resolve common issues. With that in mind, I want to use my experience in organising events and facilitating communication to give back to the community. I am all about going the extra mile and making things possible. I am organised, committed and very approachable.
I would love to be part of a team that services the Agile community and champions new and exciting outlooks on how we do Scrum every day. I want to encourage others to share their experiences and challenge themselves. My wish is that people who join SUGSA feel inspired, supported and included – as I have been.