Meet the Johannesburg Committee SUGSA
I’ve worked for the better part of my career in the banking industry with many different and diverse people and teams across various disciplines and in various roles. My passion for working with people has grown over the years and when I was given the opportunity to work with an Agile team as a Product Owner in 2013 where I found a whole new world that I wished I’d discovered years earlier.
I’m excited to work with the passionate group of people on the SUGSA committee making a difference in the Agile community where the learning opportunities will no doubt be endless.
First-time SUGSA committee member, I was first exposed to Agile in 2015, achieved my certification as a Scrum Master in 2016. I am passionate about sharing my agile knowledge, experiences, failures and assist the community in changing their mindset to adopt and adjust to the new ways of work.
I was introduced to agile in 2011, and what followed from there can only be described as a phenomenal journey. The passion that I have for agile today was an instant feeling from that very first moment. After getting my CSM, I received the opportunity to become a Scrum Master, since which I have been learning and failing in continuous cycles, strengthening my capabilities as I grow and evolve in the agile community. My most recent achievement was leading an awesome team of Scrum Masters at DStv Digital Media, and as much of my knowledge as I shared with them, I too got to learn from each and every one of them. Now my next adventure awaits & I can’t wait to share this journey with you as well. In my spare time I enjoy playing ps3 and pc games, reading, and playing with my seriously cute & loving dogs, Dexter & Mila!
After getting a Master’s Degree in Computers Applications, I learned Software Programming for 2 years, Software Testing for 7 years and trying to be agile for last 5 years. My genuine agile journey started in 2011 when I joined Investec Bank Mauritius IT team, which was following Scrums and then Kanban. Right now serving people at MultiChoice, Johannesburg and trying to live up to agile values and principles.
My first taste of Agile was in 2014, working at a startup company fulfilling many rolls. Since then, I’ve been actively involved in the Agile community and have a seat on the SUGSA committee. In my day-to-day role I coach numerous teams on various Agile methodologies. I am a keen Agilest and have adopted the Agile mindset not just in my professional life but personal life as well. People that know me will agree that I am a very energetic person and it is my passion to assist people to work together more effectively and efficiently, through encouraging healthy communication & interactions in and out of Agile teams. I love working with highly motivated individuals and teams who share my interest in Agile
I strive to understand, teach and learn all things Agile to the advancement of the teams and the community I belong to, so that we can change, grow and deliver. For the past year I have been a Scrum Master with DStv Digital Media, and before that I was a part of the waterfall life.
I am an ardent evangelist of Agile and think that being part of SUGSA forms an integral part of spreading the truth about Agile. I would like to help in progressively growing our community of practitioners and also to reach and convert those sceptics who have barely heard of scrum and only rumours of Agile.