2018 Committee Nominees – Cape Town 2017-11-28T12:49:00+00:00
Kevin Pedersen
Kevin Pedersen
Why should the community vote for Kevin:

I’ve been serving on the committee for the past few years and have come to know and love many of you. As a leader in the community I strongly believe that surrounding yourself with amazing people and empowering them to be the best they can be is the best way to help all of us. So with a humble heart I ask that you let me serve you one more year so we can make awesome together.

Bio:

I’ve been in the IT industry for 20 years now and I’ve done pretty much every role possible at some point. I’ve grew up in England, lived in Austria and am now settled in Cape Town, adopting Afrikaans as my 2nd language. Family is the most important thing in my life and I view the SUGSA community as extended family, you know like that mad aunty who keeps you on your toes…

Deon Meyer
Deon Meyer
Why should the community vote for Deon:

Quite a number of people in the community already knows me pretty well. I stood in quite a few times last year facilitating the monthly lean coffee sessions and coaching circles. I’d love to help wherever I can.

Bio:

I have a huge passion for people and agile. I love to teach and share experiences. I want to make engaging in conflict and non-violent communication my specialist subject mainly because there is so much I can learn from it and the best way I learn, is to do, gain experience and teach others. I also love playing games and chowing on some good biltong 🙂

Teri-lee Pietersen
Teri-lee Pietersen
Why should the community vote for Teri-lee:

I’ve been on the SUGSA committee for the last 2 years and I love everything it stands for. Being a servant-leader is not just in my job title, it is something that I live every day. I would love another opportunity to serve this amazing community for another term.

Bio:

I am a fun-loving, enthusiastic being that loves to watch the wheels turn in others’ minds. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than seeing those “Ah-ha” moments turn into actionable ones which turns into great lessons.

Kirsten Clacey
Kirsten Clacey
Why should the community vote for Kirsten:

I think we have something really special in our SA Agile community. I’ve experienced SUGSA to be a community in which people feel safe to explore, learn and discover and so I would like to be a part of maintaining this special space. I’m really passionate about the impact that the SUGSA community is having on Agility in South Africa and I want to find ways to further this impact next year.

Bio:

I’m currently working at Jumo as an Agile Lead. Before that I was working at 22seven as an Agile Facilitator. I come from a counseling background and have been in the Agile space for about 4 years.

Catherine Holland
Catherine Holland
Why should the community vote for Catherine:

I’m a natural servant leader who thrives on team work and people interactions. I’d like to be at the heart of keeping Cape Town’s Scrum and Agile growth and development alive. I’m especially interested and passionate about the human side of agile but also a firm believer in realizing the importance of sound engineering practices that are required to embrace the benefits of being truly agile.

Bio:

I was a project manager come business analyst and have since morphed myself into a scrum master. I’ve been working as an SM for over 3 years now. I have an Honours degree in Psychology and continue to be fascinated by what makes people tick and am myself on an ongoing journey to grow and learn. I used to be a big runner, now I’m embracing yoga and playing with my kittens.

Jay-Allen Morris
Jay-Allen Morris
Why should the community vote for Jay-Allen:

As a first time committee member in 2017, it’s been such a great learning experience that I would love the opportunity to do it for one more year. Not only has the experience led me to meet so many wonderful people but also to serve the community that continues to grow me.

Bio:

I’ve been a scrum master for a number of years now and what a journey! After discovering the SUGSA community, it’s been a wonderful experience that led to my current role at Jumo as an Agile Lead. I’m so lucky to be at a company that appreciates the agile journey and it’s all because my involvement with SUGSA.

Mark du Plessis
Mark du Plessis
Why should the community vote for Mark:

If wanting to make a positive impact in growing the Agile community within our dear City is enough, then I am up for the challenge to join the team and work towards an ever improving culture for our community. Together we can do anything.

Bio:

I have always orbited to teams especially when it came to the sports field, later I spent a couple of years in the kitchen once again team work being of utmost importance to get stuff Done. I am what ever my team needs me to be, whether that is a Scrum Master, Coach or even just a conscience for getting the right things Done.

Gerald Stober
Gerald Stober
Why should the community vote for Gerald:

The community should consider me as a committee member because I have a diverse skillset to engage with product owners and teams. My excellent product knowledge as well as communication and negotiation skills and ability to manage multiple stakeholders will ensure that the committee is well run and the outcomes which have been set up are delivered timeously. Mostly, I’m passionate about everything agile and definitely the right person to be on this committee.

Bio:

Saying I love what I do is an understatement of note hence my enthusiasm for creating or building high-performing teams is unending. I’ve been exposed to various roles in agile teams from team member to coach. To date I’ve coached 16 agile and 7 football teams. I’ve also been actively involved in the local coaching circles since it’s inception in South Africa. I’m a pragmatic, fun loving human who lives by my principles.

Richard Koyd
Richard Koyd
Why should the community vote for Richard:

I have been a loyal member and supporter of SUGSA for a few years and have proved my willingness to serve. And I have served as Committee Treasurer for a good part thereof !

Bio:

Cape Town born and bred and spent a large part of my life in software development. I am not really an addict because I know I can give it up if I really wanted to. I have one son who people say takes after me, and I do like cats.

Iain Davis
Iain Davis
Why should the community vote for Iain:

I am a passionate and engaged member of the Cape Town agile community. I have a keen interest in working with this community to support each other collectively grow and share our knowledge in the realm of Agile. One of the key roles where I have seen myself contributing to this is through playing the role of being the the main organizer and facilitator of the SUGSA Southern Suburbs coaching circle for the past 18 months. Recently I’ve also started to help facilitate some of the Southern Suburbs’ Lean Coffee sessions, of which I am also a regular attending. I’m sure that anyone who worked with me can attest that I am dedicated and hard working and thus would be able to provide a valuable contribution to the SUSGA committee and community.

Bio:

I have been working in the Cape Town Software industry for the past 6 years, primarily as a developer. The business domains in which I have worked in have varied over the years from real estate to sports betting and asset management where I currently sit. Initially I mostly worked in more traditional/waterfall environments, until I was shown the light of Agile. As result, a big focus for me has become helping others to see the light (often battle in itself!).

My career aspirations are to build on this experience with the ultimate goal of transitioning into a role as an Agile Coach. A key motivation for this transition is that I take great pleasure in working with people to help them to improve themselves and their working environments and as a result work towards achieving their own aspirations.

Before entering the workforce, I studied at Rhodes University doing a Bsc in Computer Science and Information Systems followed by Honours in Information Systems where I graduated top of my class. More recently, I have obtained a KMP Foundation I: Applying Kanban certification from the Lean Kanban University and Scrum Master Accredited Certification from the International Scrum Institute.