I am open and honest person. I am associated to this community for last 5 years. It’s my passion to learn from people and to share my learnings with others. I always keep community first in all of my thinking.
I am a passionate musician, sport person and agilist. Love spending my time in all these three things. Living in Johannesburg for last 7 years almost and loving it. Currently serving people at Nedbank. Overall around 12 years of experience in IT industry. I must say SUGSA is one of the reasons why I am still here in SA
I have been enjoying the SUGSA JHB Meetups since I became aware of them towards the end of 2015. I strongly believe that if we are brave, and focus our energies on people rather than tools, we can achieve anything! Since joining IQbusiness, I have been happy to assist with logistical arrangements whenever we host the event (with a little help from my friends!). I’ve met some really cool people through the Meetup, and really learned sooo much! In 2018 I would love to get more involved and focus my support on the forward movement of this vibrant growth community.
The main thing that excites me in any environment is reminding ourselves that people are people, and not machinery or resources… Emotional beings.
I adore trying things out, new ideas, finding new or better ways of doing things, self-organising teams, and the empowerment of people. I am, instinctively, a connector of and with people. In my experience, a good flow of communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship; in business or any other area of life. I thrive on, communicating and building relationships.
As an Agile(ist) and a Scrum Master I enjoy the interaction with people and am very passionate about motivating people and getting them to collaborate to achieve their goals.
Living in Pretoria since he started studies at University of Pretoria in B.Comm Computer science, Jan devoted his profesional time in various aspects of the computer world.
Realizing that he has a passion for working with and helping people in achieving their goals, Scrum Master was a natural fit as collaborating with people seemed to come naturally.
Also living out a passion for the outdoor and Nature, Jan spends a lot of time doing his bit for conservation of our wild life.
Realizing the great authority he has at any moment in time to influence people in his world, he realized that there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
I am eager to learn and experiment with new ways of doing things. I love to learn from others and thrive on the opportunity to interact with diverse people from different backgrounds. I feel that my agile journey has been a roller coast but that just adds to the adventure of the journey.
My agile journey started when I first got exposed to it back in 2014 from my past company. From there it has been a journey of laughter’s, frustration and eye opening realizations. It has changed the way I see work from my beginnings in academia to insurance which lead to entertainment and now the banking sector. Being a scrum master has its moments (successes/failures) but I would not trade it for a second.
Agile has changed many peoples way of work and I hope to be part of that journey while sharing learning along the way. As the saying goes “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride” if that fails then let’s eat to our hearts content which is my second passion.
I have been attending many meetups and been a member of the community and the committee, I really enjoy enabling the community to grow and partake in events, with my knowledge and networking I would love to grow this community twice it size.
I am a highly experienced and professional worker for the past 20 years.
My strengths are, self – organised, coaching, mentoring, supporting, facilitation as well as training.
I have endless experience in the following areas: Product Owner, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Administrator, Project Office Team Leader, a Training Facilitator and a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Consultant, having practiced in project roles for a number of years, has an excellent knowledge of secretarial background for eight years including a number of years of leadership.
Through the years of working experience I have gained a lot of knowledge and practical experience. Through the positive and negative learning obtained I enjoy sharing with other and passing on knowledge.
I’ve been volunteering my time on the committee now for two years and it’s been a massively rewarding experience serving the community in a way that builds and creates opportunities for the members. I hope to continue volunteering my time on the committee to continue assisting with organizing events such as the monthly meetups and the annual scrum gathering as well as connecting members to each other.
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.
Passionate about all things agile and free thinking, have time to dedicate to the organization, well organized
I am a community builder, a leader and a coach. I like to think of myself as a passionate agile enthusiast on a quest to unlock potential. In true agile form, I work best with fast, iterative cycles that move toward a great delivery. I have high expectations of failing well, defining ‘done’ and delivering excellence.
For almost two years I have attended or facilitated at meet ups, coaching circles, coaching retreats and conferences. This gives me experience of all SUGSA’s offerings from both the audience and the presenter’s perspective. I think SUGSA is of great value to the community. It can only continue to deliver that value if there is a strong committee. I would like to contribute to that goal for 2018.
I am a creative, strategic thinker who turns ideas into action steps. As a maximiser I am always looking for the most effective way to achieve great results. I think these are strengths that benefit a committee of volunteers with limited time available to deliver a lot of events.
(wrt points 2 and 3 of the expectations – I live at the Vaal Dam about 120km from Sandton. Since I moved there I have attended most of the SUGSA meet ups. I cannot promise to attend every single one, nor all the in person committee meetings. I am accustomed to doing a lot of my work remotely so am very happy to join into meetings via Zoom or similar.)
Born in England and raised in South Africa, I have had four careers and accumulated over thirty years of technical and management experience, in a broad range of businesses.
As a project manager and line manager I developed my own style of leader management. When I discovered the Agile manifesto I was excited to see its alignment with my own philosophies.
I work in a variety of environments helping to grow people, leadership and businesses as a consultant, facilitator and coach.
The areas I focus on – communication, individualized management, engagement, embracing diversity and conflict resolution – are all relevant to the successful work of a committee.
Since childhood I have volunteered in many different organisations. For 12 years my main service has been to Headway-Gauteng, an organisation that supports people with brain injuries. In 2015 I cofounded Open Community Encounters, an initiative to improve tolerance, communication and healing amongst South Africans. I helped to start the parkrun in Alberts Farm and am now doing the same in Vaal Marina where I currently live.
When I have free time I spend it sailing, dancing, birding, geocaching, watching art house movies, reading or eating chocolate!