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Richard Ross

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Practitioner. Trainer.

I am an experienced Agile Practitioner with patience, persistence, and reportedly some sense of humor.

I worked as an Agile Coach and consultant in several Agile Transformations (as big as 90 teams), directly coaching 40+ teams in various setups, on 15+ products. I have helped organizations to start up their agile journeys as well as helped established agile teams to challenge their status quo.

I like to complement goal-based product delivery with flow metrics and I put great emphasis on transparency and visualization, to make sure that everyone truly understands what’s going on.

I am Professional Scrum Trainer™ with Scrum.org, Professional Kanban Trainer™ with ProKanban.org, candidate LeSS Trainer with LeSS Company and I provide Scrum.org certified trainings & ProKanban.org certified trainings - both public and private (upon request - please get in touch with me).

For public classes, check out www.scrumdojo.cz and www.scrum.org/richard-ross.
For private classes, feel free to message me directly via contact form.

ScrumDojo.cz the only platform in the whole world that offers both Scrum.org and ProKanban.org trainings in Czech.

I also provide workshops, coaching & consultations.

Achievements

Professional Scrum Trainer™
Professional Kanban Trainer™
Candidate LeSS Trainer
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
Certified Disciplined Agilist
Prince 2 Foundation

Experience

Trainer, ScrumDojo.cz
Fellow Trainer. Providing public and private Scrum.org and ProKanban.org trainings.
2022-Present

Trainer, AgilityLab.cz
Started my own platform to provide certified Scrum.org & ProKanban.org trainings.
2021-2022

Scrum Master, Global Payments Europe
Serving company, product owners, and teams. Worked across seven different products in their Scrum adoption. This included Product Definition workshops - consolidation of opinions and shared alignment about the product, team forming, Scrum training, and subsequent coaching. Product groups typically had 1-4 Scrum teams. I coached advanced teams in Kanban to augment their Scrum with Flow metrics to achieve better predictability, efficiency, and effectiveness.
2019-Present

Agile Coach, NN Životní Pojišťovna N.V.
Together with my associate I participated in LeSS adoption for NN Životní pojišťovna N.V. Removing product development suffering stemming from handovers and silos, bringing business to the development, enabling faster feedback loops and improving overall adaptiveness. Focusing on creating learning organization. Multi-team development within one large product; Scrum trainings (also for organization / people outside of LeSS structure), workshops, intensive onsite coaching.
2018-2019

Agile Coach, NN IT Hub
Local coach (NN IT Hub Prague) for global DevOps transformation program (85 teams) within CIO organization. Experimenting with Scrum in operational environment. Scrum trainings, agile workshops, continuous coaching of several teams (single site + multi site).
2017-2018

Agile Coach, Deutsche Boerse
Together with my associate I helped to start LeSS adoption in Energy division. Scrum training, kick off, teams forming, agile related workshops (Product Definition, DoD, estimations, working agreements...), LeSS structure, onsite coaching for several sprints.
2017

Scrum Master, Zoom International (Eleveo)
Scrum Master for 4 co-located and globally dispersed teams. Coaching junior Scrum Masters. Promoting and educating agile and lean principles and practices among Product Owners, Team members and the rest of the company. Release plannings. Process change management. Kanban transition. Kaizen.
2015-2017

Scrum Master, Actum
Scrum Master in global development project for METRO Cash & Carry. Leading Scrum adoption, transferring waterfall/silo-based approach, optimizing for adaptiveness. Coaching, improving working conditions and environment to foster collaboration, productivity and sustainable pace of development. Apart of Scrum Master role, I was also involved in project management - financial part of the projects, proposals, planning, outsourcing, responsibility for the projects, risk controlling etc.
2014-2015

Founder, Dev In Motion Limited
Custom mobile & web development.
2014

Project Manager, Pears Health Cyber
Project management from kick-off to the final closing. Project definition, financial and time estimates. Seeking & acquiring new dev. resources. International projects (Johnson & Johnson, A-Cross Health, Janssen-Cilag, Boehringer Ingelheim…) – content for iOS presentation platforms (Veeva, Agnitio), iOS apps, web based systems, classic web presentations, localizations etc. Pharma industry.
2012-2014

Programmer, Self-employed
Developing web sites & web applications.
2010-2013

Web Developer, Reader's Digest
Implementing & adapting global RD web-platform for Czech market. Involved in world-wide development team. Developing microsites to support sales.
2010-2012

Web Developer, 4Motion Design
Developing web sites & web applications.
2009-2010

Project Leader, Developer, Gopas
Managing team of developers producing highly interactive e-learning tools. Focused on MS Office, mainly Access.
2007-2008

Community

Kanban Guide, kanbanguides.org
Translation to Czech language
2023

LeSS Conference, less.works
Co-organizer, 100+ attendees
2021

Agile Coach Camp Czech Republic, agilecoachcampcz.org
Co-organizer
2018

Agile Lean Europe, agilelean.eu
Co-organizer, 250 attendees
2018

Nexus Framework, scrum.org
Translation to Czech language
2016

Education

University of Economics, Prague
Bachelor & Master's degree, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, www.vse.cz
2007-2012

Private High School of Computer Technology, Prague
High school, www.sssvt.cz
2003-2007

Interests

traveling, diving, technology & gadgets, stock markets