About Phil Thompson
I have over seven years business consultancy experience in blue-chip companies, covering a range of industries. I work in teams and with teams to ensure that they are able to get the best out of themselves through successful adoption and exploitation of the opportunities the Agile movement offers within software development. Currently I coach, but have, and can, turn my hand to business strategy, project management and analysis including contract negotiation. As a CSP I have given SCRUM Training for development teams, Business analysts (focusing on culture and User Story writing/BDD) and Product Owners (looking at incremental Product management, User Journey Management and Backlog refining). (Note I am not a CST so the training is unaccredited). I am passionate about the Agile philosophy and have been involved in many transformation programmes from Waterfall to Agile, with the scars to prove it. I have worked as Coach, Scrum Master BA/ test team member and as proxy Product Owner. In particular I have extensive experience of enabling both nearshore and offshore Agile models and understand the balance of process vs empowerment. I have seen the benefits of the move from distributed to collocated teams. I have worked on multiple Scaled Agile programmes, some scaling organically others with formalised scaled framework such as SAFe. I have worked with both cross functional and SOA team structures and am familiar with pros and cons of each - there is no "one size fits all" best practice Scaled Agile model – context is critical. I am acutely aware of the necessity in building successful business relationships between business users and technical teams – both on and offshore – at all levels and to all stakeholders, whilst maintaining the balance between the commercial needs and the practical and technical limitations. I am a regular on the London Agile circuit attending conferences, Agile meet ups and discussion forums. I have hosted sessions at European Scrum Alliance gatherings and have given external talks in London, Kiev and India.