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CV – Andrew Preston



I’m a highly proficient Project Manager with over 12 years experience delivering bespoke software solutions and 7 years of agile experience. I’ve managed projects across three continents and have a comprehensive understanding of software development. I’m passionate about Agile techniques and how they can be applied. I’m an extremely capable manager and leader that brings the best out of teams. I have good grasp of enterprise and web technologies.


Qualifications and Training


  • Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP) – 2012
  • Certification: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) – 2011
  • Certification: PRINCE2 Foundation – 2011
  • Workshop: Starting Your Agile Project Right (Johanna Rothman) – 2013
  • Talk: Practices For Scaling Lean & Agile Development (Craig Larman) – 2012
  • Workshop: Specification by Example (Gojko Adzic) – 2011
  • Training: Agile Estimation and Planning (Mike Cohn) – 2010
  • Certification: ITIL Foundation – 2012
  • Training: Negotiation (Alan McCarthy) – 2011
  • Talk: Introduction to BDD – (Dan North & Elizabeth Keogh) – 2009
  • Degree: Bachelor of Business Science (University of Cape Town) – 1999


Expertise


  • Agile: SCRUM, KANBAN, BDD, XP, TDD, Continuous Integration, User Stories
  • Traditional Project Management: PMP & Prince 2
  • Team Management
  • Offshore
  • Business Analysis
  • Product Management
  • Technologies: Microsoft .NET, Java, PHP, Flex, JavaScript, SAP ABAP, Android


Achievements


  • Presented a serious of talks on “Agile in SAP” at Warner Music Group in New York.
  • Presented a talk on “The Experience of Agile in the Media Industry” at BBC Worldwide.
  • Presented a talk on “Why Agile” to the Board of Directors at G3 Global.
  • Managed and launched Sony Music Royalty Statement Portal using SCRUM.
  • Introduced Agile techniques (SCRUM & KANBAN) into G3 Global. This involved performing agile coaching for multiple teams as they transitioned from waterfall to Agile.
  • Achieved gold partner status with Oracle and SAP for G3 Global.
    Sold startup to MyHeritage.com (the largest family social network) which generated a significant return for the business investors.
  • Co-founded Kindo.com to a family social network. I used SCRUM to quickly launch the first market version in four months.
    Achieved gold partner status with Microsoft for Open Box Software.
  • Co-founded an offshore software company in South Africa that focussed on delivering bespoke Microsoft solutions based on the .Net platform. I grew this to 40+ people over four years.


Experience


G3 Global – Development Services Manager

2008/12 – 2013/05 (London)

I joined as a Project Manager and then took over the development services department. I was part of the executive management team. I had operational management of 25 consultants across a portfolio of external and internal projects. I introduced a variety of agile approaches such as SCRUM, Kanban, XP, TDD and Continuous Integration. I coached and mentored consultants at all levels. I was also involved in a number of R&D projects which included web and mobile projects.

Key project: Sony Music – Royalty Statement Portal (London & New York)

  • Role: Scrum Master for two teams
  • Developed a portal application that delivered 500K royalty statements every 6 months to various stakeholders in the music industry. This had an initial targeted user base of 15K.
  • Managed the project, client and development teams.
  • Agile Methods used: SCRUM, TDD, Pair Programming, Continuous Integration, User Stories
  • Successful project roll-out with only 2 minor issues in production for a year.
  • I coordinated teams across a complex technical landscape. I removed numerous impediments that hindered team progress.
    I coached the team on how to make the most of SCRUM. This included training additional Scrum Masters.
  • Technologies: Java (Spring), SAP (ABAP), Maven, Jenkins

“Andrew was a business partner on a critical web-based system development project. Not only was he a pleasure to work with, he presented very creative ideas, completed the work when he said he would and worked with me to get the best product for the approved budget. Very professional and an exceptional project manager.”
– Sue Zotian, VP Royalties, Sony Music

Other Projects:

  • Warner Music Group – Application Support & Maintenance Transition (London & New York)
    • Transitioned the support function from the incumbent supplier to G3 Global
    • Location: New York and London
    • Change management of processes, technology and supporting systems
  • Warner Music Group – Auto Provision Tool (London)
    • Agile Project Manager of a team of 6 to develop a bespoke tool in SAP ABAP.
    • The project provisioned marketing expense write-offs and various reports.
    • Location: New York and London
    • Technologies: SAP ABAP, ABAP unit (TDD in SAP ABAP)
  • G3 Global – Artist Relationship Management (London)
    • Agile Project Manager of the development of an R&D product that aimed to provide a 365 degree view of all things pertaining to an artist in the music industry.
    • Demonstrated to Warner Music Group in the US.
    • Technologies: Java, Spring, Mobile compliant CSS,
  • Energia – Utility Mobile Field Sales (London & Ireland)
    • A proof of concept application that was demonstrated to senior Energia stakeholders as part of a sales pitch.
    • Technology was based on the Android platform

Kindo.com (now myheritage.com) – Project and Operations Manager

2007/04 – 2008/08 (London)

I co-founded this social network product focussed on family trees and interactions around the family. I managed all projects using Scrum to achieve rapid market entry.

Responsibilities included:
Product project management of new features for the Kindo product using an agile approach (Scrum).
Financial management and control of all venture capital funding.
Communication with some of the top VC firms and seed funding companies in London.
Management of geographically distributed translation team.
Technologies: PHP, MySQL, Flash & JavaScript

“Andrew is passionate, dedicated and thorough. He did a fantastic job with his co-founders at Kindo getting a great product, which consumers loved, to market in over 12 languages. He’s a pleasure to work with – super reliable and great guy.” – Saul Klein, Partner, Index Ventures

The venture grew rapidly and pioneered technology in the genealogy space. The growth made it an appealing acquisition target for larger companies. It was sold in 2008 to myheritage.com.
Kindo was voted top 3 in UK’s Most Promising Internet Company 2008 at InternetWorld

Technovated – 2006/10 – 2007/03 (London)
Project and Operations Manager

Explored product development opportunities while on my sabbatical after Open Box Software. This lead to the opportunity to start a social family tree company funded by some of the top venture capital firms in London. During my time investigating business opportunities I managed bespoke and packed CMS implementations using Scrum.

Key Project: Babyfy.com
Role: Scrum Master
An e-commerce site dedicated to all baby related products.
Managed stakeholders
Technologies: PHP & MySQL

Open Box Software – UK Manager

2002/07 – 2006/08 (London & Cape Town)

I co-founded an offshore software development company. I set-up and managed the UK operation. Managed all software projects in the UK and across Europe. I was a key member of the management board for the company. Achieved gold partner status with Microsoft. Grew the company to 40 during my time with the company (currently 100+). I worked with a variety of Microsoft bespoke technologies.

Clients included: Deloitte, Conservative Party, Royal Bank of Scotland, Wimpy Burgers, Tishman Speyer, Conchango (now EMC)

Key Projects:

Deloitte – Distributed CRM system
Role: Project Manager
Locations: UK, US, South Africa
Management of consulting partner and all offshore work
Technologies: C#, Windows Forms, ASP.NET, IIS, Online/Offline data synchronisation, SQL Server

Tishman Speyer – Global Expense Reporting System
Role: Project Manager
Locations: Project was run from the UK, development was based in South African, on-site training in US, UK, Germany, France & Spain.
Technologies: VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, VSS, Integration to Microsoft Great Plains

Wimpy Burgers – 3rd Party Logistics
Role: Project Manager and Business Analyst
Description: This project replaced a legacy AS400 system with a bespoke Microsoft solution. 3Rd party logistics data files were imported on a daily basis to analyse sales and distribution.
Locations: The project was managed on-site in the UK. The software development was conducted in South Africa.
Technologies: C#, Windows Forms, SQL Server, VSS

Tisham Speyer – Service Charge Module
Role: Business Analyst
Description: This project succeeded after two failures by tier 1 consultants. I lead a small team of three to analyse and develop a solution. The system calculated complex service charges based on real-estate agreements for large commercial properties.
Locations: Project was run from London, development was based in South African, target installation and training was Berlin.
Technologies: VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Integration to Microsoft Great Plains

Computer Sciences Corporation (csc.com) – Senior Business Analyst

2001/01 – 2002/06 (Cape Town)

I joined a new e-Business application and consulting services team in the Financial Services Group. I consulted on various strategy and software projects. I was part of the companies project management group.

Key Project: Old Mutual – Fund Switching Portal
Role: Business Analyst and Programmer
Description: This system allowed customers to change the composition of their pension fund into various managed financial funds. I started as the Business Analyst for the project and ended up actually developing the software.
Technologies: COM/DCOM, ASP, VB Script, XML, IIS

Other Projects:

  • CSC – Product Catalogue
    • Role: Business Analyst & Developer
  • CSC – Client Portal
    • Role: Business Analyst and Project Manager

Independent Online (IOL) – Business Analyst

1999/12 – 2001/06 (Cape Town)

I joined IOL as a Business Analyst to work on a number of new projects. The role grew rapidly and I took project management responsibilities on a number of projects. I was the interim IT manager for a short period after the IT Manager resigned. I help recruit and manage various aspects of the IT department.

Key Projects:

Financial Needs Analysis Tool
Project management of an independent financial needs analysis tool that helped individuals forecast their financial position.
Technologies: PHP, Oracle database
Car Sales Uploader
Project Managed a 3rd party software supplier to develop a tool that would allow companies to manage their car inventory and upload to motoring sales classifieds
Technologies: Visual Basic, XML, SQL Server, Web services
Server Infrastructure
Acquisition of new server infrastructure and moving hosting facilities
Database Product Evaluation
Evaluated a number of database providers and drove the selection of a new platform.

IOL is the online presence for the Independent news and the second largest news site in South Africa.

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