Interviews

Rowan Bunning

Rowan Bunnings – Scrum Pioneer

Rowan talks about Scrum, Agile and project management. This is a lightly edited interview transcript where he and Louis Taborda discuss what (if anything) these constructs have in common. Bio Rowan Bunning has a technical background in software development including both project and ongoing product development. He began his Agile journey in 2001 and is a pioneer of Scrum in Australia having become the country’s first Scrum Master in 2003 and Australia’s first Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) in 2006. He was hired as an Agile Coach by the U.K.’s most prominent Agile consultancy in 2007 and became a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) in early 2008. Rowan is one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the region. This includes leading over 400 Scrum certification training courses in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA. In 2019 he became the first Path to CSP® Educator in Australia to be accredited to offer the full suite of professional development offerings for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches through to Certified Scrum Professional®. Rowan has been engaged as an Agile Coach by many of Australia’s best-known brands in industries including financial services, media, health insurance, federal and state government, retail, manufacturing, building security and video gaming. You can learn more about Rowan from his LinkedIn profile. Introductions Louis:       I have here with me Rowan Bunning, who is a Scrum expert and trainer. Thank you for being here Rowan, I look forward to hearing your views on some heretical aspects of project management perhaps. I guess to start…

Tony Sattout - Project Exec | Change Catalyst

Interview with Tony Sattout

Lightly edited transcript of Tony Sattout’s interview, conducted by Louis Taborda. Bio Tony Sattout has had a successful career starting in construction projects and moving to the executive ranks in a large Australian financial institution. He consults widely as a change catalyst and executive coach for major programs in diverse industries. You can learn more about Tony from his LinkedIn profile. Introductions Louis: I have Tony Sattout in front of me, a highly experienced business executive. Thank you for talking with Projectize.Me, Tony. Could I start off by asking you to describe the variety of business contexts in which you’ve worked? As our readers are interested in the project management aspects of your career, could you explain what part projects have played in your various roles? Tony: Okay, well, I’ve been in projects, almost my whole business career – started off in the property business, doing refurbishments of heritage buildings and other types of buildings, then moved into financial services where I was managing very complicated change type projects, including improving performance in sales environments, right through to running mergers and acquisitions of large competitors. I’ve also worked in banking, I’ve worked in industrials, I have worked in logistics. And I’ve even done work in educational services. So, I’ve pretty much covered the whole Australian gamut of organisations, driving projects, managing funding, reviewing the quality governance, all the roles that are potentially in projects, I’ve played them at some stage in my career. Louis: Excellent. And that’s why I’m interviewing you. Tony: You’re too nice.…