Going Agile: Implementing Scrum at ZOOtech

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 15 May 2008, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

John Stovin, Senior Software Engineer, ZOOtech Ltd


ZOOtech develops professional-level tools for DVD authoring for the movie industry. Development takes place in Sheffield, with the sales & marketing side of the business mainly based in California.

ZOOtech has traditionally used a waterfall-based development process, but various pressures, both internal and external, have exposed the weak points of this process.

ZOOtech's response has been to adopt Scrum, an Agile management process, for future software development projects. This seminar will discuss some of those pressures for change, discuss the main tenets of Agile development in general and Scrum in particular, and explore some of the ways in which Scrum has helped ZOOtech build responsive, empowered teams.


John has worked as a Software Developer for around 15 years. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and and MSc in Computer Science, both from the University of Manchester. He has worked for ZOOtech for the last seven years, and has been involved in most of their major software projects during that time. He has also acted as ZOOtech's representative on the DVD-Forum, developing the HD-DVD specification. He is currently leading the adoption of Scrum within ZOOtech.


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