I’m a Senior Lecturer on the ‘Scholarship’ track in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. I mainly teach programming, enterprise computing topics, service design approaches, and entrepreneurship ideas to students. Wherever possible I do this in the context of software project development concepts using agile and lean approaches. I also find ways to bring live clients to my student projects so that they gain more experience there too.
My staff details are on my official university page.
Before joining the department in 2001 I was a self-employed developer building Java driven websites. I obtained my MSc in Applied Computing at Dundee University in 2000. I obtained my Ph.D in International Relations from St. Andrews University in 1992. I received my B.A in International Relations and German at the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, USA in 1986.
I’m interested in helping people build better software and look for collaborative opportunities via honours projects and with the Aberdeen Software Factory. I also explore how to bring students from both universities in Aberdeen together to develop projects with Aberdeen City Council as part of the Aberdeen CityLab project. I am also working with Aberdeen City Council to help develop the Aberdeen Data Observatory with Hataichanok Saevanee.
All of this activity is also underpinned by the teaching done on software project management using agile, lean and service design approaches, and which underpin ourMSc Information Technlogy degree.
Let’s work together
I’m always looking for opportunities to use my skills coaching software development and facilitating events with organisations. I have led a variety of sessions of different lengths for different groups in a variety of powerful approaches to deliver useful results. Please get in touch if you think I might be able to help you or your organisation.
I look to engineer collisions between real world businesses and computing science students at the University of Aberdeen because experience plus theory trumps theory on its own, especially if this can be done in an entrepreneurial manner.
StrategicPlay Lego Serious Play Facilitator
I was trained by StrategicPlay in February 2012 to facilitate Lego Serious Playworkshops, and have been doing this regulurly now since then for a variety of organisations ranging from the University of Aberdeen as part of my teaching practice, the University of Edinburgh Student Association, the HEA, Aberdeen City Council and others.
Open Space Facilitator
I was trained by Deborah Preuss in open space facilitation in February 2015, and have regularly used this for the unconference part of the Northern Lights conference, an HEA event and elsewhere such as Play4Agile, and 2019 Global Scrum Gathering in Vienna as noted below.
Certified Scrum Master
I was certified by Growing Agile as a Scrum Master in August 2015.
Level 3 ILM Coach
I was trained by the University of Aberdeen and University of St Andrews as a Level 3 coach as acredited by the ILM. I am now available as a coach for staff as part of the network of coaches at the universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrews.
Senior Fellow HEA
I was accepted as Fellow in the Higher Education Academy in April 2012. I was accepted as a Senior Fellow in the HEA in October 2016.
Speaker and participant at
|At Global Scrum Gathering Vienna 2019 I am the facilitator for the open space.|
|At Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida I ran a workshop with Ellen Grove.|
|I regularly attend Lean Agile Scotland in Edinburgh each year. I’ve run workshops (2013) and been a speaker (2015 and 2016).|
|I attended and spoke at the Scottish Ruby Conference in 2009 and 2010, as well as a lightning talk in 2014.|
|I attended Agile Lean Europe (ALE) unconference ALE2011 in Berlin and ALE2012 in Barcelona.|
|I attended and spoke at the Higher Education Academy STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013 and 2014 where I ran identity building workshops with StrategicPlay methods using Lego Serious Play, and reported on university student run sofware houses.|
|In February 2017 I was responsible for session evaluation at the ITiCSE 2017 conference (Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education) in Bologna, Italy. I helped organise the working groups ITiCSE 2018 in Cyprus. Next I am conference co-chair as the host of ITiCSE in Aberdeen in July of 2019.|
|I regularly attend Play4Agile Unconference in Rueckersbach, and have been there every year since 2012. I have participated and organised sessions each year, and co- led the open space and event retrospectives.This is the place to learn the use of games in teaching and coaching. Since April 2017 I am a committee member for organisation team.|
Organiser of local events
|I am a trustee for CodeTheCity along with with Steven Milne, Ian Watt, and Andrew Sage. Together we run regular civic, co-design hack events across Scotland. CodeTheCity was also the first ODI Node in Scotland.|
|When Aberdeen hosted it, then I co-organised the Aberdeen leg of the Global Service Jam with Steven Milne an annual weekend service design event each February/March.|
|I co-organise with Ian Isted, Donna Connelly and Steven Milne the annual Northern Lights, a one-day tech conference in Aberdeen, which provides a one-day enthusiasm booster shot for geeks of all creeds that inspires us to better ourselves and our communities.|
|I co-organise with Tom Jones the montly Techmeetup Aberdeen as featured in Wired’ Infographic the monthly meetup of tech oriented developers, entrepreneurs, small business folks and academics (both staff and students).|