CTO, independent consultant, and coach with over fifteen years experience with leading agile software development projects. Having a strong technical background covering almost everything from Oracle databases, programming, software architecture to networking, embedded systems, data security, e-commerce, and banking. One of a few managers in Czech Republic who is experimenting and exploring agile and project oriented management techniques and combining them with systemic coaching.
Independent Software development consultant
Last couple of years i have been doing consultancy work at various companies. I wanted to share my knowledge and work in different environments.
CTO / Product Owner
September 2018 – present • Prague, Czech Republic / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fully responsible for design and development of Bitsafe fintech project – an online banking application that provides personal banking accounts with IBAN. The service allows common banking operations, such as SEPA transfers, International wires, and support MasterCard payments cards for withdrawals and payments at merchants.
Deep understanding of banking operations, banking products, communication procedures and protocols (ISO20022, SWIFT, ISO8583).
TransVenture Software Development kft
September 2017 – present • Budapest, Hungary
Managing Director of a privately held outsourcing software development company.
Agile coach / Product Owner
March 2016 – August 2016 • Prague, Czech Republic
Contracted by a small yet cute start-up company to help them focus more on delivery of customer-oriented changes and improving communication between the development team and the business people. Changing roles based on the needs of the situation, currently being a product owner.
November 2015 – December 2016 • Prague, Czech Republic
GoodData is the number one in the business intelligence area. I worked closely with the directory of the engineering and the scrummasters to find optimum performance, align business needs with the technical skills of the teams, and improve overal communication within the company.
Next to that, running internal workshops for scrummasters, product owners, and workshops about BDD and agile testing.
Agile coach / Data Security Consultant
August 2014 – November 2015 • Doneck, Ukraine / Sofia, Bulgaria
Hired by one of the biggest dating white-label platforms to improve internal project management processes, communication, software development quality and prepare company for PCI (payment card industry) Level 1 security audit.
Skills: PCI compliance, BDD & TDD, agile, scrum, continuous integration, data security
Verotel Merchant Services
August 2004 – September 2015 • Prague, Czech Republic
Responsible for all technical operations at the e-commerce provider. CTO at well-known payment processing provider. Managing director of its daughter company Netsafe Solutions, based in Prague, Czech Republic. Facilitating the role of CSO (Chief Security Officer), PCI Level 1, cooperating with several acquiring banks (Wirecard, Payvision, Equens)
Created an environment of self-organized teams of software developers, continuously improving their skills and product by applying lean and cybernetic principles.
Skills: PCI compliance, test driven development, lean, agile, kanban, continuous integration, coaching of staff
IT and security consultant
September 2002 – August 2004 (2 years ) • Prague, Czech Republic
Running own IT consultancy office. Primary focus on the database administration, data model design, network security, and DDoS protection.
Skills: Oracle, Data security, Relational databases, Linux / Unix / network administration
August 2000 – August 2002 (2 years ) • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Oracle DBA, fully responsible for management of the production databases of the payment system provider. Multi-master replica environment, Oracle RAC clusters.
Skills: Oracle administration, data model design, PL/SQL, Perl
C Software Developer
August 1998 – August 2000 (2 years ) • Haarlem, The Netherlands
Programmer in C / embedded SQL / ODBC. Working on the project of resolving Y2K problem of a large EDI (electronic data interchange) system.
Skills: C, SQL, ODBC, Linux
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
Small craft naval architecture and marine engineering
2007 – present
Educational program in small craft naval architecture and marine engineering. Active member of the Westlawn study group and RINA (The Royal Institute of Naval Architects)
Systemic coaching and management
2011 – 2012 (unfinished/interrupted)
training in management and systemic coaching of individuals, teams, and organizations.
SPŠST Panská 3, Prague
1991 – 1995
Certified Scrum Master
Certified Product Owner
Agile Coaching Master Class
Lean Software Development
Tom and Mary Poppendieck
Workshop about understanding lean principles and ideas behind lean and agile software development.
Specification by Example
Workshop on agile specification, user stories, and automated acceptance testing.
Kanban in action
Oracle 11g workshop
Oracle DBA / PL/SQL / HP Unix
I am a solution oriented person, using lean principles for continuous improvement of products, services, and work processes in organizations. As I worked on projects I have identified number good and bad patterns that are common to the software development process. I have been always trying to emphasize the good processes within the teams and find solutions to the problematic ones. As many problems were quite often present in communication between the business and software people I have focused on that area, bridging this communication gap and later making people more competent to carry out proper communication by themselves.
I am a semi-amateur boat builder. Using the lean and project oriented work management made it possible for me to build several boats, from award winning composite seakayaks to 18m long alive-aboard barge.
I am also a big fan of hardware design and software development for embedded devices, especially in the area of electronic musical instruments. If you are interested, check my life-time project Electra MIDI Controller.