General Manager Consulting
Deane is our General Manager for Consulting and is also a practising Principal Consultant with specialist expertise in IT Leadership, Architecture, Agile and DevOps and Change. He helps our clients think outside of their current world view to see different and better ways to achieve results for their organisations. He has a passion for exploring fresh ways of working such as Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, Kanban method and determining how new approaches can be pragmatically applied to make a difference.
He has worked in IT for over 22 years and has experience in:
- Strategic planning
- Business management
- Team leadership
- Change management and transformation
- Technical leadership
- Software development management
- IT governance
- IT service management
- Independent quality assurance
- Agile and Lean coaching
- Technical architecture
- Performance engineering.
Deane has previously held the roles of CTO, Software Development Director, and Founder of an innovative internet start-up.
"While I have a deep technical background, over the years I have become increasingly focused on the critical people side of IT. The biggest gains that we can make in IT does not come from the technology but from the people, the culture and the transformations we make to continuously improve the way people work. I help our clients to think in new ways to harness the full benefits of their technologies and of their people."
Deane is a graduate of the hotly contested Stanford 'd.school' Design Thinking Executive Programme held in Palo Alto. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified in ITIL and Certified TOGAF Practitioner. He is a member of IT Professionals New Zealand and is a Chartered IT Professional New Zealand (CITPNZ). He is also an associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Management (ANZIM). Deane holds a NCB and NZIM Diploma in Management.
Deane's 'always on' approach to life doesn't stop outside of work. He has a busy family life with three daughters. He competes in triathlons and he takes stunning motion photographs of the night sky.
Examples of Deane's work
Major core business application development for central government agency
What we did: Equinox IT provided full development services for a central government agency core business application. This was a multiple year project with numerous releases and ongoing enhancements. Equinox IT provided a full team of .Net developers and systems analysts / testers using Agile, Kanban and Acceptance Test Driven Development approaches. Each release was rigorously tested to ensure we consistently met the high expectations of the client. Equinox IT continues to support this core business application today.
Deliverables: Delivery and support of numerous core business application releases with documentation.
Architecture advice for a cross-government programme
What we did: Being presented with deliverables of varying quality and having difficulty ensuring consistency and integration between projects, the programme director requested that Equinox IT provide both remedial and forward-looking development process, quality and architecture guidance. The role included the provision of architectural guidance and stewardship across the full solution delivery spectrum, from involvement in RFP preparation through to ongoing quality assurance of vendor deliverables in deployed systems.
Deliverables: Programme solution architecture document, statement of work acceptance requirements, SLA requirements definition, contractual requirements definition, architecture review, code review, and standards adherence including IEEE 1028, 730 and 1471.