Ray Cooke

Principal Consultant
Wellington

+64 4 499 9450

Ray is a Principal Consultant with specialist experience in software delivery management and Agile, Lean and DevOps approaches to work. He makes a substantial contribution to our clients by helping them to work in smarter ways suitable to today's rapidly changing and complex environments. Unlike many 'agile coaches' who have often read a few books, Ray brings a serious depth of experience with more than 18 years in IT and over 10 years working in software delivery management and application management roles.

He has specialist skills in:

  • Software delivery management and application management
  • Software development practices, approaches and tools
  • Agile, Lean and DevOps advice, implementation and coaching
  • Continuous deployment and continuous integration
  • Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban methods
  • Team management and leadership
  • Estimation
  • Release management.

"Organisations today need to work differently to deliver better, faster and cheaper. Achieving this outcome however is more complex than many think. It requires individuals, teams and organisations to behave differently. It requires new mind-sets, the removal of silos and greater collaboration across the organisation. It requires different leadership and management approaches, new skills, and fresh practices. It requires cultural change and active change management to succeed. My role is to help clients to work in these new ways to enable greater success."

Ray has worked in many industries including central and local government, financial markets and banking, education, health, research, and technology.

He is also an Equinox IT certified instructor, delivering training courses on Agile, Scrum, and Kanban.

Ray has a Bachelor of Science with 2nd Class Honours in Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He also holds a NEBS Management certificate from the Yinl Scheme, Pershore College, United Kingdom. He is a Certified ScrumMaster.

When not at work Ray enjoys indoor rock climbing, skiing and snorkelling (though he has yet to work out how to do them all at the same time – maybe really weighted down with scuba gear on underwater mountains?).