Gavin started his tech journey in Ireland when he fell in love with the
potential of the Internet at the tail end of the 90s.
He pivoted from a career in finance and managed to land a role as frontend
developer in one of Ireland’s first ISPs. He continued in similar roles when
he moved to New Zealand in 2004, and over 10 years was an integral part of
development teams working across a huge array of different industries. This
taught him a lot about what helps build great teams and software, and of
course what hampers that.
When a team he was working with discovered and embedded Agile ways of
working in 2007, it was a breath of fresh air. What felt right to him
instinctively was spelt out in the values and principles, and when the
businesses he worked for depended on motivated teams consistently
delivering value; Agile had a lot of the answers that made that possible.
It became clear to Gavin that helping set teams and companies up for
success was what made him want to get out of bed in the morning; more
than being a developer ever did. He became a full-time Agile Coach in 2010,
and soon after began running courses and helping companies on their Agile
His last role before joining Nomad8 was Agile and Culture Lead at one of
New Zealand’s leading web development agencies.
This was a huge learning experience in terms of how to maintain a successful
business, and leadership’s role in creating an environment where Agile can
flourish. He brings this breadth of experience to all the work he does with
Gavin has been co-organiser for several meetups in New Zealand (Business
Agility Wellington, Agile Welly and the Agile Coaching Circle), spoken at a
number of Agile events (including Agile 2016 in Atlanta), and feels more
passionate about helping individuals, teams and companies do the best work
of their lives as each day passes.