Award-Winning Scrum Product

BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards 2014 Winner

Pictured: Chris Boyce, Carl AdamsonPete EdmondsSam Rowley

And we also achieved a Highly Commended 2nd place in the Best Use of Cloud Servicesaward.

As Solutions Architect and Scrum Master for The Crown Estate’s Renewable Energy project, Marine Data Exchange (MDE), I am truly honoured that we achieved one of the highest accolades last night at the Computing and British Computer Society’s UK IT Industry Awards, by winning the Project Excellence Award for Best Not for Profit IT Project.

MDE was a pioneering and highly complex Big Data project, treading technical ground that had not been trodden before, by using Microsoft SharePoint to store and manage up to 1PB (1,000 terabytes) of marine survey reports and data. Portions of this data were then made available, in the cloud, to businesses and other interested parties.

Thanks Jeff

MDE was a 1 year Scrum project, which was initiated after seeking direct expert advice from Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum. Although impressed with our “beautifully crafted” project plan, enough Gantt charts to decorate the whole office, Jeff highlighted the usual waterfall pitfalls that Scrum practitioners are all too familiar with and demonstrated how Scrum was the only way to successfully deliver MDE. Jeff was right. Thank you Jeff!

MDE truly was an Agile team effort, with everyone in the cross-functional Scrum Team playing a vitally important role, not least the Product Owner, Pete Edmonds, who had the most challenging role!

If there ever was a text book example of how people can be brought together, overcoming uncharted technical challenges, timescale restrictions, budget limitations and differing views, to deliver a complex, quality product that is considered by the industry as an example of excellence, then look no further than MDE.

Well done, The Crown Estate!