Curriculum Vitae

View Derrick Robinson's profile on LinkedInDownload Word doc

Derrick Robinson
SAFe, Agile & PRINCE2 Practitioner

 

Professional Profile

Tenacious. Organised. Structured. Senior Technical Project Manager with cutting-edge technical skills, extensive product development / delivery experience and an outstanding record in fast-paced, multiple time-zone IT, Media, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Electronics Defence environments. Highly motivated and technically trained, with key attributes being the ability to quickly take control; to define, communicate and execute highly structured plans; to engage and motivate geographically dispersed teams; and to ensure alignment of stakeholders.

Key Skills

Project Development, Management & Launch ● PMO instantiation ● Prince2 tailoring ● Agile Methodologies ● Data Centre Migrations ● Project Planning, Definition & Management ● Global Infrastructure Improvements ● Complex Software Project Delivery ● Jira ● Confluence ● Github ● Open Source ● Problem Solving ● Contract Management ● Staff Recruitment ● Team Management ● Mentoring & Training ● Stakeholder Management ● Multicultural & Cross-Functional Collaboration ● Communication ● Presentation ●  Relationship Building ● Client / Supplier Engagement

Key Achievements

Project Tools: Created and released as open source, new web-based project management suite of tools.

Motion Picture Solutions: Delivered highly secure flagship DRM (Digital Rights Management) service, including penetration testing and vulnerability remediation of military grade Thales HSM (Hardware Security Modules).

Atos: Delivered new detailed plan (270 milestones and 300 products) to rescue the failing migration of 2,850 distributed servers, meeting all Prince2 requirements – achieved control in under 2 weeks.

Reuters: Increased efficiencies of the Shared Infrastructure Consultants department by up to c. 80% ● Rescued the delayed (by 1 year) RPA (Reuters Picture Archive) implementation project, completing in 1 week.

Cable & Wireless: Project managed C&W’s Real Time Nostro financial programme and associated infrastructure for major global clearing banks, decreasing monetary processing time from 3 days to minutes.

Colt Communications: Delivered Colt’s largest (£12.7m) outsourced IT contract (Regus PLC), managing 14 engineers, migrating 120 core servers out of hours with zero down time ● Delivered data centre infrastructure implementation of new web-based COLT On-Line business solutions programme in 6 weeks after initial 4-month delay.

BT: Identified (and notified suppliers of) a faulty core component in all BT payphones, raising reliability from c. 60% – 96% ● Delivered new logistics supply channels to 20,000 BT field engineers, reaping savings of £95m.

Career History

Project-Tools.co.uk

Project Management WebApps

Senior Technical Project Manager

Mar 2017 to Present

Independent projects: Design and development of new web-based project management tools/apps. https://sourceforge.net/projects/project-tools/ | https://github.com/derrickr/project-tools/

  • Created proof-of-concept PHP work management system as a web app
  • Converted proof-of-concept tool to enterprise grade, running on the Laravel framework
  • Deployed upon highly available Cloud infrastructure utilising DigitalOcean VPS to https://project-tools.co.uk

Extended Travel of Indochina

Dec 2016 to Feb 2017

 

Motion Picture Solutions

Digital Cinema Security / Services

Senior Technical / Security Project Manager

(Contract - Extended)

Aug 2015 to Nov 2016

Delivered MPS’s flagship DRM (Digital Rights Management) service to the motion picture industry utilising military grade secure technology, from design and testing to deployment, working in collaboration with Disney, Sony, Universal, WB, Paramount and Fox studios.

  • Initial penetration testing remediation and full penetration testing carried out with SecurityEvaluators.com in USA, working very closely with Disney, remediating minor vulnerabilities to obtain full sign off.
  • Implemented 2 Thales nShield Connect+ 6000 HSMs (Hardware Security Modules) within 6 weeks of receiving the vulnerability notification, including bespoke C++ wrapper library.
  • Created bespoke Burp Suite instructions and payloads to cover OWASP top 10, and web application penetration testing procedures, how-tos and best practice guides.
  • Implemented bidirectional project management reporting and control via Ceptah between MS Project & Jira.

Created, defined and implemented standard Prince2, Agile and ITIL working methodologies and practices e.g. Out of Hours, Service Outage and Change Control, using Jira solutions.

Telappliant

VoIP Cloud Services

Development Project Manager

(Permanent)

Dec 2013 to Jul 2015

Took over / initiated business-critical staff, system and product projects.

  • Delivered Asterisk Gateways upgrade to v12 on new virtualised VoIP server clusters, including new Java interface, within 6 months after an initial 18 months’ delay.
  • Development Team management and development, including appraisals, career planning and mentoring.
  • Implemented workflow request system to allow effective management of work requests.
  • Integrated SalesForce CRM to OS Commerce, using Informatica for database replication/synchronisation.
  • Delivered Automated Failover Outage Portal, also requiring MySQL Data cleanse.
  • Migrated 950 physical Gentoo servers to latest CentOS on VMWare, utilising blade technology.
  • Finalised flagship product development and project managed launches for: BT Number Porting, SmartStats, VoIPOffice Communicator.

Tech-Academy

IT Consultancy

Senior Technical Project Manager

(Independent Consultant)

Feb 2008 to Nov 2013

Provided IT project management and consultancy to SMEs on an independent basis, setting up Tech Academy tutorial site to disseminate knowledge to c. 5k users per month at no charge - https://tech-academy.co.uk

  • Website development, utilising open source CMS (WordPress, Joomla) and eCommerce solutions (ZenCart, OS Commerce, Magento).
  • HTML/CSS, PHP/MySQL, JavaScript coding and shell scripting.
  • Systems administration and development on LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack.
  • Network security penetration testing and lab virtualisation (Oracle VirtualBox, VMWare).

COLT Telecommunications

Global Telecommunications

IT Infrastructure Project Manager

(Contract)

Apr 2007 to Jul 2007

Managed urgent key infrastructure changes for implementation (see Achievements section) out of hours, whilst assisting RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) engineering team to meet new aggressive deadlines.

Atos Origin

Global IT Services

Senior Data Centre Project Manager

(SC - Government Clearance. Contract)

Jan 2007 to Apr 2007

Security cleared project management of the infrastructure transition for the Department for Constitutional Affairs from 3 suppliers to a single solution, significantly increasing infrastructure unification. See Achievements for details.

Reuters

Global News & Financial Information Services

Head of Reuters Shared Infrastructure Consultants

(Permanent)

Jul 2005 to Nov 2006

Established a team of 9 senior technical consultants (London) and 11 systems engineers (Thailand). Created new workflow methodology and online tools; performed detailed technical reviews of project proposals.

NetSet UK

IT Consultancy

Projects Director

(Permanent)

Apr 2003 to Jun 2005

Client engagement, proposals and implementation of IT/network infrastructure solutions for small businesses.

Cable & Wireless

Global Telecommunications

Senior Technical Infrastructure Project Manager

(Contract)

Aug 2002 to Mar 2003

See Achievements section.

COLT Telecommunications

Global Telecommunications

Senior IT Project Manager

(Contract - Extended)

Dec 2000 to Aug 2002

Project managed technical repair of the existing, then delivery of 2 more data centres. See Achievements for detail.

MCI  WorldCom

Global Telecommunications

Technical Programme Manager

(Contract - Extended)

Jun 1999 to Dec 2000

Delivered a portfolio of projects ranging from server infrastructure for satellite sites to data centre migrations. Subsequently invited to deliver WorldCom’s Business Markets SME IT Programme, from initial concept and financial justifications through to $19.5m business case sign-off and implementation management.

  • Established the project team of 26, including 4 project managers, 10 internal engineers, 12 IT contractors.

Legal & General

UK Financial Services

E-Commerce & Windows NT Project Manager

(Contract - Extended)

Mar 1998 to May 1999

Delivered internet infrastructure for email, internet web browsing and intranet services.

Ericsson Data

Global Telecommunications

Senior IT Project Manager

(Contract - Extended)

May 1997 to Mar 1998

  • Delivered internet gateway, extranet firewall, server and desktop upgrade to 650 client PCs.

Digital Equipment Corporation

Global IT/Electronics Manufacturer

Win 95 Roll-Out & Helpdesk Implementation Project Manager

(Contract - Extended)

Dec 1996 to Apr 1997

Delivered desktop upgrade to 450 PCs, and implemented new Royal Blue help desk system.

World Travel

Nov 1995 to Dec 1996

 

British Telecom

Global Telecommunications

Development Manager -> Project Manager

(Contract - Extended)

Sept 1987 to Nov 1995

Electronics Engineering Development Manager from 1990. See Achievements for more detail.

  • Developed automated test equipment for private circuits, mobile phones, pagers and payphones.

Livingstone Hire

European Electronic Test Equipment Rental

Senior Electronics Design Engineer

(Permanent)

Aug 1986 to Sept 1987

  • Designed ATE (automated test equipment) to aid testing and calibration of electronic test equipment.

RACAL Positioning Systems

Global Military Electronics Manufacturer

Electronics Design Engineer

(Permanent)

Sept 1983 to Aug 1986

  • Developed ATE systems for microprocessor-based RF global positioning systems (pre-GPS).

Professional Development

JIRA Admin Part 2: User Management & Schemes (2015) ● JIRA Admin Part 1: Project Configuration (2015) ● HTML5 (2012) ● JavaScript & jQuery (2012) ● Advanced PHP & MySQL for Web Development (2012) ● Red Hat Apache & Secure Web Server (2012) ● Cisco ICND-1 (2012) ● Python (2012) ● C++ Object Oriented Programming (2012) ● Object Oriented Thought Process (2012) ● Perl Programming (2012) ● C / C++ (2011) ● Advanced WordPress Development (2010) ● Unix Shell Scripting (2009) ● PHP & MySQL (2008) ● HTML & CSS (2007) ● Linux & Unix Certification - LPI 101/102 (2003) ● Courses

Education

SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework - 91% pass mark) | Scaled Agile Inc. (Nov 2018)

PRINCE2 Practitioner Re-Registration | APM Group (Jun 2015)

Agile Foundation & Practitioner | APM Group (Oct 2013)

Certified Ethical Hacker v7 (93% pass mark) | EC-Council (Mar 2012)

PRINCE2 Practitioner | APM Group (Jan 2005)

PRINCE2 Foundation | APM Group (May 2001)

Diploma: Management Studies - Electives: Finance (A), Small Business (A) | Kingston University (Jun 1995)

Certificate: Management (Grade A all subjects) | Kingston University (Jun 1994)

HND: Electronics Engineering | Kingston College (Jun 1983)