DevBoss Guest Speaker: David Naylor of Cascade HR
We’re delighted to welcome David Naylor, Product Development Manager at Cascade HR, as Guest Speaker of DevBoss, our upcoming event for Software Development specialists.
David is an experienced technology professional and agile evangelist with over 12 years’ experience developing cutting edge enterprise-ready software solutions within the full Microsoft Technology Stack. With a career that started in Software Development, moving through a series of roles including Operational Support Manager, Senior Product Owner, Product Development Manager and now operating at the executive level, David has a unique blend of technical, operational and commercial experience.
Speaking ahead of DevBoss, Andreas Xiarchos, Head of Development at Corecom Consulting said:
“David is clearly well suited to be the Guest Speaker at DevBoss, and with 12 years’ experience in the industry he has a lot to offer in terms of his own experiences in Development.
“His presentation, along with the popular Lightning Discussions, will provide the attendees with a wealth of knowledge that is usually only attainable through learning from prior mistakes.”
Having graduated from Teesside University in 2004 with a 2:1 in Software Engineering, David has continued to further his education with industry recognised qualifications in ITIL and Agile.
Following a successful placement year working for the Global Leader DuPont Knowledge Management, David started his professional career with BTL as a Junior Developer but soon found himself working as a Senior Developer and was instrumental in the development of BTL’s flagship assessment software Surpass™. Surpass™ has now been used to deliver over 2 million high stakes on screen assessments and this is built on technology that David helped define and deliver.
David built and managed the new Live Services team, made up of DBA’s, Developers and Service Technicians where he developed real empathy for end user issues, assisting him to solve complex problems allowing Surpass™ to scale to over 20,000 assessments per day. Turning around a failing agile transformation he quickly became the Senior Product Owner, responsible for managing a team of 4 Product Owners helping to define and implement the business strategy. During this time, David had his first exposure to Product Management and started to gain an understanding for the commercial side of a business.
David joined Cascade HR, one of the UK’s leading providers of Human Capital Management Software in April 2015. In his role, David was responsible for the Product, Development and Quality Assurance teams reporting to the Technical Director. He moved into senior management within four months of his arrival, following the departure of his immediate manager.
Along with the executive management team, David is now responsible for defining the business strategy and driving this forward through the creation and management of the Product and Technical Roadmaps. Additionally, David oversees the Product Management process and is responsible for ensuring the business has the correct commercial focus, competitor and product awareness to succeed. David has successfully implemented the Scrum Framework into the development team and the team are now making constant improvements to this.
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DevBoss is an exclusive invitation-only networking event for leaders in Software Development across Yorkshire, hosted by IT recruitment specialist Corecom Consulting. The event creates a unique community for leaders in development to network, debate, discuss hot topics, and learn from reputable and established speakers who are leaders in the industry.