Kiffin Rex Gish
Advanced Software Development and Scrum Specialist
kiffin [dot] gish [at] planet [dot] nl
Independent Consultant (Freelancer)
April 2016 - Present
May 2015 - November 2015
Defined and tracked process for delivering quality products according to deadlines. Worked closely with Nextail in planning of product roll-outs that was essential in meeting high expectations in the retail segment. The E-commerce backend was based on IBM WebSphere which provided a unified platform for store chains falling under Blokker Holding (Blokeer, Xenos, Intertoys, Leen Bakker, Bart Smit and Marskramer).
Development and Release Manager
January 2014 - January 2015
December 2011 - January 2014
Development Team Manager / Lead Engineer
December 2010 - July 2011
Head of ICT
April 2009 - November 2010
Team Lead Dynamic Content & Publishing
May 2007 - March 2009
Team Leader Development
June 2006 - May 2007
Management of the development team consisting of 10+ software and test engineers whose task was designing, implementing and testing the Equipment Control System (ECS) for the Euromax project, a new and highly automated container terminal in the Rotterdam Maasvlakte. Based on a zero-configuration Holonics architecture using CORBA, C/C++, Java, Python and Unix shell scripting in an object-oriented distributed environment, Linux/Unix on Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise. Development methodology was RUP.
Team Leader Development
April 2004 - January 2006
IT Consultant (freelance)
October 2002 - Present
- Seeas BV in Haarlem
November 2009 - April 2010
- Pace Micro Technology PLC in Leeds UK
Lead Software Architect
April 2006 - May 2006
System architecture design for the mobile PVR2GO product line of TV-centric multimedia devices, IPTV, specifically the portal interface based on web services.
- Blinck International BV in Amsterdam
Team Manager Development
February 2006 - March 2006
Management of the development team designing, developing and extending the interactive mobile messaging platform based on premium short messages.
- Telfort in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost
Senior Perl developer
February 2004 - April 2004
Designed and implemented an SMS gateway written as an OOP Perl daemon acting as a large account via Universal Computer Protocol (UCP), connecting an CMG SMS Center to the Telfort Service computer network.
Sr. e-Business Management Consultant
September 2001 - September 2002
Responsible for general consultation at IT-companies in The Hague and Rotterdam areas, focusing mainly on E-business with expertise in wireless telecom, mobile applications and back office integration. Served as project manager for the tracking and oversight of various i-mode Services activities at a major Dutch mobile telecom operator. Reviewed and analyzed the eTOM (Telecom Operator Map) business process model to see if this standard framework could be used for customers in the business of service providers, eg. telecom, utilities & other communication and information companies. Restarted and gave new life to a telecom interest group in order to assess the current situation and prepare a roadmap for the future. Other activities included commercial assistance for presentations, definition of a eTOM service portfolio, support for a Visual Basic Training, creation of "blended" self-study modules for the learning institute, the design/maintenance Telecom Knowledge Group intranet site.
June 1997 - August 2001
Project Manager Partner Program
November 2000 - August 2001
Overall coordinator responsible for the definition, implementation & completion of the global (content) partner program, goal was to strengthen CMG's position in the business of wireless end-user services. Based on business development research, a number of companies were selected to participate, based on their core technical as well as business competence. Through a certification process, the objective was to assist customers like mobile operators, Internet and Application Service Providers as well as large enterprises with the creation of business solutions. Through the successful creation of a global partnering framework, the project was already expanding beyond the initial WAP Service Broker product to include the other telecom products like the Short Message Service Center, Cell Broadcast Center and Mobile Email.
Management Project Office
November 1999 - October 2000
Responsible for the implementation of the Management Project Office (MPO) within the development department, covering all phases from Plan of Approach, to implementation and acceptance. International roll out to other companies in Ireland, USA and The Netherlands. The goal was to set up a uniform, self-contained project office infrastructure for tracking and oversight, management reporting structure and a historical database. Based on the advanced planning tool Project Scheduler 7 (PS7). I also designed and implemented a time-registration interface between an Oracle database and the planning tool based on Visual Basic 6.0 Used MS-Access extensively for the definition and support of a historical database, metrics and resource management. Our team was successful in creating a support structure for the training, coaching and general trouble-shooting of (junior) project leaders and their team members.
December 1998 - October 1999
Managed the Value Added Services Platform (VASP) maintenance team of 23 internal consultants and subcontractors. Man management tasks included regular job controls and yearly reviews, coaching and training, as well as career planning issues. I was an active participant of the weekly management meetings, including personnel rankings and policy making. Also took part in recruitment activities. Staff training involved organizing technical workshops with external third parties, and running the CMG Telecom Academy together with our business partner Global Knowledge Networks, which was a specific 3-month training program for recent graduate students and joiners unfamiliar with telecom.
June 1997 - November 1998
Was technical lead for a team of 5 developers designing, implementing and testing the components for the Value Added Services Platform (VASP) under Unix with an installed base worldwide for major telecom operators. Supported applications for Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems using Amarex Voice-Mail service APIs. Brought to completion a one-year 'Unified Messaging' project with Ericsson for their Intelligent Network interface (NIP), culminating in a successful three-week acceptance program at their test facility in Karlskrona, Sweden. Expertise in Unix and C, MS Project, System Architect and INAP protocol API using Ericsson's Portable SS7 stack.
Project Manager / Application Engineer
May 1994 - May 1997
Provided technical support and consultancy of mobile telecommunications at various customer sites in the transport, public services and e-mail market segments. Gave advice and supervision during development of third-party applications, mainly for the expansion of existing networks and client/server systems to a (Mobitex) wireless environment. Acquired knowledge of communication software using C/C++ APIs for Unix, MS-DOS, Windows and Visual Basic. Expertise was in the analysis and optimization of network connections, e.g. packet-switching networks and modern telecommunication protocols. Did trouble-shooting of X.25, TCP/IP, AT, gateways and client/server architectures, especially under Unix and Windows. Supervised the testing and analysis of software with the objective of successful certification of communication products for Mobitex.
April 1992 - April 1994
January 1993 - April 1994
Was responsible for the administration and supervision of progress within the Desktop Group development department. Scheduled and monitored all project activities using planning tool MS Project. Reviewed the quality control of deliverables according to internal requirements. Fostered the contacts between departments and external customers. Did management and supervision of software programmers across a number of GUI platforms. Lead and inspired the developers via weekly meetings and bi-yearly evaluation reports. Ordered and regulated the necessary hard- and software. Expertise was in (protected mode) MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2 Presentation Manager, Motif, OpenLook, C and Assembler. Also provided technical support, bug fixing and Uniface enhancement work, and I was fellow-designer and developer of the OS/2 2.x GUI driver ported under the Workplace Shell.
April 1992 - December 1992
Did customer support and handled problem reports for a wide range of software problems, and if requested, implemented enhancements and customer wishes to the existing Uniface 3GL engine. Followed maintenance of current code-lines and the specified improvements via code walkthroughs. Specialized in MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2 PM, C and Assembler. Ported various TCP/IP and database drivers for Windows and MS-DOS, including low-level debugging of Windows and (DOS extender) protected-mode driver DLLs. Gradually grew into a junior project leader and developer for porting the Windows GUI driver to OS/2 PM.
March 1988 - May 1992
Did application design, programming and testing, drafting, and analyzing system requirements. Designed information systems in cooperation with customers, acceptance tests and user system documentation. Was member of Electric Paper Facility team under the Megadoc Project, specializing in the analysis and development of image processing and text viewing applications and DLLs. Using the Unix utilities LEX and YACC, implemented an MS-DOS redirector via NETBIOS. Designed and developed a compiler for Remote Procedure Calling (RPC), a device driver SCSI controller for WORM disk drives, and an Optical Media Manager for administering and controlling Optical Disk Jukeboxes. Expertise was in UNIX, C and C++, and Fortran, VAX/VMS, Assembler, MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2 PM.
Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Drs. Physics and Computer Science / 1983 - 1988
Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, USA
B.S. Biology / 1975 - 1979
Salinas High School in Salinas, California, USA
High school diploma / 1972 - 1975
Born and raised in sunny California, came to Europe as an adventurous backpacker and ended up staying in Holland.
Good fiction (psychology, history, philosophy and computer books), watching film classics, (modern) classical music, rock-and-roll, and country, programming for fun, jogging and cycling. Often get carried away playing on my laptop into the wee hours of the morning thinking that I'm some kind of future-famous web developer. Am captivated by the latest improvements of Internet and computer technology, never too old to learn new stuff. Greatest passion is the honorable game of golf (handicap 4) which I play passionately at competition level. Live life like it's a round of golf and play golf as it mimics life.