About Me

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Throughout my 13+ year career I’ve had a variety of roles as a Test Engineer, Test Lead, Project Manager and Agile coach. As a result I have a well rounded approach to leadership in an Agile environment, both as part of test and the wider team including stakeholder management and the provision of team KPI.

In addition to being a servant leader and facilitating team discussions, I don’t shy away from decision making and will always work with people to find the best outcomes possible.

Specialities:

  • Accessibility and human factors testing; from design to implementation.
  • Implementing and executing full stack agile testing approaches.
  • Providing quality narratives to help shape product decisions.
  • Building cross disciplined agile teams.

Experience with various industry sectors including: Fintech, Finance, Banking, Broadcast, Retail and Public Safety.

Currently investigating continuous testing in CI/CD pipelines using Selenium in Docker (orchestrated through Docker compose).

Talks:

My CV:

Callum Akehurst-Ryan CV (pdf download)

Kick ass Dungeon Mastering

I’ve been a DM for the last 15 years, running D&D campaigns across multiple editions (most recently 5th edition). By engaging players as characters and weaving narrative through descriptions and storytelling, I ensure my players have full autonomy in the worlds I create.

I’m currently running a Curse of Strahd campaign because vampires are cool!

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How the game looks from behind the DM screen.

Recently I’ve been working with Survivors UK to use Dungeons and Dragons as a means to support counseling and group work for victims of sexual abuse.