John Le Drew

Experienced agile software engineer and agile coach.

About Me

I started working in IT in 2000 and over the last 15 years have worked as a software engineer, team lead, project manager, product owner, trainer, agile coach and consultant. Working with clients ranging from small start-ups to multinationals.

The manifesto for agile software development and the principles behind it is central to my approach. Working with organisations to help them learn to apply the principles has become a passion. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing a team surprise themselves with potential they did not realise they had.

My broad experience has helped me understand the value of gaining a complete understanding of the business and pairing that up with my deep technical knowledge allows me to interact with both the business and technical teams on their level.

I will work with your teams, helping them learn how to embody the agile manifesto and the principles and practices that underlie them, and work with your management teams to help them learn how to see to their team’s needs.

✅ Are you looking to transform your organisation’s approach to software development?

✅ Do you need to be more responsive to market changes?

✅ Do you want to create an environment that supports, motivates and engages your technical teams?

✅ Do you need to improve quality, reduce bugs and release more frequently?

If anything in the list above relates to you (or you want to speak to me about anything else), then get in touch directly via email at


Here is a selection of clients I have helped working through Wise Noodles.

Waters Corporation

User Experience Design and Agile Consultancy / Nov 2015 - May 2016

Waters, a global laboratory instrument and software company, hired us to consult on the UI and UX design andimplementationof a groundbreaking new analysis product.

While working with their teams, we designed the user experience (based on Google's Material Design paradigm) for the product which involved working with the different stakeholders to gather requirements and producing over 200 hi-res mockups.

Waters is undergoing an agile transformation and we were able to apply our extensive experience with agile software engineering and organisational transformation to support them.

On a day to day basis, we supported the teams as they began to adopt agile practices; facilitating ceremonies and coaching their scrum masters.

We also got involved at an organisational level as they were struggling with engagement on their newly started 10% time initiative. We developed a weekly "kick-off" session that encouraged participants to share and discuss their learning and collaboration goals.

The kick off sessions were rolled out to their Eastern European and US offices, across the entire informatics team of 300 staff and we saw a significant increase in engagement.


User Experience Audit and Technical Leadership / September 2015

Sesquis, a task-based matching service for students, a very early-stage startup. My objective was to assist with building technology strategy and provide a UX audit in preparation of positioning the company to pitch to potential investors.

✅ I helped identify a significant staffing gap, recommending an in-house technology team and CTO to position the company for outside investment.

✅ I advised the company on their present UX design, made recommendations for the future application and devised a testing strategy.


Agile Consultancy and Technical Leadership / August 2015

We worked with Canopy Cloud to help train a junior team about to kick off a new project on front end development technologies and agile software engineering best practices. The company was heavily invested in XP practices and we worked with their junior team to help with the adoption.


Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

Wise Noodles

Co-Founder and Lead Consultant

2012 Current


Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

Jon Holloway

Worldwide Head of Digital Strategy, Cable&Wireless

John is just one of those people who is technically gifted but speaks the language of humans. A problem solver, a futurist and the type of guy who is just fun t ... Read more

Andrew Lord

Corporate Webmaster - Cable&Wireless

I first worked with John as part of two-week discovery phase for a new customer portal at Cable&Wireless. We investigated the feasibility of a PHP-based front-e ... Read more

Dan Hamilton

CEO - Emagineers

I hired John to deliver technical coaching to our development team as part of our talent accelerator programme. John was highly astute at understanding what Ema ... Read more


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