Our Trainers

Ahmad Fahmy

Ahmad Fahmy is a certified LeSS Trainer and organisational change consultant with over 15 years experience.He has helped some of the world’s largest organisations, including investment banks and not-for-profit charities, adopt agile, and LeSS principles and values through his “energetic, eye-opening and impressive” training courses.

Dr Alistair Cockburn

An author of the Agile Manifesto. In “The All- Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes”.

Internationally renowned strategist, author of the Jolt award-winning Agile Software Development and Writing Effective Use Cases, he co-created the Agile Manifesto, the Declaration of Interdepen-dence, the Agile Project Leadership Network and the International Consortium for Agile. Dr. Cockburn is an expert on agile development, project management, process design, use cases, and object-oriented development. Find his articles, talks, poems and other writings at http://alistair.cockburn.us

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Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde is the co-creator of Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), is a coach, consultant, programmer, trainer, and author related to modern agile and lean product development.

When he coaches organizations, he works on three levels: organizational, team, individual/technical practices. He has trained thousands of people in software development, Scrum, and modern agile practices for over a decade.

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Ben Maynard

Ben has been training for over 10 years and has always been passionate about enabling and supporting people in gaining knowledge and reaching their potential. His career started in Local Government, then onto back offices in an Investment Bank and in more recent years supporting teams in becoming high performing. Throughout all of these stages his focus on and development towards becoming an evermore effective educator has remained constant via a deep and growing understanding of brain based learning.

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Craig Larman

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005 has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling Scrum, lean thinking, and agile development to big product groups. Much of his work is organizational-design consulting with senior-management teams of product groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, bwin.party, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtech’s development centre helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

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Dan North

Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques.With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide. The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. He occasionally blogs here.

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David Anderson

David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective teams. He leads a consulting, training and publishing and event planning business dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. He has 30+ years experience in the high technology industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has led software teams delivering superior productivity and quality using innovative agile methods at large companies such as Sprint and Motorola. David is the pioneer of the Kanban Method, an approach to evolutionary to improvement, and Enterprise Services Planning, a system of management for modern businesses operating in complex environments. David is the author of three books, Kanban – Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business; Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban, and Agile Management for Software Engineering – Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results.

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Don Reinertsen

In the field of organisational change and scaling agile he hardly needs introducing. Don has worked with leading product development organizations for over 35 years and taught executive courses at Caltech for 14 years.

  • The scaled agile framework’s 1st, 6th, 7th and 9th principles are based on his work with quotes on most of the SAFe web pages taken directly from Don’s work.
  • Large Scale Scrum’s Queuing Theory is based on Don’s work; he is quoted numerous times on the LeSS website.

He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development. Don published the bestselling award-winning book The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, which has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”

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Karim Harbott

Karim is an experienced enterprise Agile Coach and trainer. He has guided many large organisations through ‘Agile transformations’ and helped them on their journey to continuous improvement in their product development capability. As a former Head of Scaled Agile at McKinsey & Co. Karim is comfortable operating at all levels of the organisation, but specialises in the enterprise level and organisational redesign. A trained business and executive coach, Karim is well placed to build internal capabilities in an organisation; be it developing Agile Coaches, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Developers or working at the C-level to help leaders make the changes necessary to enable true, large-scale business agility. Karim is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified LeSS Trainer, SAFe Program Consultant and Accredited Kanban Trainer.

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Lisa Howden

Lisa’s initial agile lightbulb moment was in 2007 when she started with a consultancy who developed software solutions for clients working in an agile way. Lisa was fortunate to take CSM with Mike Cohn in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. Having worked with many different organisations, predominately in the retail sector, Lisa has a cross-section of experience, engaging business sponsors in their role, working with Leadership, Finance, Budgeting as well as creating and delivering training at all levels of an organisation. Lisa is people focused and leads by example, bringing focus and enthusiasm to create an environment where teams are empowered and self-organised to deliver customer value in a high-performing environment. Most recently at M&S, Lisa played a key role in their Agile Transformation as Lead Agile Coach.

As an active member of the agile community, Lisa keeps her knowledge up to date by attending courses and meetups in London and has trained with several well-respected agile trainers including Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd, Halim Dunsky and Simon Powers. Lyssa is a Certified Professional Agile Coach, a Certified Profesional Agile Facilitator, ICAgile Certified Professional – Agility in the Enterprise and a Certified ICAgile Agility in Enterprise Trainer.

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Lyssa Adkins

Since 2004, Lyssa has taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches.

In both one-on-one settings and small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach.

With ACI, Lyssa has trained over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, she had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers.

Lyssa believes that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and I am passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.

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Michael Spayd

In a word, my professional work is about transformation. I have found that I am wired to help people–and systems–change. I am drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, I have worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams.

My training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for my approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation.

A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in my own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014.

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Michael Hamman

For most of the past 25 years, I have committed myself to the possibility that the workplace be a site for personal, professional and social transformation. Trained early on in coaching and large group facilitation with Werner Erhard and Associates, I went on to train in systems thinking, facilitation, organization development, and leadership development with Peter Senge, Peter Block, Thomas Leonard, Otto Laske, Marvin Weisbord, and with the Leadership Circle. For 12 years I developed software, and coached and trained software teams in the beauty of design and teamwork.

This rich variety of background and training informs a unique approach to coaching agile teams and organizations that strives to see the whole system. Over the last ten years, I have coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies, leaders and teams toward greater holistic agility. In the process I have helped hundreds of people develop their own capacity for agile leadership and practice. Currently, my principle focus is in the areas of adaptive leadership and organization agility. I am working on a PhD in human and organizational development at Fielding Graduate University. I am Director of Agile Leadership Training & Development for ACI.

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Michael Sahota

Michael Sahota, Thought Leader, Enterprise Coach, Author and Trainer, guides executive leaders to create high-performance organizations. He has a proven practical playbook for leading change. His model for Consciously Approaching Agile™ explores the creation of a cultural and leadership context where Agile creates lasting organizational results.

As a Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Educator, Michael teaches on a worldwide basis. His highly accoladed Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1) Training reflects his growth and capability as a leader. He practices and models what he teaches to create transformative experiences.

Since 2001, Michael has been guiding success with Agile. Since 2010, he has held his Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) designation. In 2012, he published the ground-breaking book “An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide: Working with Organizational Culture”. Michael has two books that are to be published this year: Emotional Science and Agile Leadership. Michael studies consciousness and personal development in South East India.

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Ricardo Tomé

Ricardo feels passion about helping organisations and teams to deliver products customers really need. His main goal is to achieve the right balance between inspiring people and providing them with pragmatic techniques to deliver value. His career started in 2003 and he have been performing roles mainly as Agile\Lean Coach, Scrum Master and Programme\Project Manager. He has been an enthusiastic Agile and Lean practitioner since 2006. He started to apply Extreme Programming and then he used all the other main Agile\Lean frameworks and methods. He has delivered critical and complex products mostly for clients in banking, government, healthcare, telecommunications and aviation.

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Scott Ambler

Scott W. Ambler is the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes.  He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational level.

Scott is the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM)Agile Data (AD)Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies.  He is the (co-)author of several books, including Disciplined Agile DeliveryRefactoring DatabasesAgile ModelingAgile Database TechniquesThe Object Primer 3rd Ed., and The Enterprise Unified Process.

Scott blogs about DAD here. Scott is also a Founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the certification body for disciplined agile.

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Sharon Bowman

Sharon Bowman is the president of Bowperson Publishing & Training, Inc. She has been a professional speaker, author, teacher, and trainer for over forty years. She works with businesses and educational institutions that want to offer exceptional in-house training and professional development programs.

Sharon is the author of seven popular training books, including the best-selling Pfeiffer/Wiley books titled The Ten-Minute Trainer and Training from the BACK of the Room. Her newest book is Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick. Log onto Sharon’s website at www.Bowperson.com for free excerpts of her books and downloadable training tips, articles, and slide presentations.

Sharon’s two-day train-the-trainer program, “Training from the BACK of the Room,” has received global acclaim from consulting and training companies worldwide. Sharon practices what she preaches by creating/presenting highly-interactive, informative, and unforgettable learning experiences that are based on Accelerated Learning processes and principles. Join us for this exciting train-the-trainer event and take your own training skills to a dramatically new level of excellence.

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Simon Powers

Simon Powers has over 20 years’ experience helping very large organisations to thrive in the market and to be better places to work. He works with the board of directors or senior managers to transform the way that they see themselves, each other, and their organisations. The results are better organisational design, better processes, more engaged staff, and an organisation that is customer focused and more successful. He has been using Agile and Lean for the last 14 years, initially within IT, but in the last 5 years across the entire organisation. Simon founded Adventures with Agile (AWA), a global community of practice for organisational change in 2014. He founded the AWA consultancy in 2015, and his experience comes from both his own direct experience and through the consultants that work for Adventures with Agile working across many of AWA’s clients. Simon has hosted and trained with some of the world’s foremost thought leaders including Craig Larman and Bas Vodde (creators of Large Scale Scrum), Lyssa Adkins (Coaching Agile Teams), Scott Ambler and Mark Lines (Disciplined Agile), Sharon Bowman (Training from the Back of the Room), David Snowden (Cynefin and Sense maker), David Anderson (Kanban), Don Reinertsen (Lean Product Delivery), Michael Sahota (Leadership), Alistair Cockburn (Heart of Agile), and many others. Simon has won awards for the person who has done the most to promote agile globally in 2016, the most popular agile conference speaker in 2016, and was part of the program that won the best implementation of agile in the UK public sector in 2015. He has lectured at university, spoken at conferences all over the world, writes for the AWA blog, and has released multiple whitepapers. He is currently writing a book on Enterprise Agility. Simon has multiple qualifications in the field of agile, coaching, and lean, and regularly teaches and coaches others in the same.

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Tobias Mayer

Tobias Mayer has a background in software development, publishing, theatre arts, and community service work. Since 2004 he has worked as a change agent, trainer and facilitator, providing coaching and consulting services to teams and organizations wishing to make a transition to more agile, trustful and team-centered ways of working.

Tobias is a regular speaker and keynoter at Agile conferences, and the author of the highly acclaimed, and somewhat controversial book, The People’s Scrum. He blogs regularly on LinkedIn, Medium and Business Craftsmanship, and is known as the creator and curator of AgileLib.Net, the world’s foremost collection of Agile resources.

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Zuzi Sochova

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová is an independent Agile coach and trainer and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with more than fifteen years of experience in the IT industry. She started with agile and Scrum back in 2005, when she was implementing agile methods in the USA. From that time, she has been credited with agile transformation and implementation for many companies and teams around the world. By creating and sustaining agile leadership, Zuzi believes the worlds of work and life can be made happier and more successful.

Zuzi is a founder of the Czech Agile Association, and the world famous AgilePrague conference. She is a regular speaker at Agile conferences, author of agile-scrum.com blog, and author of The Great Scrum Master: #ScrumMasterWay book (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)).

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