Training

I’ve been at it a long time. That wouldn’t necessarily make me good at it, of course.

studio-selfie-016Getting scores of 11 on a scale of 1 to 10, more than once, leads me to think maybe I know what I’m doing. Having participants say “the best training I’ve ever been in” also leads me to think that. Having other trainers in my session tell me that I kept them interested and engaged throughout, and that they woke up the next morning thinking about me and what I taught, that also leads me to think maybe I’m doing well. I’m not making this stuff up. I love what I do and people tell me it shows.

My training approach is highly interactive. I embrace the work of Dave Meier (“Accelerated Learning”), Sharon Bowman (“Training from the BACK of the Room” and “Using Brain Science To Make Training Stick”), John Medina (“Brain Rules”), Garr Reynolds (“Presentation Zen”), and others of their ilk.

As to my topics, I’m passionate about Agile (“Agile Software Development”) and its impact on the effectiveness of teams and the quality of their product. When I became actively involved in the Agile community, I realized that I’d been doing Agile stuff since before there was an “Agile”. It just seemed to make sense back then (like in the 1980s) and it still makes sense. I want to help others find the excitement and the passion and also understand how to put it to work.

I deliver training on the Agile mindset, on leadership and team effectiveness, and on various practices. I’m a recognized contributor in the Agile community at large, including having presented at numerous conferences on several continents and being a track chair at the Agile2xxx conferences for a number of years.

I also deliver training on Facilitation, Presentation/Public Speaking, and am one of a very few trainers worldwide certified to deliver Sharon Bowman’s “Training from the BACK of the Room” two-day workshop.