Derek is extremely knowledgeable and is able to convey this superbly to a group using his own expertise as well as excellent presentation skills as a Trainer.
The 2 day course, to be a Professional Scrum Master (PSM1), was superb and jam-packed full so I am now able to be a better practitioner as well as preparing me to pass the exam!
For a Scrum Master course which is practical, insightful, engaging and good value for money – I recommend him very highly!
– James Jordan, BI Development Manager, Ofsted
Just thought I’d drop a note to say thanks for a great course … you delivered a very engaging, informative and interesting course which I took a great deal away from.
I’ve already taken the test and hit 96.3% – very pleased with the result … The advice to take the open assessment repeatedly before the test was perfect – I got that down to 2:10 at 100%, which made taking the real test much less daunting.
Again, thanks for the past couple of days, and I look forward to taking the framework into the organisation.
– Richard Todd, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Derek provided an engaging, enjoyable and highly informative two day Professional Scrum Master training course.
Not only did Derek thoroughly prepare me for taking the PSM I assessment but he also sparked my enthusiasm to use Scrum day to day and to continue my own development as a Scrum practitioner.
– Tim Barnes, Product Owner, Dods Group PLC
I attended Derek’s Professional Scrum Foundation training which has taught me a great deal and was highly inspiring about teamwork. Derek is a very passionate trainer, really keen to share his knowledge, and most essentially the true values of Scrum.
The training was very intense, but Derek always had the patience to go through things again if needed, and was making sure that no notions were misunderstood, thanks to his positive attitude and ability to motivate us. Both theory and practical exercises allowed us to understand effectively every step of the Scrum framework.
We all left the training having a solid basic understanding of it and the eagerness to study it further, and apply it to our work
– Florence Reidenbach, Game Localization Professional
I really enjoyed the Scrum training I received from Derek. The course was well structured and I found his presentation style enjoyable and informative. He clearly knows what he is teaching and he satisfactorily answered all questions fired at him.
I attended the course with 2 colleagues, we all passed our PSM I due to Derek’s training, and we are confident to move forwards with our scrum implementation
– Richard Coulson, Senior System Analyst, Central Systems and Automation Ltd
Delighted to be able to report that I passed the PSM I assessment first time following Derek’s superb Scrum Master training course … the quality of the training was excellent.
Having been through a few software development methods it was great to be able to ask questions in that context and debate some points of interest / concern.
I’m looking forward to the Product Owner training course myself and I will certainly recommend Derek for Scrum training to development teams since someone with his technical background would be a very credible trainer to developers.
Having previously attempted some aspects of Scrum in a fledgling Agile environment, I felt much more confident attending an interview armed with the knowledge obtained from this course.
Laura Minter, Scrum Master, Virgin Atlantic
I met Derek when he presented a Professional Scrum Master training course which I attended. His in-depth knowledge and obvious passion and enthusiasm for the subject was evident throughout the course. His ability to call on a wealth of experience and real-world examples reinforced the material being covered.
After the course I sat my assessment with confidence, happy that I had a firm understanding of Scrum and this was borne out when I passed the with a score that would not have been possible without the training I’d received.
Dave Carson, Contract Developer, On the Fence Development
Its simple – without Derek, our attempt to introduce Scrum would have failed.
If you are thinking about using Scrum and you have challenging requirements and even more challenging team members, then getting a Derek to walk you through the ‘spasm’ of adopting Scrum is essential!
Besides all that he is a great guy too.
Brennan Gordon, Technical Architect, dlc
I had the pleasure of working with Derek whilst setting up a team to deliver within an agile framework.
Derek is an excellent and knowledgeable agile coach and has a friendly and engaging style. Derek ran several training sessions aimed at educating the team on agile and scrum best practice and feedback from all attendees was overwhelmingly positive.
I would be happy to recommend Derek to anyone!
Dan Fountain, Project Delivery Director, Tryzens
Derek was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional. He is an excellent Agile coach and Consultant and has the ability to apply his Agile methods in a practical way to help businesses to gain the maximum benefit from an Agile approach.
Derek is also an excellent teacher and ran several courses for us to help educate the team on the Agile method.
Both his teaching and coaching style earned him great respect from the team and client as a trusted and capable Agile consultant.
Ken Konsein, eCommerce Solutions Director, Tryzens
I had the pleasure of working with Derek on a large eCommerce Agile transformation. His devotion to his team, Agile knowledge and approach to applying Agile values and principles is highly impressive.
Derek is one of those rare team players to whom providing the highest value for teams and organisations to grow successfully, comes naturally. What’s more Derek is a thoroughly nice person to work with and promotes a healthy working environment with in his his team and the wider business.
I look forward to working with Derek again in the near future.
Zia Malik, Certified Scrum Coach, DMZEN
I value extremely highly the four months that I’ve worked with Derek at Asos.com
He has always been approachable, helpful and honest. He has readily offered consistently thoughtful advice on a range of real world issues and challenges that I’ve faced whilst getting to grips with a new team.
He is very easy to talk to and has helped me take a step back to approach problems from a different perspective. His insight and experience has added real value to me as a Scrum Master and I look forward to continuing to benefit from his expertise in the future.
Adrian Pottier, Scrum Master, ASOS.com