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  • SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC4) – For all passionate change agents, not just the ‘Agile elite’ Mark Richards to lead agil8 SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Course

    Mark Richards, one of the world’s most experienced Scaled Agile Framework practitioners, will lead a one-off  Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC4 Certification Course in London for agil8 11-14 April. Mark is Partner at, and Founder of, Scaled Agile Gold Partner  Context Matters, Australia’s leading Scaled Agile Framework training and coaching consultancy. Context Matters’ key focus is on supporting enterprise adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise (SAFe). Here Mark explains how the SPC course has evolved from an early emphasis on training existing Agile ‘experts’, to the present focus on equipping and igniting the internal change agents, whether they be senior organisational leaders, Product Owners, or experienced Agile coaches…… In May 2012, I flew into Boulder Colorado to attend the inaugural SAFe Program Consultant course. I was a few months into the launch of my first Agile Release Train, and was filled with excitement at the thought of 4 days in a room full of agile scaling experts with Dean Leffingwell on the podium. I had quizzed Dean on his intentions for the SPC certification prior to attending, and he’d summarized his intent with the following: “It will only be successful if we can get very experienced people like […]

David Hicks


David Hicks The agil8 team is led by David Hicks. David is a Founder of the Agile Alliance and, with over 25 years experience in the field, he is one of the most qualified and experienced Agile consultants and trainers in the world. In 2015 he was voted Most Popular Scrum Professional in the prestigious annual Agile Awards which recognise outstanding contributions in the field. David’s journey into Agile began in 1987 through his MSc thesis on iterative development which was published by the British Computer Society. He started his career as an analyst-programmer, team leader and ultimately project manager with LBMS, the originators of the PRINCE and SSADM structured methods. David was responsible for defining LBMS’s first iterative SDLC and worked with a lot of the early large 4GLs and client-server applications doing iterative development. David became an independent consultant using the original DSDM Agile Project Management method in the mid 1990’s. In 1997 he was hired by British Airways to manage its implementation as the standard method across their 5,000-strong IT organisation. He managed this Programme for four years, leading him onto the Heathrow Terminal 5 project in 1998 which is where he first started using Scrum. During his career David has been responsible for some of the largest and most complex Agile implementations in the world and he has become a leading expert in the complete range of today’s Lean and Agile methods. He is a regular and popular speaker on the Lean and Agile conference circuit and holds the following Agile qualifications:

David is also an Institute of Directors (IOD) Certified Company Director with 15 years experience as an Executive Director in the IT Services sector. You can connect with David on LinkedIn here and via Twitter here.