Feedback from our agile training course attendees is very important to us. We use it to ensure continuous improvement of our training delivery – and are always appreciative of the many positive recommendations that we receive. Please find a sample of that feedback below. If you have attended a course and would like your testimonial included too, we would be very happy to hear from you.
As a complete beginner I wasn’t sure what to expect but Dave was a great informative teacher that clearly explained the whole Scrum process, from start to finish, and used practical exercises to really help to understand. Definitely recommend for all levels
Thank you very much to Donna for her time on the phone a couple of weeks ago to advise on the ScrumMaster course. I very much enjoyed the course and I think the mindset and approach to Agile will benefit me going forward. Lots to think about. David was very good at explaining the content and definitely helped me pass the certificate. So thank you both, and I hope to see you again.
The recent user story course I’ve just completed was comprehensive, well planned and expertly delivered. David Putman is a very affable, knowledgeable and capable instructor
Valuable experience, looking forward to putting it into practice!
Very good – learnt a lot! :).
Shaun’s experience and knowledge made the course, which exceeded expectations
Brilliant course, David was a very insightful trainer. This will really help me in my job role
I wanted to thank Julia for the inspiring course last week. As I told her I’ve been a teacher for 10 years and was looking to combine those skills with facilitating. The course helped me to revive my creativity and look further than project management. I’ve enjoyed the course very much – too bad Julia doesn’t do a follow up
Another great course from agil8 – it filled a knowledge gap that I’ve had for years!
Thank you so much! Also, thanks to Donna for her very helpful and clear advice when I was looking at course options.
I am an Agile Coach by trade. However I want to talk about my recent experience taking the Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) course with Agil8. Hopefully providing insight to others who may wish to take the CSD in the future.
After many years doing a hands-off Scrum Master and Agile Coach role my technical nature got the better of me and I moved into a more Technical Delivery role. Despite the Business often courting me to cross-over as a Product Owner, I never relented. It was good to be back in the depths of the techie world. But I had a problem; while I have always kept up-to-date on technology, the practical side hadn’t been battle-tested for a while. I needed to get back in the trenches. How to solve this?
The CSD I believed provided my answer and so it came to be. In the past I did my CSM and CSPO with David Hicks. Therefore it was only natural that I choose Agil8 to deliver the Agile Software Development (Certified Scrum Developer) course.
The first issue I hit was that the Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) (aka Agile Software Development) course is not readily available like the other Scrum courses. So, finding a course was hard. Then it got harder.
Most of the CSD courses have a requirement to know GIT (no issue for me), bring your own laptop and code in C#. Now if we are all honest most developers sit on either the C# or Java side of the fence. I am a Java developer so, this became the next problem. In reality you’re looking at either CSD C# or CSD Java. Where to find the Java version in the UK? It became quite hard and I even searched abroad for a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) course.
Luckily one company in the UK, Agil8, do have a CSD Java variant that they run now and again. That’s the one I went on. Later on the course all the students remarked that they had the same tough experience searching for the Java version. Which seemed to surprise the course instructor David Putman.
As is well known, it is a 3-day course and most of this was spent coding practicals on the laptop, as well as going over the XP concepts. Amongst the practicals, Agil8 taught the theory behind many of the well-known XP practices on the course such as: Acceptance Testing, User Stories, TDD, Red-Green Bar test patterns, Test First development, pair-programming, PARTI, Test Frameworks, SOLID, Agile Architecture, Agile Modelling, Refactoring, Code Smells, Mocks, Continuous Integration and more. This was delivered by referencing a hard-copy ring-bound presentation of over 100 slides. A lot gets done in those three days!
On the last day there was a short test. It had 50 multiple choice questions and 45 minutes to complete them. I managed to pass with a 96% pass rate, only getting two questions wrong. I would say it is slightly harder than the CSM, but you can run out of time if you’re not careful. The course provided what I needed. A refresher on good developer practice within a Scrum team.
“For me it was money well spent and Agil8 delivered the quality training I needed.”
This is not a course for the non-coder though. I recommend that only people who like developing should go on this course as it is heavy on practicals.
Another useful side note is that this provides 24 points towards the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) qualification. What many may not realise is that this massively helps with earning CSP Scrum Education Units (SEUs)- with 70 needed to receive the certification – and a further 40 needed to renew certification. Thus, for those working towards CSP, investing in the Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) course is worth it so that you don’t just earn the CSD badge, but potentially are well on the way to CSP too. Thanks Agil8.
Excellent course, David is a fantastic facilitator. It was the best course I have been on for 20 years – his style/delivery were spot on with full group engagement all the way through – and nothing fazed him question wise – the step by step build up of knowledge worked well. I have seen many trainers over the years and he absolutely hit the mark for us. He managed to successfully gain answers to all of the questions I came with and lots of extra depth and insights over and above that. Thank you.
Loved being trained by someone with such a great depth of experience!
Course was engaging and fun. Dave has a great relaxed style and his knowledge is second to none. He managed to convince a skeptical team of hardened waterfall delivery people to appreciate the value of Agile/Scrum methodology, and even how we could start to incorporate in our work.
Sal’s open and honest presentation style was immensely engaging, and she ran day 2 perfectly despite illness. Amazing. Thanks!
David is a very knowledgeable and engaging instructor. 5 stars!
This course is excellent, and really helped to dispel myths/misconceptions I had. I feel confident I can run an Agile project now.
Jules was a wonderful open, knowledgable & friendly trainer – 2 days very practical and enjoyable.
Having been a Product Owner for 12 months, the crystallization of knowledge and new ideas makes me far more confident in taking a more active role as Scrum Product Owner. Highly recommended!
Honestly exceeded expectations. Learnt some great little tips and pragmatism in the way the course was taught.
Really useful course. David explained why each element of Scrum matters. I now feel I can share that with my team. Thanks!
Sally is brilliant – great theory, knowledge and content (stories)! Keep in touch!
Excellent and thoroughly enjoyed – Karim is an amazing trainer!
Excellent, surpassed all expectations!
Good mix of attendees from various companies and with varying degrees of experience. All were open and willing to share their knowledge and experience with me as an Agile novice.
I’ve been doing Scrum for quite a few years but I still learned a lot, that is directly and immediately applicable.
Great course. David was able to provide real tangible examples which really brought to life the course material. Very comprehensive and engaging!
Dave is an awesome facilitator. I got exactly what I wanted from the course and more. He was able to demonstrate how Scrum would work in any environment. Highly recommend. 10/10!
Excellent course, well presented and provided very good insights – brought the way to deal with user stories to life.
In an industry where Agile is most likely hybrid, it’s great to see and understand the core values and process of scrum. Totally invaluable training to gain the best benefits of scrum in the business world.
It was a great 2 days and lots has been learnt. I’m looking forward to put this new knowledge into practice. Thank you.
I have really enjoyed the course and David is a very engaging trainer. I found it extremely useful and have learnt a lot to apply back to my role and duties.
David is an outstanding trainer in delivering Scrum concepts.
Best course I’ve ever done – its given real insight and ideas that will yield immediate benefits. Sally was fantastic!
Fantastic course – a great balance between course material, practical tasks and encouraging teamwork and communication.
Brilliant course that I will definitely recommend to colleagues.
Sallyann is an excellent trainer – really engaging! Great interaction across all people in the room.
Dave has excellent knowledge of the subject coupled with great delivery of the course material.
Dave was professional, humorous and kept the course alive. I would gladly recommend him to anyone!
Karim as a trainer was absolutely superb. Happy to help with questions about CSPO and about other issues that we have experienced in our organisation – genuinely happy to help all. The venue too was great and everything went off without a hitch.
David is a great trainer and takes the time to listen and answer additional questions. He also contextualises theory with real world examples in a concise manner.
It gave me a real opportunity to validate things I do. Great guy – Fab Course. Thanks Dave!
This has been the most valuable two days of training I’ve ever had. I will recommend this course widely.
The trainer’s breadth of knowledge and extensive real life experience set this course apart, as did his presentation style.
David Hicks is a great trainer who delivered a very interactive course. I now feel better equipped to go out and start putting what I have learnt into practice. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and would highly recommend him as a trainer.
Another great course. Great complement to the CSM Course. Enough overlap to help me refresh plus good insight and focus on different areas and perspective.
I have attended what seems like hundreds of training courses over the years. This was one of the best in terms of pace, content, practical hands on & expertise. Very enjoyable.
Excellent pace while still remaining fun and relaxed. Great level of knowledge shown by the trainer.
This is an excellent course that everyone should go on regardless of age, experience and industry.
First step back in education, and such a fantastic positive experience.
Loved this course! Great real world application of the concepts. Excellent course material! Highly recommended!
I thought the pace, time and content of the course were spot on. Enjoyable and enlightening. Very impressed!
Excellent trainer with many year’s real world experience, worth choosing David!
I’ve been on other Agile training courses at my company with an Agile Coach, at Oxford University as part of my MSc and I have to say that Dave’s course has been excellent.
The best course I have been to by a mile. The delivery was state of the art and it was very interactive. I will highly recommend this to anybody who is into software PM.
David’s training style provides a fantastic mix of lecture, discussion, questioning, practicals and fun techniques which keeps everybody alert and interested throughout 2 days.
David made this a very engaging and informative two days. I would certainly recommend him to anyone wising to undertake this course.
Dave is a first class trainer with excellent knowledge and his ability to impart that information is an art form!
A fantastic two days with genuine value that has set our team on a path to improve the way we deliver products.
David Hicks – highly recommended, great course, plenty of practical examples.
This was a very useful course. I was already familiar with the content but David’s explanations and real life stories have really helped me to understand how to apply Scrum to my project.