I had the great pleasure of being on Allan's "User Story Masterclass" yesterday. The content was spot on, delivery exceptional and the shared insights incredibly valuable. Overall an excellent half-day course perfectly packaged and presented. I highly recommend it for Product Owners, Business Analysts, Scrum Masters - anyone with an interest in User Stories. No matter what you may think you already know, you will definitely learn something new on this course. Thanks Allan!
14:23 27 Oct 20
Very good experience with USM training! Whether you habe read or not the book the course is very insightful and the format (half a day) makes it easier to absorb. Thanks again Allan!
11:52 27 Oct 20
10:59 16 Sep 20
Allan Kelly is a natural at explaining the principles of Agile and how User Stories in particular should be constructed. His training is relaxed and inclusive, with room for plenty of discussion and willingness to listen to the audience. Highly recommended!
16:17 15 Sep 20
Allan provides excellent training and consulting which will stimulate the right conversations and improve business outcomes. I have worked with Allan a number times and always feel that myself and the team have come away with a new perspective and better equipped to tackle the problem in hand
19:15 26 Aug 20
Provides great insight and a good kick start / refresh for those needing to create effective user stories. I especially liked the fact Allan allowed adaptation to the situations attendees found themselves in.
12:08 10 Jul 20
I had a very good workshop, great quality and perfect presentation
23:15 08 Jul 20
Subject matter expert with an act for teaching and patient enough for questions he has probable heard a million times before.HIGHLY recommended!
01:32 08 Jul 20
Just attended one of Allan's online master classes (User Stories), it was one of the best classes I have taken for some time, Allen is a great teacher and it shows in how he can teach so much in such a short amount of time.Allan took the class from the basics to quite a high level, he also touched on complimentary practises which was very helpful, you will come away knowing what a good user story looks like also how user stories fit into other methodologies.Also no question was too difficult for Allen very helpful chap.
14:46 07 Jul 20
I had the opportunity to join Allan's "Adding Value to User Stories in Agile". Really well delivered over Zoom, inclusive and full of participation and good conversations.
09:23 07 Jul 20
Attended the Adding Value workshop. Fantastic experience, and great to revise the things that define value, as well as how complex planning can be to get the maximum return on investment (again, it's all based on value). Recommended.
09:59 06 Jul 20
Been attending an excellent series of sessions with Allan on Value. Relaxed, clear, engaging and interactive, Allan brings his wealth of knowledge to each session facilitating those present to bring out key learning points that can be taken back int the workplace. Highly recommended.
11:07 03 Jul 20
Allan is great at leading workshops. They provide a valuable opportunity to step back, consider and question various well constructed scenarios.
10:45 03 Jul 20
I completed the Adding Value workshop with. It was a useful interactive workshop with lots of good discussion.Thank you Allan
08:35 03 Jul 20
Currently enjoying a series of discussions led by Allan on value. He is making us all think about what value really is and why we need to consider it a lot more when prioritising work to be done. Allan comes highly recommended.
13:30 26 Jun 20
I attended Allan's User Story Masterclass and I definitely took something valuable away from each session. It was great to step back and take a look at this topic again with fresh insights. I can see why it would be useful for many roles, not just product owners.Doing this online worked really well with whole group discussions and one on one exercises with the other participants. Some great learnings shared.It's not just someone delivering training to you, it's a more interactive and engaging format. The structure worked well for me too - one short session every week was easy to fit into my diary, particularly as it was online so no travel involved.I would definitely recommend Allan for his training/consultancy.
06:45 19 Jun 20
If you looking for a value based, pragmatic, inspiring way to better understand and apply Agile Software, give Allan a call.
13:26 04 May 20
Just attended his workshop on User Stories and Value. Lots of interaction, exercises and discussion in the workshop. Allan is very insightful and shares his knowledge with humor and great examples. I highly recommend Allan and his workshops/seminars etc. I brought away many insights to use in my work.
10:12 04 May 20
Allan is an excellent trainer and expert in agile methodologies. Really enjoyed his Product Owner / User Stories training. He is also an excellent author and speaker. Thanks Allan!
15:46 30 Apr 20
Our team has benefited greatly from Alan's agile training. Not only have we adopted much of his approach to agile, but we have worked effectively for over a year now with largely the same processes in place (despite plenty of opportunity to suggest change at fortnightly retrospectives). Due to smaller/clearer user stories (with better prioritisation), planning meetings are now much quicker and effective. Alan's presentation style is engaging, and the group activities were quite entertaining.
22:37 10 Jul 18
I took part in one of Allan's training myself years ago and now keep bringing him back to train and inspire my teams. Started with the Netherlands, now Australia... where will I bring you next? 🙂
00:39 12 Apr 18
I recently attended Agile Development Product Owner training conducted by Allan Kelly. The training was excellent. There was a good mix of discussion and exercises to reinforce the training. The training was never boring and was very engaging. I would highly recommend Allan should you need training in Agile Development.
13:32 29 Mar 18
Great courses, Allan is an excellent instructor, courses are full of great material which people new to, or experienced with, agile will find interesting. Allan gave both the product owner and developer courses at our company, and they've had an immediate impact with the team, both process-wise, starting to become more efficient with our time, and culturally.
12:41 29 Mar 18
I’ve worked with Allan on a number of projects and with various agencies and clients over the years. Allan’s knowledge and passion for all things Agile is infectious. But his training and coaching provides much more than sheer enthusiasm. Allan’s involvement in any initiative provides practical advice and experience, whilst also continually challenging behaviours and assumptions which are often deeply ingrained. My current project is proving to be extremely successful. And when I talk to my team and clients, without exception they say that the defining factor behind this success was Allan’s initial (and ongoing) training that we all attended. Highly recommended.
09:32 22 Mar 18
Allan worked with me to help transform a development team of around 120 developers, testers, PM's and business analysts into multiple cross-functional agile teams. Allan developed and ran a number of workshops introducing agile concepts to the teams utilising hands-on activities that really helped to ensure the concepts stuck. He then worked with each team 1:1 over a few months to advise and mentor individuals as the became confident with the different approach to working.The outcome was fantastic, we had very few challenges with our agile transformation. The teams were excited with the new way of working and the changes led to better software delivery and more excited individuals.Allan was instrumental in helping us achieve these benefits. I would highly recommend anyone to work with Allan if you have any agile challenges.
16:36 26 Jan 18
Having just gone through a Product Owner course with Allan, I must say he is one of the best trainer I have had. His ability to take concrete examples happening during the course to teach some of the concepts is excellent and it helps you understand why, and in which context, you would use the different technique presented.I am looking forward to using his sevices again once we have had the experience of a few Agile teams running for a few weeks / months and call him back in for a review of best practice /fine tuning advice.I would recommand to anyone serious about Agile development training to consider Allan Kelly.
18:06 24 Jan 18
“As a result of working with Allan our processes have improved, we are more efficient, more creative and our projects are increasing in terms of measurable output. He is highly recommended if you want to develop your programming department to achieve more.”
Toby Parkins, UKNetWeb/HeadForward
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Its about being better, better than you are. Achieving more. Being more effective. It just so happens that agile is the umbrella under which most of the better development practices, processes and ideas cluster.
Don’t worry about the label. Always ask: “what do you mean when you say Agile?”
Schlumberger, Fugro (UK, USA, Australia, Holland and Norway), BIW Technologies, Aveva Group PLC, Kongsberg Maritime (Norway), Cobham PLC, Meggitt Training Systems, Siemens (Power, USA).
Telecoms & Internet
Ericsson, Qualcomm, GSMA (the GSM Association), Linx (London Internet Exchange)
Sullivan Cuff Software, Research Instruments, IDBS, MicroTest, Ottobock Healthcare, Instem.
“I have heard on more than one occasion that the training you gave has provided the most significant benefit of any training we have had so far.”
David Reynolds, Ottobock Healthcare (UK)
Virgin Atlantic Airways, lastminute.com (division of Sabre/Travelocity), SkyScanner, Trafalgar Management Services, Holiday Lets (part of Trip Advisor).
“Allan Kelly has made a real difference to the way teams work at lastminute.com. Working with multiple teams he has successfully led change and improved processes. These teams are more responsive to business need and more effective at delivering their products. His process improvements have laid the foundations of Agile development at the company.”
Lexis Nexis (Reed Elsevier), Iris Legal
Swift, The Bank of England, Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, IMC (Switzerland), Banco Popular (USA), Powa, AllPay Ltd, De La Rue.
CapGemini, Zone Digital, Oxford Innovation, Rosslyn Analytics, BDO, CPP Group PLC, Excellian, Insight Software.
Budget Group Insurance (including Compare the Market), Partnership, Hymans Robertson.
News, Broadcast and Entrainment
Viacom, Thompson-Reuters, BBC, Genius Digital, NarrowStep Inc., Green Hippo
“Allan Kelly is a methodical expert that brought order to an otherwise chaotic development environment. With a strong project management skillset and good technical depth, I learned more from Allan than anyone else in my last job and would hire him in any future technical environment where we could use a strong Project or Product Manager.”
Director of Product Marketing, NarrowStep Inc.
Thunderhead, Limehouse Software.
RM Education, Scottish Qualifications Agency, University of Sofia (Bulgaria), ISAMS.
Tessella, Science Warehouse, 1Spatial.
Advertising & Marketing
Donovan Data Systems, ABA Research, Proprocure, Path Intelligence.
UK NetWeb (now part of HeadForwards), Slightly Different, Tanist.
States of Guernsey, West Midlands Fire Service, Impetus Automotive, Biffa, Dogs Trust (charity), Benefex, Orchard Information Systems, Burberry, The AA and VoCoVo.
“Really enjoyed Allan’s way of presenting. Good use of metaphor & explanation as to how to apply Agile methodology. Good energy. Good engagement. Course material are very complete and well packaged.” BA, Burberry
Inspiring… I know this sounds egotistical but then I look at the feedback forms I get from courses and the work “Inspiring” comes up again and again.
Experience… I have vast experience of both software development and helping others improve their software development with Agile approaches.
Holistic… Software development has always been done to meet some greater need. In our digital age this has never been truer, modern business lives and dies by its software. Most Agile trainers and consultants/coaches specialise in one dimension of agile. I take a holistic view, breath is good.
Agile processes are but a starting point. Straightening out a process and making it vaguely agile is a great start but it is not enough by itself…
… Teams are important and self-organizing teams are great, but even with the best team in the world things can go astray.
… Technology and code are important too, without improving the quality of software code most Agile initiatives will come unstuck once the bugs appear.
… Building the right thing is essential, but knowing what the right thing to build is, is very difficult. Product Managers, Product Owners, Business Analysts all have a role to play – and that means they need to change how the interact with the builders.
… And do not forget the organization, the structure, the culture and not least the strategy. Working Agile, with great teams, quality code and engaged product owners may sound great but if the organization doesn’t update strategy to leverage such capabilities then they will fail to see the true benefits.