I’m David Hicks, Agile Alliance Founder Member, consultant, trainer and coach. I have over 20 years experience of Agile, working on some of the largest and most complex implementations in the world; and I am the only person in the world certified to trainer level in Scrum, Lean-Kanban, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Agile Project Management/DSDM.
I got into this line of work in 1987 through my Masters degree thesis on iterative development which was published by the British Computer Society. I started my career in the hey-day of the waterfall as an analyst-programmer, team leader and ultimately project manager with a company called LBMS. LBMS were the originators of the PRINCE and SSADM structured methods. This was their main business .... but I 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.
My career in Agile really took-off in the early 90’s when I started to use DSDM and became a certified Practitioner and Trainer. As an independent consultant in 1997 I was hired by British Airways to manage the implementation of DSDM as the standard method across their 5,000-strong IT organisation. I managed this Programme for nearly four years, and learned an awful lot about enterprise-Agile and organisational change. It also led me onto the Heathrow Terminal 5 project in 1998 which is where I first started using Scrum. A trip from Heathrow to a conference in 2001 is particularly memorable because I was asked by the organisers to give Ken Schwaber a lift in my car. I’d read his stuff but never met him before ... and of course by the time we arrived three hours later, I was totally converted!
I joined the Agile Alliance as a Founder member in 2002 and have been doing Agile consulting, training and coaching in a whole range of different contexts ever since, using the full range of Agile approaches including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP, DSDM, Agile Project Management and the Open/Agile Unified Process. I am a regular speaker on the Agile conference circuit and hold the following Agile qualifications:
- Certified Scrum Trainer
- Lean-Kanban University Accredited Kanban Trainer and Coach
- Certified SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Program Consultant
- Certified Lean IT Trainer
- Certified PMI Agile Certified Practitoner
- Certified APMG Agile Project Management Trainer
- Certified DSDM Agile Trainer
- Certified DSDM Agile Advanced Practitioner
- Certified Scrum Practitioner
- Certified Scrum Master
- Certified Scrum Product Owner
- Certified Agile Leadership Practitioner
Outside work I live in the beautiful countryside of SW England. I’m married, have two daughters age 13 and 11, and for R&R indulge my passion for collecting and racing Ducati motorcycles.
Student Comments from my Certified Scrum Training Classes
"Hey, Thanks for the great course -really enjoyed it and it has opened my eyes on how badly we do some of the things we do and how life can be much easier :) Really appreciated!"
"Trainer was brilliant - very knowledgeable and I learned lots from him."
"I thought this course was outstanding. I had 2 years experience but learned a lot."
"Good course, good summary of Agile and Scrum framework."
"Course was great; lecture inspiring; charismatic"
"Very well presented and laid out"
"Very thorough and advantaged hugely by trainer's hands-on experience"
"Very good course. Many thanks"
"Good course to understand basis of Agile and Scrum framework"
"Satisfied - I am sure this will help me"
"The instructor's knowledge of real world scenarious and applying Scrum was excellent. I'd recommend him for further courses of study"
"Excellent presentation skills"
"Good practical examples from his own experience"
"Provided live examples"
"Willing to discuss constraints"
"Very good course c Agile ontent; right balance between learning 'core' Scrum theory vs. comparison of Scrum with broader/other Agile methods and 'traditional' project/programme management"
"Excellent course which helped to provide knowledge of Scrum but also specific challenges. Good pace, committed and enthusiastic trainer with ability to tailor/manage course as required"
"Course was better than expected in terms of focus on 'real world' tips/techniques, and good re. latest thinking re. enterprise-wide aspects"
"David was an excellent course trainer, was very approachable and delivered the content in an easy to understand format. I would recommend this course to those who wish to embrace and Scrum"
"Enjoyable, right no of people, good mix"
"Very good course, great fun, learned a lot"
"A well presented course with a succesful combination of presentations and interactive work"
"Dave is an excellent trainer. I really appreciated covering scaling Agile to an enterprise level"
"Worthwhile course, well delivered"
"Dave's real life experiences helps to temper peurile versus pragmatic implementation"