About Us, Our Trainer, Our Training Model

NOT BEING AGILE IS NO MORE AN OPTION

AgileTraining.co

Making Agile adoption easy for organizations by changing the way Agile training is delivered.

Traditional Agile courses were all about getting certifications;
Our training programs focus on developing an “Agile Mind”.

Our Training Philosophy

Learning Agile should not just be about achieving a certification. It is about realizing that there is a better way to succeed in today’s business environment. It is with this awareness that you can accomplish more for your team and for your clients.

At AgileTraining.Co, we understand the importance of the “Spirit of Agile” and have designed our training programs to help every attendee develop an “Agile Mind”. We don’t believe in developing “Mindsets”. Having your “Mind” be “Set” implies a lack of flexibility, a resistance to future adaptation, and that is contrary to what Agile is all about.

Our Training Approach

Our training programs are grounded in practical techniques, hands-on workshops and best practices that add real value to an Individual , a Team and an Organization.

The Spirit of Agile starts at the individual level. Our training programs and subsequent coaching enable every attendee to understand the core principles and values behind Agile and what it means to be Agile in action and thought.

Our team-based trainings enable members of specific working groups to learn how to use their individual Agility while collaborating with others in achieving challenging goals. They also learn how to manage and flourish within the interconnected roles and systems.

When it comes to organizations, our focus is on leadership training. Most organizations are run by knowledge workers and our leadership training programs teach traditional management how to become Agile Leaders who can lead the knowledge workers.

About Our Chief Agile Trainer

All of our training programs are designed by our Chief Agile Trainer Gourab Nanda, a highly experienced Agile Trainer. Gourab is a senior Agile instructor, Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Agile Leader, Kanban Management Professional and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4). He has been conducting training and coaching programs for Scrum, Agile, Lean and SAFe throughout North America since 2012. Gourab has conducted over 300 Scrum and Agile programs, training thousands of IT professionals, Project Managers, Consultants, Teachers, and Senior Executives from both commercial companies as well as government agencies. He has led private Agile training sessions at organizations like Bank of America, Department of Justice, Customers Bank, PwC, American Express, CIA, GlaxoSmithKline, Kaiser Permanente, SAIC, USPS, Guardian Life, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation, Booz Allen, Dunn & Bradstreet, and many more. Gourab provides training for formal certification courses as well as conducts executive seminars on Agile, Scrum and Lean-Agile related subjects. He also offers virtual support for all agile transformation issues. His unique training style always keeps students engaged in the class. His complete command over both theoretical and practical aspects of Agile principles has helped him achieve many accolades from individual learners as well as organizations.

After gaining 10 years of technology and management experience in a variety of industries, Gourab became a Technology Entrepreneur in 2006. His extreme passion for software product development motivated him to become an Agile trainer and coach. Gourab believes that Agile is the best thing that could have happened to the software industry. After successfully founding and selling his first company, Gourab is currently the founder and CEO of VendorFit.com. Gourab practices Agile methods in his own company as well. Gourab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from National Institute of Technology and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

What companies are saying about our Agile Programs

An Agile Expert Certified Training class was recently conducted here at the USPS Wilkes-Barre Solutions Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The training was a three-day class con­ducted from 04-20-15 through 04-22-15. Our class consisted of 16 employees, most were developers, a few Business Systems Analysts, and two Business Project Leaders. The 16 students came to class with an array of different Agile backgrounds, some with very little Agile experience or exposure. After he discovered that the students were of varying degrees of the understanding of Agile, Gourab essentially restructured the class to ensure that each student was able to receive the maximum benefit of the three-day class. The Agile instructor Gourab Nanda did a really fine job instructing the class was given the varying Agile backgrounds of the class. The students were kept quite busy during all three days. All 16 students furnished me with verbal high words of praise for Gourab. I would state that given the comments that I received from the stu­dents and Gourab that the three-day class was indeed very successful. I would personally recommend Gourab to teach Agile Certified Training to all of the USPS Solution Centers or any Corporation utilizing the Agile Expert Certified Methodologies.

John P. Vetashick
Technology Training Specialist, USPS

I wanted to thank you for the extremely successful training sessions. Your classes have caused a lot of excitement at all levels within Farragut. The teams are already implementing good changes for the correct reasons.  The teams have a new understanding of why and have a new sense of autonomy.

Sean Klein
Development Manager, Farragut Systems

Taking the Scrum Master training was a great experience that allowed my team and others in our organization to learn the fundamental of the Scrum/Agile methodology. This course was very interactive and the instructor was very engaged in understanding our organization’s needs. Overall I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in learning and applying these concepts in their daily work.

Brandon Dineff
Sr. Manager, Software Engineering Group at Philips

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Our Clients

These are just some of the excellent organizations that have trusted us to guide them in developing Agile minds and achieving greater value

QUOTES FROM OUR CHIEF AGILE TRAINER

  • Agile or Agility has nothing to do with technology, but if you are a technology professional you better be an agile person.
  • Value is always a function of time and context. What is valuable to you today may not be valuable to you tomorrow.
  • Your product is only as agile as your product manager.
  • There are no agile processes. There are only agile people. The processes, like Scrum, that we call agile are designed to create an environment where teams can become more agile.
  • A fin­ished prod­uct is a dead prod­uct.
  • Don’t try to be­come ag­ile. Just stop be­ing rigid.
  • The bet­ter the train­ing, the eas­ier the coach­ing.
  • De­liv­er­ing value is, first, a per­sonal agenda.
  • Every company is agile to some extent, but we are always working to improve our agility. There is no such thing as 100% agile.
  • A Scrum Certification does not make you a Scrum Master.

Testimonials

I wanted to thank you for the extremely successful training sessions.  Your classes have caused a lot of excitement at all levels within Farragut.  The teams are already implementing good changes for the correct reasons.  The teams have a new understanding of why and have a new sense of autonomy.

Sean Klein | Development Manager, Farragut Systems | Raleigh, NC

Taking the Scrum Master training was a great experience that allowed my team and others in our organization to learn the fundamental of the Scrum/Agile methodology. This course was very interactive and the instructor was very engaged in understanding our organization’s needs. Overall I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in learning and applying these concepts in their daily work.

Brandon Dineff | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

I like the rate at which the class was taught. I like training material. The teacher was very knowledgeable.

Reniece Perry | SAIC | Washington, DC

Very, interactive, interesting, instructor knowledgeable.

Bolarinna Oreagba | SAIC | Reston, VA

Applying techniques learned in the course to an actual release for our team.

Matt Peoples | Farragut | Raleigh, NC

Superb, easy to understand and very clear explanations. He has a vast amount of experience. It would be awesome if we spent more time together.

Erick Ramirez | Farragut | Raleigh, NC

Interactive, used real examples, answered questions, allowed for open discussions. Ensure everyone has some foundation/experiences prior to taking the course.

Victor Bias | Bank of America | New York City, NY

This is an excellent training program to cover basic knowledge about agile/scrum project management.

Vijay Kumar | Farragut | Raleigh, NC

was very knowledgeable and open to questions. He provided good examples and ample support for the methods and techniques for the methods he was teaching.

Tyron  Alston | Farragut | Raleigh, NC

There was a lot of quality content. I feel like I learned a lot.

Taylor  Griffin | Farragut | Raleigh, NC

Liked the format. It was helpful to have discussions with the full team and have everyone so through the process. Discussion at hand was helpful.

Jennifer Zin | Farragut | Raleigh, NC

Gourab related the materials to our workplace and made things easy to understand. Great course. Good mix of interactive and lecture components.

Alana Lombardi | American Express | New York City, NY

Very Interactive. Instructor assisted us to relate Scrum to our everyday roles.

Kim Milazzo | American Express | New York City, NY

Very interactive, instructor open to discussion of new ideas and adaption to our needs. Up-front investment of instructor (before class) in specific needs of the company would have been helpful.

Heather Ressler | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

The content was very good. The material is easy to follow. The quizzes are helpful to reinforce the teachings and stimulate discussions to ensure a good understanding of concepts. Perhaps a type of course tailored to the needs of embedded systems should be considered.

Mark McDermott | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

Official training for mythology we’ve attempted to use in the past. Were able to use our project for the case study, which made the class much more applicable and relevant.

Michael Kissel | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

It was engaging! Learned that embedded agile is different than enterprise software.

Michael Niesslein | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

I liked the instructor’s expertise on the subjects and the examples.

Ivica Eftimovski | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

Very straightforward. Liked the hands-on portion, it was helpful. Maybe some more detail around planning meetings, like how to best start a project.

Ian Miller | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

It was really well put together, followed a logical, easy to follow the flow and the instructor was very good.

Fabrianne Walker | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

I liked the demo using a grocery store. Helped solidify SCRUM methodology.

Adam Caruso | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

The case study was very insightful and it helped to see Agile scrum in action.

Robert Weaver | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

The pace, sequence, quiz and the approach were all very good.

Ryan T. Kasun | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

The presenter had good presentation skills. Hands-on activity was useful. Explain how to run the activity. We wasted some time trying to determine was in the activity.

Mark Smorul | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA

Good engagement with class; liked that it was interactive and not just lecturing over slides. Liked the Q&A Scrum Board used to ensure questions get answered. The case study was good to walk through the steps of the scrum.

Scott Jackson | Philips | Pittsburgh, PA