Get to know The Team – Professional Computer Programmers and Agile Coaches in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Nick McKenna – SPC, CEC, CSM, CSP, Management 3.0 LF

Position: Founder, CEO, Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Program Consultant, Management 3.0 Licensed Facilitator, Certified Enterprise Coach and Agile Guru

Joined the Team: Mar, 2004

Background:

Back in March 2004, Nick had a vision to create a software company who built high quality, professional, value delivering systems. He was inspired by everything that he was learning from the (back then) revolutionary Agile approaches to software development and felt that these principles would make for the foundations of a great company. So, on 22nd March 2004, McKenna Consultants was born in Harrogate, UK.Nick worked for an American company who had an office in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. It was here that Nick begun his personal agile journey. Inspired and motivated by what he was learning, Nick paid for his own Certified Scrum Master training course in London to find out more… Needless to say, Nick passed and became ScrumMaster number 473.This head start in the agile arena meat that Nick was uniquely placed to tell people the things he was trying in his teams. This grew organically into being asked to speak at local computer programming groups, then to conferences and then to being paid to come and speak in private organisations. It was at this point when the agile training, coaching and consultancy arm of McKenna Consultants began to take off.Nick quickly came up with the ever evolving “An Introduction Into Software Development” course to deliver on behalf of Leeds Metropolitan University (as it was known at the time, now Leeds Beckett University) and went on to also deliver this privately for organisations. This has turned into a flagship course and popular with all teams starting with agile.Now Nick is firmly established within the software development community and is a regular conference speaker and well thought of agile thinker.

Main Roles

  • Agile Guru
  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Program Consultantcy
  • Senior Agile Consultant
  • Conference Speaker
  • Leadership/Executive Consultant

Professional Certificates

  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Program Consultant
  • Management 3.0 Licensed Facilitator
  • First Class Degree in Computer Sciences
  • Member of the MBCS British Computer Society
  • Certified Enterprise Coach
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Certified Scrum Professional

Outside the office:

When Nick is not busy running McKenna Consultants, he has found the time and dedication to become a 5th Dan Black Belt in Tang So Do, PADI Divemaster and full time dog owner to his Chocolate Labrador, Brodie!

Nick’s other passions are Star Wars, Guns and Roses, F1 and anything Sci-Fi!

 

Aaron McKenna – SPC, CSM, CSP, CSPO, Management 3.0 LF

Position: Commercial Director and Agile Coach

Joined the Team: Jul, 2009

Background:

Aaron McKenna is McKenna Consultants’ Commercial Director and a vital part of the agile training and coaching team. Aaron has a wealth of certifications to his name, including:

  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Program Consultant 4.0
  • Management 3.0 Licensed Facilitator
  • Certified ScrumMaster
  • Advanced ScrumMaster
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner
  • Certified Scrum Professional
Aaron is an experienced agile coach and trainer, demonstrated by receiving a nomination in 2014 for “Best Agile Coach or Mentor – Process” at the 2014 UK Agile Awards. Aaron has personally coached hundreds of people from a range of industries including healthcare, software, education and travel and tourism. Aaron is also the in house agile trainer for a local University.Aaron graduated in 2009 with a degree in Business Studies from the Sheffield School of Business (Sheffield Hallam University), showing particular interest in cultural change.

Main Roles

  • Agile Coaching
  • Agile Trainer
  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Program Consultantcy
  • Product Ownership Coach
  • ScrumMaster Coach
  • Kanban Coach
  • Team Coach
  • Retrospective Coach
  • Management 3.0 Licensed Facilitator

Professional Certificates

  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Program Consultant 4.0
  • Management 3.0 Licensed Facilitator
  • Degree in Business Studies
  • Certified ScrumMaster
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner
  • Certified Scrum Professional
  • Advanced ScrumMaster
  • Nominated for an Agile Award 2014 - "Best Agile Coach or Mentor - Process"

Outside the office:

In his spare time, Aaron is a keen gym goer, lifting weights 5 times per week. He is also a PADI Rescue Diver. In 2010 Aaron took part in a charity event across Peru which resulted in him being involved in a life saving ascent with a fellow trekker! His favourite book is “To Kill A Mockingbird”, film is “The Dark Knight” and music album is “Watch The Throne”.

Aaron’s other interests are Leeds United, Jay Z and trying to live a healthy life!