McKenna Consultants are one of the leading providers of Agile Coaching, Training and Consultancy for Small Teams in the North of England and beyond. We will help you to empower, transform and teach your small software development teams through our unique blend of Agile coaching, training and consultancy. Our Agile services are a perfect package to offer you a complete Agile transformation.

Training

We can tailor any of our courses to suit your team. As you are a smaller team, we can focus fully on individual team members and their challenges.

Coaching

McKenna Consultants are experienced agile coaches who can provide team and individual coaching to your teams.

Consultancy

McKenna Consultants can help define and implement a strategic vision, aligning stakeholders and instilling a culture of success within a company.

 

Agile Training Courses For Small Teams

McKenna Consultants offer a range of training courses to suit your team. All of our courses are tailored to your organisation and your specific challenges through our experienced, consultative approach to training. All of our courses are delivered privately, exclusively for your organisation. We do not run public courses. Browse some of our agile training courses for small teams below:

This one day course provides a good all round introduction to Agile software development approaches.

Our trainer will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to take Agile back in to your team. We’ve aimed this course at developers, testers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and executives.

The course is delivered as an interactive workshop, enabling you to learn from our trainer’s wealth of experience, as well as having the opportunity to address issues relevant to your own experience.

This will help increase the likelihood of a successful adoption of Agile for your software development project.

Recent Client Feedback:

I found the course very informative and useful and I now have a better understanding of how things should be

– S. Spence-Ross, Charity Organisation Team Leader

An excellent day – I’ve been doing agile for a while, reading about it for longer, and I learned a lot!

 

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This interactive, one day course provides a good all round introduction into the role of a Product Owner of an agile team.

Our trainer will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a more effective product owner and valuable member your team.

We’ve aimed this course at product owners, project managers, product managers, programme managers, business analysts, commercial teams, executives and directors.

The course is delivered as an interactive workshop, enabling you to learn from our trainer’s wealth of experience, as well as having the opportunity to address issues relevant to your own experience.

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Management 3.0 is a movement of innovation, leadership and management. Management 3.0 is redefining the definition of leadership with management as a group responsibility. It’s about working together to find the most efficient way for a business to achieve its goals while maintaining the happiness of workers as a priority.

Management 3.0 is a global management revolution that brings together thousands of project managers, mid-level managers, CEOs and entrepreneurs, developing solutions together, using games to encourage employee feedback and team collaboration.

You don’t want theories and soft management science, you want hands-on approaches that can become solutions for increasing employee engagement and improving results. You want to build a future.

Management 3.0 is the future of management.

This highly engaging and interactive one-day Management 3.0 workshop gives students the opportunity to use some of the Management 3.0 techniques to improve understand the concepts. These workshops are flexible, fun and tailored to the attendees challenges, meaning that no two one-day workshops are the same.

The “What Will You Learn” and “Course Outline” it down to the specific interests and challenges that the attendees are facing.

It is recommended that you attend the two-day Management 3.0 workshop first, to give you a more detailed understanding of the theory behind the tools and techniques that you will use in this course.

Learn about a “Test First Approach” with this great Agile Test Driven Development TDD 1 day training course.

This one day course is very practical in nature and requires attendees to be moderately proficient in either C# or Java. The course is generally delivered in either one of these languages, although attendees could choose to perform the exercises in either language.

 

Adopt and embed a “Test First Approach” with this great in depth course.

This 2 day course is very practical in nature and requires attendees to be moderately proficient in either C# or Java. The course is generally delivered in either one of these languages, although attendees could choose to perform the exercises in either language.
Should the course run ahead of schedule, there is also an additional module which can be included on GUI testing using Selenium. This module is will only be included if sufficient time is available.

Learn about a “Collaborative Test First Approach” with this great Introduction into Agile Behaviour Driven Development BDD 1 day training course.

Behaviour Driven Development, or BDD, is a process to build and test software that has emerged from Test Driven Development (TDD) practices. BDD will help software professionals to focus on; where to start when building software, what to test, how much to test, understanding the tests and what to build.

This one day course is suitable for anyone involved in the software development process and will help technical and business professionals to collaborate effectively through using a common language during product software development. Implementing and using BDD effectively will help to speed up feedback, focus on value, improve teamwork and provide you with high quality, documented tests and specifications.

 

Learn about a “Collaborative Test First Approach” with this great Introduction into Agile Behaviour Driven Development BDD 1 day training course.

Behaviour Driven Development, or BDD, is a process to build and test software that has emerged from Test Driven Development (TDD) practices. BDD will help software professionals to focus on; where to start when building software, what to test, how much to test, understanding the tests and what to build.

This two day course is suitable for software development professionals and will help technical and business professionals to collaborate effectively through using a common language during product software development. The course will also give some practical experience of implementing and automating BDD tests in a project. Implementing and using BDD effectively will help to speed up feedback, focus on value, improve teamwork and provide you with high quality, documented tests and specifications.

Our experience with Agile software development has given us great expertise in terms of creating great automated Agile testing systems. Instead of executing great mounds of manual test scripts which is expensive, McKenna Consultants can help you instil a culture of quality in your organisation.

Automating your manual tests scripts means you can execute them at the drop of a hat. This means that your cost to execute them drops to almost zero. It also means you will run them more frequently which means you will catch bugs earlier. Catching reputation-damaging bugs earlier means better quality software at a lower cost and happier customers!

This 1 day course will provide you with the foundation to implement and adopt an agile testing mindset and strategy in your organisation.

Kanban is Japanese for “visual signal” or “card.”. Kanban first came to prominence in the late 1940s at Toyota. Line-workers at Toyota used a kanban (i.e., an actual card) to signal steps in their manufacturing process. Over the years Kanban has been adopted by teams and individuals in organisations to help visualize workflow, stimulate communication and improve efficiency in internal processes.

This one day course draws on lessons from the Toyota Production System (TPS) and the work of popular business thought leaders and pioneers like Deming, Reinertsen and Anderson combined with our unique experience and practical application of Kanban to give you the knowledge and skills to promote efficiency in your organisation through Kanban.

The course is delivered in a unique way, focussed around the “Kanban Pizza Game” to encourage participation and promote learning.

If you are unsure of what Lean or Agile is all about or you want to understand the principles and ideas that underpin Scrum, DAD, SAFe, Kanban etc then this is the course for you. In this one day course you will learn the underlying ideas and concepts behind Lean and Agile in a method-agnostic manner. The course is delivered in a fun, interesting, practical, exercise-based manner and encourages active participation from the attendees.

If your organisation has “gone Agile” or “gone Lean” and you are their customer or a partner then this course is for you. This course will demystify the terminology, processes and structures of Lean and Agile in a practical manner. After this course you will be well-prepared for interacting with your technical colleagues and you will understand why things are changing and how best to adapt to those changes.

If you have just joined or formed a Scrum Team and you are unsure of how things work, then this is the course for you. This course covers the origins of Scrum, Scrum processes, Scrum artefacts and Scrum roles. The course centres around a practical Scrum simulation call the “Scrum City Simulation”.

This highly interactive and dynamic one day training course is run in a workshop style manner, packed with games, activities and challenges to give a practical idea of how to successfully develop a product from concept to creation.

The training course will be highly student led, relying of active participation to define the content of the course as we go. Our trainers are experienced in this kind of experiential learning in order to give the students the best possible experience. The course will guide the students through the entire product development process, starting with how to capture an idea, how to prioritise, how to decide if it is a good idea and then finally how run a smooth product development process.

This two day introduction to agile course provides a good all round introduction to Agile software development approaches. This is a more interactive and in depth look into agile techniques than our one day course, including lots of collaborative learning through LEGO!

Our trainer will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to take Agile back in to your team. We’ve aimed this course at developers, testers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and executives.

The course is delivered as an interactive workshop, enabling you to learn from our trainer’s wealth of experience, as well as having the opportunity to address issues relevant to your own experience.

This will help increase the likelihood of a successful adoption of Agile for your software development project.

Agile Coaching For Small Teams

From agile team coaching to ScrumMaster and Product Owner coaching, you can find out more about our agile coaching for small software development teams on our dedicated agile coaching for small teams page.

Agile Consultancy For Small Teams

Allow McKenna Consultants to help you define your vision and align your team through our Agile Consultancy services. Find out more about our agile consultancy for small software development teams, departments and executives on our dedicated agile consultancy for small teams page.

Why Should You Choose McKenna Consultants As Your Agile Training, Coaching and Consultancy Partner?