Lean and Agile Project Management Using Scrum

“I realise that after yesterday, I now have a renewed sense of purpose for my particular Agile mission.”

— Kelsey van Haaster, course attendee


Course Details


Date: Thursday 6th February, 2014*
Location: The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Trainers: Neil Killick and Ed Wong
Who for:  Project Managers, Product Managers, Business Analysts, Iteration Managers/Scrum Masters, Development/Delivery Managers and Executives
Early Bird Price: ONLY $549 (GST included)
Normal Price: ONLY $599 (GST included)


10% group discount applies for groups of 2 or more. Price includes lunch, snacks and coffee vouchers. Limited spots available so get in quick!

* If you can’t make February 6, we will be running the course again in March. We can also run the course at your workplace when it suits you. Please register your interest for either of these options by clicking the link on the left. 



Scrum and Agile have been around for years, but organisations are still struggling to realise the potential benefits of using them. Much of this stems from the myriad of tools, frameworks, practices, methodologies and processes in the market that all claim to make your teams more efficient which, in turn, will lead to an Agile organisation.

The truth is that none of these things will achieve that. The only thing that will create a more effective, adaptive, proactive, productive, happy organisation is a genuine desire from the people of influence in that organisation to want better. A desire to remove tired old processes and procedures that do not exist because they are effective but because they have always existed. To optimise the whole, not the individual parts. To care.

In short, managers and executives need to jump on the continuous improvement train and start to create a more effective world of work for their employees.


questionmarkWhy this course?

This course will not certify you in any way. But it will provide what I believe is the most authentic Agile training in Melbourne, perhaps Australia.

I believe people are not being given the right information, or at least don’t know where to get it. But there are practitioners out there who can give it to them. Who know what works. Those in the know have an obligation to help people really understand how to improve their chances of getting genuinely outstanding results.

No one can guarantee results with Agile, because the desire to change has to come from within, but what we can promise is that we can help you significantly improve your chances of success.

The course is highly interactive, deals with real world situations that the attendees are facing, and provides concrete examples of how Neil and other highly respected Agile practitioners have addressed them.


Spectacles-SG2001-transparent.pngLearning Outcomes

  • How to nurture and coach highly effective Scrum teams by utilising the very best in Lean and Agile thinking
  • The important differences between effective and efficient software delivery, and why you shouldn’t even think about the latter until your organisation is doing the former
  • The importance of queuing theory for considering what work to do and when the work in progress might get done
  • The benefits of limiting WIP, pull systems, visualising work and other Kanban principles on people’s effectiveness and well-being
  • How to truly “iterate” in “iterations”, and why this is crucial for success
  • How to skilfully manage cost and risk with timeboxing, iterating and work slicing so you can focus your efforts and decisions on value
  • How to make software delivery in your organisation more predictable without making predictions
  • Why less is more with software development, and higher output is often inversely related to value
  • Introduction to Lean Startup principles and how they can and should apply to all user-facing software projects
  • Useful metrics that help teams improve over vanity metrics (such as story point velocity) that will be gamed
  • Benefits of cycle time forecasting over asking teams to estimate, both from a cultural and risk management point of view
  • Using Product Backlogs effectively (evaluating evolving options over exhaustive to-do lists)
  • Why coaching self-organising, autonomous teams is more effective than controlling and managing teams


whoYou should attend if…

  • You are a Project Manager, Product Manager, Iteration Manager/Scrum Master, Development/Delivery Manager or Executive already in an “Agile” environment
  • You have some familiarity with Agile concepts, and see something unauthentic with the way it is being used in your organisation
  • You see progress being made in your organisation with Agile but seek validation that you’re “on the right track” and don’t wish to get complacent
  • You genuinely want to improve your organisation’s chances of successful software delivery and move beyond mediocre
  • You have an agile mindset that is willing to try things, experiment, change ineffective processes, etc.


You should NOT attend if…

  • You are looking for a course that only really says “here’s what Agile is” or “here’s why you should do Agile”
  • You see Agile as just a methodology that can be taught and implemented
  • Your goal is to “do Agile” or “become more Agile” rather than learn how to become more effective at reaching your real business goals
  • You value certifications over mindset and practical experience

That’s our key differentiator from, say, a CSM course. Our course content and structure is not prescribed by an Agile or Scrum governing body – it’s completely up to us. We have carefully designed this course to cover only what works for real practitioners in real companies, large and small, and skip the rhetoric.

We can make you aware of, and help you avoid, the common Agile/Scrum pitfalls. We can teach you what it really means to be Agile.


Meet the Trainers

neilNeil Killick has over 18 years of experience in designing, developing and maintaining software, as well as leading, coaching, mentoring and managing development and project teams of various sizes and capabilities.

He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO) and Certified Scrum Practitioner/Professional (CSP). His wealth of practical experience, expertise and outspoken opinions have led to speaking invitations at prestigious international industry events such as Agile Australia, Agile Singapore, Agile India, Agile Scandinavia (ScanAgile), Agile Wales, SIGIST, LAST and DDD.

Neil is a passionate Agile and Lean thinker who knows the core practices inside out. But more importantly, he has deep alignment with the agile mindset, embracing principles, values and techniques that have achieved great outcomes time and time again in his career.


ed wongEd Wong is a coach and trainer who has worked in Australia and the UK in digital publishing at FTSE 100 listed companies, the web agency sector and the transport and logistics sector.

He co-organises two Melbourne Agile meetups and founded the LAST Conference for Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking practitioners. He worked on his first Agile project in 2004 and has been a Certified Scrum Master since 2007.

Ed has spoken at groups such as Agile Oxford (UK), Melbourne Agile Business Analysts, Melbourne Agile and Scrum Group, Melbourne Geek Night and Sydney Business Analysts, and at Scrum Australia 2013 and LAST conferences.

He works under the name Projects’ Little Helper and is a founding member and Director of Tabar, a network of Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking practitioners who “work collaboratively to help clients to delight their customers in innovative ways.”

This course is part of his Guerrilla Training series.


Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you aren’t satisfied with the training you received, contact us within 30 days to let us know why. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation to your satisfaction, including providing a 100% refund if that’s the outcome you want.

Either way, your feedback will help us get better for next time so is highly appreciated.



You can register now for the course via Eventbrite by clicking here.

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