0800 433 7035 
neal@agilebrainltd.com 

Neal Horner 

Inspire Simplify Nurture 
Inspire | Simplify | Nurture 
 
Eleven years of deep learning with Agile (Scrum, Kanban) & Lean by experimenting with delivery and Leadership has provided a wealth of transferable people, process, mind-set and leadership skills from around the world. 
My character is friendly, balanced and approachable where I positively contribute with passion to simplify complexity, build relationships, demonstrate business value and consistently lead by example. 
By taking a pragmatic approach to many Agile practices and methods, my clients support their vision, better appreciate their trade-offs and positively measure their learning and results by doing and being Agile. 
 
agile
Seeks to match the need of the organisation to the approach taken 
scrum
Directs, coaches, supports and delegates as a seasoned agile guide 
kanban
Establishes clear direction to navigate agile transformation challenges 
lean
Helps clients to ‘be’ agile, rather than just ‘do’ agile with Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) 
agile leadership
Can support a Scaled Agile Framework as a SAFe Program Consultant (SAFe SPC4) 
scrum
First seeks to understand, and then be understood, as a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) 

Certification & Training 

Qualification 
Certificate 
Course Provider 
Date 
The Beautiful State : The Key to Unlocking High Performance 
 
Audree & Michael Sahota from Agilitrix hosted by Adventures with Agile 
2018 
Certified Agile Leadership 2 
CAL2 
Michael & Audree Sahota from Agilitrix hosted by Adventures with Agile 
2018 
Certified Scrum Professional - (Advanced) ScrumMaster 
CSP-SM 
Scrum Alliance (reorganisation) 
2018 
Certified Scrum Professional - (Advanced) Product Owner 
CSP-PO 
Scrum Alliance (reorganisation) 
2018 
Scrum Coaching Retreat Copenhagen 
 
Scrum Alliance  
2017 
Certified Agile Leadership 1 
CAL1 
Michael & Audree Sahota from Agilitrix hosted by Adventures with Agile 
2017 
SAFe Programme Consultant 
SPC4 
Mark Richard hosted by Agil8 
2016 
SAFe Agilist 
SA4 
David Hicks for Agil8 
2015 
Certified Scrum Product Owner 
CSPO 
Scrum Alliance 
2015 
Agile Estimating & Planning 
 
Mike Cohn hosted by Developer Focus 
2013 
Thinking on your Feet 
 
Phil Day for Infosys 
2013 
Certified Scrum Professional 
CSP 
Scrum Alliance 
2012 
Leading with Emotional Intelligence 
EI 
Australian Insitute of Management 
2011 
Advanced Agile Techniques 
 
Alistar Cockburn for SMS MT 
2011 
Agile Coaching Skills 
 
Rachel Davis for Skills Matter 
2010 
Certified Scrum Master 
CSM 
Martine Devos for Xperience 
2009 
Agile Leadership 
 
TCC Training & Consultancy 
2008 
Qualification 
Certificate 
Date 
The Beautiful State : The Key to Unlocking High Performance 
 
2018 
Certified Agile Leadership 2 
CAL2 
2018 
Certified Scrum Professional - (Advanced) ScrumMaster 
CSP-SM 
2018 
Certified Scrum Professional - (Advanced) Product Owner 
CSP-PO 
2018 
Scrum Coaching Retreat Copenhagen 
 
2017 
Certified Agile Leadership 1 
CAL1 
2017 
SAFe Programme Consultant 
SPC4 
2016 
SAFe Agilist 
SA4 
2015 
Certified Scrum Product Owner 
CSPO 
2015 
Agile Estimating & Planning 
 
2013 
Thinking on your Feet 
 
2013 
Certified Scrum Professional 
CSP 
2012 
Leading with Emotional Intelligence 
EI 
2011 
Advanced Agile Techniques 
 
2011 
Agile Coaching Skills 
 
2010 
Certified Scrum Master 
CSM 
2009 
Agile Leadership 
 
2008 

Value for Senior Leaders 

Seek regular senior involvement to engage and lead 
Welcome discussions to align perspectives 
Encourage open and honest communication 
Build and maintain meaningful relationships 
Promote transparency of decisions and actions 
Live and demonstrate the Agile values and principles 
Use Agile Games to explore business norms 
Empower the team, set them up for success 
Encourage self-awareness and kindness 
Use situational Leadership to reach compromise 

Team Level Ceremonies 

Sprint Planning 
Daily Scrum / Stand-Up / Call-In 
Impediments / Blocker resolution 
Sprint Review 
Sprint Celebration 
Sprint Retrospective (inspect and adapt) 

Approaches for Team Success 

Support the Product Owners with (early) product backlog preparation 
Actively reference Sprint burn-down charts to radiate progress 
Promote burn-up charts for wider product awareness 
Encourage the Senior Leaders to atend the Sprint Review 
Use the business value stream to aid understanding 
Encourae Walking the Walls to see and experience the delivery team 

Key Software Skills 

 
Agile Central (Rally) 
Rational TEam Concert (RTC) 
JIRA 
Kanban Flow 
Confluence 
Mind Mapping (brain-storming & planning) 
Microsoft Office (.Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
Microsoft 365 
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