Trainers

Travis Alexander

As a Quadrus instructor, Travis finds great reward in being a catalyst for learning – to see a participant develop understanding and experiencing “A-HA!” moments is what excites him about teaching. By focusing first on the fundamental building blocks of the course topic and building towards more complex instantiations, participants are taught to critically think their way through scenarios as they arise.

Thorough understanding and preparation for course delivery allow Travis to direct his attention and energy to listening and adapting the course material to the needs of class participants. In so doing, participants are given the chance to ask questions and gain insights on how to approach and overcome the challenges they face in their daily work routines.

Lucus Crawford

As a software practitioner for over 15 years, Lucus’ main focus is to deliver high quality software in an optimized fashion through the application of proven software techniques, best practices and methodologies. His knowledge and practical field experience applying Scrum and Agile principles and techniques allows Lucus to listen, interpret and assess root cause challenges that projects encounter when working in, or towards an Agile environment.

Through an interactive teaching style, incorporating both tacit activities and open discussion, Lucus encourages participants to voice their challenges and questions so that understanding of the fundamentals is achieved and discussion sparks further learnings for the class. With a solid grasp of the concepts and in class, hands-on exercises, participants take the tools and confidence back to their work teams to elevate quality and productivity.

Brian Donaldson

Software Project Estimation has been a passion for Brian for the past 15+ years. As co-creator of the Quadrus Estimation Methodology and Product Owner of Quadrus’ Estimation toolset, Brian has mentored companies, executives, and development teams on effective software estimation approaches and techniques and has also delivered numerous industry presentations in North America on the topic.

With deep knowledge and a proven track record estimating software projects, Brian asks each participant to share their learning objectives so course delivery can be tailored to ensure participants walk away with understanding of both the why and the how of software estimation. A blend of lecture, interactive estimation activities, and hands-on use of Quadrus’ Estimation toolset allow participants a comprehensive estimation experience to solidify understanding and execution.

Steven Eckert

Steven’s 25+ years in the software development profession fulfilling roles from Analyst, Developer, Team Lead, Scrum Master, Product Owner to Enterprise/System and Solution Architect is at the core of what makes him a strong and effective instructor. In addition to imparting the knowledge and understanding of the course topic and assisting participants through in-class labs, Steve seeks to understand the challenges and learning objectives of each participant. This knowledge is fed into appropriately customized class examples that, with Steve’s guidance, are targeted to both the needs of the collective class and the individual participant.

Steve finds reward in empowering software professionals with new skills and knowledge to support participants in creating better software and furthering their careers. In the classroom, Steve draws on his breadth and depth of knowledge coupled with first-hand experience actively developing and leading software teams in the use of traditional and modern software languages, frameworks, tools and technologies. Participants of Steve’s classes leave with the technical mechanics, confidence and real-world best practices to put their newfound knowledge to use.

Patrick Marchand

Patrick’s goal as a course developer and an instructor is not only to deliver the theory behind the course topic but to demonstrate how the theory and practice come together in implementation. With over 20 years successfully delivering Data Management-related and Business Intelligence solutions, Patrick looks to teach core concepts while also highlighting common pitfalls to avoid in solution development.

Class engagement and alignment to participant learning styles is achieved through lecture, interactive dialogue, lab exercises and sharing of real-world anecdotes. Patrick’s definition of a successful class delivery is when participants leave the class with the knowledge & understanding of the course topic, questions answered and an eagerness to apply what they have learned upon return to their work setting.

Michael McCullough

Michael leads Quadrus’ Training Services division, identifying relevant curriculum topics that are in line with the direction of modern software development and project management methodologies and best practices. As a seasoned Consultant, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Instructor and Mentor to small, medium and large companies for 20 years, Michael has worked with enterprises and software product companies to improve product innovation and development practices through adoption of Agile and Lean software development and project management practices. In addition to his role as an active consultant, Mike is a certified Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and a certified Innovation Games instructor.

A true proponent of life-long learning, Mike is an advocate of experiential learning techniques and incorporates interactive activities and “game play” in the delivery of course topics. Learning happens in a fun, welcoming environment that has participants naturally grasping concepts and building confidence. Whether delivering Agile, Scrum, Lean Kanban or User Story learning topics, Mike always looks to ensure that participants leave with a plan for how the learning outcomes from the course will translate to business results upon return to their workplace.

Miran Nevesinjac

As an instructor of Quadrus’ Agile-based courses related to project management and software development, Miran’s motivation for teaching is rooted in his love of learning and the desire to share his passion on the course topic. Miran’s active role as a Development Lead and Scrum Master enable him to effectively interpret and apply Agile principles in a practical sense to the daily challenges teams face when working in an Agile environment.

To support course participants in applying their learnings to real-world scenarios, Miran’s teaching approach is a combination of lecture, hands-on exercises, open dialogue and group discussion. The positive learning environment that Miran fosters through active listening, continuous feedback and encouragement has students returning to their regular jobs with knowledge and confidence to apply their new skills effectively.

Darin Padlewski

Darin’s enthusiasm for course delivery is founded in his desire to share the knowledge and experiences he has gained through his involvement in numerous software product development projects. Drawing upon his experience as a Software Developer, Scrum Master and Mentor, Darin’s interactive teaching style guides participants through the course topic via a blended delivery of lecture, practical activities, coaching and group work.

To maximize learning and allow participants to garner greater value from the class, Darin encourages group discussion against the backdrop of actual project challenges that face participants in their daily job roles. The opportunity to dialogue and apply techniques learned to real-world conditions while in the classroom setting reinforces understanding and a level of relevancy for return to the workplace.

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