Testimonials

Essential Test-Driven Development

 

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“Before the class, I thought I had a handle on what test driven development was in theory. However, going through the class finally let me understand why it works and gave me insight into how to make TDD work for me and our company. The exercises were fun and explored real problems that I ran into when trying to do TDD on my own, and Rob gave us good insight into ways to improve our projects. The software releases since taking this class as a team are much more solid than the ones before it.”  — Kevin H.

“Rob’s class was very helpful to me.  I had been attempting to use unit testing from online training on my own but I wasn’t able to internalize it until after Rob’s class.  His exercises were very enlightening and helped me really understand points that I had been missing.  It also allowed us to level set as a team and make talking about it easier.  He was also very insightful and helped us with real examples in our code.  It was by far one of the most useful trainings I have done in my career.”  — Eirik A.

“I used my learnings from the TDD class on a medium-sized project […] Once done, I had code that was smaller, easier to understand and maintain, and had an excellent set of unit tests that confirmed it worked as desired.”  — Jeffrey S.

Other Clients

“I can apply new skills learned here to start improving our code right away.”

“The exercises are rich and enlightening. Rob’s easy manner and depth of knowledge allow him to adjust the class to the specific need of the people in the room. Definitely a worthwhile three days!”

“Excellent workshop – clearly lays the foundation for TDD practices that you can easily apply to your day-to-day coding.”

“Very well paced. Informative. Lots of practical exercises. Enjoyable atmosphere. Well planned in every respect.”

“Perfectly tuned exercises. Plenty of challenge, but not too much. Finding the right balance of difficulty and success is hard to do, and these were just right.”

“A fun, informative, and inspiring course!” — Damien F.

“…got me thinking differently about programming” — Craig H.

“We invited Rob and Lars to come in for a four-day workshop with our development organization to give us an in-depth understanding of Test Driven Development and Unit Testing. They adapted their training to work with our specific needs, and throughout the training they addressed our specific questions and did everything they could to help us figure out how to work TDD/Unit Testing into our workflow. We all came away from it with a clear understanding of just how important and helpful these practices are, and we have used them on several of our teams with exceptional results.”

“Learning TDD from books or by practice works, but Rob Myers’s class provided quick feedback through direct, well designed practice, with concise and beneficial experience stories and theory. The power of communal learning is realized within the great safe container and the structure of the class helped cover the details and gotchas. It was very helpful to do TDD with legacy code.”

“Rob brought his Test Driven Development curriculum to a group of software engineers that were hard core unit test experts.  Rob quickly elevated the level of his class to match the expertise of the students resulting in an engaged class that had many break out discussions during breaks, before class and well into the evening hours after class.  Rob’s experience and expertise are world class and this separates his training from the pack by a large margin.” — Sam P., Manager Software R&D, Omnyx, Pittsburg, PA

“The course we received was top-notch—very well designed and expertly delivered. Very strong focus on keeping all our developers engaged and there was a genuine desire to provide instruction that was relevant and meaningful afterward. Some of our developers have taken to TDD adoption more than others, but I would say as Project Manager that there has been a noticeable reduction in rework and improvement in overall code stability as a direct result of the training.” — a Chief Project Manager at a Fortune 100 energy company

“I really enjoyed the experience. I know I was forced to think (and challenged) because I feel mentally taxed/exhausted.”



Essential Agile Engineering Practices

“The discussions of critical Agile concepts like pairing, Test Driven Development, and Refactoring were very valuable and informative.”

“…refreshing and encouraging.”

“At the end of the class, we all wanted to do pair programming and TDD. Go figure.”

‘Test’ is no longer a four-letter word!” — Tim Ashton

“Rob was very knowledgable and shared his experiences with the class. The exercises were very helpful and kept the class engaged.”

 



Essential Agile Principles & Practices

“As our organization transitions to Agile teams, we contracted with Agile Institute and Rob Myers to provide the initial training and consulting. The feedback I received from the class attendees was very positive.  After the class, even some of the naysayers saw the value of Agile and how it could really make a positive difference.”

“I would highly recommend the Essential-series courses from the Agile Institute. The quality of the course was superb and the value gained far exceeded the cost.  The design of the course delivers the fundamental framework of the Agile methodology in a memorable and fun way. The lessons and activities in the course have become part of the lexicon of our organization. The Essential-series course was the foundation of our Agile transformation and I would recommend it to all organizations.”

“Excellent instructor, very personable and interesting. Many Thanks!”

“Rob’s sessions also helped me become more aware of the importance of my role (Product Owner) in our project and to realize that I need to speak up when I think necessary.” — Christine M., GIS/Applications Support Analyst

“On two occasions [we] contracted the Agile Institute to provide instruction on Agile. Participants included developers, project and QA managers along with product owners. [Both courses: EAPP & EAPL] gave us both the knowledge and the motivation to instill Agile into not only our development practices but into the organization as a whole. While our organization has always prided in providing high quality innovative solutions, since taking the course we have become more efficient in terms of providing built-to-purpose, client driven, quality solutions.” — from private courses for a premier energy-industry solutions corporation.



Essential Agile Product Leadership

“On two occasions [we] contracted the Agile Institute to provide instruction on Agile. Participants included developers, project and QA managers along with product owners. [Both courses: EAPP & EAPL] gave us both the knowledge and the motivation to instill Agile into not only our development practices but into the organization as a whole. While our organization has always prided in providing high quality innovative solutions, since taking the course we have become more efficient in terms of providing built-to-purpose, client driven, quality solutions.” — from private courses for a premier energy-industry solutions corporation.



Essentials of Emergent Design

“Rob, I greatly appreciate the knowledge you shared with me. Now I have endless hours of refactoring and testing and I’ll enjoy every minute of it!



Essential Agile Testing

“Rob’s presentation of the material was concise and easily understandable.  Good conversational quality and knowledge of the subject.”

“Catered well to devs and testers.  Enjoyed instructor’s critique of our tests.”

“Rob made the course fun and easy to understand the concepts.  Entertaining while learning.  Thank you.”

“…the discussions we had…were excellent.  Examples and lab work were very good.”

“I liked the labs that took an actual project and allowed us to write [automated tests] for it.”



Coaching engagements

“It’s quite rare, but every once in a while you’ll meet someone whose skills are so deep and ninja-like that your own professional capabilities are expanded just for having met them. Rob Myers is to agile software development what Yoda is to practical use of The Force. He put the Prezi Growth Team on a whole ‘nother level, in terms of how we do what we do. I’ll always be grateful for the gifts of insight he gave us and the change he wrought in our process.” — Jack Mardack, Prezi

“Rob’s interpersonal skills are a perfect match for this type of organizational change.  I highly recommend Rob for your Agile transition.”

“I was very pleased with the engagement and I will encourage other teams to seek your help.”

“I was very pleased with the engagement and I was talking with the CTO today and he was very happy as well.  We do have high expectations about the long term impact of the coaching but I am confident that we will be pleased with that as well.”