Certified Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) Practitioner

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The next training course is from Monday 23rd to Tuesday 24th September 2024 and runs daily from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (UK).

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23rd - 24th September 2024

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Training from the BACK of the Room Practitioner

The official 2-day in-person “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class is a globally-acclaimed, interactive, skills-building train-the-trainer class for anyone who is a trainer, teacher, instructor, coach, or facilitator of learning. 

You’ll explore how the human brain really learns, which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. And you’ll be introduced to “cognitive neuroscience” concepts – the brain science behind all effective instructional design and human learning.

The Certified Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) Practitioner certification demonstrates an understanding of the tools and techniques for effectively designing training and workshops that both engage the entire audience and drive towards agreed-upon outcomes.

Meet Your Trainer

My journey towards becoming a Product Agility expert began with the standard Scrum Alliance courses based on the teachings of Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. I worked as a team member in Scrum Teams and believed I had reached the end of my Scrum journey. However, when I attempted an Agile Project Management course, it turned out to be a forgettable learning experience.

Feeling disheartened by the agile world, I was recommended a book called “Scaling Agile and Lean Development” by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, which helped me forget Agile Project Management and fully embrace Product Agility.

Since then, I have focused on experimenting with ways to balance an organisation’s desire for control, collaboration, and innovation to untap the true potential of Product Agility. This has involved educating, coaching, and leading organisational transformations to move from traditional technology organisations with broken supply and demand models to organisations that move beyond this ineffective model towards the intersection of Product Management and Agility – Product Agility. 

The growth of people to be effective in achieving organisational and personal goals is the critical catalyst for success. Coaching, training, and mentoring people at all levels of the organisation are key components of this approach.

As the host of the Product Agility Podcast, I get to learn from industry experts from both the worlds of Product and Agile. All of this learning I love to share all with my audience and factor it into every engagement, talk and article I write or contribute towards.

Ben Maynard, Product Agility, Agile and LeSS Expert

Ben Maynard

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What is Agile Teaching?

The Certified Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) Practitioner course deepens your knowledge and experience of the world of agile training.

From the Agile Coaching Competency Framework, this course covers one of the main competencies required to be an Agile Coach – Teaching.


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The Agile Coach Competency Framework

What is Training from the BACK of the Room?

Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS Trainer, teaching software development experts about Large Scale Scrum

The 4Cs Map

Learn about this simple and impactful way to create memorable training which sticks through a structured approach that works!

Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS trainer facilitating a whiteboard discussion regarding how to become a LeSS Expert

The 6 Trumps

People learn in different ways and we explore 6 different techniques that harness the learner’s own cognitive learning preferences.

Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS trainer explaining a core topic of the LeSS Framework to agile training course attendees

Teaching with Brain Science

The techniques designed by Sharon Bowman are based on years of studies into the neuroscience of learning and give you the tools to short-circuit creative learning.

5 Great Take-Aways​

  1. All the brain-based, interactive strategies you’ll experience during the class are content-independent, meaning you can use them with any subject or topic, even the driest or most technical ones.

  2. All the learning activities you’ll collect during the class are from 1- to 5-minutes in length, which means that they’re really easy to insert into any class or training program. You’ll create your trainer’s toolbag full of these short, quick learning strategies.

  3. You’ll experience everything you’ll be learning about, including six major brain-science principles that make learner-centred, brain-based instruction so successful and exciting.

  4. You’ll design one of your classes or training programs using your topic, your trainer’s toolbag strategies, and the instructional design model called “The 4Cs Map.” And you’ll receive peer feedback during the class to help you polish what you’ve designed.

  5. You’ll leave with a fantastic collection of resources: 2x books and 1x workbook; a trainer’s toolbag full of activities you can use immediately; 6 brain-science principles, the 4Cs Map; innovative and interactive ways to use PowerPoint; fun learning aids; and dozens of other digital resources to enhance your teaching and training skills.


TBRWkbkCoverFinalA4 1And here is a bonus takeaway: If you already have the books Training from the BACK of the Room! and Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick! you’ll get to experience both books in action, which is hugely different from just reading the books!

What do Agile Coaches say about our training course?

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Relationship & Conflict Coach

Our Training Venue in London, UK

Novotel Hotel logo - Experience comfort and convenience at Novotel Hotel in Southwark, London.

We have partnered with the Novotel in Southwark, London for our in-person training events.

Set up to inspire creative minds, our simple, flexible meeting facilities at Novotel London Bridge come equipped with everything you need.

Unlimited hot drinks and free fibre Wi-Fi all come as part of the package, with food available on order if you need it.

“We have introduced intensified hygiene & prevention measures to ensure your safety. The ALLSAFE label represents our new elevated cleanliness protocols, and provides assurance that these standards are being met in this hotel.”

Hotel Manager

The hotel is perfectly located in central London, ideal for London sightseeing, only a few minutes walk from Westminster. Novotel Southwark has easy access to London Bridge station as well as Waterloo station. Choose the Novotel if you are looking for a hotel in central London, close to London Bridge and Tower Bridge, as well as being perfectly located for exploring the financial district and historical landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral.

Our prime spot in England’s magnetic capital puts you within easy reach of many attractions, with diverse shopping and West End theatres within two miles. St. Paul’s Cathedral is a brief (and very pleasant) 5-minute walk across the river.

What Else Do You Need To Know?

This knowledge-based certification is intended for agile team leaders or aspiring team leaders with a passion for servant leadership and a desire to learn and practice the art of facilitation in the context of team facilitation and coaching.

Relevant roles include:

  • ScrumMasters
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Agile Coaches
  • aspiring coaches
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • and anyone with the desire to explore the power of facilitation.

This training course enables you to grow your toolkit as an Agile Coach. 

  • Designing and Presenting Meetings – How to design and present meetings with a clear purpose and various group activities to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Facilitate collaborative sessions – Unlock the skills needed to facilitate collaborative sessions with a clear decision scope while creating specific agile framework meetings that overcome obstacles and achieve overall purpose and outcomes.
  • Lead collaborative conversations – Learn how to lead better, more meaningful conversations, resulting in increased capacity to give and receive feedback.
  • Design retrospective techniques – Acquire the knowledge and understanding to use and design retrospectives techniques depending on a team’s context, enabling learners to build trust and work through common pitfalls.
  • Facilitate Agile Meetings – Design and facilitate Agile meetings in various contexts and for varied team maturity levels
  • Teaching Toolkit – Acquire a new teaching tool kit enabling participants to facilitate sessions for full participation.

This course covers three main competencies required to be a certified Training from the Back of the Room (TBR) Practitioner.

During the class, you will:  

    • Explore six powerful learning principles based on the best of brain science. 
    • Apply these principles every time you train, teach, instruct, or coach others. 
    • Experience and collect dozens of interactive instructional strategies that you can use with any topic and any group of learners.
    • Use the 4Cs Map – a powerful 4-step instructional design and delivery model – to design any class or training you facilitate.
    • Create a training plan specific to a topic you already teach.
    • Receive a 55-page resource workbook that is only available with this class, as well as hard copies of Sharon Bowman’s best-selling books: ”Training from the BACK of the Room!” and “Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick.”

There are no rigid prerequisites for attending this training. However, as this is an intermediate-level course for practitioners, delegates should have 6 months of agile experience. Instead, we will build upon the knowledge you already have working with agile teams.

Total attendance and participation are mandatory. The trainer will formally assess delegates to meet the certification criteria throughout the course. Upon successful completion, you will receive the Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) Practitioner certification.

  • Engaging and immersive in-person training with world-class venue
  • Training from seasoned Agile Coaches 
  • Learn how to build and deliver impactful teaching for agile teams
  • All training, books and reference materials​
  • Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) Practitioner certificate that can be added to your LinkedIn profile

What are the timings?

Over two days, this interactive in-person course runs from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (UK). We allow for regular breaks throughout each day. Please note that each course date’s start and finish times refer to the GMT zone.

How should you prepare for this course?

Pre-work is provided ahead of the course via email and the student workbook.

What about certification?

Attendance of the course and engagement with each learning objective will enable you to get the Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) Practitioner certificate. The course is assessed by the instructor(s).

Is there an exam?

Although there is no official Training from the BACK of the Rom (TBR) exam, the course t determine appropriate means for retention of the learning outcomes. Depending on your provider, there may be some type of assessment in order to earn certification. For example, we assess participation, activity and understanding conveyed via exercises and discussion, withholding certificates when appropriate.

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