Kent McDonald

Senior Instructor


Visiting all 58 National Parks in the United States

First Job

Sorting returned bottles and cans at a local grocery store. (Nothing like coming home from work smelling of stale beer and cigarettes when you are 14 years old.)

Favorite Food

Key Lime Pie

Best Advice Ever Received

One is an homage to the late, great Douglas Adams, the other is a bit more serious. Can you tell which is which?

  • Always know where your towel is.
  • You can’t control what happens to you, you can only control how you respond.


Kent J. McDonald helps teams and organizations determine the right things to deliver. His more than 20 years of experience include work in business analysis, strategy formulation and execution, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, nonprofit, and automotive. He shares practical ideas for effective business analysis and product management at and practices those ideas as Content Curator/Product Owner for the Agile Alliance.

Kent is author of Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset and co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility.

Kent has led through influence as a co-founder and former Board President of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), and Board President of the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He was Conference Chair for the Agile2013 conference and also chaired the 2009 Iowa Business Analyst Development Day. He has also been on the organizing committee for the Agile 2008, Agile 2009, and Agile 2011 Conferences and is part of the team that organizes dsmAgile.

Student Comments

Kent is a great presenter. He kept us engaged in the class and he was open to all questions. All of the material was explained well, and I feel that I will be able to apply what I have learned to my new project starting next week. Thank you!

I greatly appreciated Kent’s experience with other clients to give the best practice feedback to us about implementing an agile approach in our company.

Kent is a “guru” in the topic of agile!! He is a great asset to your organization! The content of the course is a lot but it didn’t feel overwhelming because the course is very dynamic and you call feel Kent’s passion on what he is talking about.

Kent was excellent. He provided great guidance and discussion around participants’ real life struggles and examples.

Kent does an excellent job of sharing his own project experiences with the situations the classroom presented to explain Agile in a practical, concise manner.

So nice to be taught by someone who has real life experience and not someone “trained to be a trainer.”

Kent kept everyone engaged. It was a fun class with lots of valuable information. I am looking forward to using these techniques.

Kent was great, very organized and personable.

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