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Trent Hone

Accelerating Innovation and Learning with Proven Techniques

Trent Hone is passionate about innovation and organizational learning. He believes that positive outcomes emerge through collaborative interaction, shared sense-making, and a clear sense of purpose. Trent is the Director of Excella Labs, an experienced executive coach, and an award-winning naval historian. He has over twenty-five years of experience with dozens of governmental and commercial organizations around the world in Asia, Oceania, Europe, and North America. Trent helps organizations improve their art of practice, accelerate learning, and innovate more effectively.

Trent regularly writes and speaks about organizational learning, strategy, and innovation. He has presented at the Annual North American Agile Conference, Lean Kanban North America, Lean Agile US, Lean Agile Scotland, the Society of Military History's Annual Meeting, the McMullen Naval History Symposium, and numerous other conferences. His latest book, Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898–1945, describes how the Navy became a learning organization and harnessed mechanisms to innovate rapidly and effectively. It was the U.S. Naval Institute’s Book of the Year for 2018 and is part of the 2020 Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program.

See what else Trent has been up to!

Agile Transformation, Collaboration, Complexity, Continuous Improvement, Digital Strategy, Leadership, Learning, Software Engineering, Strategy

Cynefin 101

Cynefin is a sensemaking framework that helps teams conceptualize different types of problems and agree...

A Complex Learning System

In this keynote from The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock’s 2019 Complexity Forum, Trent...

Continuous Improvement, Flow, Value Stream, Visualization

How to Get Started with Value Stream Mapping

Your process in use may be very different what's been documented or assumed. Value Stream...

Kanban and Distributed Cognition

In this talk, Trent Hone describes how you can use Kanban to create a cognitive...

Complexity in Action

In this talk from 2016’s Lean Agile Scotland, Trent Hone discusses how the U.S. Navy...

Applying Agile Principles to Federal Projects

Tony Solomita, Director of Innovation and Trent Hone, Fellow at Excella, join host John Gilroy...