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Trent Hone

Accelerating Innovation and Learning with Proven Techniques


  • Public Speaking
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership
  • DevOps
  • Agile
  • Lean
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • LeSS (Large Scale Scrum)
  • Scrum@Scale
  • SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework)
  • Facilitation

Other Interests

  • Naval History
  • Organizational Learning
  • Innovation
  • Complexity Science
  • Doctrine and Doctrinal Development


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 one of Excella’s Fellows, an experienced executive coach, and an award-winning naval historian. He has 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 Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program.


Certification Badge Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner (CS@SP)
Certification Badge ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC)
Certification Badge Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)
Certification Badge Kanban Management Professional (KMP)