Our Agile Instructors & Scrum Masters
The Think Louder team members are master Scrum Masters. They’re so agile they make Yogis look inflexible, such expert sprinters that they make cheetahs look slow, more adaptable than shapeshifters, and guaranteed to keep you glued to the edge of your seat (literally or figuratively) while teaching you everything you ever wanted to know about Scrum. And maybe some things you didn’t….
Giora is a Certified Scrum Trainer, Precision Agile Coach, and the founder of ThinkLouder. He brings over 15 years of Agile coaching and executive consulting experience to the table, including building, coaching and training high-performing Fortune 1000 teams. His diverse success stories include Merrill Lynch and Cessna Aircraft, as well as Nike, Blizzard Entertainment and GE Healthcare. He has been highly successful in helping organizations scale their Agile initiatives, both in size and distributed locations.
His interactive training sessions are intended to equip participants with knowledge that can be applied to their own projects for immediate impact. A noted speaker, Giora has presented at international conferences around the world, and been interviewed by programs such as The Pulse Network’s CEO Corner and ProjectManagement.com. In early 2017, Giora began emphasizing targeted, high-impact training and coaching with specific improvement goals that could be measurably achieved in a relatively short period of time. Seeing tremendous gains, this became the cornerstone of the ThinkLouder approach.
After experiencing the failures and inadequacies of traditional SDLC approaches firsthand, when Mark encountered a Scrum project in 2005, it transformed his life both personally and professionally. He has since trained and coached thousands of professionals in industries including government, retail, financial services, marketing and advertising, nonprofits, digital marketing, startups, and education. He is a certified “Training from the BACK of the room” instructor, a unique approach that applies brain science and brain-friendly learning techniques to increase retention and recall, and uses those techniques in his classes, ensuring a high-energy, interesting, and fun learning environment.
As a developer, project manager, and business owner, as well as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Agile Coach, Mark brings his deep experience to all his classes, sharing years of learning and insights with students. Even when covering the theory and concepts behind Agile and Scrum, his hands-on experience helps him deliver a relevant, impactful experience where learners walk away with fresh ideas and insights to apply immediately
Vibhu began his journey with Agile over 20 years ago, when agile processes and Scrum were still in their baby shoes. Working as a developer, engineering leader, architect, trainer, and Agile consultant, Vibhu has carried out Agile processes from nearly every angle. In recent years, he’s become a thought leader and key player in leading best practices in the fast-developing arenas of Edge, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, and AI. For Vibhu, Agile isn’t merely a highly efficient method for team management and development, but a way of life. He’s taught it to his children and even to some pets.
In his instruction, Vibhu brings his dedication to diversity and inclusiveness to creating a safe and supporting learning environment where students can dare to challenge the status quo, innovate, and break barriers. Bringing fresh perspectives and proven practices to every process, Vibhu teaches how to maximize team work and harness effective collaboration to develop products that delight customers and break free from the established molds.
Jeff has spent the last 25 years as a practitioner, trainer, coach, and consultant translating lean agile thinking into useful, everyday ways of working. He has worked with organizations in financial services, healthcare, consumer products, the non-profit sector, technology services, and more to build capabilities that deliver value more effectively. Through training and coaching, Jeff has also empowered thousands of individuals to grow their capabilities and competencies as product owners, scrum masters, program managers, and agile leaders operating agile-at-scale systems of delivery.
The challenges presented by everyday reality may make the use of agile concepts and practices appear daunting, or even impossible. But Jeff believes if you keep educating yourself and seek out empowering, experienced support, the investment in expanding your knowledge and wisdom transforms your ability to deliver value. Jeff and his team offer support for individuals, teams, and organizations in the form of tailored, custom training and coaching services from the fundamentals through advanced concepts and practices.
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Richard Cheng is a renowned Agile expert, trainer, and coach who’s on a mission to bring Agile to organizations of all sizes and types.
Based in the Washington, DC area, he’s a graduate of Virginia Tech and has extensive experience working with the federal government, large companies, small startups, and non-profit organizations. He’s one of the few Certified Scrum Trainers (CST) accredited by the Scrum Alliance, as well as a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified LeSS Practitioner, Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).
Richard has presented keynote talks at conferences and events around the globe and authored numerous publications on Agile and product management.
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For over 25 years, Bernie has been helping grow businesses from early stages to multi-million corporations, both as an engineer and a leader and an all-around great guy. He’s worked with companies like Bell Telephone Laboratories, HP, TiVo, and Cisco as a speaker, trainer, and agile leadership coach, working with teams that have delivered products including award-winning consumer electronics, network infrastructure, and services and payments with outrageous effectiveness.
He also teaches Agile Product Development at Stanford Continuing Studies and offers private and public workshops eligible for CSM and CSPO credentials through the Scrum Alliance, the acclaimed Agile and Scrum certification.
Bernie believes that with agile techniques, it’s possible to accelerate genius in every person and organization and have a lot of fun while doing so.
John inspires future-makers to create a culture of vibrant empowerment in their organizations. Growing up in a foster home, John was motivated to learn how some people became victors over their circumstances and others became victims of them. Today, as the Chief Empowerment Officer of Agile Classrooms, he is pioneering Agile in schools to empower teachers and students to thrive in 21st-century learning, life, and work.
In addition to reinvigorating education, as the founder of Rightshift Coaching he also helps organizations in their Agile transformations through coaching and training using his Agile Resonance Coaching method. He has helped organizations from Fortune 500 companies to at-risk schools in pivoting their culture to achieve in a rapidly changing, competitive world. He holds a Certified Enterprise Coach® certification and is a Certified Professional CoActive Coach, Associate Certified Coach, and a Project Management Professional.
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Tricia Broderick knows leadership from the bottom up and top down.
With 20+ years of experience in the software development industry, she has developed a unique transformational leadership style that is effective at all levels of an organization.
A highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator, motivational keynote speaker, and leadership and organizational advisor, Tricia inspires people to believe anything is possible.
She leverages her extensive knowledge and skills to create connections and environments that challenge and support people in an authentic, vulnerable, engaging, and fun way.
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Rick is a seasoned Business Agility Coach and Trainer with experience coaching at some of the world’s foremost companies, including Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Allstate, and Nokia (to name a few). His rich experience in Enterprise Scrum Business Agility speaks to his mission to develop a more enlightened and innovative workforce wherever he goes. Rick has applied his love for Agile to the nonprofit world as well, coaching the Boy Scouts of America on how to empower themselves through the Agile method by mastering the skills of organization, adaptability, self-assignment, and effective collaboration.
Rick is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified Scrum Product Owner.
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Anil is an experienced Certified Scrum Trainer who brings BACK of the Room methods, game play, and hands-on exploration to his student-centric training style. Anil had his first Agile-backed win in 1993, working with a small team on a messaging system for a large investment bank, a technology that was honored with the “Best Open Systems Award” that same year. Since then, Anil has been honing his expertise and sharing it with startups in various industries, and he regularly coaches and consults for finance sector leaders such as Citigroup, Meryll Lynch, and more.
Anil is one of Agile’s most dynamic coaches who aims to instill the core values of Agile development at the individual and organizational levels, pushing all stakeholders to create inspiring, high-quality products.
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Kim is sometimes referred to as “unconventional” due to the creative tactics she uses to generate transparency and encourage self-development or as the “People Whisperer” for her street-savvy coaching style that brings out the best in people. Kim’s fusion of real-life stories and conversational techniques helps her connect her with people in all walks of life on an intimate, intense, and individual level.
Kim believes you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You are not your circumstances, you are your possibilities, and if you know that you can do anything and make the best of any situation. She is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among organizations and teams to drive change, support key business objectives, and maximize value creation across enterprise environments. She has extensive experience in coaching agile teams to drive releases from start to finish to support mission-critical projects. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, coaching organizations toward a shared vision and strong, united leadership.
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Eric is a big believer in learning by doing—he teaches using immersive experiences where you get your hands dirty and see how things really work. His classes are designed to make learning fun and impactful so students can hit the ground running. He doesn’t limit himself to defining the terms and theories but explains why they matter and gives students a chance to practice what they learn.
Eric brings a great deal of experience to his classes. He was a coder, albeit in his words, “not a very good one”, before becoming a waterfall project manager. After encountering Scrum in 2004 he spent years as a Scrum Master, product owner, and coach at all levels before discovering his true passion—training. He’s passionate about helping individuals and organizations see their own potential and strive to exceed it. He brings his background, experience, and expertise to the classroom while also “keeping it real”.
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Miljan is a very passionate Agile coach who truly enjoys challenges. His career has spanned both technology and business, and as an organizational change leader, he has spent 15+ years helping teams succeed and organizations reinvent themselves. He focuses on helping organizations, teams, and individuals collaboratively design systems that combine lean thinking and agile approaches to deliver maximum organizational effectiveness.
As an Agile coach (CEC), trainer (CST), and mentor, he’s supported many organizations in their Agile and Lean journeys. He also teaches Agile Leadership and Process Improvement at the University of Southern Maine and Organizational Change at the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is also a frequent speaker, having participated in many international conferences and Agile events in Europe and the United States.
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Jem is one of the industry’s most prolific Agile coaches, leading over 150 Scrum teams and transformations since 2005. Jem has coached on Agile methods for top global brands in every field, including Dr. Martens, Shell Energy, and Lloyd’s Banking group. Jem brings his passion and lived experience to his coaching and teaching, helping every student and organization discover the “art of the possible.”
For Jem, Agile is not merely a tool for team cohesion and sprinting toward goals. Jem’s teaching style is highly personalized, seeking to help Scrum students and aspiring scrum masters apply Agile methods on the team level, organizational level, and in daily life. Jem coaches his students not only toward mastery of Agile practices, but toward becoming Agile problem-solvers and adapters in every aspect of life.
Jem holds a certificate in Agile Leadership and is a Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner and a Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster.
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Elizabeth Morris (call her Lizzy), is a Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach, and Life Coach. She believes that agility is a “state of heart” rather than a mere state of mind, and that agile transformation happens in the heart and evolves to become an organic element of a company’s culture and its employees’ default behavior. She has spent the past two decades working as a management consultant in industries as diverse as banking, insurance, entertainment, non-profit, utilities, education, legal, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and of course, IT.
That experience, coupled with her passion for scrum, helps her drive measurable results for her clients in her work as an agile coach and trainer.
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The ThinkLouder Approach
Our training and coaching focus on the needs of the delivery teams at the bottom of the organization, under pressure to continually deliver value and constantly improve in an era of digital transformation.
ThinkLouder helps these teams to innovate and execute, while in parallel supporting their management. We focus on practical, short-term implementable solutions that lead to long-term gains. We know that this is the key to long-term Agile success.
We combine highly engaging training, coupled with targeted, on-site precision coaching to unlock immediate performance improvement.