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Brandon Rinck, PMP, CSM

Brandon Rinck, PMP, CSM

Project Manager at Hayneedle

Samar played a very important role, as an agile coach, helping Hayneedle transition into Agile project management. An Agile transition is not an easy process, but her positive attitude, work experience and willingness to have the tough conversations were critical in our success. Samar was a pleasure to work with and I hope to work with her again.

Julie Peck

Julie Peck

General Manager/CEO & Integration Executive at Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services

Samar is a great example of a rare combination. She brings a high level of domain and process expertise to the table, along with a critical focus on getting results, and great skills in getting teams motivated and moving in the right direction. She’s someone that anyone would be lucky to have on their team!

Peter Buchanan

Peter Buchanan

Chief Executive Officer at VIAcode Consulting, LLC

I met Samar when she worked at CT TyMetrix – the largest customer of my company, VIAcode Consulting. She served as a program manager for two projects where we were involved:

1. The development of a key piece of software related to application security.
2. The development of a new UI for TyMetrix’s core application.

Her work as a business leader and technical project manager was outstanding in several ways:

1. She was able effectively organize and drive the performance of teams with minimal contents and maximum productivity.
2. She worked through problems effectively and quickly.
3. She minimized inspired a positive work environment for her teams.

I would recommend her without hesitation if you have a major project to implement and want to get it done right.

Robyn Messerly

Robyn Messerly

Software Development Manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart

Agile Transformation provided us with quality training that elevated our level of productivity and confidence. They offer training opportunities for all levels of expertise, so I can go to them for all of my ongoing training needs. They are a real pleasure to do business with.

Dawn Gore

Dawn Gore

Director of Enterprise Project Management at Securities America Member SIPC

This is the second class that I have coordinated at our company taught by Sally. This course was extremely valuable for our attendees. We were able to leave the course and immediately implement some of the techniques in the real world. We were also left with tools that we will be working to implement in the months to come. I received nothing but positive feedback from the attendees and we are seeing the results in the effectiveness of meetings company wide.

Lisa Fangman

Lisa Fangman

Contract Business Analyst at TD Ameritrade

I’ve been fortunate to attend several on-site training courses, receive one on one coaching for many years, and be a critical part of Agile Transformation rolling out Agile to a large organization. Sally is the most vibrant, knowledgeable, and inspiring instructor and coach I have ever encountered! The facilitation class is particularly amazing and I only wish I’d have taken it at the start of my career! You can’t go wrong with ANY of their services; they will literally set you up for success!

Jodi Berck

Jodi Berck

Sr. Method & Procedures Analyst at ConAgra Foods

I can’t say enough about the team at Agile Transformation. They have been our key partner throughout the first year of our Agile journey and continue to help us grow and mature as an organization. The courses are structured in such a way that teams can apply the concepts and principles immediately. I highly recommend Agile Transformation. Thank you Sally, Richard and team!

Samantha Deines

Samantha Deines

Vice President, Organizational Development at CBE Companies

Agile Transformations provided a “best-in-class” instructor with real world experience in implementing Agile processes which proved to be very valuable in guiding our efforts. The quality of the training along with the knowledge and insight of Michael inspired a level of energy and synergy to our existing Agile efforts. We immediately began implementing processes and techniques that will continue to positively influence our culture, efficiency, and collaboration.

Paul Steimel, PMP

Paul Steimel, PMP

Director of the Global Program Management Office at Spirent Communications

I worked with Samar when I was the Global Program Management Office Director. She was originally brought in to provide Agile training for my group. However, the training she provided was so well received, she was asked to continue training and coaching in other divisions in the company. Of all the workplace training I have had in the last 30 years,Samar’s stands out as the best. She is a not only an expert in Agile methodologies, but also with project management. Samar’s knowledge, experience and boundless enthusiasm make her a very strong asset for any company that is interested in moving to Agile methodologies.

Sally Elatta

Sally Elatta

President | Enterprise Transformation Coach

Sally is simply a transformer, someone who is passionate about helping teams and organizations do what they do better. She loves seeing the Aha moments when individuals, teams, and leaders begin to realize how much more potential they can unlock once they understand why work isn’t flowing the right way and keep an open mind to the cultural and personal change needed for success. She comes from a technical background, being a software engineer and architect but now she’s in love with seeing enterprise-level transformations succeed within technology teams and beyond. She loves strategizing with executives who have the vision, passion and ‘courage’ to make real transformations happen!

Fun Facts: Sally is originally from Sudan, she’s bilingual, and she has three amazing young children that she can barely keep up with!

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Kal Omar

Kal Omar

Finance Leader

Kal is the man behind-the-scenes who helps us pay the bills. He leads our finance area including accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping, payroll, and anything else related to money. He also plays a critical Role in our operations and strategic direction as well as Leading our Government Biding and Proposals initiatives

Fun fact: Kal and Sally are married. 🙂

Kellie Morrell

Kellie Morrell

Delivery Leader | Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer

Kellie’s passion is assisting individuals, teams, programs, and organization in transformations in a way that develops high performing teams that deliver value. She is a believer in servant leadership and the power that Agile thinking and techniques can bring to an organization. She has helped organizations in financial services, transportation and healthcare industries. Previously Kellie held positions as a PMO leader, Agile champion, and helped build up a ScrumMaster Community of Practice.

Fun Fact: Kellie has an identical twin sister!!

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Bryan Tew

Bryan Tew

Director of Training | Enterprise Transformation Coach

Bryan is a believer in transformation and is passionate about helping transform teams to deliver immediate value and exceed expectations through building high-performing teams and implementing proven Agile methods. He specializes in the practical and real world implementation of Agile methods with a focus on how to transform processes and people to achieve immediate improvement. He has a unique blend of technical, business, project management, and leadership skills that allow me to reach audiences of all levels and identify appropriate practices to employ in the organization to maximize efficiency and productivity.

Fun Fact: Bryan enjoys outdoor activities, especially those involving adrenaline – and spending time with his wife and four children.

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Samar Elatta

Samar Elatta

Enterprise Transformation Coach | Trainer

Samar is a results-oriented change agent focused on transforming and optimizing organizations for high performance. She is passionate about coaching product teams on lean product discovery and coaching the development teams on agile software development. Organizational change and especially transformational change is hard. It requires positive energy, strategic thinking, long-term and short-term planning.  But above all the ability to work with people day to day to make things happen and deliver value is what she loves to do… Through servant leadership, effective facilitation, and infusing the team with positive energy, her goal is to transform work into a place people enjoy coming to everyday.

Fun Facts: Samar is from Sudan and her first language is Arabic. She was a guest on Oprah – ask her about it!

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Elkhair Elkhair

Elkhair Elkhair

Uber Developer

Elkhair is an Uber Developer who has made significant contributions to our AgilityHealth assessment tool. He is a master of Java Script, JQuery, PHP, and many other cool technologies that we can’t pronounce. On the personal side he loves gardening and planting unique vegetables and spices.

Fun Fact: His first and last name match 🙂

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Registrations

Please register for any of the public courses below or contact us to arrange for a private on-site workshop at your location. Our group rates are very competitive and course evaluations are exceptional! We deliver many of our courses domestically in the US and Internationally.

NRECA

NRECA

Focus: Enterprise Agile Coaching, Training | Industry: Electric Cooperative

“If you want to learn how to successfully implement agile or want to improve how your organization delivers value, I highly recommend Agile Transformation to guide you on your journey. Twenty-eight co-workers and I attended the Effective Requirements Gathering class and it was a fantastic learning opportunity into the world of requirements elicitation and documentation. With an initial focus on breadth and visioning at a higher level, we then learned practical techniques to deep dive into the depth of the requirements (business rules, acceptance tests, UI prototype, activity diagram). Sally is a gifted trainer with a passion in helping others improve. Her enthusiasm is contagious.” -July 26, 2011

“We’re seeing significantly more meeting invites with a clear purpose, deliverables and agenda. Also seeing people asking for this in the meetings they have been invited to attend. We’re hearing positive feedback from meeting participants on how well meetings are being run. Good Stuff! You’ve made a very positive impact at NRECA, and I suspect that we’re seeing only the tip of the iceberg.” – Oct 28th, 2011

EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services

Focus: Agile Training | Industry: Electronic & Print Subscription

Bryan is both a passionate and knowledgeable trainer. He has the ability to make complicated topics very clear and presentable to people with a non-technical background. Additionally, he is very personable and willing to take time with class participants as individuals and explain in depth the topics covered in class. He is one of those rare trainers who has both the technical chops and theoretical knowledge that makes for a remarkable training experience. I would recommend him to anyone contemplating implementing Agile in their enterprise. – Sr Software Developer

Northern Natural Gas

Northern Natural Gas

Focus:Agile Coaching – Multiple Projects | Industry: Gas Transportation

“Our Agile Coach brought a great deal of expertise and energy to our company. Her efforts to mentor us in the use of agile development methodologies has been extremely valuable. She did an excellent job applying Agile practices to real-life business problems. In the natural gas transportation business there is a huge learning curve relative to terminology and business processes. Her ability to quickly adapt to this environment and move us forward on several significant development efforts has been very impressive. I highly recommend her.” – Director of Customer Service Administration

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

VP Claims at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Agile Transformation provided the catalyst to tranform the culture of my team. The Servant Leadership course starts the transformation by focusing on the essential characteristics and skills of a leader dedicated to supporting and developing their team. Further Facilitation classes and team building address more specific skills. Agile Transformation worked with us to help develop strategy, resolve conflict and consistently produce high performing teams. Agile Transformation willingly adjusted their strategy and course work to accommodate our service team and our Lean Program. I strongly recommend them.

Susan Courtney

Susan Courtney

SVP Technology and Operations & CIO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

I could not more strongly recommend Agile Transformation. They were absolutely critical to a very successful transformation of our Information Services department. We worked with them to define our vision, roadmap and supporting execution plan – and it has paid off. We have bridged the gap that we previously had between IS and our business partners, we have a much more empowered and high performing enterprise, and we have truly transformed our culture! Thank you Agile Transformation!!

Other Workshop

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What You’ll Learn

  • Why Agile? A background into its evolution.
  • The Agile values and principles
  • What is Scrum? Who are the Roles? What is the Process?
  • Compare and Contrast Agile and Scrum roles to traditional roles and responsibilities.
  • The Agile Lifecycle – Big Picture
  • Planning your Release and building the backlog
  • Identifying and writing good stories
  • Methods for prioritizing and sizing stories
  • Sprint 0 – The critical one!
  • Sprint Planning and task estimating
  • Daily Scrum Meeting
  • Sprint Review and retrospective
  • The pre-release sprint
  • Why Agile and Scrum are Adopted
  • How Agile can fail!

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • You will practice all the core Scrum practices end-to-end.
  • You will learn real world creative techniques for estimating, story identification and prioritization that our real world practitioners use on their projects!
  • We use an end to end example project scenario for maximum learning retention!
  • For private courses, we can use YOUR company project as our sample.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets that will support you on your projects.

Agile Overview for Executives & Leaders

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What You’ll Learn

  • Why Agile? A background into its evolution.
  • The Agile values and principles
  • What is Scrum? Who are the Roles? What is the Process?
  • Compare and Contrast Agile and Scrum roles to traditional roles and responsibilities.
  • The Agile Lifecycle – Big Picture
  • Planning your Release and building the backlog
  • Identifying and writing good stories
  • Methods for prioritizing and sizing stories
  • Sprint 0 – The critical one!
  • Sprint Planning and task estimating
  • Daily Scrum Meeting
  • Sprint Review and retrospective
  • The pre-release sprint
  • Why Agile and Scrum are Adopted
  • How Agile can fail!

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • You will practice all the core Scrum practices end-to-end.
  • You will learn real world creative techniques for estimating, story identification and prioritization that our real world practitioners use on their projects!
  • We use an end to end example project scenario for maximum learning retention!
  • For private courses, we can use YOUR company project as our sample.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets that will support you on your projects.

Scrum Process

Intro to Scrum Videos

This is the most popular and most watched series that introduces you to the core of Scrum including the main roles, process, artifacts and important terms used. If you are new to Agile this is where you should start!

Agile Team Roles

Agile Team Roles

Dig deeper into the various Agile Roles, including the 3 Scrum Roles. You will explore how traditional roles such as Sponsors, Management, Project Manager, Analyst, Developer, Tester change on an Agile Team.

What Our Customers Say

Susan Courtney

SVP Technology and Operations & CIO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

I could not more strongly recommend Agile Transformation. They were absolutely critical to a very successful transformation of our Information Services department. We worked with them to define our vision, roadmap and supporting execution plan – and it has paid off. We have bridged the gap that we previously had between IS and our business partners, we have a much more empowered and high performing enterprise, and we have truly transformed our culture! Thank you Agile Transformation!!!