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Meet Our Training Experts

Our training experts, all Agile practitioners, include Certified Scrum Trainers (CST), Accredited Kanban Trainers (AKT), industry experts and published authors. They are recognized throughout the industry, leading local Agile, Scrum and business analysis user groups while also speaking at local, national and international Agile conferences.

Richard Cheng

Chief Product Owner and CST at Excella Training, Richard provides training and consulting services to commercial and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. He coaches, mentors, and trains clients in understanding and implementing Agile and Scrum.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Richard is a founder and on the executive committee of the Agile Delivery for Agencies, Programs, and Teams (ADAPT), an Agile government task force. He has also authored several publications on project management, presented at Agile and PMI sponsored industry events, is a member of Mensa, and holds certifications including CST, CSM, CSPO, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified LeSS Practitioner, Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).

Classes

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO), and Agile and Scrum in a Day

 


Dr. Patrick McConnell

Agile Coach and CST at Excella, Patrick specializes in Agile Transformation in the Public Sector and Scaling Agile Frameworks. A criminologist by training, Patrick transitioned from developing geospatial applications in Agile Teams to coaching and training Agile methods and frameworks. He has served as an Agile Coach and Trainer for over 50 US Government organizations, as well as the States of Alabama, Maryland, and New York.

Classes

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO), and Agile and Scrum in a Day

 

 


Trent Hone

Managing Consultant at Excella, Trent is a Lean Kanban University AKT. He provides consulting services to commercial and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Trent coaches, mentors, and trains clients in understanding their systems and improving them through Kanban and other Lean and Agile methods. In 2015, he was a finalist for Lean Kanban’s Brickell Key award for excellence in the Kanban community.

Classes

Team Kanban Practitioner, Certified Kanban System Design (KMP I), and Certified Kanban Management Progessional (KMP II)

 

 


Mark Grove

Agile Coach and Management Consultant with Excella and an ICAgile Authorized Trainer and Lean Kanban University AKT, Mark coaches individuals and teams to continuously deliver value to the customer by embracing an Agile mindset while maximizing business performance and team potential. He provides coaching and facilitation expertise on a variety of Agile topics as well as creates and delivers training on a broad range of Agile subjects. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems and multiple Agile certifications from various certifying organizations.

Classes

User Story Workshop (USW), Team Kanban Practitioner, Certified Kanban System Design (KMP I), and Certified Kanban Management Progessional (KMP II)

 

 


Sean Killeen

A .NET Specialty Area Lead and Managing Consultant with Excella, Sean currently serves as the technical lead for a team of 12 on a project that was rated more complex than the moon landing. Over his 15+ years of software delivery, he has developed a love for Agile principles and automation and has employed them with great success. He is passionate about helping others “level up” their skills and continually improving his own. Sean is an ICAgile Authorized Instructor and holds certifications including Certified Scrum Developer (CSD), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and ITIL v3 Foundations. In his spare time, you can find him speaking in the Washington metropolitan area, pretending to understand how to fix things in his new home, singing, or blogging at SeanKilleen.com.

Classes

Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) and Certified Agile Testing and Automation (CATA)

 

 


Noura Saad

An Agile Product Coach at Excella, Noura has broad experience in the IT profession serving a wide variety of disciplines including software development, business process and requirements analysis, and Agile coaching. She coaches and mentors individuals and teams to continuously improve and deliver value by adopting an Agile mindset. Noura holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Sciences and is an ICAgile Authorized Instructor. She also holds certifications including Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

Class

Certified Agile Testing and Automation (CATA)

 

 


Stephanie Vineyard

A Business Analysis Service Lead at Excella, Stephanie provides consulting services to commercial and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Stephanie coaches, mentors, and trains clients in improving their product backlog and product delivery using iterative, incremental methods. She holds a Certified Scrum Professional designation and presents at national conferences such as Business Analysis World and Building Business Capabilities.

Class

User Story Workshop (USW)

 

 

 


Luiz Quintela (Q)

An Agile Trainer at Excella, Q has 30 years of experience in multiple industries, including healthcare, financial services, insurance, oil and gas, chemicals, energy, and a Scrum practitioner since 2006. Q was trained by and co-trained with Dr. Jeff Sutherland in [email protected] He hosts 4 – 6 free online coaching sessions for [email protected] monthly for the US and Europe as well as 2 – 3 free online coaching sessions for Scrum monthly for the US. He lived in many countries, speaks multiple languages, and has been practicing Karate since the age of 6 and has been an instructor since the age of 13. He held leadership positions including establishing and being responsible for the operation of an overseas subsidiary while also leading projects in virtualization, product development, Azure, DevOps, and scaling Scrum, delivering cost-effective and innovative solutions throughout his career.

Class

Certified [email protected] Practitioner ([email protected])
 


Jill Stott

Agile trainer and coach at Excella Training, Jill has decades of experience working in different IT roles and has led many organizations through successful Agile transformations. Jill ensures her classes are highly informative, engaging, and fun(!). She has trained thousands of people of diverse roles and organizational levels (virtually and in-person) on a variety of Agile topics and specializes in coaching the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Over 95% of her participants passed the SAFe exam. She has both a detailed knowledge of SAFe and practical experience applying it and has personally led many diverse organizations through the SAFe Implementation Roadmap from start to finish.

Class

Leading SAFe® – Certified SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA)