Gordon Kranz

Gordon Kranz

Customer Success Manager
Gordon has over 33 years of technical and program management defense acquisition experience managing complex weapon systems. Gordon is responsible for bringing Agile transformation to the government domain. Gordon spent his career helping organizations improve the art of technical, cost, and schedule project management. Gordon’s passion is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration to resolve difficult issues. Gordon has spent the last 8 years working with the Government and DoD contractors to make sense out of performing integrated program management in a heavily regulated industry. The blending of Agile and Earned Value Management in the Government is an emerging issue that must be resolved.

Fun Fact: Gordon’s priority is his family, his vices are fishing, golfing, and the Minnesota Vikings.

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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.

PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Certification

This exciting new PMI® certification is for practitioners in any Agile role who want to demonstrate their Agile skills and knowledge. Our PMI-ACP® exam prep training will help you prepare for passing the certification exam and give you the 21 education contact hours required.

The cost of the class is $1295 USD if you register 30 days in advance, otherwise $1395 USD. You also receive a free 90 day license to AgileExams.com where you can take practice exams to help you prepare.

Our PMI-ACP® Certification class also qualifies you for the Certified ICAgile Professional Certification, intended for anyone entering the Agile world. If desired, an additional $40 certification fee applies.

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

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

Software Development Manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart

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.

Glenn Peterson

Glenn Peterson

Senior Systems Analyst at ConAgra Foods

Our organization has utilized Agile Transformation extensively for activating Agile principles and processes at our organization. Agile Transformations has been with us since month one of our Agile Implementation effort and we continue to leverage them to support our growth as we mature in Agile. The consulting services, training, guidance and materials provided are all of the highest quality.

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.
Transformation!!!

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!!!

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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.