Testimonials

If you’re thinking about getting your scrum certification, I can’t recommend Chris Sims enough. I had two great days (read: FUN!).


Sarah (Clevinger) Ley
WW Head of Marketing, Fitstation HP
2020


It was valuable learning, good fun, and good networking. I highly recommend it!


Amy Dexter, PhD
Coach, Defend & Publish
2020


The team felt the training was extremely beneficial; you got a lot of kudos in our retrospective. We’ve switched to doing backlog refinement every week, following your techniques. The results have been really good.


Pragnya Alwar
Senior Engineer, Dolby Laboratories
2020


We asked Chris the tricky questions that we have been struggling with for some time. He took them head-on, giving directly applicable advice and relevant follow-up content for every curve ball we threw at him. Chris focused on the value of the scrum rituals, rather than “do this because the book says so.” The scrum simulation, Once Upon A Scrum, was a fun, frantic exercise that required us to constantly evolve.


Stephen George
Software Engineering Manager, Kenna Security
2020


The hands on exercises were great. The way you used the video conferencing technology made it as effective as in person. Thank you again for the great two days!


Kris Schultz
Director Software Engineering, Kenna Security
2020


The Agile Learning Labs CSM training is hands down one of the best professional development events I’ve attended. Having experienced your in-person classes and the virtual ones, I was impressed with how you transformed activities such as the Scrum Roles Game Show to fit the online environment. The new simulations in the online class were fun and I learned new ways to approach my work as a non-technical scrum master.


Paula Espinoza MEd.
Improvement Advisor, Marshall Street Initiatives
2020


Your training has been invaluable; my team and I have learned a lot. The techniques and alignment we’ve gained have enabled us to move forward very quickly with process changes and everyone is much more engaged, and much happier.


David La France
Vice President of Engineering, Synack, Inc.
2019


I have to say thanks for your excellent scrum training. Our company is energized and feels far more effective after just one week.


Dave Spivack
Director of Production and Operations, Treasure8
2018


Your workshop was the catalyst for a lot of changes here at Motoshop. Everyone is bought into the new process and we’re getting better collaboration, transparency, and teamwork. We’re just a couple of sprints in and still working out the kinks, but it already has been a big improvement!


Bobby Chen
Director of Product Management and Engineering, Motoshop
2017


Our team valued the training quite a bit. We still refer to it and we’ve made real improvements in our scrum process.


Max Wheeler
Director of Engineering, Microsoft
2017


I am impressed with how you transform people and their thinking in the course of 2 days training. I have been practicing what you taught us for the past one month and I am a smiling certified scrum master now! See you again soon for my CSPO training.


Ashish Yadav
Program Manager, Cohere Technologies inc.
2016


The training was everything I had hoped for! Engaging, fun, and informative!


Ron Ho
Program Manager, Spirent
2016


I don’t think I’ve ever gained this much insight in this little time before. Your teaching style is outstanding and your personal approach fosters a great learning environment. I left your class greatly encouraged and highly motivated. Thank you.


Thor Ekle
Owner, 1299 design
2014


One of the best professional training courses I’ve attended, period. Thanks, Chris!


Rishi Nayar
Director Engineering, Sybase – SAP
2012


Agile Learning Labs stands apart from many agile/scrum houses. They use immersion to teach. Much like the best way to learn a language is to live with native speakers, Agile Learning Labs teaches scrum, using scrum. Their approach goes beyond seeing the theory; it engages the ‘muscle memory’ of doing. Even the executive workshop was interactive. The workshops & coaching I’ve had with Agile Learning Labs always leave me not only with new perspectives, but also practical new ways to advance agile in my teams.


Bernie Maloney
Director of Product & Program Management, Tivo
2011


I want to thank you for your awesome class delivery. You and David hit all the marks in terms of the environment you set up, the level of student participation, the relevance of the material, the practicality, and the sheer enjoyment of learning. I hope we meet again in a training or workshop soon.


Mark McGee
Directory Product Development, TSYS
2011


The CSM workshop was very helpful! We worked through many advanced topics beyond just the basics of scrum. It was incredibly applicable to our real work.


Kristen Tavelli
Software Engineer, Vertafore
2011


I came into the CSM training as an experienced agile practitioner who had very recently adopted scrum as the official process framework being used at my company. I was very pleasantly surprised with a wealth of information to confirm the things we already did well and offer many new ideas or tweaks to bring our team closer to the coveted efficiency of a “High Performing Team.” Whether you are new to the world of agile and scrum or looking for ways to revitalize and improve your team, I highly recommend any of the courses put on by Agile Learning Labs.


Todd VanHouten
Software Developer, Vertafore
2011


The training today delivered way more value than expected–thanks for an excellent learning experience! I honestly feel 5x more confident about grooming my backlog, writing/organizing/prioritizing stories and dealing with stakeholders than I did yesterday. You answered all questions very well, and kept a very friendly, open feel to the session, which encouraged conversation and debate. Nice work!


Greta Conlon
Senior Product Planning Manager, EFI
2010


This was a true experience of learning by doing…. Agile Learning Labs did a terrific job of instilling the concept and practice of scrum to a class of scrum newbies in a relatively compressed two-day workshop. I came away not only as a Certified ScrumMaster, but with a lot of useful insights and the goal of elevating my organizations to the level of being true Scrum practitioners.


Drew Powers
Newsletter Editor, SF Bay PMI
2010


Unmitigatedly positive responses from the training. A couple of folks told me it was the best training they’ve ever had at Autodesk. My proof was how yesterday’s sprint planning meeting went. It was a 3x improvement. Truly incredible to watch. They took their training directly from the classroom to the scrum room.


Randolph Harrison
Senior Director Enterprise Architecture and Applications, Autodesk
2010


Chris is a remarkably good teacher, coach and advocate for scrum and other agile approaches to software development. I love how he translates principles into hands-on exercises and games that drill lessons home more deeply than any sets of words, oral or written. Even with my 10 years experience with agile, I look to Chris as my agile mentor and guide.


Ron Lichty
Author of Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams
2010


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