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We teach, train, facilitate, and coach talented individuals, teams, and organizations to realize their full potential as effective leaders. We leverage a network of instructors and coaches who share our core values.
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Anil Jaising

Certified Trainer for Training From The BACK of The Room & Certified Scrum Trainer

Anil is a passionate Certified Scrum Trainer CST® whose focus is to design and deliver an immersive experience in both in-person and virtual training. Anil is a certified Training from the BACK of the Room trainer and co-authored instructional design for the virtual edition of TBR. In his training learners discover and learn by exploration and games instead of being subjected to boring lectures or use of slides. Anil is one of the 12 approved trainers that deliver the TBR-Virtual Edition to train other trainers in building instructional design for an engaging and interactive learning experience. Anil teaches Scrum, Brain based TBR-VE, DevOps and public cloud workshops.

     Anil collaborates with several clients on creating experiential training for several topics under the Agile umbrella as well as on technical topics like DevOps and Cloud Adoption. With his strong technical experience, Anil has driven large transformation programs to have teams adopt the public cloud at scale and leverage cloud infrastructure to adopt good technical practices and deliver quality products and become an effective team.

     Anil speaks regularly at several global conferences and volunteers and reviews speaker proposals for Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance gatherings. He is a co-organizer of Big Apple Scrum Day and New York Scrum User Group.

Anil’s workshops are designed to enable the 7Cs of effective teaching (Care, Confer, Captivate, Clarify, Consolidate, Challenge, and Classroom Management). The learner’s get immersed in an engaging experience that connects with them at various levels and by exploration, failing and then succeeding they complete their learning objectives and retain the knowledge in their long term memory. Adding to this real life experiences from Anil’s background help the learner to apply and leverage these stories in their own organizations.

     Anil offers private and public workshops eligible for the CSM credentials through Scrum Alliance, the most widely recognized certifications in Agile and Scrum as well as Training from the BACK of the Room developed by Sharon Bowman and several key DevOps and Cloud adoption training.

Kriti Jaising

Certified Trainer for Training from the Back of The Room, Certified Scrum Master

Hi, my name is Kriti Jaising Founder & CEO of Concepts & Beyond. I am a facilitative trainer and instructional designer. I believe in making learning fun and “Training from the BACK of the Room” gives me the ability and framework to transform any learning material into an interactive & engaging experience. I had the rare opportunity to contribute in creating the TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class with Sharon and 11 other great trainers from around the world. I have over 25 years of experience in advertising, traditional & digital marketing, consumer research, events management and training.  I’ve also implemented the values of TBR into sales, consumer research, and education, thus improving the quality of learning as a whole. You can follow me on Twitter @Kriti Jaising and connect on LinkedIn HERE.

Valerio Zanini

Agile Product innovation - Certified Scrum Trainer, SPC
I’m an Agile & Product consultant and trainer. I have taught Agile, Scrum, Product Innovation, and SAFe classes for several years in both private and public settings, and have helped several Fortune 100 organizations with their Agile, Product, and SAFe implementations. Over a 20+ year career, I have led product and technology teams across a spectrum of industries, with the unifying themes of empowering and mentoring those I work with and creating products that customers love. As an Agile & Product trainer and coach, I excel at helping teams spark product innovation, especially in the spaces where the teams are struggling to deliver the right product or where uncertainty and lack of a clear solution are the biggest challenges. My passion is for creating digital experiences that customers love and supporting the teams that make the magic real.

Linda Fung

Certified Trainer for Training From The Back Of The Room, ACSM, CSPO
An accomplished IT Professional with an open mindset to embrace and adapt to changes. Highly collaborative with the ability to learn fast and solve problems independently. An aspiring trainer who is passionate about teaching and making learning fun and engaging!

Shazia Mirza

Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master

I’m the wizard behind the curtain for Concepts & Beyond. Scrum Master for all the organization’s inner working. Responsible for all the go to market channels for training. Day to day coordination of our Agile and DevOps training. I manage to coordinate with our partners. I’m certified scrum product owner and certified scrum master.

Taghi Paksima

Enterprise & Leadership Agility Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer

Taghi is an Enterprise & Leadership Agility Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. He has been in software/IT industry for over 20 years and has served different roles in Agile environments since 2008. He brings a unique mixture of leadership, technical, and agile experience gathered through working with a multitude of companies, from Fortune 100 organisations to start-ups. He takes joy and pride in helping companies, product and leadership teams explore better, leaner, and more Agile versions of themselves. In particular, he supports companies with Agile transformation, organisational change, leadership development, scaling and de-scaling, and value stream optimisation. Taghi speaks at public events promoting a holistic approach to product development involving a strong focus on people; the human aspect of work.

Some of the companies he has supported are: Microsoft, Siemens, Bosch, Infineon Technologies, DocuWare, Siemens Mobility, T-Systems.

He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with Scrum Alliance, Certified Leadership Agility Coach with ChangeWise, Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) with Scaled Agile Inc, Certified Kanban Management Professional (KMP) with Lean Kanban University and Certified Professional – Enterprise Agile Coaching (ICP-ENT) with International Consortium for Agile.

Taghi is the founder of AgileUplift. He is also the founder of Agile Munich, an independent public community of practice with over 3000 members.