Certified Trainers

(Page updated September 2021)

Certified Trainers for
“Training from the BACK of the Room!”

As of September 2021, there are over 375 professional trainers from over a dozen countries world-wide who have been certified/licensed to teach Sharon Bowman’s globally acclaimed, in-person 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class, based on the best-selling book by the same name.

There are also 12 TBR Certified Trainers who, throughout 2020, were involved in creating the official, 5-module, TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class and who are certified to teach this virtual class both publicly and privately. During 2021, about 16 more TBR Certified Trainers will have completed the VE Certification/Licensing process to become TBR-VE Certified Trainers.

This page serves as an introduction to many of the active TBR Certified Trainers (listed in alphabetical order). “Active” means that they have presented (or will be presenting) in-person TBR Practitioner Classes or virtual TBR-VE Classes for either public, private, or non-profit organizations.

In addition to the in-person TBR Practitioner Class and the virtual TBR-VE Class, many Certified Trainers also present TBR concepts at national or global conferences. Others offer private TBR programs solely for their own companies and clients. Still others write about TBR for blogs, podcasts, websites, and other online venues.

All Certified Trainers function as independent consultants and, as such, they set their own pricing, venues, and registration information for TBR classes.

Public TBR Practitioner Classes and TBR-VE Classes for 2021 are posted on the Public Training Calendar page of this website. If you wish to contact a TBR Certified Trainer for a specific country not listed on this page, please send Sharon an email inquiry at sbowperson@gmail.com.

Active TBR Certified Trainers 

Aland Acuna, Washington D.C. Metro Area, USA
I am Aland Acuna, CEO of Acuna Consulting Inc, an Agile solutions company that focuses on coaching, consulting and training in the areas of Enterprise Agile Transformation, Leadership and cultural development,  Test Automation and DevOps. Through my practices as a Lean-Agile Enterprise coach, trainer, and speaker I’ve found that the way we learn is directly reflected on how we are taught. My passion is creating fun, engaging and memorable learning experiences that spark creativity and innovation in the learners. Join one of our exciting and skill-enhancing trainings in the US, Europe, Asia or South America! Please visit our website at Acuna Consulting and read our interview to learn more about us. I look forward to connecting with  you on LinkedIn.

Sarah Baca Sarah Baca, Florida, USA
I’m Sarah Baca, the founder and CEO of Nerdy Knights, LLC. I have been coaching and teaching for over a decade. I’m currently an Agile coach and trainer for companies interested in increasing effectiveness through courageous change. I am passionate about using brain science to help teams make conscious connections and continually improve. I believe that we all have a right to love what we do and to bring our whole selves to work. I use “Training from the BACK of the Room” skills to coach software teams and to create courses that excite people about learning. I have used TBR techniques at Orlando Code Camp, the Agile 2015 International Conference, and for several local meetup groups. You can follow me on Twitter @sjbaca3.

Jean-Paul Bayley, England
Trainer Certification Course (TCC) Certifier
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certifier
I’m Jean-Paul Bayley,  partner of Actineo Consulting LLP  –  a Business Agility Consultancy. People say that I am a “very competent, good natured facilitator.” I’ve been helping people be the best that they can be for many years. My mission is to share how to create fun, engaging and memorable learning experiences. Using the skills that I have honed during my career as a consultant, coach, and trainer, I now help individuals, teams, and organisations achieve their professional goals. I facilitate processes for organisations and teams that unleash what they know and how they can apply this to get to where they want to be. Be sure to read my blog posts on Sharon’s website: Small Trumps Large when Training Online and When Everything is Suddenly Virtual, as well as others: 3 Anti-Patterns of Training,  Anti-Patterns of Training – Part Two and TBR, Psychological Safety, and C1-Connection Activities. You can follow me on Twitter @jpbayley. I am also a TCC Certifier and a TBR-VE Certifier. For more information about how to become a TBR Certified Trainer, you can email me at jp.bayley@actineo.email.


Victor Bonacci, California, USA
I’m IT specialist and avid Agile Coach Vic Bonacci. In 2012, I created Agile Coffee for the purpose of bringing together the local Agile/Lean community around a focal point of conversations. As more trainer/coaches joined this online community, they exchanged many creative ideas – and consumed a lot of coffee! My use of the moniker “Agile Coffee” owes as much to the Lean Coffee (and What is Lean Coffee?) movement as to my own love for the roasted bean. You can find my 
podcast about “Training from the BACK of the Room” on Sharon’s blog HERE and on my blog HERE.

Audrey Boydston, Greater Chicago Area, Illinois, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
“I’m Audrey Boydston, an experienced Lean-Agile coach, mentor, trainer, speaker and SAFe Program Consultant with Thoughtful Agile.  I am passionate about the value Agile delivers and focus on facilitating increased collaboration for delivery teams and creating an environment that fosters sustainable transformations.  As a TBR Certified Trainer, my focus is on engaging my audience and creating a love for lifelong learning through each workshop I create and deliver.  I am an avid runner and usually come up with my most unique coaching and facilitation ideas while training for half marathons.  You can find me on LinkedIn or Twitter @Agile_Audrey.

kimbrainardKim Brainard, Washington D.C. Metro Area, USA
I’m Kim Brainard, founder of Agile Brain. I am an energetic trainer, facilitator, and coach who is passionate about community and effective communication. My fusion for real-life stories and conversational techniques allow me to connect with audiences of all walks of life on an intimate and intense level. I am skilled in building interaction and collaboration among educators, organizations, and teams to drive change, support key objectives, and maximize value creation. I hold training courses that unleash creativity and innovation. You can follow me on Twitter @agilebrain1.

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Tricia Broderick, Colorado, USA
I’m Tricia Broderick, an 
experienced leader, coach, mentor, trainer, and speaker with Agile For All. I’m passionately focused on the facilitation of high-performance software development environment. I bring seventeen years of experience to my training work, including the last eight years of focus with an Agile mindset. I leverage and openly share work experience stories and examples to inspire people, especially managers and leaders, to reach new heights through continuous reflection, both as individuals and as members of innovative teams.  You can follow me on Twitter @t_broderick.

Laurie Brown, Michigan, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

Hi I am Laurie Brown, founder and CEO of Laurie Brown Communications, based in Detroit, Michigan. I work with leaders and teams who want to  communicate more effectively. I have over twenty years of experience training, coaching, speaking and consulting.  I have an international clientele and I have worked on four continents and in numerous countries. My sessions are fun, effective and a safe place where people can learn and grow. You can learn more about me at www.lauriebrown.com – I look forward to connecting with you.

Peter Byström, Sweden
I’m Peter Byström and I’m an independent Agile coach and trainer with experience from the public sector to the gaming industry. I like to work with teams and develop high quality products as well as working with management groups and leaders on Agile culture and organizational transformation. I mostly use experience-based learning methods combined with theory and practical exercises to obtain deep knowledge about Agile methods and values. Seeing other people grow and learn about new things is a real passion of mine and I use “Training from the BACK of the Room” to help participants do awesome things wherever they go.

Lee Carpenter, North Carolina, USA
I’m Lee Carpenter, a lifetime instructor and trainer currently working through the local community college to help students pursue their project management, business analysis, or Agile certifications.  I love to facilitate learning and help students as well as presenters understand that learning can be exciting and fun.  Learner engagement and participation is the focus of all classes that I facilitate whether for children or adults.  Seeing participants walk away excited about the content and truly grasping what was presented because of their active involvement in my class is the highlight of my day. 


José Casal, Europe & Latin America
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I’m José Casal, partner of Actineo Consulting LLP – a Business Agility Consultancy based in the United Kingdom. I have had a long career working as a developer, coach, trainer and facilitator. In a classroom setting, people say that I create “excellent learning environments where people can explore their ideas.” I love setting up creative and safe spaces where people can thrive. My courses manage to combine a balanced blend of scheduled content and unplanned “rabbit holes” led by the needs of the course participants. This makes every class different and this is consistently reflected in the course feedback. You can read my articles on the Actineo Blog, follow me on Twitter and connect on Linkedin.


Jeffrey Davidson, Texas, USA
I’m Jeffrey Davidson, a strong people leader with the proven ability to build exceptionally strong teams. I am experienced at coaching staff and teams transitioning to Agile and Lean development methodologies. I am also experienced with strategic planning, including strategy plan development, communication, organizational alignment, and execution. I specialize in quickly developing comprehensive requirements for large software projects as a Senior Business Analyst for Raytheon, Dell, Ebay, and other clients. You can find more information on my website and blog at Good Requirements.

Salah Elleithy, Washington D.C. Metro Area, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I am Salah Elleithy, a passionate Agile Coach, Agile Project Manager, Business Analyst. and highly motivated Information Technology (IT) Project Leader. I am also the president and founder of Spark Agility, an Agile company that provides project management, business analysis, and Agile BI (performance metrics) with a focus on Organizational Agility. We help clients in the federal and commercial domains improve project delivery lifecycle through the use of a value driven approach. Please read my article in InfoQ: Applying the 4Cs Map to Enhancing Team Performance.

Shannon Ewan, Illinois, USA
I’m Shannon Ewan, an experienced trainer, facilitator, agile coach, long-time consultant, advocate of empowered teams, and proud team member of ICAgile. I enjoy keeping people on their toes and having them return the favor, not just in value-generating productivity, but in witty banter. I bring nearly two decades of experience to my training work, including agile transformation work in the commercial and government sectors, agile leadership and delivery for software teams, and international project management in the US Peace Corps. Brain-based learning and coaching is my passion. It is the key to happiness in the workplace and sustainable Business Agility. You can follow me on Twitter @ShannonEwan.

Nicole Fleming, Kentucky, USA
Trainer Certification Course (TCC) Certifier
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certifier

I’m Nicole Fleming, co-founder of Fleming Services LLC. I’ve always been fascinated by how people learn and absorb information and now I’m combining two of my passions – teaching and professional development – in order to help people grow. I have observed and helped facilitate hundreds of training classes in a wide variety of formats and venues. Learner interest and engagement have always been major components of all the workshops and classes I facilitate. As a Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK of the Room,” I take what I have learned from the experts in brain-based instruction and Agile Leadership and apply my own unique perspective and approach to all the training programs I facilitate. I am also a TCC Certifier and a TBR-VE Certifier. For more information about how to become a TBR Certified Trainer, you can email me at nicole@flemingservices.biz.

Teri Frith, Bournemouth, England
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I’m Teri Frith, a Bournemouth-based (UK) TBR Certified Trainer.  My career has taken me from teaching in mainstream schools to the world of software development where I work alongside technical specialists at all stages of their careers to grow and develop their technological and leadership skills. I am especially lucky because I have first-hand access to what participants really think about the various technical (and other) training courses they attend, and I apply this feedback in my own training practices alongside the brain science principles. I particularly enjoy running the TBR courses because they are a constant source of delight for participants. Please visit my website at www.TFTraining.co.uk for information about the “Training from the BACK of the Room” classes I offer to private clients in Europe and the UK. 

Ellen Grove, Canada
Ellen Grove, an Agile Coach and trainer who works with teams in organizations of all shapes and sizes to help them work more effectively through Agile thinking and practices. My work is shaped by over 15 years experience working in software development, a passion for user-centered design, and a background in community organization. Log onto our website at BrainScience to find out more information about our Canada public “Training from the BACK of the Room” Practitioner Classes and on-site courses. Our trainers have been using brain science teaching methods for many years while delivering organization effectiveness, Agile, and Scrum training.

Rune Hansen, Denmark
I am Rune Hansen, founder of Next Level Agile ApS – an Agile Consultancy. I am passionate about empowering people, teams and individuals to grow, with the belief that people tend to have a lot more potential than they think. I have a strong track record of creating learning environments characterized by trust, cooperation and continuous learning, in settings where this was not the case at the outset. A memorable example was a volunteer project conducted in a Red Cross asylum camp with a group of 10 nationalities. As a trainer I am considered knowledgeable, as well as curious, with a strong ability to make the learning objectives relevant to the learners attending.

Torsten Werchmeister Hansen, Denmark
I’m Torsten Werchmeister Hansen. As an experienced coach, facilitator and trainer, I have helped companies and teams in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA have deeper and more meaningful conversations at training events, in workshops and in everyday meetings. I believe most of what we do at work involves an element of learning; therefore, I am excited to be able to share my own “Training from the BACK of the Room” experience at courses in Denmark and elsewhere.

Shane Hastie, New Zealand
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I’m Shane Hastie, the Director of Agile Learning Programs for ICAgile. I’m based in New Zealand and work all around the world. I’m an ardent Agilist and have been a professional trainer & coach for the last 15 years.  I firmly believe that the humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today, and I use TBR to help people “get” what it means to really BE agile.  Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.  I am the Lead Editor for Culture & Methods on InfoQ.com and the host of the InfoQ Engineering Culture podcast.

Mat Hayes, Coventry, UK
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
Hi, I’m Mat Hayes. I am a training consultant, executive coach, and I’m also very active in the Agile community. I love improvisation, mindfulness and listening to people. I love to bring a sense of kindness and playfulness in whatever I do. The moment I came across TBR I just knew it was going to be a passion of mine. My favourite thing to do is create immersive and interesting workshop and mixing things up as much as possible. TBR has quite literally changed my life! I am trained to deliver TBR in person or virtually, and I’m always happy to help others with their workshops by building their ideas. You can find me at Mat Hayes Coaching.

Matthew Hughes, Missouri, USA
I’m Matthew Hughes, a transformation coach who partners with product and engineering leaders, managers, and teams to identify and implement the exact changes organizations want and need. I love helping organizations overcome their most stubborn obstacles so they can unleash their creativity, innovation and passion for improving outcomes and experiences. I model and teach how to ask great questions, make learning and work fun via brain-based practices, share what we know, actively listen and embrace feedback, uphold our agreements, engage in healthy conflict, and celebrate the entire journey. You can find out more about what I do on my website at Matthew Hughes Consulting.

Malene M. B. Jacobsen, South Africa
I’m Malene Jacobsen, an energetic Agile coach and trainer at Agile of Course. My mantra is: “Life is too short for boring sessions that do not add value” and that is why the TBR principles such as including physical movement and dialogue, have become ingrained in the way I design and structure my workshops, talks, and training sessions. My passion is to help people and companies achieve their true potential by using the agile mindset of continuous improvement. You can follow me on twitter @MaleneMBJ

Anil Jaising, Greater New York City Area, New York, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I am
Anil Jaising and I lead Concepts & Beyond, an Agile, DevOps and organizational change training and consulting firm. My role is focused on Agile, product management, and organizational change. I am also charged with changing mindsets of senior executives and teams. From the beginning of my career in 1993, I realized that if I wanted my audience to experience and learn new ideas, I had to deliver impactful presentations and facilitate them effectively. “Training from the BACK of the Room” has dramatically changed how I deliver my workshops and the impact it has made on my audiences, both in-person and now in the Virtual Edition. I had the rare opportunity to contribute in the creation of the TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class with other great trainers from around the world. You can reach me HERE  or on Twitter @aniljaising.

Kriti Jaising, Greater New York City Area, New York, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

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.

Jolene Jangles, Missouri, USA
I’m Jolene Jangles, founder and transformation coach for Balanced Agility.  I strongly believe in people’s greatness and I’ve spent the last 20 years focused on helping others achieve more. As a lean/agile practitioner and Co-Active coach, I work with individuals, teams and organizations to reach higher levels. Using the right balance of teaching, mentoring and coaching, I share my passion in order to ignite the greatness I see in others. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @JoleneJangles and visit our website at Balanced Agility for blog posts and upcoming classes.

Angela Johnson, Minnesota, USA
I’m Angela Johnson, a TBR Certified Trainer and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with Collaborative Leadership Team and one of the first CSP Approved Educators. After teaching adults fun things like Oracle programming and Database Administration, I founded CoLeadTeam in 2010 to provide education and consulting services to clients adopting Scrum and Agile. To better teach the highs and lows any Scrum Team faces in their journey, I needed a Scrum Team of my own so began assembling the dream team in 2014. In 2019, we opened our very own training venue to share with others and West End Conference Center. I’m a lifelong learner focusing on work in my backyard of Minnesota. The best ways to follow me are LinkedIn and Twitter @AgileAngela.


Thorsten Kalnin, Germany
I’m Thorsten Oliver Kalnin and I’m a business and executive coach (SoC), Co-Active Coach (CTI), professional facilitator, Communication Scout, StrategicPlay, and facilitator and Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK of the Room!” 
I work with companies, teams, and eager individuals to unleash their full potential. I accompany and facilitate change initiation, coach individuals, and change the world a tiny little bit for the better every single day.

Julian Kea, Germany
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I’m Julian Kea, a serious games facilitator and team coach based in Berlin.I’m passionate about creating active learning environments with hands-on workshop methods, including TBR, Thiagi’s Interactive Training and Teaching Strategies, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Liberating Structures and Open Space Technology. These methods enable teams to have an authentic exchange, promote mutual understanding, and strengthen cooperation. My mantra is “Rediscover Learning. Work Smarter.” You can find me on Twitter @kiLearning.

Sabine Khan, Texas, USA
I am Sabine Khan, a creative trainer, facilitator, coach, speaker, and thinking partner who can join you on the journey to high performance. I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As a trainer I have integrated TBR strategies into my training classes, meetings and presentations and I can share the same with you.  I find it an amazing achievement to take topics I am teaching and applying the “Training from the BACK of the Room” techniques to make the courses more learner-centered.  In my TBR classes, I will share what I have learned about how this brain-based learning approach can completely transform the effectiveness of your trainings.  My mission is to help you discover the power of TBR! You can follow me on Twitter @SabineKhan

Matt Khodadad, Florida, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I’m Matt Khodadad and I’m dedicated to helping people discover the key to their inner-self and empowering them to unlock their true potential. I am an Enterprise Agility Transformation leader of a Fortune 500 company and a results-driven professional with deep Agility and business transformation experience. I’ve spent my career helping individuals and organizations move from a fixed mindset to a culture that has transformed into a growth mindset. I’ve traveled the world and have lived and worked in Western Europe, the Middle East, and North America. I’ve worked with engineering, government agencies, the US Department of Defense, and private equity organizations. Outside of work, I research and study and serve my family by helping them to be healthy, confident, and joyful. You can learn more about me at www.humdevcoaching.com.

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Ben Maynard, England
I’m Ben Maynard and I have been training adults for over 10 years. I’ve always been passionate about enabling and supporting people in gaining knowledge and reaching their potential. My career started in local government, then in investment banks and, in more recent years, supporting teams in reaching their high-performance goals. Throughout all of these stages my focus and passion have been on becoming an evermore effective educator and trainer via a deep and growing understanding of brain based learning.

Brian Milner, Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area, Texas, USA
I’m Brian Milner, founder of Scrum 360 and an active Agile trainer and coach. I have been leading training courses in Scrum for over 10 years now. In my TBR classes, I share with you the insights I’ve learned from a career spent training others, and we explore together how this brain-based learning approach can completely transform the effectiveness of your trainings. My classes are energetic and interactive and I look forward to meeting you! I’d love to connect with you at either my blog on Scrum 360  or on Twitter @bmilner.

Tamsen Mitchell, England
I’m Tamsen Mitchell and I have worked at a bunch of companies for a number of years (but that’s a BLAH bio!). More importantly, I have fun doing it. With a background in architecture, video games and then Pixar, I’ve always been around strong creative, storytelling environments where thinking outside the box was nurtured.I’m passionate about continuous improvement, and how to facilitate that curiosity in others. I specialize in crafting learning and development programs that maximize retention and engagement in the participants. Stop slogging through sterile and boring training! There is a place for humor – let’s make it fun.You can find me on Twitter @franklinminty.

Sivakumar Padmanaban, Tamilnadu, India
I am Sivakumar Padmanaban, Founder of Coach2Reach. I am an experienced mentor, trainer & professional coach. I was introduced to TBR a few years ago and now all my training programs through ICAgile and the International Coaching Federation are designed using TBR. I have over 21 years of career experience in Scrum/Kanban/Scaled Agile/Project Management. I have worked in multicultural environments in various countries, including India, the USA, Australia, and the UAE. I have trained students in Agile Coaching, Enterprise Coaching, Professional Coaching, Scrum, Kanban & Scaled Agile. For more information, you can message me on LinkedIn.

Amir Peled, Romania 
I’m Amir Peled,an enthusiastic and energetic Agile Coach with over 7 years of practicing Agile and more than 18 years of project management experience. I have successfully aided organisations in their Agile journey to either adopt or improve their use of Scrum and other Agile frameworks both in troubled projects and new ones. Companies which benefited from my coaching services were of various sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, with diverse backgrounds such as public transport, rail, IT (infrastructure and software development) and banking.

Kelly Pfeiffer, South Carolina, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I’m Kelly Pfeiffer, owner of Go Interactive Training with expertise in active learning, social-emotional learning and experiential facilitation methods. As a trainer and training designer, I’ve been integrating TBR strategies into my training work since 2006. I love the challenge of taking a typically boring training topic and breathing life into it through the learner-centered training design taught in “Training from the Back of the Room.” Currently, I facilitate face-to-face training programs and I also work with companies to improve their training design. My work is mostly with adults, but I’ve also used TBR strategies with children as young as seven to teach writing through movement and brain based strategies. I regularly tweet at @GoInteractiveKP.

Justyna Pindel, Kraków, Poland
I am Justyna Pindel, an Agile & Kanban Practitioner. I help teams work better and deliver the right products at the right time. As a trainer, I also help teams to design a company culture that unleashes everyone’s potential. As a Design Thinker with a background in tech startups, I change the way teams approach complex problems, and build and deliver digital products. Discovering TBR and becoming a TBR Certified Trainer improved the way I live, work, think and accelerate change. I hope that now is the time, that I can inspire others with the TBR way of working. Join my TBR adventures on Twitter @justpindel.

simon (1)Simon Powers, England
I’m Simon Powers, the founder of Adventures with Agile, a global community of practice for Agile and organisational change. I am currently working as an Agile Coach and Organisational Change Agent with some of the largest organisations in the world. I have 18 years experience in software development and I have seen and overcome (with varying degrees of success) the types of problems faced in large organisations. I also run private training courses for organisational change, including getting teams sprinting and producing value, and making use of their collaborative strengths.
 I am passionate and a dedicated advocate of courage, respect, openness, transparency, empowerment and service.

Dana Pylayeva, New York, USA
I am Dana Pylayeva, the founder and CEO of Agile Play Consulting. I love everything that helps to engage people I train or the teams I coach – Agile games, Open Space Technology, LEGO and (you guessed it!) “Training from the BACK of the Room!” In fact, after taking the course with Sharon, I completely redesigned my training programs. I am also the author of “Introduction to DevOps with Lego, Chocolate and Scrum Game.” I’ve trained teams in the US, Canada, Ireland, Japan and the UK, and everywhere people enjoy being engaged in the classes –  staying alert and focused as well as having fun while learning. 

Abid Quereshi, England
Hello everyone. I’m Abid Quereshi, an avid software developer based in London. Over the past 25 years my teaching career has taken me from corporate America, to conservative UK, to communist Cuba, exhilarating Zimbabwe, invigorating India, to fail-safe Sweden, potent Pakistan, energizing Egypt, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and throughout eastern Europe. My passion is to find waste and to eliminate it. TBR has formalized what teachers all over the world have always known but have not always been able to explain until now, through solid scientific evidence and studies of the human brain. Let’s continue to uncover better ways of learning by doing it and helping others do it!

Michelle Ramirez, Texas, USA
Hello, my name is Michelle Ramirez from San Antonio, Texas. I bring nearly 15 years of training experience to what I do and I love being part of someone’s learning path. I am excited to share the knowledge on how the human brain learns, together with Agile principles and processes. And I’m excited to share the “Training from the BACK of the Room” Practitioner Class with others.


Shyam Kishore Kuppu Rao, Virginia, USA
My name is
Shyam Kishore Kuppu Rao a.k.a Shyam. I work with a secondary mortgage lending company headquartered in Virginia, USA. I am an Agile/Scrum coach and I help with the transformation of legacy systems, processes, workflow, culture, and most importantly the company/people mindset. I was introduced to TBR a year ago and it fascinated me to a very great extent, so I completed the TBR Practitioner Class and then pursued the TCC Certification as well so that I can help others create training programs that last a lifetime. I am proud to be a part of the initiative Coach2Reach where we have designed all our training using TBR and brain-based learning techniques. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter @shyamkishorek.

Miquel Rodriguez, Spain
I’m Miquel Rodriguez, an experienced Trainer and Consultant working at Netmind, a Spanish IT Training & Consulting company (that does makes sense, doesn’t it?). I’ve dedicated my career to help organizations get the most out of their IT projects and teams. Currently I’m focused on working with large enterprises to lead organizational improvements and agile transformations. I love TBR since the moment I first heard about it and read the books. When I became a TBR Certified Trainer, I created a Course Design Canvas for the TBR course (feel free to download it here). I also write articles at Netmind’s Knowledge Center.  You can follow me on Twitter @miquelrodriguez

Evelien Roos, Netherlands
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I am Evelien Acun-Roos, and I work at Xebia Academy. I am a professional Scrum trainer for Scrum.org and a certified trainer for “Training From the Back of the Room” and also for the TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class. Working in the Agile environment for 11 years has given me great insights, learnings and experiences in Agile and Scrum and I have been transferring that to Scrum Teams, their surrounding environments and their management. I love to get teams get teams up and running and then help them continuously improve. Since I have learned about TBR, my training courses are filled with brain-based learning activities. For more information about me you can visit www.evelienroos.nl , follow me HERE or on Twitter @evelienroos2, Instagram @scrumboosters or Tiktok @scrumboosters.

Elisabeth Sanders-Park, North Carolina, USA
I’m Elisabeth Sanders-Park, a “trainer from the trenches.” I began my career teaching workshops for people who were mandated to attend and had little interest in sitting and learning anything new! I learned to use creative techniques to engage learners, create meaningful interaction, and bring lessons to life for real-world application. Currently, I train trainers across the United States, Australia, and Canada. I’m known for delivering inspiring, fun, practical training that produces immediate and lasting results. I’ve also co-authored the ground-breaking, L.A. Times’ Top 10 Career Book of the Year “No One Is Unemployable.” You can find me on my website Worknet Solutions and on LinkedIn.

Itopa (Malik) Sule, Toronto, Canada
I am Itopa (Malik) Sule, a Software Engineer turned Agile Coach out of Toronto, Canada. I have been in the industry for about 20 years now. My current focus is around Agile Way of Working and as part of this, I spend about 20-30% of my time teaching Agile concepts in very short sessions (I call them micro-trainings). These concepts, as those familiar with Agile will confirm, are abstract to the uninitiated and need to be experienced . “Training from the BACK of the Room” has helped me to make learners experience and retain the learning. I want to help others discover these techniques and that’s why l became a TBR Certified Trainer. 

Aakash Srinivasan, New York, USA
My name is Aakash Srinivasan. I’m a trainer, coach, speaker and consultant. I’m passionate about teaching and I specialize in training and coaching Fortune 100 companies on all things Scrum and Agile. For over a decade, I have worked with enterprise management groups, executive teams and individual project teams on business efficiency, process improvements, organizational change and large scale Scrum transformations in addition to providing leadership coaching and Scrum certification trainings. You can connect with me on LinkedInor follow me on Twitter @aakashkvs. Cheers!

Kerri Sutey, Texas, USA 
I’m Kerri Sutey, owner and Enterprise Agile coach for The Sutey Group LLC. I am passionate about teaching, coaching, and facilitating individuals on their journey to be successful in constantly changing environments. I bring two decades of experience to my work along with a sense of joy, compassion, and exploration to all those I’m around. And, as a life-long learner, I love learning from and co-creating with others. I use TBR techniques to plan workshops and Agile trainings that result in real learning, collaboration, and fun! You can follow me on Twitter @KerriSutey.

nadertalaiNader Talai, England
Nader Talai,
an experienced Lean, Kanban, and Agile practitioner, coach, and trainer. I am enthusiastic about helping business teams make the development of their software products more effective to increase their organisational agility. I have strong technology & operational leadership and strategic-level project and program-management experience. I’m excited to be able to deliver coaching and training in brain-compatible ways that work hand-in-hand with Agile principles and processes. You can follow me on Twitter @NaderTalai.

Jason Tanner, North Carolina, USA
I’m Jason Tanner and I lead Applied Frameworks, a management consulting firm focused on Agile, product management and organizational change. I get excited about designing and facilitating memorable and effective educational experiences that lead to success. I started my educational career in the Marine Corps in 1991 and haven’t stopped teaching. I began experimenting with TBR five years ago and completely rebuilt all of my courses to leverage the power of brain-based learning. The best outcome of TBR is higher energy levels for the students and for me! I’m on Twitter @jasonbtanner.

Jenny Tarwater, Missouri, USA
I’m Jenny Tarwater, Chief Agilist at Blueshift Innovation. I am a 20-year veteran of Technical Program Management with a disciplined approach of cultivating success and growth in people, process, and products. My mission is to lead others to surpass goals, contribute positively in collaborative environments, and explore undiscovered opportunities and solutions through continuous learning and game play. My hobbies include purchasing sharpies and post-it notes in bulk. Please follow me on Twitter @JennyKCMO and visit our website at Blueshift Innovation.

Paul Tevis, California, USA
I’m Paul Tevis, founder and CEO of Vigemus Consulting (which  is Latin for “Together We Thrive”).  As a coach and facilitator, I have more than a dozen years experience in helping leaders foster effective change in their organizations, in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. I partner with technical leaders who want to work as effectively with people as they do with technology. I also present virtual workshops on remote facilitation and techniques for making the most with meetings in general. Recently, I was a guest on Vic Bonacci’s Agile Coffee Podcast. You can find me on Twitter @PTevis.

Avinash Tripathi, Virginia, USA
“I am Avinash Tripathi (Nash) and I’m passionate about what I do and firmly believe “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go farther, go together.” I am an trainer by profession, a facilitator by heart, and a coach by instinct. I have worked with several fortune 100 organizations to help them through the change curve and enhance their perspective on agility. As a lifelong learner, It gives me immense pleasure to share my experience with others as well as well as learn new perspectives through collaborative learning. I am a huge believer in community before individual. “Nobody is perfect.” In fact, perfection is the enemy of self-actualization. Perfection is a myth, improvement is real – and, as someone smart once said, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

Glenn Waters, Canada
Glenn Waters, a coach and trainer with BrainScience in Canada and I work with organizations, large and small, helping them to work with agility. My work with team members, management, and executives helps them to become more effective. “Training from the BACK of the Room” principles and practices factor into much of my work, whether it be when coaching, training, or facilitating. 


Monica Yap, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
I am Monica Yap, an Agile Transformation coach as well as an avid trainer and learner. I have been training on variety of content from coding to leadership concepts over the last 20 years. I love to see people “switched on” and excited to learn from my content or through other participants in these types of interactive classes, and I know it’s only the beginning of their journey. Through training TBR, I also see that other trainers come away with seeds of inspiration for their own training programs.

Joe Ziadeh, Missouri, USA
I’m Joe Ziadeh and I’m passionate about brains (but I am not a zombie)! I specialize in the science behind how our brains react to learning and change. I’ve been working in Agile and IT for about 20 years, in a variety of fun and interesting roles. Currently I’m a Training Badass and Agile Coach for Balanced Agility, Director of Process Definition and Measurement for a Fortune 20 healthcare organization, speaker at a number of Agile conferences, and Instructor of Agile Courses in the Washington University Technology Leadership Center. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @JoeAgile and to visit our website at Balanced Agility for blog posts and upcoming classes.

CT Authors of TBR Blogs, Podcasts, and Articles
Ed Buhain

Ed Buhain, Washington D.C. Metro Area, USA
I’m IT specialist Ed Buhain. With over 15 years of professional experience in software development and technical project management, I have seen and suffered through the pitfalls of poorly designed and poorly written software. So I enjoy using cutting-edge technology to solve problems and to teach/train/coach others. I also apply my expertise to professional software development and technical project management (and to personal interests like home improvement and cooking!). I am a “technical overachiever” at InfernoRed Technology. You can visit my blog there, and find me on LinkedIn.
 You can also find my guest-post on Sharon’s blog: Terrible Technical Talks (and How to Avoid Giving Them).


Bob Hartman, Colorado, USA
I’m known by friends as “Agile Bob” because I bring over 30 years of experience and broad industry knowledge and was a very early adopter of Agile processes and principles. I’ve served in almost every role in the software industry; consequently, I have deep expertise in training, coaching and mentoring across all areas of Agile development. The following article I wrote was before I become a Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK of the Room!” I think you’ll find the article an informative and interesting “back-story” to TBR:
Adventures in Accelerated Learning.

LucaLuca Minudel, England
I am Agile Coach Luca Minudel and the founder and CEO of the company SmHarter“SmHarter” is the fusion of two words: “Smart” (working and improving with intelligence and mastery), and “Heart” (using collaboration, purpose, passion, and creativity to delight customers and learners). I passionately believe that “smart” and “heart” are two key ingredients of any successful learning organization. I have combined my own “smart-heart” passion with “Training from the BACK of the Room!” Please see my slide presentation on Sharon’s blog: Draft Your Next Training Course with Ideas from TBR.

Emily Webber, England
I’m Agile Coach and Consultant Emily Webber and the author of Building Successful Communities of Practice. I work with learning organizations and Agile development in the business world. As part of my TBR certification, I created a short, image-rich, informative slide presentation that brings together many of the TBR concepts. You can find my slide presentation 5 Tips for Trainers on Sharon’s blog.


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