Chris Li
Founder at SparkPlug Agility.
Ashburn, VA


Chris Li is an energetic and passionate Certified Scrum Trainer® whose recent focus has been on designing and delivering interactive and immersive learning experiences for professionals looking to expand their Agile mindset.

Writing code was Chris’ focus for many years, having started off with early web applications built on classic ASP and continuing with functionality built in .NET using C#. These engagements provided an opportunity for him to keep up with the latest tools and techniques. His passion in technology was always the database tier, having spent time as a development and enterprise level database administrator and engineer for Microsoft-related technologies.

Chris has worked for several engaging and collaborative customers in both commercial and federal engagements. His close work with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security give him a unique perspective into organizational change and technical delivery. By combining strong technical leadership with an emphasis on professional development, Chris has always focused on the personal and professional growth of his co-workers.

Throughout his professional career, Chris has been an entrepreneur and an innovator. He founded the Agile Institute while at Agilex, an organization focused on providing Agile-focused training to employees and customers. He also developed Agile training and implementation strategies for various programs, and most recently founded his own Agile consulting firm, SparkPlug Agility.


Work Experience

SparkPlug Agility, Founder
2016-04-14 - Present, Ashburn, VA, United States
SparkPlug Agility is a consulting firm that specializes in offering services to individuals, teams, and organizations that are looking to improve their way of delivering value to their customers. We believe that our experience interacting with customers, listening to their feedback, and using that information to adjust to mission needs has fostered a mindset dedicated to helping others grow and develop into more than they are today.
Lithespeed, Director
2015-09-28 - 2016-02-26, Herndon, VA, United States
Director responsible for providing training delivery and design for both public and private engagements. Worked with staff to craft additional learning experiences to add to existing offerings. Engaged with local and national industry communities through conference participation and speaking engagements.
Agilex / Accenture Federal Services, Director of the Agile Institute / Enterprise Agile Coach
2013-12-31 - 2015-09-11, Chantilly, Virginia, United States
Director of the Agile Institute responsible for providing enterprise agile coaching to delivery teams throughout the entire organization. Design and deliver industry-recognized agile training offerings to both employees and customers. Provide support to business development and recruiting efforts as well as professional development and mentoring to agile personnel.
Agilex, Agile Coach / Scrum Master
2009-06-29 - 2013-12-31, Chantilly, Virginia, United States
Agile coach responsible for agile adoption within the Justice and Homeland sector. Provide coaching and implementation support to delivery staff, as well as spearhead agile strategy and hiring activities at the sector and company level.
MKGCS, Team Lead
2006-12-22 - 2009-06-19, Herndon, Virginia, United States
Technical team lead accountable for all technical matters for a suite of classified mission critical applications for the Department of the Army. Responsible for the leadership and development of all technical staff.
ASM Research, Technical Lead / Database Administrator
2001-08-14 - 2006-07-31, Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Database Administrator - Member of enterprise team responsible for the availability of a suite of over 30 applications. Responsible for application performance, troubleshooting and performance tuning of applications in addition to supporting change management and help requests. Provide database administration support for both project teams and customer requests. Technical Lead - Technical team lead accountable for all technical matters supporting multiple applications and modules that comprise a military health web application. Responsible for leadership of a team of development and non-technical personnel.
Extreme Logic, Consultant I
2000-12-18 - 2001-07-09, Columbia, Maryland, United States
Member of software development team, providing on-site support to clients during development, deployment and maintenance phases of projects and initiatives.
Etensity, Developer
1999-10-18 - 2000-11-13, Vienna, Virginia, United States
Team Developer providing development support to development team leader and project manager. Owned specific parts of the requirements and development process. Also provided on-site support to clients during development, deployment, and maintenance phases of the project.