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Karen Bruns


Agile Coach, Monarch Agile Solutions

Location: West Sacramento, CA, USA


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Karen Bruns is currently serving as an Enterprise Agile Coach for Child Welfare Digital Services for the State of California. She has served as a ScrumMaster, Mentor of ScrumMasters, Scrum Coach, Agile Coach, Product Owner, Corporate Trainer of Agile Scrum processes, and is certified as a SAFe Agilist (SA) of Scaled Agile Framework processes (SAFe). Karen is recently certified as a Facilitator of Open Space Technologies and is serving on the Agile Open California conference organizing team.  Karen has a natural passion for Agile and the power of transformation it holds. Karen is a practitioner of servant leadership, not servant beatership.

An avid change agent, Karen has devoted her career to building cohesive teams through the inclusion of the Belbin Assessments and the Oz Principles of Accountability for her Scrum teams (see and

Persuasive in her approach, Karen has succeeded in transforming teams and businesses into well-oiled Agile engines that purr. She has successfully coached functional managers to better understand and comply with their complimentary role within Agile. Karen is a corporate trainer of Agile Scrum Master and Product Owner responsibilities and Agile Scrum principles, working closely with executive personnel, project managers, product owners, developers, systems analysts, testers and vendors.

Karen co-authored a white paper: Creating champion Scrum Teams and the accompanying Playbook for Creating Champion Scrum Teams One Team at a Time .

Karen is an active member of the Scrum Alliance. She is an Agile Evangelist, a Scrum Synergist, a CSM, CSPO, CSP, SAFe Agilist (SA) and is ICAgile Coach and Agile Team Facilitator certified.

Karen holds a B.A. in Business Management from St. Mary’s College of California, where she was the Valedictorian; earning the Distinguished Project Award. Her project is permanently retained in the St. Mary’s library as an example for future students.


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