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Maria Matarelli


Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Formula Ink

Location: Chicago, IL



Certified Scrum Trainer
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner
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Maria Matarelli is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with a background in Project Management Consulting and Agile Coaching and Training. Maria is also certified as a CSP, CSM, CSPO, 6 Sigma Green Belt, PMP, PMI-ACP, Innovation Games Trained Facilitator, and a Certified Professional Coach. Maria takes pride in her ability to inspire people to deliver work on the next level.  Her focus on the big picture streamlines processes, provides a clear understanding of the product to be delivered, while allowing her teams to focus on their individual contributions.


Maria has worked with the Scrum Alliance on Community Outreach and organizing Scrum Gatherings. She has been greatly involved with Scrum User Groups as the Community Liaison and is the founder of the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group based in Normal, IL.


Maria's recent experience has included providing training and coaching while using Scrum techniques to govern iterative development phases of IT software development.  In recent infrastructure efforts, a recommendation was made to adopt the Scrum framework to plan smaller work packages and continue work while the client made decisions regarding enterprise direction. 


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Approved Courses


  • Certified Scrum Developer Workshop (Technical)
  • Agile Engineering - 3 day (Technical)
  • Test Driven Development (Elective)


  • Certified ScrumMaster


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

Articles I've written

Developing Your Agile Coaching Skills
Coaching can be done by anyone on a team. Managers, ScrumMasters, product owners, anyone can help the team focus on removing impediments, working toward continuous improvement, and guiding the team toward higher performance. Having a coach dedicat...

From Meager Beginnings to Masterful Ends
The story of how using Scrum helped one team complete a project outside the world of software with a minimal budget, almost no direction, and even less time.

Sustainable Pace: Trusting Your Teams
Endless business requirements, desired features, market pressures… There is always more work that needs done. Sometimes, it may feel like endless sprints where you thought you saw the finish line, but every time you round the track they...

Agile, Self-Organization, and Personal Responsibility
"How do I behave when I'm in a situation of shared responsibility but I'm not in charge of the person I'm working with and they're not in charge of me?" Christopher Avery opened his keynote presentation at the Agile Indy 2013 conference with this inquiry. This scenario arises quite frequently in an Agile environment, as we encourage self-organization among teams. We ask people to work differently, to self-organize and share responsibility, but what guidance do we give them on how to do this?

Agile Marketing
How can we achieve true business agility if the only department that is Agile is IT? We have found that applying Agile techniques to the ways in which a company approaches their marketing is extremely powerful.

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