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Manoj Vadakkan


Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach, Northern Star Consulting, LLC

Location: Denver, Colorado, USA, Washington, DC. Virginia, Kerala, India,



Certified Scrum Trainer
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner
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My Courses

Certified ScrumMaster®
28-29 November, 2017
Location: Herndon, VA, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
5-6 December, 2017
Location: Denver, CO, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
14-15 December, 2017
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
18-19 December, 2017
Location: Lone Tree / Denver, CO, United States of America

Certified ScrumMaster®
1-2 February, 2018
Location: Lone Tree / Denver, CO, United States of America

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Groups I belong to

COS Agile Scrum User Group


Manoj Vadakkan is a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Consultant. In his coaching practice, Manoj uses innovative approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, and Lean to help individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve their potential. He facilitates workshops all over the world including Certified ScrumMaster, Introduction to Agile, and Kanban. He strives to provide training that is experiential in nature where the learners develop knowledge and skills from actively participating rather than being passive listeners. See more information about him at

Approved Courses


  • Certified Scrum Developer Workshop (Technical)


  • Certified ScrumMaster


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

Continuing Education

  • User Story Workshop
  • Retrospectives Workshop
  • Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) for the Whole Team
  • Agile in Highly Regulated Environments Workshop

Articles I've written

Iterative vs. Agile
Recently, I happened to overhear and eventually involve myself in a conversation between two Project managers. They were discussing why Project managers have to define what "yes" and "no" means to the team – after all, people have understood...

Cargo Cult Agile
Cargo Cult Agile By: Manoj Vadakkan, CSM, CSP We have been saying "there are no silver bullets" over and over again. But do we really believe that? In some ways, it is like the disclaimer we add to the end our e-mails. Nobody reads it, but the l...

Ask the Coach
Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Alan Atlas, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach who works for Rally Software. In this conversation Alan shares his insight on the state of Agile and Scrum. He also takes a stab at predict...

Is Sustainable Pace Nice to Have? Think Again!
Most of the time, “selling” Agile is easy these days. Everyone agrees that iterative and incremental development is a better alternative; more user interaction is better; so on and so forth. At some point, I will talk about the import...

Deal with It, but Don’t Forget to Feed the Continuous Improvement Engine!
As the day goes by in a typical CSM class, I get a lot of "what if?" questions from students. . . .

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