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Pat Guariglia


President, Elegant Agile

Location: Red Hook, NY


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster



Pat is an experienced agile coach and trainer focusing on enterprise and team-level coaching. With 10 years of Scrum experience and 6 years of agile and Scrum coaching, Pat has worked with over 1000 people in many different organizations. Prior to becoming an agile guru, Pat built products as an entrepreneur, programmer and leader. He continues to work in the startup world through coaching and by personally building new tech companies like

Pat leads large and small enterprise agile transformations. He also gets comfortable with close team environments and guiding highly-technical teams on engineering and quality practices.

Last year’s coaching experience includes NYC startups in live-video streaming, data marketing and healthcare management systems, to very large US banks and brokerage houses. In about 50% of all engagements, Pat works with leadership on organizational development and structure relating to agile.

Training specialties: • Scrum 101 and basics
• Scaled Scrum Teams
• Product Owner
• Agile Testing
• Enterprise Agile
• Kanban

Pat is involved in the agile community outside of training and coaching. For the last couple of years, he has acted as the organizer of the Agile Albany user group.  Pat is a featured author of articles for the Scrum Alliance, GovernmentCIO Magazine, and other agile-related blogs such as the PM Boulevard Newsletter. In addition to writing articles, he reviews articles for the <> . Pat speaks at agile conferences and is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at Agile Prague 2013, and was a speaker at the Agile 2010, Agile Prague 2012, and several smaller conference and user groups in the Northeast of the US.

Articles I've written

Three Things I Wish I Knew Before Jumping
Three lessons one CSP learned during his first Scrum project.

Managing Myopia with Release Burndowns
Sprint burndowns are an essential Scrum artifact. Teams use them throughout the sprint to track work remaining. But one CSP has found that, for his projects, a release burndown has become just as essential, especially when it comes to communicating with upper management.

Getting Dirty with Scrum
Scrum teams just look different. From their faded whiteboards to their discarded post-it notes, Scrum teams make their mark just by doing their job. Read one CSPs story of how his team's space tells the story of their struggles and their triumphs.

AgiLeaks: What Would WikiLeaks Say About Government IT Projects?
I was doing research the other day and came across an interesting article on about an FBI information technology (IT) project that was estimated to cost approximately $451 million. When the article was written, in October 2010, th...

Coaching Boundaries
I have realized that my coaching style and approach may need to be different for start-ups than for larger, more established companies.

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