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Pat Guariglia


President, Elegant Agile

Location: Catskill, NY


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster



Pat Guariglia is an agile coach and trainer with Elegant Agile, Inc. based out of New York, USA.  He has provided agile coaching and training to Federal and New York State government agencies, as well as private companies in the financial and technology sectors.

Pat is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Practitioner, and certified with the Project Management Institute as a PMP. He was instrumental in bringing Scrum into a New York State Government Agency, and helped that organization adopt agile methodologies. While piloting a critical agile project with that agency, his team won a New York State award for best practices in management. He has been leading information technology projects for over twelve years. In 2009, Pat started Elegant Agile, and has been coaching and training teams ever since. Through Elegant Agile, he works with agile and Scrum teams, as well as individuals and management at all levels of maturity of agile adoption.

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...


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