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Agile Leadership - a different mindset

UPMC Enterprises 6425 Penn Avenue, #200 (Bakery Square) , Pittsburgh, PA (map)

Your organization is going Agile and its time for Leaders to lead the way! But you can’t lead the same way you used to... the approach that got us here won’t get us there. It’s a the new world of Agile and leadership must evolve to enable the organization to sustain its Agile journey indefinitely.

Agile leadership is different. It takes a different mindset, new mental models, and an understanding of the new environment we’re trying to create. You’re now a servant leader who empowers people and communities, and creates the organizational environment where people can collaborate and experiment together toward the achievement of a shared vision. Join Aaron Kopel of Project Brilliant to discuss in more detail, and understand how to get started on your Agile leadership journey.


Aaron Kopel discovered Agile and Scrum while founding two tech startups in the 2000’s. He discovered that his personal philosophy and mindset for collaborative execution were closely aligned to Lean, Agile and Scrum and began to coach and train others on how to work this way. Ever since then Aaron has been a consultant, coach and trainer helping individuals and large companies focus on customer value, adaptation, teamwork, and transformation to an Agile mindset.

Aaron is the founder and CEO of Project Brilliant, LLC, an Indianapolis, IN based consulting firm specializing in Agile training, coaching and transformation. He is one of only 40 people in the world who hold both top-level Scrum Alliance certifications: Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC). Aaron has led several major Agile transformation initiatives with companies ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 100 firms such as Capital One, Lincoln Financial, Bloomberg and many more. He and his team of coaches have established more than 1,000 Agile delivery teams and trained more than 10,000 individuals.

Aaron is the co-founder of the AgileIndy meetup group (1,500+ members strong!), Agile Louisville, and Agile Fort Wayne. He has been a conference chair, keynote speaker, and a frequent presenter at regional meetup groups and conferences. He holds a BA from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) with a double major in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems, and a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He also holds numerous industry certifications such as CST, CEC, CAL, CSM, CSPO, CSP, SAFe SPC4, PMI-ACP, PMP, CLP (Certified LeSS Practitioner), and is a Candidate LeSS Trainer. Aaron lives with his wife and their two children in Carmel, IN and visits Pittsburgh frequently, offering public CSM & CSPO classes. You can find Aaron on Linkedin ( and Twitter (@aakopel).


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