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Testimonials

What our clients say about our training

Bill Russell

“I loved learning about the cycle, steps, and best practices associated with being a scrum master. Very nice job Gary! Enjoyed this training.” Bill Russell – Business Analyst

Scott Badskey

“Good material, well organized, good use of online tool to support virtual learning, great instructor.” Scott Badskey – Director of Global PMO Portfolio and Process Management

Tomas Jacobi

“I’ve used Vitality Chicago to train our team and found that the Professional Scrum Foundations Training course was a great foundation for everyone to really get a sense of what SCRUM is all about.” Tomas Jacobi – Program Manager

Susan Leszczewicz

“Jonathan Lee has the expertise and practical know-how to relay what made sense, preparing us well to understand the concept and take the DA certification exam which I passed on my first attempt.” Susan Leszczewicz, PMP – Senior Project Manager

Troy McGary

“Gary is very good at explaining the concepts of scrum, and addressing questions grounded in real-world experience.” Troy McGary – Sr. Programmer Analyst

Carma Shurley

“Anthony is an excellent instructor and the curriculum is super understandable and useful. I also liked that it was specifically focused on our project.” Carma Shurley – Safety Information Systems Group Manager

andrew barban

“This is a no fluff course and is full of real-world examples and explained from someone who has been there and done that.” Andrew Barban – Agile Coach

Julie Cowan Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“Anthony is a thoughtful agile trainer, engaging all of the students in the class with anecdotes from his real-world experience and deep understanding of Agile practices.” Julie Cowan – Senior Designer, Northwestern University

Mary Beth LoVerde Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“Anthony is the guru of Agile Training. His ability to understand team dynamics, organizational challenges and Sprint/Scrum/Agile principles are second to none! His training session are interactive, very engaging and effective.” Mary Beth Loverdi – Senior Vice President, Client Digital Strategy & Product Management

Dan Zilai

“The DASM was a fantastic virtual course with the presentations being easy to follow, easy to digest and very relevant inter-active and engaging learning exercises. This course ROCKS! I am DELIGHTED!” Dan Zilai – PMI Calumet Chapter President

Kaali Dass

“Great course a lot of interactive sessions. Jonathan Lee is a great Instructor.” Kaali Dass – Sr. Technical Program Manager

mark aguilera

“We needed someone to help us properly use Agile and Scrum. Anthony provided Agile and Scrum Training and Agile Coaching for my four development teams. The training classes were great – fast-paced with a good mix of theory, videos and hands-on exercises. The coaching helped support new habits and reinforce the mindset change. I recommend Anthony and Vitality Chicago to anyone moving from waterfall to true agile development.” Mark Aguilera – Asset and Wealth Management Technology Leader

Lakecia Whimper

“I love the hands-on experience through the various exercises. I would recommend this course considering that I have not been trained in Project Management or Agile but recently promoted to this role, this course was helpful in providing a good foundation” Lakecia Whimper – Technology Project Manager

Christine Castillo

“Anthony is an amazing instructor. He’s extremely passionate about Agile, knowledgeable, engaging, and connects with students in a way that facilitates a wonderful learning experience.” Christine Castillo – Program Manager

Max Schoen

“This course is great for anyone who wants to learn modern leadership ideas and practices to more effectively lead and coach teams.” Max Schoen – Admissions Advisor

Mitch Smith

“The integration of real-world examples and exercises is really the bread and butter of why I think this course is great. Combined with relevant further readings and frameworks for each component of the training, this class is great at taking an abstract concept and making it into a tangible toolset.” Mitch Smith – Product Engineering Manager: Design System Platform

Lakecia Whimper

“The Agile for Practitioners Training was helpful in providing a good foundation. I love the hands-on experience through the various exercises. I recommended this course for giving me a practical understanding of how to apply Agile concepts.” Lakecia Whimper – Technology Project Manager

Traci Ragas

“Jonathan is extremely attentive to everyone in the course, and makes sure information is digestible, relevant, and helpful. The different perspectives from people in the course were helpful. I enjoyed the breakout rooms, the exercises and the use of Mural for collaborating – which helped visualize the content and keep us all engaged.” Traci Ragas – Senior Project Manager

Mike Moser

“I recommend the PSM training. Gary helped us understand both the how and the why.” Mike Moser – VP and Global Project Implementation Manager

Daniel Peikes

“I highly recommend Gary. He had us rethinking the way we think.” Daniel Peikes – Business Analyst

Brad Wolf

“I recommend journeying with Anthony through the Supporting an Agile Transformation Training Course. Anthony draws upon his agile transformation experience, know-how, skills, and emotional intelligence. He elicits one resonating theme in particular that emotional labor is a crucial factor in organizational change. To enable agile transformation over agile adoption, the leaders’ mindset values need to shift from agile practices and process to agile culture.” Brad Wolf – Senior Business Analyst

Catherine Kolecki

“Jonathan Lee taught the DASM concepts using a true practical application approach that one can understand and apply. I was able to apply the skills immediately… and taking this course has given me a clearer vision, direction and greater knowledge about the many PM Agile resources that exist.” Catherine Kolecki – VP of Professional Development

Adriana Sebek

“I find Anthony’s trainings to be very engaging and insightful.” Adriana Sebek – Customer & Quality Manager

Jennifer de Visser

“The combination of hands-on exercises and activities with the breadth of Anthony’s experience made this course incredibly useful.” Jennifer de Visser – Director of Program Management

Meredith Palomino

“I really like how Gary took the time to answer questions we have about our real work issues. He gave really good recommendations that I am planning to implement on my own team.” Meredith Palomino – Program Project Manager

Cindy Navarro

“Gary Pedretti was a great instructor. He was able to explain the material in a very relatable way. The course also prepared us very well for the assessment/certification.” Cindy Navarro – Service Delivery Manager

Marshall Browning

“I recommend the Scrum Product Owner Training course; it gave me a great foundation to manage a product within the Scrum framework. This course helped me to determine that being a Product Owner was the right career move, and I’ve used the lessons learned on a daily basis ever since.” Marshall Browning – Product Manager

Felix Krupczynski

“Very good course to understand the important agile concepts and principles for leaders.” Felix Krupczynski – Global Operations and Technology Executive

Paul Kuemmel

“I recommend the Leading and Coaching Agile Teams course. Anthony is a great instructor with real-world examples.” Paul Kuemmel – Director of Product Management

Andy Johnston

“Gary was an excellent instructor. He was very methodical in explaining all the components of the course. The break-out sessions were very helpful.” Andy Johnston – Sr. Project Administrator II

Jamie Birkner Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“I recommend the Agile and Scrum for Teams agile training course. It’s an effective introduction and gives you a great entry into what Agile can do for projects. I got a great grasp of the Agile philosophy and how it can be applied to different work situations.” Jamie Birkner – Director of Content Strategy and Marketing

Brian Alvarez

“The course was not just slide reading but included real-life scenarios.” Brian Alvarez – Project Manager

Susmita Sharma

“Jonathan, you are not just a terrific and precise DA Instructor & Coach but also an inspiring person. Glad that I registered for the training and took it otherwise I would have missed a great learning experience. Thank you again!” Susmita Sharma – Senior Consultant

Kathy Slowinski

“Good real-life examples” Kathy Slowinski – Product Senior Vice President

Ura Puranda

“I was very impressed with Jonathan’s vast knowledge of DA, his approach to conducting the class, and the whole aspect, topics and format were just great. I would highly recommend his class as you start your journey to a new “WOW” way of working.” Ura Puranda – Portfolio Manager

Samuel Turner

“I liked the overview of the DASM and now have a clear understanding of “Agile” and how DA is Agile done right.” Samuel Turner – Senior Managing Director

Cynthia Davis

“All the info was presented in a manageable, clear, and life/work applicable manner. The instructor went beyond expectation. Additional support material and session was held to ensure we understood the material to use and for the exam.” Cynthia Davis – Director of Certifications

Carter Cates

“Terrific content – highly structured, systematic, well-organized, with many artifacts that will be useful in practice.” Carter Cates – Program & Solution Delivery

Seth Dowling Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“Gary didn’t just jump in to theories but hit all of our day to day pain points with the Scrum Framework and principles.” Seth Dowling – Vice President, Northern Trust

Sheetal Parikh

“The Agile for Leaders training course was very informative and exciting.” Sheetal Parikh – Senior Director of Compliance

caesar bernardo

“Jonathan was very engaging and provided really good content in a short amount of time. His delivery and mastery of Disciplined Agile was impressive!” Caesar Bernardo – Senior Technical Program Manager

Alix Monty

“Jonathan was so knowledgeable. His pace was perfect and the collaborative exercises were very helpful.” Alix Monty – Project Manager

Phil Smeltz

“Jonathan delivered the DASSM material well and made the three half days enjoyable. I’d recommend this course to anyone who leads a team or plans to in the future – very valuable!” Phil Smeltz – Senior Consultant

Sunil Chainani

“Jonathan Lee’s well-structured training, and post-class guidance was instrumental in helping me achieve the DASM certification. Do not be surprised if you become a disciplined agile champion, after interacting with Jonathan!” Sunil Chainani – Program Manager | IT PMO

Gabriela Alfaro

“I liked the way Jonathan teach the class with the Participant Handouts material. Very organize and good timing.” Gabriela Alfaro – Marketing Manager, Strategy & Ops

Kari Grinya

“I enjoyed the interactive nature of the course along with the videos that really drove home concepts and methodologies for implementing Agile as leaders.” Kari Grinya – Manager, Claims Operations and Analysis

Srinivas Saineni Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“Jonathan Lee is a world-class agile trainer. I found the Disciplined Agile training intellectually stimulating and fun at the same time. I highly recommend Jonathan Lee to any organization looking for a transformative learning experience.” Srinivas Saineni – President, PMI Chicagoland Chapter

Rob Roque

“Learning Disciplined Agile (DA) was one of the smartest moves I made in my project management career. …the most benefit I got was that I was able to apply the lessons immediately after the course and implement DA on a current project.” Rob Roque – Technology Services Manager

Joel Pryor Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“Jonathan Lee is an excellent agile trainer and coach. He was very clear, concise and easy to understand. His methods of teaching and explaining the material are well thought out and taught at a level that the students can understand.” Joel Pryor – Project Manager

Loretta Reed

“I liked the collaborative exercises, especially the scrum simulation.” Loretta Reed – Project Manager

Tom Patterson

“Gary was highly knowledgeable and went into a ton of depth when answering questions, which was super valuable. Some of the materials were very helpful for increasing my understanding and reasoning about content that I was already somewhat familiar with, but not intimately.” Tom Patterson – Director Of Engineering

Gary Geraci

“Material presented was all-encompassing about Scrums. Gary has a very engaging approach and wealth of knowledge that he shares.” Gary Geraci – IT Project Manager

Veronica Hancock Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“I worked with Vitality Chicago for Agile Training and Coaching Support for my company’s transition to Scrum. The training classes were very highly rated by my colleagues, with the perfect combination of instruction and practice. The coaching was very beneficial in helping to establish the right ways of doing Scrum.” Veronica Hancock – Director, Software Engineering

Blythe Veltman

“Real-life examples provided (applied theory to practice), answered questions around McD current issues with potential ways to course correct; found the team formation/exercises to discuss/learn very beneficial.” Blythe Veltman – Product Portfolio Manager, Global Technology Strategy & Planning

Scott Badskey

“Very good overview of DASSM; Jonathan did a great job facilitating the course.” Scott Badskey – Director of Global PMO Portfolio and Process Management

Carla Keys

“Jonathan is a professional and very knowledgeable. Due to his background, he was able to shed a lot of insight as to why methods are used and how it plays out in real life. The Inception Phase and Transition phase material is very relevant since that is a big part of my job.” Carla Keys – Product Owner

Brooke Smart

”I enjoyed Supporting an Agile Transformation. I found the creation of the transformation presentation in class very useful and plan to use it at my company. The class discussions were great and I learned a lot from the other students. Anthony is a great instructor!” Brooke Smart – Senior Business and Systems Analyst

Brian Kinney

“Gary was exceptional! He did a great job keeping all of us engaged while conveying all the relevant information.” Brian Kinney – IRAS Index Operations Officer

Michael DuCharme

“Besides the Scrum materials and understanding of the theories behind it, I found the way the instructor taught the course to be most useful as Gary approached it as a conversation instead of just a textbook and reading materials. It was very interactive and I feel more was learned in a conversation mode style of teaching instead of just book and memorize.” Michael DuCharme – Business Technology Analyst

Lianne Bosko

“The course was very useful for me to understand what Agile is SUPPOSED to be…as the project that I’m in is only utilizing about half of the functionality. Which explains why it’s been so bumpy!” Lianne Bosko – Property Technical Underwriter

Bill Russell

“I found the discussion of Agile mindset and benefits the most useful.” Bill Russell – Business Analyst

Shawn McNamara

“I attended Agile for Leaders presented by Anthony Mersino. He has an expert command of the Agile frameworks and he showed coaching techniques and Agile transformation tools and processes.” Shawn McNamara – Executive Technology Leader and Liaison

Gary Geraci

“Gary P.’s knowledge is fantastic. Tons of content was presented. Great pacing and sharing of real-world examples.” Gary Geraci – IT Project Manager

david sohmer

“Anthony trained and coached us at Bank of America and Northern Trust. Without his help we would not have gotten far. If you want your organization to become more agile, your first call should be to Vitality Chicago.” Dave Sohmer – SVP Technology and Operations

Bridget Baxter

“Great job at providing good content & keeping it fun.” Bridget Baxter – Senior Manager of Dental Society Outreach and Client Services

Jason Romero

“Jonathan was great. Good energy. Great timing with the flow. Very knowledgeable.” Jason Romero – Program Manager

Julie Cowan Agile and Scrum Training from Vitality Chicago Inc.

“Anthony is a thoughtful agile trainer, engaging all of the students in the class with anecdotes from his real-world experience and deep understanding of Agile practices.”

Julie Cowan – Senior Designer, Northwestern University

Adriana Sebek

“I find Anthony’s trainings to be very engaging and insightful.”

Adriana Sebek – Customer & Quality Manager

Blythe Veltman

“Real-life examples provided (applied theory to practice), answered questions around McD current issues with potential ways to course correct; found the team formation/exercises to discuss/learn very beneficial.”

Blythe Veltman – Product Portfolio Manager, Global Technology Strategy & Planning

Lakecia Whimper

“The Agile for Practitioners Training was helpful in providing a good foundation. I love the hands-on experience through the various exercises. I recommended this course for giving me a practical understanding of how to apply Agile concepts.”

Lakecia Whimper – Technology Project Manager

Scott Badskey

“Very good overview of DASSM; Jonathan did a great job facilitating the course.”

Scott Badskey – Director of Global PMO Portfolio and Process Management

Daniel Peikes

“I highly recommend Gary. He had us rethinking the way we think.”

Daniel Peikes – Business Analyst

Scott Badskey

“Good material, well organized, good use of online tool to support virtual learning, great instructor.”

Scott Badskey – Director of Global PMO Portfolio and Process Management

Sunil Chainani

“Jonathan Lee’s well-structured training, and post-class guidance was instrumental in helping me achieve the DASM certification. Do not be surprised if you become a disciplined agile champion, after interacting with Jonathan!”

Sunil Chainani – Program Manager | IT PMO

Tomas Jacobi

“I’ve used Vitality Chicago to train our team and found that the Professional Scrum Foundations Training course was a great foundation for everyone to really get a sense of what SCRUM is all about.”

Tomas Jacobi – Program Manager

Max Schoen

“This course is great for anyone who wants to learn modern leadership ideas and practices to more effectively lead and coach teams.”

Max Schoen – Admissions Advisor

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