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Wednesday Aug 17
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Agile Open Forum

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Date Wed Aug 17
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
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Facilitators David Bulkin, Aleksandr Kofman, Chris English
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David Bulkin

Scrum Alliance: CST, CSP SM, CSP PO, CAL 1; SAFe SPC, PMI: PMI-ACP

David Bulkin is a managing director and head of training services at Grow-Lean. He delivers the CSM, A-CSM and CSPO courses. He certified over 10,000 students with the Scrum Alliance. Unlike most trainers David continues to build systems as a team member, doing hands on work like designing, coding, testing, etc. His commitment to training others, combined with his continued work as a team member, positions him to deliver a classroom experience that will boost your career.

David's thought leadership in 2009 on progressive elaboration for agile requirements, influenced what is now known as refinement (entering Scrum in 2011). David has successfully applied agile to manufacturing, marketing, sales, finance, and other areas outside of IT. He was an independent reviewer of the original PMI-ACP body of knowledge that fed the creation of the PMI-ACP Exam and has worked on the exam questions for the Certified Scrum Master Exam. David’s broad background ensures you are getting up to date ideas to apply in your workplace.

David has 37 years of work experience, making him an old guy, but no worries, he has high energy and is up to date on modern technologies. David has been applying agile since he got his start in 2001 at JP Morgan Chase where Kent Beck, The Father of Extreme Programming (XP), and perhaps also Agile, was his coach. Via DevOps, XP techniques are growing in popularity today; David is in a good position to help you learn them.

As a hands-on practitioner David has had many roles including Project Manager, Coder, Tester, Business Analyst, Product Manager, Product Owner, and Scrum Master. David continues to build things, including the software serving up this web page, so, if it is broken, contact him.

By continuing to work on actual projects and product development, David stays practical and level headed. He brings an understanding of your needs into the classroom so you benefit from his experience.


A Bit About David From David

Hi,

I live on the East Coast of the US close to New Jersey and Philadelphia. I have one wife, two kids, and a cat. My older daughter is a in college, living away from home for the first time. My other daughter is high school. Like many, our family got a pet, in our case, a rescue cat, early in the pandemic. I miss being in session with students, but it has been nice to see my wife, kids and the cat!

I am known for high energy and keeping it fun, and personal, so, if you attend a session with me, you won't be bored.

Aleksandr Kofman

CSP-SM | SPC 5 | RS@SP | CSPO

Bilingual Agile Coach & Trainer with over 10+ years of successful experience in software development and Agile methodologies. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to success in various industries. Skilled in building rapport with leadership and stakeholders, building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and the ability to think outside the box.

Chris English

CSM, CSPO, Scrum@Scale Practitioner

I started my agile journey with Grow-Lean in 2020 by taking the CSPO. Since then, we have collaborated regularly on improving Grow-Lean alumni services. Some of these services improve the quality of learning in Grow-Lean's courses like online quizzes which help prepare students for certification exams as well as deepen their learning. We have also created free services to help our alumni and the agile community. Free events like the Agile Open Forum and the Agile Open Community were designed to help everyone, no matter what part they are on of their agile journey.

Recent Reviews

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Video testimonials so you can hear it directly from the source

Tim Fantone has a background as a Project Manager and knows that interest in agile and Scrum are growing. He decided to take a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) session with Grow-Lean to enhance his on the job performance.

Tim received a 94% on the certifying exam and recommends that others take a Grow-Lean CSM. He is considering additionalGrow-Lean sessions for himself.
Anna Sosnina attended an Advanced Certified Scrum Master as it was the next logical step in her career. She chose Grow-Lean as they have a great reputation in the agile world. She noted she was engaged in exercises probably 85% of the time and enjoyed the deep discussion in the break out rooms. She also had lots of fun.

She got actionable insights to apply immediately at work and has recommended the course to colleagues.
Lesley Nelson attended a Grow-Lean Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Session. She had been hearing more about Agile and took advantage of time at home during a shelter in place order. Leslie felt the trainers made it fun and easy to relate to.

Lesley does not have a ScrumMaster role, but identified actions that she implemented. She was grateful that there was a post class test prep session with the instructor to make passing the exam easy.

Check reviews added on the Grow-Lean Site.

Live Online Session

The course was interactive and had a solid mix of instructor-led delivery, breakout sessions, and interactive quizzing that really helps with the exam preparation.

June 18
Certified ScrumMaster
Silvia Baptista
Live Online Session

Trainer David Bulkin was very informative and kept everyone engaged.

May 31
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

The session was very interactive which helped keeping the group focused. The real life examples were of great value

May 31
Certified ScrumMaster
Lucia Garza
Live Online Session

It was very inspiring how the instructor embodied the agile approach.

May 31
Certified ScrumMaster
Merima Sejdija Pajko
Live Online Session

Awesome instructor. Great information provided and can be used in my everyday product owner role.

May 31
Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner
Kevin Fullen
Live Online Session

The instructor gave very detailed instructions and amazing visual aids. Miro was great too.

May 25
Certified ScrumMaster
pilialoha benjamin
Live Online Session

I love how interactive the class was throughout the 2 day period. The instructor did a great job making sure that everyone understood the information before moving on to the next topic.

May 25
Certified ScrumMaster
Sherika Facey
Live Online Session

The topics were organized in a way that I could follow and understand. I like that there were slides to print and take notes on. Don did a great job at articulating each subject we needed to learn. He tried to mix the class up by adding break-out sessions, exercises, quizzes, etc. I feel very prepared to study and pass the CSM exam.

May 25
Certified ScrumMaster
Jodi Lombard
Live Online Session

The teaching method was very fun and interactive with classmates and lecturer. The lecture was very interesting and make me eager to listen. It was with real-time examples so we were able to understand better.

May 14
Certified ScrumMaster
Min Guo
Live Online Session

The class is packed with information and delivered in a fun and patient manner.

May 4
Certified ScrumMaster
Veronda Junious
Live Online Session

Team exercises throughout the session, to help us better understand the concepts

May 4
Certified ScrumMaster
Meghna Mathur
Live Online Session

I liked the whole class! I was transparent with some concerns regarding a specific section, & the instructor modified his presentations based on this feedback. Amazing to have a teacher respond & adapt so quickly!!

March 23
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

Don Patti is very knowledgeable of the subject matter and has a great deal of experience. The activities and teams break outs were very helpful as well as all the resources he provided to continue studying post class. I scored a 98 on the exam -- thank you :)

March 19
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

I have left with numerous valuable assets that I will apply immediately to my company and peers. How to better facilitate meetings, what powerful questions to ask and when to ask them, why cycle time is a valuable metric to use and so much more. Some online 2 or 3 day sessions could be stale and boring not so with Davids class. He kept a great pace and made it fun and very informative. I am grateful I took this class. I have left this class more confident knowing I’ll be able to take what I learned and apply it to my every day life and company.

January 13
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

Practical advice. Interactive activities using real world situations. Virtual course allowed me to save commuting time and interact with Scrum Masters from across the country.

December 13
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Shalynn Simatovich
Live Online Session

It was very interactive and easy to digest. As a new grad with no Agile and Product Owner experience, I must say David is an awesome teacher! He presented the material and used real-life situations. Hands-down 10/10 would recommend

December 11
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Mirabel Ehirim
Live Online Session

The way all the material was presented was a very fresh and interactive take which kept me really engaged. The instructor Arlen is fantastic and extremely knowledgeable on Scrum. He does a great job at providing real world experiences and making it relate to everyone else's. The pace and subjects covered is exactly what I was hoping for this class.

December 9
Certified Scrum Professional - Scrum Master
Steve Oldakowski
Live Online Session

The instructor was energetic and engaging, I was able to follow and participate in the sessions. I liked the instructor's method and sense of humor, and how he relates the material with real-life examples. This is a great course, and I plan to take the Advanced CSM.

December 9
Certified ScrumMaster
Maha Al-Shetihy
Live Online Session

It is clear David really cares about the questions and even example projects members of the class bring to him. He dives deep, gives suggestions, and asks questions because he is genuinely interested. He keeps training exciting and fun, while ensuring everyone is taking away new perspectives, tools, and knowledge.

November 8
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Rich Kierod
Live Online Session

David Bulkin did a great job conveying the information, and was able to relate it in terms of my current role (construction project manager). He was very energetic and kept the class engaged. He never read from the presentation slides, which was fantastic in explaining the material and keeping up my interest. I would definitely recommend David's class to a colleague.

October 14
Certified ScrumMaster
Dean Marraccini
Live Online Session

I like the real-world application/tangents. the interactiveness of the class was pretty good I liked the use of breakout rooms that was a nice way to speak with classmates.

October 11
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

It went well beyond teaching for passing a test. David cares that you walk away a deeper thinker than a robot who memorizes concepts for a cert. I liked that he pushed for understanding of the content rather than just reading slides. The class had great energy and interaction from all participants which I thought was well done for a zoom atmosphere. We were all engaged and somewhat entertained. David gets it and he knows how to present the information in a way that stimulates deep thought.

October 9
Certified ScrumMaster
Freeman Burns
Live Online Session

They instructor Donald Patti was clearly knowledgeable and experienced with the subject matter. He didn't hesitate to answer and engage with the class members. He also employed different methods for us to learn and an overall fun atmosphere.

September 25
Certified ScrumMaster
Rob Jowaisas
Live Online Session

Really liked the engaging, no nonsense teaching style. David effectively conveyed the scrum mindset and essential concepts. Through his course, guidance, and supporting materials, I was able to develop a much better understanding of scrum and the Scrum Master role and easily pass the CSM test.

September 9
Certified ScrumMaster
Nathanael Forsberg
Live Online Session

Prior to attending the session I had few limited, nearly zero knowledge amout Agile and Scrum. However, by the end of my session I had a thorough understanding on the subject. Not only did David Bulkin manage to cover all important aspects of Scrum within a short timespan of 13 hours, but the training itself was tailormade to allow me to grasp the entire concept of Scrum and Agile in a very practical sense. Since I was attending the session from outside U.S. I had to sit through until 3.00A.M. in the morning and not once was I finding it difficult or dull because he conducted the training in an extremely fun manner so I was energized throughout. It was a fun and insightful session! Davind Bulkin is an hilariously awesome trainer! & I will definitely attend more sessions conducted by him and Grow-Lean LLC!!!

August 26
Certified ScrumMaster
Ashani Rodrigo
Live Online Session

Prior to attending the session I had few limited, nearly zero knowledge amout Agile and Scrum. However, by the end of my session I had a thorough understanding on the subject. Not only did David Bulkin manage to cover all important aspects of Scrum within a short timespan of 13 hours, but the training itself was tailormade to allow me to grasp the entire concept of Scrum and Agile in a very practical sense. Since I was attending the session from outside U.S. I had to sit through until 3.00A.M. in the morning and not once was I finding it difficult or dull because he conducted the training in an extremely fun manner so I was energized throughout. It was a fun and insightful session! Davind Bulkin is an hilariously awesome trainer! & I will definitely attend more sessions conducted by him and Grow-Lean LLC!!!

August 26
Certified ScrumMaster
Ashani Rodrigo
Live Online Session

This teacher is amazing and very very knowledgeable and funny too. Throughout the training he was patient with us newbies and helped us along the way. Thank you to Don of GrowLean. I really appreciate you

August 14
Certified ScrumMaster
Cameron Duke
Live Online Session

Don was really good at presenting all the topics in SAFe. Liked Kahoot! Quizes and his patience in explaining all the topics in detail.

August 7
Leading SAFe 5
Mohan Velpuri
Live Online Session

The integration of the SAFe framework website with the instructors course material.

August 7
Leading SAFe 5
chris spears
Live Online Session

I didn't know what to expect because I had never before taken an online class. At no point did I feel disengaged or feel that I was in a virtual class. David Bulkin is a fantastic instructor, offering guidance and helpful hints, while agilely managing the chats. The course content was clear, concise, and comprehensible. The class was set up so that I was able to learn a lot in a short period of time. It provided information that was useful in the context as to how I will be using it. After taking this class, I now have a better understanding of Agile and Scrum methodologies. This class more than met my expectations and is the reason why, I believe, I scored a 98% on the exam on my first attempt. I look forward to taking additional courses offered by Grow-Lean and hopefully with this instructor.

July 27
Certified ScrumMaster
Robert Perdue
Live Online Session

The instructor's enthusiasm and mixture of anecdotal and theory based teaching.

July 17
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

I enjoyed David's examples from his real-world experience and that he referred to class members to talk about specific applications of Agile that they've seen. The group was able to learn about applications of Scrum through each other's experience and see shades of different practices for unique needs at different companies. We also could learn about what others disliked, giving us something to think about as aspiring facilitators or eventual Scrum Masters.

July 6
Certified ScrumMaster
Jessica McClure
Live Online Session

The session was perfect, not boring, at a good pace, with good content, good discussion, and the application of and chance to share and evaluate real world experiences. This is the second course that I have taken with David Bulkin. He is a terrific instructor and the reason that I have and will continue to choose GL over the competition. Please continue to develop your process and offerings.

June 12
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
George Baker
Live Online Session

David's real world experience and the ability to discuss and share on attendee experience and help them understand how it applies to their workplace. Unlike other trainers who will focus on the theory, David provides real world examples and examples affecting himself and shares it with the class. Class engagement is top-tier, and people leave with a brightened sense of knowledge for Scrum.

May 13
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Amogh Patkar
Live Online Session

David Bulkin is an effective Scrum Trainer. He understands that new material is not immediately registered in the brain and so he repeats and asks questions in different ways just to get us thinking. I appreciate his methods. He is also energetic. The course materials were useful and I am of the impression that he gauges his sessions based on the experience of his audience which is good. I plan to do the A-CSM with him. Also, leading up to the session, attendees received loads of pre-class material such as test quizzes and other material to help understand Scrum. These were very valuable to me.

April 24
Certified ScrumMaster
Najma Gordon
Live Online Session

David knowledge and way of explaining and involving people. All practice exercises were very thoughtful and informative. I was able to fill lots of gaps in my understanding.

April 10
Certified ScrumMaster
Pankaj Goel
Live Online Session

David's training went beyond simply teaching us how to pass the certification exam. Using practical examples, breakout sessions, and a highly engaging teaching style, he helped us understand the "why" behind using Scrum. Many people get lost in the "how" and end up with a gutted implementation of the Agile methodology. Having completing this training, I'm much better positioned to encourage a lasting, effective implementation of Scrum in our organization.

March 16
Certified ScrumMaster
Jarrett Cross
Live Online Session

I found that having a trainer with tons of experience very valuable. He has trained over 425 times and you can tell he has perfected the way he trains in order to impact us as trainees giving us a better opportunity to retain the knowledge. He was very inclusive and had everyone involved. He was intentional in how he spoke and delivered the knowledge in class in order to keep us all engaged.

March 16
Certified ScrumMaster
Lanadja Dunson
Live Online Session

Talking about real world examples that match the topic, and the simulated PI.

February 27
Leading SAFe 5
Albert Bongiovi
Live Online Session

I really enjoyed the interactive, fun, hands-on virtual learning session with instructor, Donald Patti. Don has a wealth of knowledge and provided real world examples and activities to help solidify the course content. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting this certification. Don, thank you for being an excellent trainer!

February 6
Certified ScrumMaster
Ria Joseph
Live Online Session

I learnt so much from this course. Very interesting, fun, educational and hands on. The instructor definitely has a passion for teaching this course and it shows through his teaching style. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

February 2
Certified ScrumMaster
Roselyne Marete
Live Online Session

I liked how the instructor gave real world examples to help connect the information. I think he was thoughtful and well versed and felt confident in his ability to teach.

January 25
Certified ScrumMaster
Rachelle Peay
Live Online Session

The open communication and learning. Real world scenarios and exercises. Loved our break out sessions that we were able to work together with our fellow team members.

January 16
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Daina Caldwell
Live Online Session

I found the sessions to be very interesting and interactive. The instructor gave "real life" examples that I could understand contextually. The class material also provided helpful context which the instructor was able to build upon.

January 16
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Kathleen Phillips
Live Online Session

The content David provided is both valuable and applicable in a multitude of scenarios and settings. Each day, principles are taught that can be immediately applied in many different business cases.

January 11
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Robert Midiri
Live Online Session

Real world examples were incredibly helpful, and to actually build something was very useful as well. I appreciate the presenter's ability to adapt to his audience.

January 11
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Michael Manchester
Live Online Session

Excellent Company and Excellent Trainer. The class is very enjoyable because of David who has an excellent way of presenting and engaging the participants.

January 7
Certified ScrumMaster
Anum Saiyed
Live Online Session

I have been doing Scrum/XP/etc for 10+ years and although I am proficient at it and my team is doing well, I still found dozen different things that we can do and improve in our mindset and processes.

January 7
Certified ScrumMaster
Zemira Lalic
Live Online Session

This class was perhaps the best delivered course I have taken in my career. Mr. Bulkin was a master at presenting the material, including and engaging all of the class participants to ensure that learning was taking place, not merely knowing how to answer test questions. It was fun and interesting. Another notable observation - David Bulkin was available from the beginning of the class start all the way to the ending and beyond. I don't think he ever left his teaching post. We were able to ask questions and clarifications during all of the breaks and even after the close of the day. I am HAPPY to recommend Grow-Lean and specifically Mr. David Bulkin for any class course they offer!

December 17
Certified ScrumMaster
Stanley Melling
Live Online Session

David was dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and funny. He certainly knew the material and provided exercises and real-world examples to drive home the key points. The pre-readings and quizzes were a great way to get an introduction to the course and to get the basics down. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting this certification.

December 17
Certified ScrumMaster
Rachel Resnick
Live Online Session

David is an exceptional teacher: knowledgeable, prepared, thorough; skilled at explaining abstract concepts articulately and challenging his students to think differently. The class was a great balance of engaging lectures and hands-on group work. I don't care who you are, if you take this class you are going to walk away having learned something new that can be applied to your work and life.

December 14
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Tabitha Frahm
Live Online Session

Our instructor did a great job building rapport on both days. The real life applications of being show the tools and driving growth by stumbling on how to best use the tools for our given circumstance.

December 14
Certified Scrum Product Owner
David Hernandez
Live Online Session

Trained resources like me who actually had zero background in Scrum. David knows how to engage resources and his trainings are extremely good and thorough. I completed my certification successfully with 96% due to his awesome training.

December 5
Certified ScrumMaster
Sayanti Pal
Live Online Session

The level of engagement provided in the sessions.

November 14
Certified ScrumMaster
Aya Heshmat
Live Online Session

David’s industry knowledge blended with his Agile acumen and teaching style made it a phenomenal learning experience.

November 14
Certified ScrumMaster
Bishop Curry
Live Online Session

Real life examples were mentioned during the course relevant to the topic which helped to relate to the Agile topic.

November 12
Certified ScrumMaster
Aparna Kuttuva
Live Online Session

Went far beyond just the leaning objectives of the Scrum Master role by demonstrating principles and philosophies that every good employee should consider in our business world today. Being able to relate and apply to so many people's own experiences in their roles/teams and giving suggestions.

November 12
Certified ScrumMaster
Steve Oldakowski
Live Online Session

The general discussions and some of the real-life examples of the topics.

November 12
Certified ScrumMaster
Gregory Klein
Live Online Session

I really enjoyed the interactive activities throughout the session - these were helpful for learning and helped us apply concepts immediately. Also, I passed my exam tonight!

October 24
Certified ScrumMaster
Kathleen Curry
Live Online Session

I found the real life scenarios discussed in the class to be extremely helpful and will definitely put them to use in my day to day.

October 12
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Daniel Dennis
Live Online Session

Real life examples, repetition of important subjects, open discussion rather than lecture all the way through.

September 26
Certified ScrumMaster
Jason Koelle
Live Online Session

It was the right pace and the training materials provided ahead were for instrumental.

September 19
Certified ScrumMaster
Lisa Roy
Live Online Session

Very knowledgeable Instructor, was able to make the class comfortable and provided tons of scenario to help better understand. Great class and I look forward to training with him again.

September 19
Certified ScrumMaster
Michael Diaz
Live Online Session

How interactive and organized it was. I enjoyed a lot the "workshop" feeling even when being an online course.

September 17
Certified ScrumMaster
Viviana Murillo Cordoba
Live Online Session

I found that the information regarding Scrum and the instructor's use of real life experiences / examples were extremely valuable.

September 10
Certified ScrumMaster
Sarah A. Boone
Live Online Session

I really enjoyed David's energy and subject knowledge throughout the two day session. He was always willing to work through lunch or after class in order to go over anything that was unclear. I also found that the practice tests that were provided truly helped me to pass the CSM Exam. Lastly, even though the class was virtual, it still felt that we were all together in once class room. The breakout rooms gave the students an opportunity to meet one another and collaborate on the answers to the questions.

September 10
Certified ScrumMaster
Ryan Sonsini
Live Online Session

The instructor has the ability to show contents in different ways and make the class fun. Also, the content represents in the way that are useful in real world and more practical than theories. The interactions between students are great.

September 10
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

One of the best video share sessions I've been in post-virus. David did a great job of keeping the class engaged, and clearly values teaching methodology as much as he values Scrum and Agile. Information and discussion provided the opportunity to discuss real world examples and experiences. Interaction and learning tools covered a surprisingly wide range of technologies, several of which I hadn't seen before or been aware of, I got some bonus inspiration for how to engage with stakeholders during online sessions!

August 6
Certified ScrumMaster
Sara Peters
Live Online Session

Even though we were in a virtual environment the small class size allowed us to be interactive, ask questions and participate in activities we would have done in an in-person class setting.

August 6
SAFe 5 ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

The class definitely went well beyond the Scrum Guide which was a good thing. I was very much prepared for the exam. I learned quite a bit that will be useful to take back to my organization.

August 6
Certified ScrumMaster
Kathleen Mullen
Live Online Session

The exercises where good ... Loved the MIRO board and the ability to collaborate with others on that.

August 1
Leading SAFe 5
Live Online Session

With right tools in place ( Zoom, Miro, kahoot) I didn't feel that its virtual session. Team members as well as Donald made it interactive and informative.

August 1
Leading SAFe 5
Raja Kathirvel
Live Online Session

Don was a great instructor and kept things lively and engaging. The course content and presentation were also top notch.

July 29
Leading SAFe 5
Andrew Carlson
Live Online Session

David made the entire virtual session entertaining. In addition to achieving a solid understanding of the Scrum framework we participated in many thought provoking exercises skirting the fringe of the framework. It makes sense to follow the framework in an attempt to achieve the common goal while continually improving the process and simultaneously providing flexibility to adapt to change and uncertainty. The strong emphasis on collaboration and transparency within a team promote self-examination and a realization that we can all do better.

July 23
Certified ScrumMaster
Kerry Shuey
Live Online Session

I liked relearning skills I've forgotton over the last four years. The information has helped me to apply to my current position.

July 16
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Deborah Busch
Live Online Session

David was great! He is friendly, came prepared, and was very comfortable with the material which allowed him to make the class much more conversational than just a subject matter expert at the front while we all watch quietly. David encouraged us to ask questions at any time along the way and this opened up to allow us to bring our experience into the training. I am sure that makes it more interesting for him but it also lets us all bond with each other along the way and hear varying points of view while learning the material. Thank you for a great class experience!

July 13
Certified ScrumMaster
Chris Duffy
Live Online Session

I highly recommend David's Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training. It was immediately evident David knew his stuff and was bringing his real-world experience to the class. If you have concerns about dull virtual courses, you won't find that here. It was very engaging with lots of hands-on activities, leaving me sure that I could immediately apply what I had learned. I would, without a doubt, take other courses from David.

July 9
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Tracie Johnson
Live Online Session

Excellent real world examples of how to apply learning. Great brainstorming sessions and overview of good practices

July 9
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Susan Marangos
Live Online Session

The course coalesced years of experience in working with agile projects in one form or another and the best experiences of my career into a role that fits me like second nature, a CSM. The instructor was the most valuable part of the course. Educators with hands on experience are the ones I seek out. David Bulkin is a great asset for Grow Lean. Get more like him.

July 7
Certified ScrumMaster
Mark Hudak
Live Online Session

David was terrific! He kept everyone engaged and involved the entire time! We covered everything multiple times in such a way that it reinforced the learning early and often.

July 7
Certified ScrumMaster
Elizabeth Pimper
Live Online Session

Given the fact that the sessions were in a virtual mode, the content was easy to follow as the instructor did a fabulous job in setting the learning framework and provided some fun along the way. The repetition in presenting the learning content was very good.

July 7
Certified ScrumMaster
Martin Toye
Live Online Session

What I found most valuable about this session was the ability to freely discuss and ask questions without being held to a strict timeline or Q/A time-box. Learning from the other students and the instructor about real-life Scrum practices, is what helped me be able to connect the dots around how Scrum can be applied in any organization to any problem. David was amazing at fostering an open and collaborative environment which made the class super enjoyable.

July 7
Certified ScrumMaster
Ericka Fisher
Live Online Session

Both sessions were excellent! They were casual, interactive and kept the entire class engaged. I appreciated the literature provided to be read in preparation for the class. The post-training test prep was fun and helpful. David is an excellent instructor, and created an environment that was comfortable and encouraged questions and discussions.

June 27
Certified ScrumMaster
Sheryl Porter
Live Online Session

David has an extreme mastery of all of the covered topics and also an impressive lineage within the world of agile. With that said he remains humble and relatable. David is also able to present the material in a way that is both entertaining and helps with retention.

June 24
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Adam Berr
Live Online Session

The A-CSM session helped me refresh the mechanics of CSM that I took one year ago, and go much more in depth. It added more to it: the agile framework, that was only introduced at the CSM, here was one of the key sections we went through. I also found Active listening and facilitating, Agile coaching, Problems solving and Grow beyond conflict extremely helpful. We had plenty of sessions where the team shared experiences and worked together on areas of personal improvements. Truly recommended to all those who really want to build up on CSM and really go beyond it

June 24
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Francesco Lamberti
Live Online Session

David Bulkin took what could have seemed like a very long 2-day virtual course and made it engaging and interesting and fun. Technology was well deployed to aide in the remote learning. David is an enthusiastic instructor who managed to elicit active participation from everyone in the class, even those like myself who are generally more comfortable observing in the background. I would definitely take another class with David Bulkin and would highly recommend his Advanced CSM course to others.

June 24
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Steven Lewis
Live Online Session

It has been eight years since I took the CSM course and this was a great way to not only refresh my Scrum skills but to dive deeper into the mechanics. David is very knowledgeable and even though we were virtual (due to covid19) we had many break out sessions where we could collaborate and share real world Scrum scenarios. I will be implementing the Powerful Questions and using what I learned in the Growing Beyond Conflict sections.

June 24
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Jami Dolezal
Live Online Session

I really liked the virtual CSM training training because David and Don have tremendous "real world" experience they impart as part of the curriculum, their ability to strike the appropriate balance between teaching and incorporating interactive learning sessions, and their ability to facilitate discussion with the session attendees with some humor.

June 22
Certified ScrumMaster
Molly Janiczek
Live Online Session

Energetic, Interactive, and material is explained really well. David engages with students, listens and answers questions and is available in, and after, class. Very well taught course.

June 22
Certified ScrumMaster
Donika Elezaj
Live Online Session

The CSPO certification online session was precise and concise, and delivered exactly what needed to be delivered in time. David was receptive and responsive to everyone's questions and ideas, and kept the session very interesting. David kept the team motivated and engrossing throughout the whole online session.

June 20
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Live Online Session

David is full of energy and there is no real dull moments during the class. I appreciate the real world examples and working in teams to better understand the methodology.

June 20
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Mark Schaffer
Live Online Session

I loved the approach to describing PO roles and responsibilities. The class was extremely interactive, David was extremely knowledgeable, and I feel great about my introduction to the PO space.

June 20
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Alex Henry
Live Online Session

Going into two full day classes, I was a little concerned about my attention span but David kept the class very engaging and interactive. We covered a lot of ground in two days discussing various topics. It was a good mix of lecture and hands on exercises, which were fun and thought provoking. David has a good sense of humor that makes the class more interesting.

June 20
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Harsha Konreddy
Live Online Session

The class was interactive, there was something to learn from each section. David is a great facilitator

June 20
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Abimbola Oyekanmi
Live Online Session

I appreciate the candor and real world practical realities of the project space as shared by the instructor rather than sticking to closely to boilerplate material. The instructor prepares you for the CSM exam, but goes above and beyond to ensure you take a way useful skills and knowledge to further develop your acumen and maturity in dealing with complex people/process situations. Likewise, the humor and atmosphere created by the instructor opened up the rest of the class to encourage participation, comfort and a friendly environment.

June 13
Certified ScrumMaster
Spirangelos Antipas
Live Online Session

The instructor was well versed in Scrum and provided opportunities for clarifying questions and went beyond theories to tie instruction to real world scenarios. He was able to probe the team to think outside the box. As a first time Scrum class attendee, I am glad I took this class from this instructor. He was engaging, accommodating, did not use empty fillers to kill time. Every minutes of the class was very productive. The Online experience was no different than the class room experience.

June 13
Certified ScrumMaster
Dr. Dickson Jesuorobo
Live Online Session

David did a great job of keeping the content interesting and helping a fully remote class feel connected and engaged. The course provided the content review required to comfortably pass the exam but also extended the course value well beyond just "exam prep" by relating content to real-world experiences. I plan to come back to Grow-Lean LLC for additional certifications in the ScrumMaster line in the future.

June 13
Certified ScrumMaster
Elizabeth Morin-Kensicki
Live Online Session

As someone coming in with limited Agile process background, David did a great job providing a strong framework and foundation for "what" the Agile process is and "what" the role of the product owner is, while also provide the "why". He blended real world experience, story telling with the fundamentals to provide an easy to consume 2 days of training. I definitely feel like it was two days well spent.

June 11
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Joseph Sullivan
Live Online Session

I like Davids's training style, very energetic. His high energy kept me engaged. I always felt like school wasn't for me and there was no way I could sit in a class or virtual class, and be fully captivated. That changed one I took this training, so much that I'm looking to get more. I think it was overall great and well rounded, with the jokes, teaching style, and everything. David is a very personable guy and I believe comfortability is key. Furthermore, I will be looking for more certification training to take with him.

June 9
Certified ScrumMaster
Kahlil Smith
Live Online Session

Real world application and scenarios, fun dialogue, and an expert trainer who has been there, done that. Dave Bulkin clearly cares about the learning experience, ensuring the students learn the material, and is very passionate about Agile.

June 9
Certified ScrumMaster
Cameron Nokes

AgileOpenForum



After you register we will provide instruction to prepare you for the Agile Open Forum.

Follow the checklist below to ensure you have what you need. Have problems; no worries, we will assist you with the technical setup and we will get with you, prior to the Agile Open Forum, to make sure you are ready.

  • Computer with a webcam: The vast majority of laptop have integrated webcams. If you don't have that, we will help you setup your phone as a webcam.
  • A working headset or speaker plus microphone: Many people use their smartphone ear-buds.
  • Zoom Client: Download the Zoom client at, https://zoom.us/download. After the download, install it.


David Bulkin

Scrum Alliance: CST, CSP SM, CSP PO, CAL 1; SAFe SPC, PMI: PMI-ACP

David Bulkin is a managing director and head of training services at Grow-Lean. He delivers agile/lean training and consulting to individuals, teams and organizations.

David serves as a catalyst to expedite the journey from plan driven to adaptive methods. David is known for practicality and achieving results. He helps individuals grow their careers while leading organizations on the path to higher ROI.

David has 36 years experience delivering software and systems and has been applying agile methods for 19 years across the entire value stream from strategy and product ideation to development and support. As a hands-on practitioner David has had many roles including Project Manager, Developer, Tester, Business Analyst, Product Manager and ScrumMaster.

Through training, coaching and speaking, David has impacted over 20,000 individuals, helping them grow their use of agile methods.

As a coach and consultant, David helps organizations adopt and expand their use of agile by working with change agents, teams, PMOs, managers and executives. As a speaker David regularly presents at the two major agile conferences, the Scrum Gathering and Agile 20xx, as well as at regional events. David is active in the agile communities including Scrum, Extreme Programming, Lean, Kanban, and SAFe.

David has provided thought leadership in areas such as applying progressive elaboration to agile requirements, integrating engineering principles into development teams, and applying agile to marketing, sales, finance, and other areas outside of IT. He was an independent reviewer of the PMI-ACP body of knowledge that fed the creation of the PMI-ACP Exam and has worked on the exam questions for the Certified ScrumMaster Exam.

As a Certified Scrum Trainer David delivers Certified ScrumMaster, Advanced Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Product Owner Training, PMI-ACP Prep, as well as non-certified sessions on topics including agile engineering (Extreme Programming / XP), requirements, teaming, and the executive side of agile.


Learn more about David Bulkin by clicking here to see his LinkedIn Profile.

David's Agile Certifications

  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy:  SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)
  • Project Management Institute: PMI Agile Certified Professional (ACP)

David's Public Speaking on Agile

  • From Extreme Waterfall, to Agile
    October 10, 2016 : Agile Tour 2016, Philadelphia, PA
  • Agile Coach & Trainer, to CEO, Should I Follow My Own $%*! Advice?
    July 27, 2016 : Agile 2016, Atlanta, GA
  • PredictAgility with Adaptive Release Planning
    May 12, 2016 : Nashville PMI Symposium, Nashville, TN
  • Agile Coach to CEO: Leadership in Action!
    May 12, 2016 : Nashville PMI Symposium, Nashville, TN
  • Surviving Extreme Waterfall, Making Agile Work
    April 19, 2016 : Scrum Gathering, Orlando, FL
  • The Agile PMO
    April 15, 2016 : Virtual, United States
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Making Agile Work in the DoD
    October 26, 2015 : Agile DC, Washington, DC
  • Authentic Agile Adoption, Avoid Agile Anti-Patterns
    October 5, 2015 : Agile Tour, Philadelphia, PA
  • Building Righter Stuff with Agile & HDD
    August 13, 2015 : Nashville Tech Council, Nashville, TN
  • Cracking the Agile Culture Code
    August 6, 2015 : Agile 2015, Washington, DC
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Making Agile Work in the DoD
    August 5, 2015 : Agile 2015, Washington, DC
  • Agile versus Fragile
    June 18, 2015 : Virtual, North America
  • Agile for the Waterfall Guy and Gal
    May, 2015 : Scrum Gathering, Phoenix, AZ
  • Build Righter Stuff with Hypothesis Driven Development
    October 21, 2014 : Agile DC, Washington, DC
  • Agile for the PMI Guy and Gal
    October 6, 2014 : Agile Tour, Philadelphia, PA
  • Build Righter Stuff with Hypothesis Driven Development
    October 6, 2014 : Agile Tour, Philadelphia, PA
  • Team Based Business Process Re-engineering with Scrum
    September 22, 2014 : Scrum Gathering, Berlin, Germany
  • Long Term Adaptive Release Planning
    July 29, 2014 : Agile 2014, Orlando, FL
  • Build Want You Need, Not What You Wanted
    July 29, 2014 : Agile 2014, Orlando, FL
  • Using Agile Testing to Improve Business Outcomes
    June 10, 2014 : PMI Conference & Expo, Houston, TX
  • Agile Release Planning for the PMI Guy
    June 9, 2014 : PMI Conference & Expo, Houston, TX
  • Long Term Adaptive Release Planning with Scrum
    May 6, 2014 : Scrum Gathering, New Orleans, LA
  • Build Want You Need, Not What You Wanted
    May 5, 2014 : Scrum Gathering, New Orleans, LA
  • Don’t Build Want You Want, Build What You Need
    October 8, 2013 : Agile DC, Washington, DC
  • Hypothesis Driven Development, Aligning to Outcomes
    October 7, 2013 : Agile Tour, King of Prussia, PA
  • Continual Backlog Refinement, Get Stories to Ready
    August 7, 2013 : Agile 2013, Nashville, TN
  • Beyond Stories, an Intro to ATDD, BDD & HDD
    August 6, 2013 : Agile 2013, Nashville, TN
  • ATDD/BDD and Then Beyond with HDD
    July 9, 2013 : Agile Philly, Wayne, PA
  • Don’t gamble on user stories alone, specify by example!
    May 7, 2013 : Scrum Gathering, Las Vegas, NV
  • Keynote: Agile Teams, from Good to Great
    October 12, 2012 : AgilePalooza, New York, NY
  • Specification by Example
    April 16, 2012 : Agile Leadership Network, Jersey City, NJ
  • Moving Towards Agile Greatness
    November 14, 2011 : Agile Leadership Network, Jersey City, NJ
  • Keynote: Agile Teams, Good to Great
    November 4, 2011 : Agile Palooza, Boston, MA
  • Three Plus Amigos & the Readiness Team
    November 4, 2011 : Agile Palooza, Boston, MA
  • Individuals to Teams, from Good to Great
    October 26, 2011 : Agile DC, Washington DC
  • Agile Teams, Good to Great
    Sep 10, 2011 : Philly Day of Agile, Philadelphia, PA
  • 10 Minutes to a Better Standup
    August 9, 2011 : Agile 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 10 Minutes to Testable Specifications
    August 9, 2011 : Agile 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Keynote: Agile Teams, Good to Great
    June 10, 2011 : Agile Palooza, King of Prussia, PA
  • Three Plus Amigos & Readiness Team
    June 10, 2011 : Agile Palooza, Philadelphia, PA
  • Agile Risk Management
    Apr 5, 2011 : NDIA, Baltimore MD
  • Decoupled Requirements Pipeline, “Get to Ready”
    August 11, 2010 : Agile 2010, Orlando FL
  • Keynote: Agile, A Case for Change
    May 19, 2010 : Agile in Action, King of Prussia PA
  • Decoupled Request Pipeline
    May 9, 2010 : Orlando Scrum Gathering, Orlando FL

I live on the East Coast of the US close to New Jersey and Philadelphia. I have one wife, two kids, a cat, and a fish. My older daughter is a freshman in college, but living at home (saving us money). My other daughter is in middle school. Like many, our family got a pet, in our case, a rescue cat, early in the pandemic. I miss being in session with students, but it has been nice to see my wife, kids and pets!

I am known for high energy and keeping it fun, and personal, so, if you attend a session with me, you won't be bored.

Aleksandr Kofman

CSP-SM | SPC 5 | RS@SP | CSPO

Bilingual Agile Coach & Trainer with over 10+ years of successful experience in software development and Agile methodologies. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to success in various industries. Skilled in building rapport with leadership and stakeholders, building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and the ability to think outside the box.

Chris English

CSM, CSPO, Scrum@Scale Practitioner

I started my agile journey with Grow-Lean in 2020 by taking the CSPO. Since then, we have collaborated regularly on improving Grow-Lean alumni services. Some of these services improve the quality of learning in Grow-Lean's courses like online quizzes which help prepare students for certification exams as well as deepen their learning. We have also created free services to help our alumni and the agile community. Free events like the Agile Open Forum and the Agile Open Community were designed to help everyone, no matter what part they are on of their agile journey.

"Learn from, and help others learn, at the Agile Open Forum"

The Agile Open Community and Agile Open Forum Team Members

Overview of Grow-Lean Agile Open Forum

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The Grow-Lean Agile Open Forum™ (AOF) is for Grow-Lean alumni and any working agilists. The AOF covers topics selected by attendees. Bring your challenges, bring your friends, and be ready to learn from others while helping others learn.

Join us for this FREE event if you...

  • Want an outside perspective on your organization's use of agile.
  • Want to discuss a specific challenges.
  • Want to meet with like-minded agilists and form connections.