Ravi Verma is a Public Speaker, Agile Coach, Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer, Evidence Based Management Consultant and Blogger with a passion for helping teams recapture the magic of making I.T. As the Founder and Org Whisperer at SmoothApps, Ravi blends ideas from the world of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development to develop strong teams and inspiring leaders at all levels of an organization. He recently co-founded his second startup - Al Dente, a platform that helps Agile Coach’s and organizations empirically improve business outcomes in tandem with Agile delivery frameworks like Scrum.
Ravi has 20+ year of Software Delivery and Consulting Experience including Agile Enablement for companies ranging from 10 people to 10,000 people. He is able to earn the trust and respect of C-Level executives and help them understand how the application of Agile Principles, Values and Practices can become a powerful means to achieving sustainable competitive advantage.
Ravi is a creative thought leader and has created the Sabotagile Manifesto and Sabotagile Principles and co-created the Software Code of Ethics. As an active member of the Agile Community, he co-founded the Agile-DevOps Meetup and co-created the Scrum.org Scrum Pulse Webinar Series & Scrum Tapas Video Series.
Ravi is a compelling communicators and used the power of story-teller to make people lean-in and learn the what, why and how of Agility. You can get a sense for Ravi’s story-telling approach by watching the Agilato Video Series – and by reading his Agile Blogs.
He is a certified trainer for Sharon Bowman’s “Training From The Back of the Room” courses and integrates brain-friendly learning into his training. Ravi is also a Certified ROI Professional from the ROI Institute and integrates ROI Based Learning techniques into his training, coaching and consulting. He is committed to becoming a better coach and has completed 104 hours of rigorous training on Co-Active Coaching from the Co-Active institute and is currently enrolled in an intensive 6 month coaching program to become a Certified Co-Active Professional Coach.
As a grateful immigrant to the USA, Ravi felt a strong urge to give back to the country that adopted him and co-founded a non-profit – Agile For Patriots that provides free Agile training, certification, experience, mentoring and coaching to US Military Veterans and Spouses. Since its founding, Agile For Patriots has helped 42 candidates graduate from the program through 6 cohorts and has launched the 7th cohort in May 2021.
Ravi has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from R.V.C.E., Bangalore and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from SMU, Dallas. Ravi received a Certificate in Organizational Development from DePaul University and Linkage Inc and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner, with a Certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution from Kilmann Diagnostics. He has also been trained in facilitating workshops for leading organizational change based on the book “Leading Bold Change” by Dr. John Kotter workshops.
He lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Texas and his favorite ways to recharge are passing time with his family, going for long walks in his neighborhood and watching NBA, Golf and crime-dramas all on mute with close captioning.
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Scaled Professional ScrumSteve Porter
Jun 2-3, 2015