About Kelly Fidei, PhD, Scrum Career Coach




I help Scrum newbies actually get the Scrum Master job!

Kelly Fidei, PhD, Agile Coach, International Coach Federation Certified Coach

My Story

I started my career as a professor at Loyola University Chicago. But even though I loved teaching, I couldn't resist the "call of the internet." First, I learned to write code. Then, I moved to project management, eventually getting my Professional Project Management (PMP) certification.

But I had this nagging feeling that there just had to be a better way. I was curious about Scrum but didn't know where to start or how to build experience. So I took the 3 day Scrum Master course with the Scrum Alliance, but realized I had a way to go. My blocker? Experience. I needed to feel more confident actually doing Scrum, plus, all the jobs I saw posted required hands-on experience.

So I practiced my Kanban boards on my refrigerator for my own projects, found ways to integrate Scrum into my current role (at the time, IT Project Manager), and volunteered to be a part of any initiative that "smelled" even slightly of Agile. Over time, I quadrupled my salary, got the Scrum Master job, found happiness at work, and became an Agile Coach.

I'm passionately committed to creating virtual learning for you that's practical, accessible and fun. I hold over ten industry certifications (including certified trainer and career coach) from the International Coach Federation, The Scrum Alliance, The Scaled Agile Framework, and IC Agile.

Now that I know what it takes, I've developed a program to help you shortcut your journey to Scrum Master. I train and coach Scrum newbies who want to bridge the gap between knowing some Scrum vs. getting the actual Scrum Master job. You are in the right place if: you've heard of Scrum, watched some YouTubes, or took a training, and now you want to become a high-performing, highly paid Scrum Master. What does this look like? It could be your roadmap to either "Scrumifying" your current job, or getting the actual Scrum Master job offer. Why work with me? I spent many years as a hiring manager for Scrum Masters, and also performed the Scrum Master role for over 100 global teams. I know what it takes, and I can tell you exactly what you need to do to get there.

Becoming a Scrum Master is like learning to speak Italian or to play the piano. It requires practice over time! It's not like learning to ride a bike, which is pretty fast by comparison. Going to a Scrum Master training just means that you, well . . . went to training, not that you can perform the job. So I've created practical programs that empower you to actually DO Scrum Mastering, vs. just "know" about Scrum Mastering.

If you're ready to blow past blockers and explore your best hopes, contact me at Coach_Kelly@EQAgileAcademy.com.

Meet Our Advisors

Our talented advisors bring decades of experience to make your learning experience outsanding.

Elizabeth Sanjenis

Chief Marketing Officer. Curious Mind. Passion for Tech!

Marty Rosenheck

Chief Learning Strategist. Learning Experience Designer, Technology Wrangler!

Numbers Speak

18k+

Trained

15+

Countries

50+

Courses Delivered

2k+

Coached

Hear From Our Students

I got to know Kelly as Coach and Trainer to our internal qualification program "Agile Transformation Coaches". Of course she knows Agile, Scrum and all the rest of it inside out - not just in theory but hardened by years of experience. But what I really appreciate is how straightforward she nudged everybody of us in every interaction just that little much out of our comfort zone that was good for our individual learning. Spot on, Kelly! Thank you.
Reimar Paschke,
Siemens Organizational Development, Coaching and Change, Germany
Kelly was instrumental in bringing transformational change to our organization. She is a wealth of knowledge backed up by hands on experience and was able to be effective in all areas (and countries) of our global business.
Curt Czapski
Senior Manager, Siemens IT Americas, Agile Coach, Scrum Master, ERP Portfolio Manager, USA
Kelly was my coach for the past year as part of the Siemens "Agile Transformation Coach" program. She was very skillful at applying various 360 degree and self-assessment techniques as well as at asking powerful questions. This made me reflect about myself and helped me grow as an individual and leader. At the same time, Kelly was very mindful to at times change her coaching hat into a consulting hat. This allowed me to tap into her great wealth of Lean and Agile experience and apply it in my organization.
Evelyn Stier
Head of IT Excellence Asia, Pacific Middle East and Africa at Siemens, Singapore
Kelly is one of the most influential people that I have had the pleasure of working with in my career. She has done an amazing job training me to become a better leader as my coach. She has a unique talent for engaging people and taking them outside of their comfort zone so that they can grow as individuals. She inspires me to want to become not only a better employee but also a better person.
Dan Allen
Director of User Experience and Application Innovation, Hitachi Solutions, Americas

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