SparkPlug Agility is a consulting firm that specializes in offering services to individuals, teams, and organizations that are looking to improve their way of delivering value to their customers. We believe that our experience interacting with customers, listening to their feedback, and using that information to adjust to mission needs has fostered a mindset dedicated to helping others grow and develop into more than they are today. 

Our team is excited to offer a diverse and wide-ranging set of training and consulting offerings to you. The energy and passion that is put into each and every course is reciprocated by our learners who provide us wonderful feedback on how we can improve.  

 

Our learning experiences were designed with the focus on the learner, involving them from the beginning with an interactive mix of discussion, exercise, and instruction. By incorporating movement, variety, and collaboration into our courses, learners retain more knowledge and have stories and techniques that they can then take back to their organizations.

 

Our background in training and consulting allows us to connect with a wide range of industries, and specifically the IT services area in the D.C. / Maryland / Virginia area. By having delivery experience in both commercial and federal environments, our stories resonate with a wide audience of individuals.

 

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you to help identify how we can help you and look forward to providing responsive and personalized service to you and your organization.

Chris Li

Founder - Certified Scrum Trainer, SAFe Program Consultant 4, ICAgile Authorized Trainer

Chris Li is an energetic and passionate Certified Scrum Trainer® whose recent focus has been on designing and delivering interactive and immersive learning experiences for professionals looking to expand their Agile mindset.

Writing code was Chris’ focus for many years, having started off with early web applications built on classic ASP and continuing with functionality built in .NET using C#. These engagements provided an opportunity for him to keep up with the latest tools and techniques. His passion in technology was always the database tier, having spent time as a development and enterprise level database administrator and engineer for Microsoft-related technologies.

Chris has worked for several engaging and collaborative customers in both commercial and federal customers. His close work with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security give him a unique perspective into organizational change and technical delivery. By combining strong technical leadership with an emphasis on professional development, Chris has always focused on the personal and professional growth of his co-workers.

Throughout his professional career, Chris has been an entrepreneur and an innovator. He founded the Agile Institute while at Agilex, an organization focused on providing Agile-focused training to employees and customers. He also developed Agile training and implementation strategies for various programs, and most recently founded his own Agile consulting firm, SparkPlug Agility.

Chris is an active speaker in the local and wider Agile community, bringing the same high-energy style to his talks and workshops. He has spoken at user groups such as the Agile Leadership Network – DC Chapter, DC Scrum User Group, DC Enterprise Agilists, and Agile NOVA. Chris has also presented at larger conferences such as the Global Scrum Gathering, Toronto Agile, and Agile DC, and has been part of several closing keynote functions. His volunteer experience includes being on the track review team, video podcast crew, and volunteer Agile coach at events for Scrum Alliance and Agile Alliance.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys many hobbies across a wide range of interests. He's an auto enthusiast, music lover, trumpet player, a closet foodie, a poker player, and a sports fan. He is also a former video game competitor who now works to help organize competitive fighting game events.

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Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Scaled Agile: SAFe Program Consultant 4 (SPC4), SAFe Agilist (SA), LeSS: Certified Less Practitioner (CLP), ICAgile: ICAgile Authorized Trainer, ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP), ICAgile Certified Professional - Agile Programming (ICP-PRG), ICAgile Certified Professional - Agile Project Management (ICP-APM)