Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel

Managing Partner at Project Brilliant

Indianapolis, Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana Area)
Management Consulting

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Aaron Kopel's Overview


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Aaron Kopel's Summary

Aaron is a Management Consultant and Enterprise Agile Coach with experience across various industries and company sizes ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 firms. As a coach and advisor, Aaron is passionate about helping individuals, managers, leaders, and executives to to realize their vision for success, which enables them to become successful leaders and change agents in achieving their organization's vision.

He is founder of Project Brilliant LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Agile transformation and the application of Lean and Agile principles to entire organizations. His passion for innovation have led him to found two startup companies, which provided his entry into to the world of Agile.

Specialities: board member, entrepreneur, lean startup, speaker, advisor, mentor, trainer, facilitator, change agent, agile, scrum, coaching, lean, kanban, agile transformation

Aaron Kopel's Experience

Enterprise Agile Coach & Managing Partner

Project Brilliant LLC

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

2006Present (8 years) Indianapolis, Indiana

Management Consulting firm enabling large enterprises to become more effective by applying Agile and Lean principles to the entire organization. Specializing in Agile Transformation for Fortune 500 enterprises.

Recent Highlight:
For nearly 2 years, Aaron led a group of more than 40 external Agile Coaches supporting the largest company-wide Agile Transformation in the world. As the lead Enterprise Agile Coach, Aaron's coaching included delivery teams, the Enterprise Agile Transformation program team, and the Transformation team within the largest business unit. Additionaly, he coached countless indivuals ranging from team members to SVPs and other senior leaders. Thoughout the engagement the coaching team collaborated with internal stakeholders on many experiments including the development of an internal Agile coaching development program, an agile leadership workshop, a community of practice model, business engagement model, and broad implementation of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework).

Agile coaching, consulting, training, mentoring and executive leadership advisory services.

Board Member


Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2011Present (3 years) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

Agile Indy is an Agile user group based in Indianapolis.

Agile Indy 2015 Conference Chairman
Agile Indy 2014 Conference Chairman
Vice Chairman 2014
Vice Chairman 2012
Board Member since 2012
Organizer since 2011

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Sports industry

2011Present (3 years) Green Bay, Wisconsin Area

Minority owner of Green Bay Packers - NFL Franchise.

Proposal Reviewer - Agile Learning Track

Agile Alliance

20132014 (1 year) Orlando, Florida Area

Volunteered as a Reviewer for Learning track submissions for Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, FL.

ScrumMaster & Agile Consultant

Semio Clinical (JV: Eli Lilly & Quintiles)

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Pharmaceuticals industry

20112011 (less than a year) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

ScrumMaster for 4 scrum teams and 4 kanban teams developing software and services for clinical trial planning in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

20092011 (2 years) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

RewardSnap helped consumers organize the loyalty cards from their favorite retailers more efficiently, as well as find and rate valuable daily deals, all from their mobile device.

Sr. Consultant

Allegient, LLC

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

20082009 (1 year) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

Led the Collaboration and Portals Center of Excellence (COE), focused on Microsoft SharePoint, in aspects of overall COE Strategy, Partner Management, Marketing, Project Management, Business Process Development and Team Leadership.



20052009 (4 years) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

ChatterSpike (formerly Vyante) specializes in assisting Marketing, PR, and Competitve Intelligence professionals in understanding online information trends that may impact their business.

ChatterSpike monitors and trends online "chatter" across various sources, distilling the discussion into a dashboard view allowing users to understand online impacts at a glance. Additional underlying detail is made available at the click of a mouse and is also supported by internal ChatterSpike research professionals as desired by the client.

Mr. Kopel is a co-founder of the company, and successfully raised more than $1.2M in funding to support startup operations.


Independent Consultant

20032006 (3 years) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

Indepenent Management Consultant with expertise in Strategic Planning, IT Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Information Security, Compliance (SOX/HIPAA), Disaster Preparedness, Homeland Security, and various other areas.

Clients and projects:

*Conseco Insurance - IT Project Management, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Application Migration, Custom Application Design, Application Integration

*Wolters Kluwer Health (MediSpan) - IT Project Management, PMO development

*InRange Global Consulting - IT Project Management, Application Migration (Mainframe to Open Systems)

*MindGent Consulting - IT Project Management, Disaster Recovery, Homeland Security, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Management (EMA)

*Vyante - IT Project Management, Software Product Management, acting CEO

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TCH; Entertainment industry

19992003 (4 years) Indianapolis, Indiana Area

Project Manager within the Ebusiness department of the Marketing & Sales organization for Thomson (aka Thomson Multimedia, aka Thomson Consumer Electronics, etc.). Thomson, at the time, was the holder of the RCA, GE, Proscan, and RCA Scenium brands for electronics products.

Managed various Ebusiness projects including integration between online and offline Customer Service, CRM, Ecommerce, new online brand and online product launches, and implementation and integration of third party applications. Led global project teams including consultants, contractors, and internal employees with up to 30 people across Europe and North America. Acted as internal consultant to other departments such as Finance, HR, Sales, Product Development, R&D, and others with regard to online capabilities and integration of internet applications into electronics products.

Systems Analyst

Deere & Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DE; Machinery industry

19971999 (2 years) Waterloo, Iowa Area

Developed web application to assist in tracking of test faciliites within overall engineering facility allowing QA Engineering department to better organize resources and eliminate lag time in QA processes.

Aaron Kopel's Organizations

  • Agile Indy

    Board Member, Organizer
    • 2010 to Present
  • Agile Alliance

    Agile 2014 Proposal Reviewer - Learning Track
    • 2013 to 2014
  • Venture Club of Indiana

    • 2001 to Present

Aaron Kopel's Projects

Aaron Kopel's Skills & Expertise

  1. Agile Coaching
  2. Agile Project Management
  3. Agile Consulting
  4. Scrum
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Fundraising
  7. Product Development
  8. Start-ups
  9. Management Consulting
  10. Strategic Planning
  11. Entrepreneur
  12. Business Strategy
  13. Business Planning
  14. SaaS
  15. Agile Methodologies
  16. Entrepreneurship
  17. Scalability
  18. Mentoring
  19. Organizational Transitions
  20. Organizational Development
  21. Process Improvement
  22. Business Process Improvement
  23. Value Stream Mapping
  24. Value Stream Maps
  25. Workshop Facilitation
  26. Workshops
  27. Workshop Development
  28. Stakeholder Management
  29. Stakeholder Engagement
  30. Executive Coaching
  31. Executive Management
  32. Leadership
  33. Team Building
  34. Certified Scrum Master CSM
  35. Kanban
  36. Lean Thinking
  37. Lean Startup
  38. Lean Transformation
  39. Coaching
  40. Consulting
  41. Business Analysis
  42. Budgets
  43. IT Management
  44. Management
  45. Marketing Strategy
  46. Program Management
  47. Software Project Management
  48. Strategy
  49. Team Leadership
  50. Training

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Aaron Kopel's Certifications

  • SAFe SPC (Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant)

    • Scaled Agile, Inc.
    • December 2012
  • CSP (Certified Scrum Practitioner)

    • Scrum Alliance
  • CSM (Certified ScrumMaster)

    • Scrum Alliance
  • PSM-I (Professional ScrumMaster)

    • Scrum.org
  • PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner)

    • Project Management Institute
    • November 2011
  • Innovation Games Trained Facilitator

    • The Innovation Games Company
  • PMP (Project Management Professional)

    • Project Management Institute

Aaron Kopel's Education

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

MBA, Management


Wartburg College

BA, Double major: Computer Information Systems; Business Administration - Management


Aaron Kopel's Additional Information


entrepreneurship, startups, agile, agile coaching, executive coaching, kanban, lean, scrum, systems thinking, management consulting, mentoring, innovation

Groups and Associations:

---PMP (Project Management Professional) ---CSM (Certified Scrum Master) ---PSM (Professional ScrumMaster I) ---CSP (Certified Scrum Practitioner) ---SPC (SAFe Program Consultant) ---Rainmakers (www.gorainmakers.com) ---Venture Club of Indiana ---Indiana University Alumni Association ---Kelley School of Business Alumni Member

Honors and Awards:

---1st Place Team - Lean Startup Machine (Chicago); 2012

---Principal Investigator (PI) - $500,000 SBIR Phase II grant (National Science Foundation); 2009

---Finalist (Information Technology Gazelle) - MIRA Awards; 2008

---Grantee - $50,000 SBIR Phase I-B grant (National Science Foundation); 2008

---Grantee - $100,000 SBIR Phase I matching grant (State of Indiana, IEDC/21st Century Fund); 2007

---Grantee - $100,000 SBIR Phase I grant (National Science Foundation); 2007

---Winner (Innovation) - Indiana Entrepreneurial Awards of Distinction (Indiana Univ.); 2007

---Finalist (Entrepreneurship) - Indiana Entrepreneurial Awards of Distinction (Indiana Univ.); 2007

---Winning company - Collegiate Entrepreneurial Challenge (Indiana Venture Center); 2007

---Finalist - Indiana Venture Idol (ChatterSpike); 2007

---"Man of the Year" - Time Magazine; 2006

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