Managing Partner at Project Brilliant
- Indianapolis, Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana Area)
- Management Consulting
Aaron Kopel's Overview
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
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry
2006 – Present (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.
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.
Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
2011 – Present (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
2011 – Present (3 years) Green Bay, Wisconsin Area
Minority owner of Green Bay Packers - NFL Franchise.
ScrumMaster & Agile Consultant
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Pharmaceuticals industry
2011 – 2011 (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
2009 – 2011 (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.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
2008 – 2009 (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.
2005 – 2009 (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.
2003 – 2006 (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
1999 – 2003 (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.
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DE; Machinery industry
1997 – 1999 (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 IndyBoard Member, Organizer
- 2010 to Present
Agile AllianceAgile 2014 Proposal Reviewer - Learning Track
- 2013 to 2014
Venture Club of IndianaMember
- 2001 to Present
Aaron Kopel's Projects
Aaron Kopel's Skills & Expertise
- Agile Coaching
- Agile Project Management
- Agile Consulting
- Public Speaking
- Product Development
- Management Consulting
- Strategic Planning
- Business Strategy
- Business Planning
- Agile Methodologies
- Organizational Transitions
- Organizational Development
- Process Improvement
- Business Process Improvement
- Value Stream Mapping
- Value Stream Maps
- Workshop Facilitation
- Workshop Development
- Stakeholder Management
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Executive Coaching
- Executive Management
- Team Building
- Certified Scrum Master CSM
- Lean Thinking
- Lean Startup
- Lean Transformation
- Business Analysis
- IT Management
- Marketing Strategy
- Program Management
- Software Project Management
- Team Leadership
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)
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
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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