Greetings and welcome to my page!
My name is Michael Levitis. As you can tell by all of the acronyms after my name, I passed a lot of certification exams. Basically this means that I am a very good test taker. More importantly, I am a highly accomplished Senior Agile Project Management Executive, with a verifiable track record of managing complex projects and leading Agile transformations.
My 20+ year career has been focused on Program and Project Management, with the last 10 years dedicated to learning, teaching and implementing the Agile framework into companies and building self-managed and self organizing Project teams. So far I have successfully led 3 Agile transformation initiatives and worked on many projects utilizing Scrum, Kanban and XP.
I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing Fortune 100, Mid-Size and Start-up companies that span across industries such as Financial, Banking, Media, Entertainment, Manufacturing, Chemical, Retail, E-commerce, Education, and IT.
I believe that education is something that is continuous and always try to learn from everyone around me.
Sr. Release Train Engineer\Team Agile Coach
Sr. Scrum Master/Agile Team Coach.
Responsible for developing high performing teams utilizing Scrum and Kanban frameworks in a SAFe environment.
Agile Project Management
Pennsylvania State University
MBA - Project Management
Certificate in Advanced Project Management
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Master
Six Sigma Black Belt
Certified Agile Coach
Certified Agile Champion
Enterprise Design Thinking Coach
Prince2 Advanced Practitioner
International Scrum Institute
Scrum Master Accredited Certification
International Scrum Institute
Scrum Product Owner Accredited Certification
Just wanted to share some of my long-term and short-term goals that I am working on in my professional and personal life.
To be the best Father and Husband that I can be.
Receive a SAFe Certification
Write a book about my family's history
Enough about me... Tell me what you think of me.
Agile Coach at IBM
Michael is always there when you need his help. I do not remember one time that he did not say "Of course I can help!". He always has a funny and interesting story to tell that fits the situation. We did several coaching workshops together and I was able to experience his unique style directly. I hope to work with Michael again in the future.
Barbara-Ann Winner, CISM
Director of Information Security at St. John's University
I highly recommend considering Michael and Agility CS for development instruction and consultant needs. Michael is an excellent instructor. He clearly understands the subject matter and has excellent practical experience. Beyond that Michael has a wonderful way of teaching adult learners. He understands the audience and how they consume information. Our team had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and left the course knowing we had a friend and mentor in Michael as we take what we learned into practice.
Michael Valentin, MSIS, PMP, CSM, CSPO
Chief Technology Officer at Sandata Technologies
Michael joined my team at Cablevision at the start of our Agile transformation and has helped us greatly in achieving our goals. Michael brings a wealth of experience, passion and diligence to his role as Scrum Master. He has led by example and continues to train new and coach existing Product Owners and Developers to ensure success through the use of Agile methods. Michael enjoys trying new ideas for improving team velocity and bring variety to his team’s retrospectives to keep the teams engaged. Michael consistently engages in discussions as a thought leader to spread the word about the benefits of Agile. All that said, Michael is fun to work with. He’s engaging, funny, self-deprecating and full of entertaining stories and analogies. As such, he garners trust from those with whom he works which in turn allows him to continue his success as an Agile leader. I would recommend Michael without reservation.
Peter Saddington - MDiv, CST✔
Organizational Scientist & Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with Agile For All, LLC
It was my pleasure to work with Michael during a scrum workshop. His ability to collaborate and work with others was a great value add. His facilitation and attitude goes a long way! I would love to work with him again!
Robert Cass, PMP, CSM/CSPO/CSP, ITIL
Director of Web Development at Cablevision
The best way to describe Mike is that he is an anomaly.
Mike is, by far, the best team builder and motivator that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. What makes him an anomaly is that while the good ones make it look easy - Mike does it in explicably - it just happens, which, in my opinion, makes him great.
I believe the reason for this is that not only is he a highly competent leader, but he's naturally just great with people. He relates to them at a much deeper level.
In short, Mike gets results and everyone is happy. He's is an amazing guy to work with and an integral part of establishing high performing, self managing teams
Ada Musheyev, CSM/CSPO
Sr. Scrum Master at Cox Automotive
Michael has a cheerful and positive personality that makes him a joy to work with. At the same time, he displays leadership ability and an innovative mindset. He exceeds expectations in his role. Michael is a professional, who stands out amongst his peers. He is enthusiastic and always eager to learn more. All of Michael’s team members love him, praise his ability to seamlessly manage any project and get impeccable results. Most of all I would like to mention that Michael is a person you could always count on! He never hesitates to be the first to unconditionally offer help and support! There is a saying in Russian: “Michael is the type of person I would go to war with”.
Founder/Principal Agilist at The Agile PMO
Working with Michael was a pleasure all way. He is a self-starter, passionate and doesn't need much guidance, yet accepts feedback and strives to continually improve his skills.
When he started, I assigned him one of our most complex projects major infrastructure renewal with a substantial R&D component. The project had a long history of missed milestones, budget overruns and issues with personalities. In a very short time Michael established a good accord with all stakeholders, implemented an approach based on agile principles, ensured the team could work without interruption and drove the project to success.
Beside this direct assignment he was always willing to help other team members and go the extra mile for the team. I would love to work with Michael any time again and can only highly recommend him !
Tom Rohner, CMS, ITIL
Director of PMO at Managed Healthcare Associates, Inc.
Mike's widespread knowledge of project management was evident from the start. His work shows detail and is comprehensive. Mike has the motivation and skills to manage a wide variety of projects.
I fully recommend Michael – it is rare to see someone with who brings such enthusiasm and initiative to any project. Our team performance benefited greatly from Michael’s dedicated work ethic, creative skills, and flexibility of thinking.
Sr. Director, Enterprise Data Quality at Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Michael is extremely talented project leader: well organized, attentive to detail, able to provide strong strategic and tactical guidance and very goal-oriented. He is a a very valuable asset to any organization in need of project management leadership
Carol R. Parson
Program Director at Young & Rubicam Group
Michael shows tremendous skills and interpersonal proficiency that makes him a great project manager and analyst. I recommend Michael highly, and would be pleased to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.
Independent Management Consultant
Michael does a good job tracking the tasks and details for project work. He understands how to balance resources and meet conflicting demands. He consistently maintains focus despite the inevitable distractions of the work environment. I would be happy to work with him again.