Our Team

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Charles Maddox

Principal
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Aasim Shabazz

SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Prasanna Patel

Managing Partner - India
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Todd Williams

SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Fabia Bourda

Strategic HR Transformation Consultant
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Nidhi Chopra

SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Muhammad Ismail

Associate Consultant
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Craig DeChantal

Client Executive
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Dionte Alley

Cybersecurity Consultant
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Vandana Sinha

SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Emilio Osorio Garcia

Spanish Language SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Emmanuel Opara

SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Maryum Haston

Executive Assistant
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Amanda Boundy

Content Manager
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Ahmed Sorour

Content Manager
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Ken Nguyen

SAFe SPC5 Consultant
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Imran Khan

Data Analytics Consultant
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Mark Sprague

Cybersecurity Consultant

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Charles Maddox

Principal

Charles has over 25 years of experience in systems development. He has held positions at various product development companies from hands-on engineer to leader such as; software engineer, project manager, scrum master, product owner, software quality assurance manager and VP of engineering.  He is the founder of The i4 Group, in which he serves as Principal.  At The i4 Group, he has worked with several organizations helping them to better deliver value through using lean-agile practices.  He was one of the first 50 worldwide to hold the title of Scaled Agile Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT).  He is a mentor, trainer and ICF certified professional coach (PCC). He likes to volunteer in his community as a sports coach, math tutor and youth mentor, and is a husband and father of three.
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Aasim Shabazz

SAFe SPC5 Consultant

Aasim is a results driven SPC 5-Consultant with 20 years of experience working in the areas of Agile team enablement, SAFe Transformation, Change Management, Strategic Planning, Organizational Design and Human Resource Strategy. He has a background in Organizational Development and Change, the use of Design Thinking as a strategy enabler, and Innovation focused Product Design.

He successfully coached and implemented many SAFe Essential configurations as well as launched Solution trains and coached portfolio practitioners in decisioning around Financial, Product Management, Shared Services, and Dev-Ops. He coaches transformational agile and lean mindset to establish shared meaning, enabling leaders and teams to a respond to rapidly changing environments. He leads transformation of Privilege Access Management, Infrastructure, CyberArk, Privilege access tiering, and Dev-SecOps.

Credentials: Scaled Agile Coach, SPC-5 , SA, RTE, PM/PO, Advanced SM

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Prasanna Patel

Managing Partner - India

Prasanna has 14 years of experience as a B2B and B2C Sales & Marketing professional with a broad experience in marketing, market research, event planning and other operations work. He manages The i4 Group (INDIA) staffing, training, and consulting engagements including Agile Transformations.

Specialties Include:

  • Agile Sales & Marketing
  • Resource & Partner Management
  • Business Development & Partner Relations
  • Marketing, Planning & Processes
  • Performance Management, Research & Analysis
  • Digital & Social Media Management
  • Market Research & Customer Development
  • Event Planning
  • Certified Lean Kanban Foundation
  • Certified Scrum Master
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Todd Williams

SAFe SPC5 Consultant

Tod is a Strategic senior program, Agile and business leader: Proven change agent and consensus builder driving Agile transformations, including four large enterprise business transformations: Bank of America Conversational Commerce “Erica”, AT&T Intergraded Cloud Computing (AIC), T-Mobile Billing and McKesson Technology Group (Scaled Agile Transformation & Global Agile PMO). Master of Science; SAFe Program Consultant 5 (SPC5), PMP, Certified Scrum Professional, SAFe RTE, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

He has success leading complex, high value enterprise, business transformation and IT programs in national and global environments. He works effectively across the enterprise as an advisor, program manager, operations manager and people leading enterprise initiatives enabling revenue and profit growth, as well as overall enterprise efficiency.

Highly skilled in coaching, developing and leading teams of internal/external resources, he is able to effectively manage large, complex, multi-partner teams. In addition, he is an effective partner and advisor to senior executives and business teams to develop solutions to drive efficiency, quality, workflow, compliance, data integrity and cost containment. In addition to leading and overseeing end-to-end solutions, he combines strong business experience in managing budgets, talent and operations and is skilled in process improvements, forecasting, vendor/partner/client engagement, portfolio management and staff leadership.

Specializations:
Enterprise Agile Deployment/Transformation | Portfolio, Business & Product Strategy | Agile Coaching & Advisory | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership | IT & Business Solution Innovation/Development | Program Management | Governance & Risk Management | Enterprise Business Solutions | Future State Planning | Service Delivery Management | IT-Enabled Business Transformation | Client, Vendor & Partner Engagement | Resource Optimization


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Fabia Bourda

Strategic HR Transformation Consultant

Fabia is a Sr. Executive Leader with over 25 years’ experience in creating innovative solutions to generate revenue and build strong customer relationships with the ability to create compelling strategic vision with focus and flexibility to see it through to implementation. Strategic marketing development experience for consulting services and serve as company and industry spokesperson on emerging trends, technologies and processes.

She is experienced in global HR strategy, organizational design, employee experience, cultural alignment, change management; learning and development, outsourcing strategies; solution architecture, process improvement design, blueprinting, and transformation management; assessing, developing, facilitating, and managing programs; and managing large scale implementation projects and programs.

Her educational background includes an Executive MBA program in Strategic Leadership and International Management at The University of Texas at Dallas, two Bachelor degrees and a Master degree with emphasis on Organizational Administration. In addition, she has earned professional certifications for project management (PMP), human resources (SPHR and SHRM-SCP), and Texas State Bar mediation.


Nidhi Chopra

SAFe SPC5 Consultant

After having worked as a Consultant for many years in The Netherlands, life took a turn and brought Nidhi to Singapore. She decided to continue helping and inspiring my clients in Asia as a Principal Consultant at Arvivo.

She is a seasoned Agile Coach & Consultant with 14 years of experience within IT consulting, including business growth, portfolio management, strategy formulation and execution. She has extensive experience with multi-nationals and a proven track record of leading Agile transformation in complex technical and operational programs.

During her career, she has successfully assisted several clients at Philips, NN (sister concern of ING), Prudential etc in producing methodologies and implementing processes to improve their software development capabilities, from initial scoping and business case through to deployment & release. This included defining workflows, providing training and coaching teams to excel their performance and productivity.

She feels privileged to have worked with many sophisticated companies and helped Leaders and Transformation leads in their Agile Transformation journey.
With a global mind and personality, she has the experience of living and working in The Netherlands, India, and Singapore.

Passion and hard work are the two traits that reflect her the most as an individual. She is a big believer in Agile ways of working.

Nidhi is the Author of:
– ICAgile certified Agile Team Facilitation course for NTUC Learning Hub
– ICAgile certified Delivery at Scale for Arvivo
– ICAgile certified Agile Fundamentals for Arvivo


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Muhammad Ismail

Associate Consultant

In 2016, Muhammad graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology focused on Exercise and Sports Science. After graduation, he began working at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. After several years in healthcare, Muhammad decided to branch into a new career path and joined The i4 Group just two weeks after the birth of his first child. For the next year and a half, he served as the team Scrum Master while participating in seminars, conferences, classes, and client engagements under the mentorship of The i4 Group. During this time, he obtained SAFe Scaled Agilist (SA) and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) certifications. Working at The i4 Group has opened Muhammad’s eyes to an ever growing field. Each day, he continues to learn new skills, gain practical knowledge, and grow into the field.

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Craig DeChantal

Client Executive

Craig’s career in technology and business spans three decades in a host of varied business segments including retail, financial, medical, insurance, telecommunications and distribution. Eleven years ago, he landed (quite by happenstance) on agility. Since then, Craig has dedicated his time to educating, guiding and mentoring people and organizations to realize the potential value of agility across all parts of any organization, and the power of disruptive and innovative thinking.

Craig started The Human Agility Project to research discoveries in neuroscience, brain plasticity, the origins of emotion and emotional intelligence, and the physiology of human change. This has allowed him to incorporate this new understanding into more effective coaching and mentoring, with a deeper understanding of how to find and incorporate those missing pieces of the puzzle.

Craig spent much of his earlier career in traditional development, management and finance environments and has a true appreciation and understanding of the challenges in agile transformations. Craig’s approach to these challenges is to Respect the Organization’s History – Change the Frame of Reference – Guide the People to a New Understanding – Build a New Independence. This is Human Agility.


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Dionte Alley

Cybersecurity Consultant

Dionte is an experienced Business Cyber Security Consultant with over 20 years Technology and Project Manager experience within the federal government and National corporations. He has extensive consulting experience of managing corporate computer networks, leading Cybersecurity projects, leading transitions to aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvement initiatives, and has proven ability to leverage technical, business and financial acumen to communicate effective; high-quality deliverables to his clients and their organization. Additionally, he has over 20 years of experience as an Information Technology professional.

Areas of expertise include:
Lead the design and implementation of network infrastructure for the company’s

● Defined processes for the development of CyberSecurity and Cloud solutions for company’s

● People management including working with diverse teams

● Finance and business process background

● Experience with utilizing various Project Management methodologies

● Evaluation of new Cybersecurity and cloud products for the Enterprise

● Evaluate new technologies, develop business cases, recommendations to project teams and senior management for implementation. Tenable Security, Nessus vulnerability scanning, polices management and reporting vulnerability management. Understanding of various frameworks and Standards, HIPAA, CIS


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Vandana Sinha

SAFe SPC5 Consultant

Vandana is a Lean-Agile leader with an experience of over 24 years mainly in leading strategic initiatives, transformation programs, organisation development, change management and global delivery for Fortune 100 customers in Europe and the US across the Life Sciences, Retail, Banking and Manufacturing domain.

Her aspirations are to get into Corporate Governance and help organizations navigate the challenging business landscape by contributing as a board director. She has qualified IICAs Proficiency test for Independent Directors.

She is also very passionate about gender equality and actively supports the cause of increasing Women representation at leadership positions.

She is currently a change leader, helping global organizations to become more responsive and thrive in this digital world. In this role, she is responsible across all dimensions of a digital transformation – business process, domain, model and organization culture. Her responsibilities include identifying business needs, creating and administering programs for building competency, creating transformation roadmaps and discovering and propagating the new way of working in the organisations.

She helps to bring people-centric transformation and help in achieving long-term goals for an organisation.


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Emilio Osorio Garcia

Spanish Language SAFe SPC5 Consultant

Facing the challenges of leading a successful, fast growing and multi-continent software development firm with global customers led Emilio to realize the immense need for continuous improvement that the software industry globally shares. After a long journey finding the root cause of this problem, the answer for him was that not only was his own management system failing him, but that his client’s management systems were failing them too. Emilio took the personal challenge to change this one customer at a time. Deeply believing in the human and business benefits of developing management cultures that follow sustainable principles and let teams self-organize, he currently helps leaders at all levels in his global customer organizations transform their Business Management Systems to adopt Lean Principles and Practices. Specialties: Enterprise Software Development, Lean Software Development Transformation, Lean Change Management, Agile Methods, Open Source
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Emmanuel Opara

SAFe SPC5 Consultant

Emmanuel Opara is a Transformation Leader, Agile Coach, and mentor with extensive experience in delivering Agile software and service delivery solutions. He is a seasoned practitioner, driven by results to increase delivery of business value, performance and quality within an enterprise. He has over fifteen years of experience working with Scrum, Kanban and Dev Ops teams. As an Agile transformation champion with the proven track record of running many successful transformations through various organizational challenges, Emmanuel utilizes his experiences to encourage leaders to embrace a Lean Agile Mindset. Emmanuel is extremely passionate about training various disciplines and works to ensure that while teaching, he’s able to establish connections with participants through real life scenarios.
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Maryum Haston

Executive Assistant

Maryum is an experienced Support Representative skilled in Communication, Databases, Software Installation, Engineering, and Troubleshooting. She has a Bachelor of Science focused in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Amanda Boundy

Content Manager

Amanda is a communications and content manager with a background in non-profit arts operations and management. With Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Anthropology, as well as a Master’s degree in Voice performance, she leverages her unique professional background and education to advance operations, marketing, communications, and customer service goals.
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Ahmed Sorour

SAFe SPC5 DevOps Consultant

Ahmed is an Entrepreneur, IT and Management Consultant, Lean Agile Technical Coach/Trainer, and Dojo Coach. He coaches/trains teams on Product, Process, Engineering Practices, and Software Craftsmanship. His credentials include: MBA, B.S. Computer Science, Certified LeSS Practitioner, SAFe SPC, ICAgile ICP-ACC, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Developer (CSD), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).
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Ken Nguyen

SAFe SPC5 Consultant

Ken has experience in coaching and mentoring all levels of organizations to maximize the value delivered. He enables Enterprises to find their unique approach in achieving Enterprise Business Agility, in order to adapt in a rapidly changing world.

His specializations include:
• Develop and deliver team|organization training materials and workshops, building knowledge and skills to facilitate the Agile adoptions
• Coach Organizations, Trains, Teams, Scrum Masters, Developers, Managers and Executives on Agile values and principles to promote continuous improvement and continuous delivery
• Champion cultural change and collaborated with other Coaches on plans and techniques for accelerating and advancing the organization’s adoptions
• Communicate and collaborate with executives, leadership, and managers to establish a strong foundation and environment to ease with the cultural mindset shift
• Coach organizations collocated, remotely and geographically distributed with their transition and discovering their journey to Enterprise Agility
• Coach teams on continuous integration and continuous delivery while scaling scrum in order to produce a releasable product by the end of the Sprint
• Coach organizations on overcoming obstacles and finding a path to success
• Coach and mentor all areas such as: Application, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Mobile, Web, Web Service development, and many others
• Coach organizations and teams in: Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban, Lean, Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and Scrum
• Coach organizations and teams with Agile practices such as: Continuous Integration, DevOps, Estimating|Sizing, Incremental Modeling, Metrics, Pair Programming, Retrospective techniques, and Test Driven Development (TDD)


Imran Khan

Data Analytics Consultant

Imran Khan is trained in business administration, applied urban science and informatics, public policy, education, and biochemistry. He has served as a policymaker and in project management roles in federal, state, and local government. From 2013 to 2015, he served as an Empire State Fellow in New York State government. In 2011, he worked as an Education Pioneers fellow in Houston, his hometown. Imran’s professional interests and areas of expertise include data science, human-centered design and user experience, materials science and engineering, operations research, and statistics. Currently, he works as an engineer at Build Well Labs.
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Mark Sprague

Cybersecurity Consultant

Mark has 25 years of hands on experience in technical engineering, integration, and maintenance of enterprise and ISP network infrastructure. He specializes in enterprise security and Microsoft OS active directory architecture design, product migration, deployments, and rollouts. He is an expert in full cycle project management, data center / cloud design and systems integration, technical consulting and analysis, network design assessments, security assessments, server performance assessments, business management assessments, windows 2019 planning, TCO and REJ, business/proposal development, personnel management and marketing, project team management, project scope and statement of work development, proposal development and presentation, pre-sales consulting support, and is a certified Security Expert.