Innovation Games® Qualified Instructors

Conteneo has certified a select group of talented and knowledgeable industry leaders to teach Innovation Games courses offerings and courses containing Innovation Games content.

Scotty Bevill

Bevill Edge®
Bloomington/Normal, IL

Scotty is a speaker, certified coach and trainer whose focus is on business strategy and performance leaning, product development and project management agile adoption, as well as customer relationship management. With over 18 years of experience in supply-chain, IT and project management, in both commercial and government contracting, Scotty helps bridge the gap between business goals and objectives and quantitative technical needs. He has a passion for using serious games to solve real world problems, is an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, and CEO and founder of Bevill Edge®, a PMI Registered Education Provider.

Maxime Bonnet

Objet Direct
Lyon Area, France

Maxime is a Scrum master, Scrum instructor and agile coach working for Objet Direct. He has worked in the IT industry for almost fourteen years, mainly in object oriented architectures and Web applications. Starting as a project leader, he discovered Agile Unified Process and quickly been interested in the agile movement. Maxime is really interested in helping people to get the best out of their work; he uses gamestorming as a powerful tool in various project phases.

Thomas J. Bookhamer

Bookhamer LLC
New York, NY

Thomas is an Agile Principal Coach, Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor and Trained Facilitator. Hosting serious games, coaching on and offshore, and providing learning tools to achieve high levels of success is what drives him. {Effective Coaching} + {Serious Games} = “Winning Solutions”. Thomas has twenty plus years of experience bringing business stakeholders, technical teams, communities, and project sponsors together in collaboration around diverse solutions. This allows him to be very effective when combined with the added success of Innovation Games®.

Jeff Brantley

Brantley Marketing
Austin, TX

Jeff Brantley is a product guy: a no-nonsense, git ‘er done, product guy. But building great products and services is a team sport and all your internal teams should be contributing to the innovation pipeline (engineering, sales, marketing, customers). Your product leadership toolkit should include Innovation Games and Jeff Brantley can help you learn how to use them to open up the innovation box. Don’t ask “What do you think we should build?” Instead ask them, “Do you want to play a game?”

Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark & Partners
Utrecht, Netherlands

Jonathan Clark teaches Innovation Games courses and designs and produces Innovation Games engagements across Western Europe as part of his work as an independent advisor on strategy and Innovation. Jonathan’s 20 years experience in technology and international publishing gives him deep understanding of running customer-centric businesses. He brings energy and enthusiasm into everything he does. Jonathan’s particular skill is to help people see things from new perspectives and to inspire them to make things happen.

Ant Clay

Soulsailor Consulting Ltd
Coventry, UK

Ant Clay is the Director at Soulsailor Consulting Ltd., an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, and a ‘business technology consultant’. Working with clients to innovate and align technology investments to organizational outcomes whilst changing the way they work through facilitation, visualization, Serious Games and organizational storytelling. Known to ask clients repeatedly “Why?” until they breakdown and admit “They just don’t know”, Ant consults, coaches and speaks on topics including SharePoint, collaboration and innovation technology platforms, Governance, business-aligned technology solutions and delivers a number of innovative training and workshops.

Deb Colden

Deb Colden Executive Coaching
Sunnyvale, CA

Deb Colden is an independent strategy consultant and executive coach and a veteran of the high tech industry with extensive experience in management and cross-organizational leadership roles. Described by clients a “high-energy, thought-provoking, actionable and empowering,” Deb specializes in helping leaders and teams achieve aggressive goals in less time and with greater focus. She is known for her pragmatic, business and customer-focused approach and frequently uses Innovation Games® with her own clients.

Jurgen De Smet
Kortrijk, Belgium

Jurgen De Smet is an innovator & facilitator, coach & trainer, author & speaker. He started to really learn (read: out of school) in 1996 within Software Development environments all over Europe. Since 2006, Jurgen has been designing work activities and processes using game techniques with a focus on collaboration, engagement and fun. Throughout the years he acquired the practice and skills to design and facilitate Innovation Games®, Gamestorming, Business Model Generation & other highly collaborative workshops in many different domains and on many different levels.

Jesse Fewell

Washington, DC

Jesse Fewell is a writer, coach and trainer in innovation and agile methods. In addition to speaking for Agile, Scrum and PMI conferences, he has helped teams across the world deliver products faster with higher quality. A leader in the advancement of management practices, he founded the PMI Agile Community of Practice, co-created the PMI-ACP® agile certification, and co-authored the  Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide®. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he is the world’s only certified Project Management Professional® (PMP) to also hold the expert-level agile designations of Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), and Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor (IGQI).

Cory Foy

8th Light
Tampa, FL

Cory is a passionate software developer and technical leader with over 15 years of experience managing and leading software teams around the globe. Cory has been most active as a member of the agile software community where he has been involved with Extreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban and Software Craftsmanship, and has spent many years transitioning organizations to think differently about their work through Lean and Agile principles. In addition to his work in the agile community, Cory worked for Microsoft as a Senior PFE helping some of Microsoft’s largest customers in the US and Europe. He is also a frequent conference speaker and is also involved in the local community helping start or run many user groups. Cory resides just north of Tampa, FL with his wife and two beautiful girls. In his spare time, Cory is a musician and enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing.

Michael Gaines

Gaines Consulting
San Francisco, CA

Through facilitation and coaching, Michael Gaines helps clients address needs around innovation, strategy, change management, leadership and team development. He began his career as an instructor and business development manager at Outward Bound, where he delivered leadership development programs for such clients as Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Cox Enterprises. Michael has been a partner with St. Charles Consulting Group, as well as VP of Organizational Consulting with Right Management Consultants. He was also founder of Pacific Performance Alliance, an organization of independent consultants and Stanford University Engineering professors focused on developing high performing management teams. Michael’s operational experience comes from his first career as a Production Manager for Bill Cosby and Carsey Werner Productions and later for NBC Sports and Turner Broadcasting.

Tom Grant

Cutter Consortium
Washington, DC

Tom Grant has been using serious games for over two decades, in education, software innovation, and military affairs. He currently works as a senior consultant for the Cutter Consortium, and previously as a senior analyst at Forrester Research. Earlier, he worked in Silicon Valley companies as big as Oracle, and as small as ones you probably have never heard of. Tom is also the founder of the Serious Games At Work website, where he is collecting success stories and other information for newbies and veterans alike. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Raphaël Goumot

Founder of CREAgile
Paris, France

Founder of CREAgile, Raphaël is an experienced business consultant and coach, as well as a recognized expert in Mobile Internet, Telco & Media industries. He has been managing international teams and projects for 15 years within the Orange group, serving in multiple positions such as Head of R&D content platforms, Head of Location-Based Services, Group Director of the Start-up Program, Group Director of the Mobile Games Business Unit. He has been using visual thinking and gamification techniques for 10 years to facilitate product design and marketing for start-ups or corporate new ventures. Raphaël is CSM and CSPO, holds a Master in Management & Business Administration from ESCP Europe, and is giving lectures and conferences on Innovation or Mobile Internet for several Universities or Business Events. Connect on LinkedIn.

Ulf Hannelius

Aneega AB
Stockholm, Sweden

Ulf Hannelius is the founder and CEO of Aneega AB, a market research and strategy consultancy based in Stockholm, Sweden. Before starting his consultancy, Ulf spent 10+ years in academia doing research and coordination within the fields of molecular biology, human genetics and cancer. He is a strong believer in the power of perspectives and how rigorous analytics can be combined with engaging serious games to help organization realize the full potential of complex organizational change, product and service development initiatives. Ulf has a PhD in molecular biology from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and an Executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. He is an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor and a certified Scrum Master.

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Bob Hartman

Agile for All Denver/Centennial, CO

Bob Hartman, known as “Agile Bob” is President of Agile For All, LLC. He brings over 30 years of experience developing software to every client engagement. He is one of small number of people to be certified by the Scrum Alliance as both a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) as well as being recognized by Mike Cohn as a Mountain Goat Software Authorized Trainer. In other words, he knows how to get the job done in an agile way, and he is also able to help others do it well. His experience in the software industry spans nearly every role including tester, developer, product manager, project manager, director and vice president. This experience allows him to approach every problem holistically which is part of why he loves Innovation Games! Read his blog at or see him at one of his many speaking engagements or public classes.

Luke Hohmann

Mountain View, CA

Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of Conteneo. The author of three books, Luke’s playfully diverse life experiences have uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior.

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Agile Dimensions

Park geek and part people person, AgileBill Krebs has worked as a developer, performance engineer at IBM, consulting firms, online education and in the Healthcare Industry. He’s used and taught Agile methods since 2001 to more than 1,000 engineers and managers worldwide. He’s presented at agile conferences and user groups since 2002. Bill combines certifications and qualifications in Scrum, Myers-Briggs, Innovation Games® and Virtual Worlds to specialize in tools for distributed teams. He blogs for PMI Voices and founded the Distributed Agile Congress global user group. He also works to support the Virtual Ability community for people with disabilities.

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Focus to Grow
Minneapolis, MN

Teicko Huber is the founder and CEO of Focus to Grow, a demand generation agency in Minneapolis, MN. As an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, Teicko focuses on teaching others in the sales process engineering and marketing automation community how to leverage Innovation Games to maximize the value they bring to their customers. Focus to Grow specializes in increasing sales velocity by helping their clients achieve success with inbound marketing, sales 2.o and cutting-edge market research.

Lowell Lindstrom

The Oobeya Group
Chicago, IL

Lowell Lindstrom is the founder of The Oobeya Group, a Chicago-area services company that helps organizations spread the successful use of lean/agile techniques to all teams and functional areas. He is among the early pioneers in Agile software development, having launched the industry’s first agile-focused service offerings while at Object Mentor in 1999. He is a three-time Chair of the Agile Alliance conference (Agile 20xx), co-founder of the Agile Project Leadership Network and past Managing Director of the Scrum Alliance. Lowell has been leading the development of software products for over 25 years having held diverse roles from software developer to Product Manager to Sales Manager. Lowell earned a BSCS and MM from Northwestern University.

Paul Kimmerling

Paul Kimmerling Consulting
New York, NY

Paul Kimmerling helps teams gain fresh insights, employ practical solutions, and boost results through his customized workshops, learning programs and facilitated events. Paul first used Innovation Games® techniques at a pioneering client-centered advertising technology firm, where he gained decades of experience as an Internal Consultant, Facilitator, and Learning and Development Manager. Paul’s highly engaging, dynamic approach balances curiosity, clarity, and humor. He values the “serious play” of Innovation Games, and loves helping stakeholders birth creative solutions, evaluate options, and transform ideas into action.

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ValueInnova LLC
California, US

Masa K Maeda is the founder of ValueInnova LLC, a Lean and Agile management consulting company that operates in USA, Canada, Spain and Latin America. Masa developed Lean Value Innovation, a framework for continuous improvement at all levels of the organization by balancing the way processes, tools and stakeholders interact, and doing ubiquitous innovation to improve it with great success. He integrates Systems Thinking, Lean Thinking, Agile Thinking, Serious Games, Kanban and Scrum. Innovation Games® is a key component to their value proposition and Masa himself has developed several Serious Games.He is also a Senior Consultant wit the Cutter Consortium, and previously did R&D at Apple Inc. and was a founding team member of four successful startups in Silicon Valley.

Michael McCulloughMichael McCullough

Quadrus Development Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Michael has been working with business and product companies helping to improve product innovation and development for over a decade. Michael is an experienced consultant and trainer with practical experience delivering improvements to organizations and teams. Michael is also a certified trainer with and founder of, a community and online toolkit for Agile learning techniques. Michael is Executive Technical Director with Quadrus Development and leads the training and advisory services for Quadrus’ Agile and Scrum services.

Don McGreal

Improving Enterprises
Dallas, TX, US

As VP of Learning Solutions at Improving Enterprises, Don McGreal is a hands-on consultant and instructor. As an instructor and a Professional Scrum Trainer, he has authored and taught classes for thousands of software professionals around the globe, specializing in Scrum, Acceptance Testing, Object-Oriented-Design, and Test-Driven Development.
On projects and in the classroom, Don is known for his enthusiasm and dedication. He has published articles for both the Agile Journal and the Scrum Alliance and is co-founder of, a comprehensive collection of games and exercises for accelerating the adoption of agile principles

Mark McGregor

MWD Advisors
Birmingham, UK

Mark is a speaker, Certified Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and trainer, who believes in helping people become the best that they can be. He achieves this through a variety of speaking and training programs, all designed to help you “think differently” Mark has shared with audiences around the globe to critical acclaim and trained thousands of professionals. With numerous published books and papers Mark is a sought-after coach, facilitator and workshop leader. He has worked in sales, marketing and product management. His belief is that through Innovation Games, clients can unleash the hidden potential and work smarter in an ever-competitive world.

Marjorie Melenotte

Objet Direct
Lyon Area, France

Marjorie is a Scrum master and agile coach working for Objet Direct. She has 7 years experience in software development ans four years practicing agile through out web projects. As an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, she is now using gamestorming to understand her client’s needs and help development team to improve themselves.

Sanjeev Raman

Baltimore, MD

Dr. Raman has over a decade of project management, agile transformation and implementation, coaching and training experience. He has extensive experience across the software development life cycle and has been an agile coach at the team, program, and enterprise level. He has helped organizations setup an agile center for excellence, release trains, and get ISO and CMMi certified for their agile processes. Some of his clients have included Intel, PayPal, AOL, Bristol Myers Squibb, Biogen Idec, Galderma, Cisco, Juniper, JP Morgan Chase just to name a few. Dr. Raman has two undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science Research and Laboratory Science and two graduate degrees in Information Technology from University of Maryland, Towson University and George Mason University, respectively. He has been on review committees for selecting speakers for the Scrum Alliance conferences, spoken at agile conferences and published articles. Dr. Raman holds an adjunct faculty position in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. He uses Innovation Games to help align customer’s expectations with product engineering, to facilitate retrospectives to understand root causes of issues, and to solve big problems at the portfolio level for clients.

Cesario Ramos


Cesario Ramos is the founder of AgiliX Agile Consulting, where he works as a Agile coach and Professional Scrum Trainer. He is a frequent speaker and writer on agile topics at conferences and meetups and the initiator of the Bathtub conferences where people can share and learn together online and free on Scrum, Agile and Lean thinking. Cesario has more then 12 years of experience in the IT industry, acting in roles varying from agile coach and trainer to lead architect and product manager. His coaching and training experiences on Product ownership, Scrum en Leadership with his solid background on development enable Cesario to combine theory with hands-on experience and examples in his trainings. You can read more about Cesario Ramos at

Laura Richardson

Oakland, CA

Laura is passionate about technology and about helping customers find powerful solutions to pressing problems. She brings 20 years of sales and management experience to Conteneo Inc., including seven years at Uptime Resources where she ran the IT professional services division. Prior to Uptime Resources, Laura was the business development director at E-Color. The seeds for her love of technology were planted during the four years she spent with ObjectSpace. As Sales Director for both the East and then the West Coast, she helped large Fortune accounts successfully adopt object-oriented technology and iterative development practices which was very rewarding. Laura holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has also worked on an MA in Psychology. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two children and challenges herself a few times a year by participating in a ToughMudder Adventure Race.

Michael Sahota

Toronto, Canada

Michael Sahota is very serious about getting astonishing business results through play. Effective games, simulations and facilitated exercises create a space where we can unleash our creativity and enjoy the safety provided by the play frame. As a coach, trainer and facilitator working in Toronto, Canada, Michael loves to share the benefits of Innovation Games® as well as StrategicPlay® with Lego® SERIOUS PLAY® and other games on His dream is of creating companies that people find more rewarding.

Steve SatoSteve Sato

Camas, WA

Steve is the founder of Sato+Partners, a management consulting and organization development firm specialized enabling design and innovation groups to be more effective and efficient. Steve works with executives, directors and their teams to build design and innovation capability though project-related learning–so clients produce business results while building new capability. Previously, Steve was in Hewlett-Packard’s Corporate Design group and led a team responsible for building experience design capability across the company. Steve was formerly at Doblin Group and Accenture. He has a Masters in Design from the Institute of Design at IIT, Masters of Engineering Management from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Illinois. See for further details.

Andrea SimonAndrea Simon

Simon Associates Management Consultants
New York

Dr. Andrea Simon, a professional anthropologist, is the founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC) and an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor. She founded SAMC in 2002 to bring the unique perspective of anthropology to businesses that need to “see, feel, and think” differently about their companies, their customers and potential customers in order to overcome stalled growth.  Using its proprietary process ChangeMap™, along with diagnostic tools developed in academia and applied to big and small businesses, Andrea and SAMC help companies diagnose and develop a change process for their culture.

Andrew SimonAndrew L. Simon

Simon Associates Management Consultants
New York

Andrew L. Simon is partner and member of the Simons Associates Management Consultants professional consulting staff and an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor. He specializes in working with start-up and early stage companies as well as in helping established companies open up new markets. Mr. Simon’s experience and expertise permits him to work with companies that find themselves in need of growth strategies. This is particularly the case for start-ups and turnarounds in changing business environments.
During his entire professional career he focused on new markets, re-positioning and re-focusing businesses within both corporate environments and smaller business start-ups. Simon joined SAMC in 2011 after building Questar Assessment Inc. from a start-up company in 1994 to a highly successful competitor in the K-12 educational assessment space.

ramRam Srinivasan

New Jersey

Ram Srinivasan is a transformation catalyst and works as an Agile coach and trainer. He partners with his clients and uses his expertise in strategy, product management, Innovation Games®, and human psychology to create pragmatic solutions. He conducts public/private training sessions on Agile methodologies, Lean-Kanban systems, coaching, facilitation and Innovation Games®. Ram has a project management background (PMP, CSP, PMI-ACP) and has 10+ years’ experience working with start-ups, mid-size and large organizations.  He is an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor and an Organizational Coach (ORSC). His other interests include complex adaptive systems, change management, gamification and conflict management. Ram co-leads the webinar team for PMI Agile Community of Practice.

Jason Tanner

Applied Frameworks
Research Triangle, NC

Jason Tanner is the co-founder and CEO of Applied Frameworks an agile product management consulting firm. Jason has 18+ years of professional experience with software companies, a telecommunications company and the Marine Corps. His expertise spans agile software product management, product marketing, business planning, partner management, project management and leadership. Jason is an active member of the Agile User Group in Research Triangle Park, the Triangle Product Management Association in Raleigh, NC and the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He holds a BS degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from Cornell University and a MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Duke University.

Derek Wade

Kumido Adaptive Strategies
Chicago, IL

Derek W. Wade is a collaboration expert and team coach at Kumido Adaptive Strategies. His passion for helping teams apply group-centered models — and his 14 years of experience across a broad range of industries — have enabled him to improve many group efforts, especially those leveraging distributed teams. Derek is the author of Multidimensional Management: Avoiding Calcification or Fragmentation on Distributed Teams (with J. Puopolo) and Emergent Design: Leveraging Agile Retrospectives to Evolve Your Architecture (with Scott Barnes).

Xavier WarzeeXavier Warzee

Gadget Storming
Paris, France

Xavier Warzee is President of the French Scrum User Group since June 2010. Xavier started using eXtreme Programming in 2002. He was Certified ScrumMaster, CSM, by Craig Larman in 2006, and is also Certified Scrum Professional, CSP. Xavier led projects with changing requirements, short delays and distributed teams in large organizations developing complex products with software, hardware and electronics parts (Defense, Insurance, Healthcare, Retails, …). Xavier founded 2 companies, Scrum Conseil and GadgetStorming to coach and train people, teams and organizations to pilot projects with an agile approach and facilitate emergence of disruptive innovations with Innovation Games® and Gamestorming. Xavier founded also in August 2013, the French Gamestorming User Group to promote Innovation Games® and Gamestorming in France gathering more than 300 members in 6 months.

Brian Watson

Columbus, OH

Brian has 17+ years experience in software development and eight years practicing agile. In addition to being an Innovation Games Qualified Instructor, he is a Product and Agile Coach primarily focused on agile transformation coaching and teaching. As a Product and Agile Coach, Brian has supported more than 25 clients across multiple industry verticals, including government, insurance, utilities, consulting services, financial services and manufacturing. He has spoken at a number of conferences, including Better Software West, Cincinnati Day of Agile and Central Ohio PMI Professional Development Day. Brian is a member of Scrum Alliance, PMI and IIBA. When not coaching, Brian enjoys golfing and drinking craft beer.

Andrew Woodward

Shrewsbury, UK

Andrew Woodward is a developer by heart, with a wealth of experience in mentoring and leading agile teams. He has taken this learning and experience and expanded it with emergent thinking, dialog mapping, and serious games enabling him to really help organizations understand the rationale behind decisions and ask the tough question ‘Why’ and how to measure the benefit. Through his enthusiasm and application Andrew has promoted innovative techniques to the SharePoint community and has been awarded Microsoft MVP award for his community contributions. He is also founder of 21apps.

Anton Rossouw

Melbourne, Australia

Anton is passionate about transforming the world of work to create innovative, sustainable and humane workplaces. He works as a project director, strategy consultant, scrum master and agile management coach.

With an M.Com in Computer Science and Industrial Psychology and a career spanning 25 years of business transformation projects across a large range of complex technologies (SAP R/3 etc.), he now specializes in complex project management and agile practices and applies the latest innovations. He is a techno-evolutionist at heart practice inspired by complexity theory and cognitive science and believes technology should be used for the good of mankind and its environment.

Anton´s mission is to train and energize executives, managers and teams to embrace complexity, work better together, experiment, innovate, learn, grow, flourish, deliver more value quicker and have more fun doing so!

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Upcoming Courses

InstructorDateLocationClassTraining CreditsRegister
Raphael GoumotJuly 2-3, 2015Paris, FranceCertified Innovation Games for Customer Understanding120Register
Luke Hohmann & Mike NorthcottJune 18, 2015Mountain View, CACertified Game Design for Multidimensional Collaboration60Register
Playcamp San FranciscoJune 19, 2015South San Francisco, CAPlaycamp SF 2015!60Register!
Raphael GoumotSeptember 1-2, 2015Paris, FranceCertified Innovation Games for Customer Understanding120Register
Raphael GoumotDecember, 17-18 2015Paris, FranceCertified Innovation Games for Customer Understanding120Register



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