About Agile Play Consulting


Agile Play Consulting LLC is a training, coaching and consulting company founded in 2018 by Dana Pylayeva in New York City. 

Bringing Agile and DevOps games to clients worldwide, facilitating serious conversations with empathy, psychological safety and fun.

We specialise in experiential learning and can help you design and deliver powerful workshops for maximum engagement and results.

We leverage brain-based design principles as well as facilitation practices that help you take advantage of complexity, harvest diverse ideas from your group and generage energy around change.

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Dana Pylayeva

Founder & Principal Coach


Dana is an independent Agile Coach and trainer with over 20 years of diverse experience in IT.  She’s been on both sides of the “wall of confusion”:  first as a software engineer and then as a DBA Manager in low-latency, high-throughput environments. She’s been fortunate to work with co-located and distributed teams in US, Canada, Ireland, Japan, UK, India and Russia and can share with you their distinct challenges, successes and effective practices. 

Dana is passionate about connecting people in a powerful way for co-creation and learning. She is an educational games designer and author of  “Introduction to DevOps with Lego, Chocolate and Scrum Game”,  “Self-Selection Game” and ”“Fear in the Workplace”.

In the last 5 years, she trained over 2000 people, coached 30 + teams and delivered workshops at 40 conferences in 15 countries.

She is actively involved in Agile community in various roles as a volunteer, reviewer, track chair, program chair and conference chair.

Dana is the founder of Big Apple Scrum Day conference and a co-organizer of NYC Scrum User Group and NYC Liberating Structures meetups.

She is a program co-chair for Agile2019 and Agile2020 conferences with Agile Alliance as well as an NAGT member for Global Scrum Gathering NYC2020 with Scrum Alliance 


ICAgile Certified Professional - Agile Coaching

Certified Practitioner Scrum@Scale
Certified Scrum Professional®, Certified Scrum Master®, Certified Scrum Product Owner® 
Certified Trainer, Training from the Back of the Room
Certified LeSS Practitioner
Kanban Management Professional, Lean Kanban University

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