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. 

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Dana Pylayeva

Agile Leadership Coach and Founder


Dana is a multifaceted agilist who excels at navigating complexity, creating learning communities, and unleashing leadership potential in those she coaches. 

She bring in a wealth of facilitation tools, Agile experience “from the trenches”, and an impactful professional coaching, rooted in Co-Active Model and enriched with Positive Intelligence (Mental Fitness /PQ Coaching). 


Dana’s coaching range includes individuals, teams, leadership as well as a Business Agility transformation coaching across a diverse span of industries: legal publishing, automotive, digital marketing, retail, FinTech, music streaming, non-profits etc.

Dana brings a unique blend of the diverse technical background (as a former Java Developer, a DBA Manager, an Application Architect), her 20 + years of Agile/ DevOps Coaching experience (with clients in US, UK, Canada, India, Japan, Russia, Ireland) as well as her strong professional coaching skills (rooted in Co-Active and ORSC).


Dana is passionate about growing others and giving back to the Agile/Scrum community. Through the years, she has been involved in various roles as a volunteer, reviewer, track chair, program chair and conference chair at Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance organizations.

She is the founder of Big Apple Scrum Day conference in NYC as well as a co-organizer of several user groups: NYC Scrum User Group, Voice of Scrum Alliance in Russia,  and NYC Liberating Structures group.

Dana is an author, trainer and speaker, who has delivered her workshops at over 60 conferences in 15 countries. She is one of the ICAgile Authorized Instructors for ICP-ATF (Agile Teams Facilitation) course.


List of Dana’s books, articles and Agile/DevOps games:


Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate, LEGO and Scrum Game, 2017

Fear in the Workplace, 2018

Safety in the Workplace, 2019

The Self-Selection Game, 2019

Dependency Game, 2022

Best Agile Articles 2018

Best Agile Articles 2019

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