To Be Agile

To Be Agile is David Bernstein’s consulting company, based in the Seattle area, which provides customized training and coaching in Agile and Scrum software development practices for developers and development teams worldwide.

As a Registered Education Provider for the Scrum Alliance, To Be Agile offers Certified Scrum Developer training, as well as non-certification training devoted to mastering essential Agile developer practices from Scrum and  Extreme Programming (XP). Our public and private training programs provide advanced instruction in test-driven development (TDD), refactoring, continuous integration, object-oriented analysis, design patterns, user-story writing, estimation, acceptance testing, pair programming, and other critical development techniques.

We can arrange customized private, on-site instruction for companies who want their entire team trained at their own location. We also provide follow-on coaching and support to help ensure the continued success of all our clients.

To Be Agile was founded by David Scott Bernstein, a successful software developer, instructor, and coach whose clients have included Fortune 500 firms such as Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo!, Boeing, AT&T, Sprint, Medtronic, SunGard, State Farm, Allstate, MetLife and Weyerhaeuser. David has also trained developers from RealNetworks, World Vision, Kawasaki, Vanguard and the states of California and Washington. (Read raves from David’s clients.)

David Scott Bernstein

David BernsteinDavid Bernstein’s continuing passion for software design and construction has led him to train more than 8,000 developers since 1990 at hundreds of companies around the world. Since 2006, David has been devoted to coaching and training developers at organizations transitioning to Agile and Scrum. His consulting company, To Be Agile (, helps development teams improve their technical practices, and was one of the first in the nation to offer Scrum Developer certification. David is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Developer and Certified ScrumMaster.

A long time ago, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, David was a special consultant to IBM, where he worked on the development of OS/2 and was a key programmer for IBM’s ImagePlus platform. As part of a special IBM technology-transfer task force, David helped create and deliver the most successful Object-Oriented training curriculum in IBM’s history. He trained software engineers across the globe—giving them the tools to write the next generation of applications and operating-system software—while earning one of the highest satisfaction ratings in the history of IBM corporate education.

David is the creator of a wholesale bank-accounting software program that became the de facto standard in foreign-exchange banks around the world, and he also designed econometric modeling software that’s been used to invest billions of dollars. In 1998, he founded The MicroSurfer Company, launching an innovative, Web-productivity browser add-on that generated rave reviews from the technology press.

David is also an award-winning video producer who’s made numerous short films, including a documentary called Connect: A New Ecological Paradigm about youth and the environment which was shown worldwide on MTV. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Staci, a professional filmmaker, and his poodle, Nicki.

Interested in Agile and Scrum training or coaching?   Schedule a free consultation with David