What we're about

AG, or Agile Groupies, is an Ann Arbor based user group focused on expanding the Agile body of knowledge within our community. We meet regularly to share ideas, hear presentations, and network with like-minded enthusiasts and practitioners. Agile Groupies was formed by and is still managed by Helene Gidley and has been around since April 2008.

Many thanks to our sponsor, A2Agile (https://www.a2agile.com/), for all their support in building a robust agile community.

Upcoming events (1)

Agile@Home Using Kanban

Online event

Agile@Home using Kanban takes the best of human psychology, Agile, and Kanban to keep you focused and productive while working from home.

In a 2021 Gallup poll, approximately 45% of the US workforce was working from home. Today, 85% of managers feel that work from home options are the new norm.

With more of us working from home, our personal and professional lives are becoming ever more intertwined. A simple walk from your home based desk to refill your coffee becomes a gauntlet of distractions. The laundry needs attention, the lawn could use a mow, the dog would like a walk, and your school-from-home child needs help with their lesson. And in that length of time to get your coffee you do not feel refreshed or relaxed, but overwhelmed, as you register all the other to-do’s. Meanwhile, your email inbox received 7 new messages.

Agile@Home teaches you how to capture and tackle all those little jobs vying for your attention. In this interactive session you’ll create your first Agile@Home planning sheet and walk away with a plan of your upcoming week’s activities.

You must be able to run ZOOM, have a quiet place to work, a working camera and good microphone. This is a hands-on interactive workshop. You will be asked to actively participate.

* 1 1/2 x 2 inch post-it’s (can be found online although a slightly larger size (1 7/8 x 2 inch) can be found where office supplies are purchased including Staples, Office Max, Target, Walmart, and even some larger grocery stores).
* 7 sheets of unlined 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Printer paper works beautifully.
* One pad of 3 x 3 inch post-it notes
* One pen or pencil

Agile is sweeping the world. It has grown to include everyone interested in managing their overwhelm and being more productive. Suddenly everyone needs a backlog! If the topics covered on this page spoke to you, then you should attend. You will be glad you did.

Anyone passionate about being more productive is welcome!

Experienced Agile professionals and newbies alike have talked about how much they enjoyed this class. Find out why.

Read what a recent student said: 
"I have already applied it and it changed how I work with my personal assistant.For the first time my relationship with a personal assistant is really working.
Thank you for the class."
- Janet Benge, Author & Speaker"

Helene Gidley, PMP Retired, CSM, has been working as an Agile trainer, mentor, and coach for over fifteen years. She is also a coach of coaches, leading the annual Agile Coach Retreat in Ann Arbor MI.
Helene founded A2Agile with her business partner Tom Meloche to leverage the best of agility, delivering value amidst constant change. Helene teaches and coaches on The Value Cycle™, a method to launch new projects quickly and rescue existing projects bordering on failure. “The best part is The Value Cycle helps ALL projects,” Helene says, “Way beyond software or even just Agile projects.”
Helene is the founder of Agile Groupies and the organizer of Daytona Dev’s, live and online Meetups, and can be found providing training and speaking at Meetups, Agile & Beyond conferences, and PMI Chapter meetings.
A Certified Remote Trainer, Helene also co-wrote the book “Remote Work For A Better World! Being... Productive, engaged and sane in today's turbulent times”.

Past events (85)

Agile Coach Retreat 2022

Online event


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