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.

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Building a Better Backlog - Agile Product Owner Training

If you've heard "We took an hour to estimate one story", or "We don't really have anything to demonstrate at our Sprint Review", or "Many of our stories carry over to the next Sprint" then you probably have a backlog problem. This is good to understand. Because, If you fix your backlog then these problems quickly go away. 'Building A Better Backlog - Product Owner Training' is a detailed immersion in the tools, tasks, and ceremonies essential for creating dramatically better backlogs. This 3-day course teaches how to contextualize and understand your product, how to create highly effective agile user stories, and a disciplined structure for user story writing which makes it simple to write stories right, the first time. Master the skills essential for creating great Agile backlogs. The job of managing an Agile backlog is complex. Product Owners juggle multiple sources of ideas, balance competing priorities, and meet a variety of different stakeholder expectations, all while working to beat their competitors. This workshop provides detailed direction on how to gain competitive advantage while doing these difficult tasks. Participants learn nine different powerful tools for creating great Agile backlogs, including: * Value stream maps * Object diagrams * Personas * Persona maps * Story maps * Inquiry story templates * Acceptance criteria * Paper prototypes * Business visions Participants use their actual projects for most of the class exercises, so they leave with real work accomplished. They practice using a revolutionary new inquiry story template for writing user stories. This template makes it almost impossible to write a bad user story. ​In addition, participants practice ceremonies for ideation, user selection, work prioritization, and user feedback. As a result, they leave with a complete workable process for creating great Agile backlogs​. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-better-backlog-agile-product-owner-training-tickets-57451214128 Goal: Develop a fundamental understanding of the tools and ceremonies of Solution Antropology in order to create and maintain great Agile backlogs. Participants: Product Owners, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Quality Assurance, Coaches Master Trainers Helene Gidley and Thomas Meloche of A2Agile, Inc. will be your trainers for this class. A co-founder of A2Agile Inc., Helene Gidley, PMP, 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 created HSG Consulting LLC where she assisted teams since 2003 navigating their agile journeys. She has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry at Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies bringing broad experience in coaching and training project teams. A co-founder of A2Agile Inc., Tom has overseen the delivery of hundreds of Agile projects with budgets counted in the billions. He has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades. Tom was a co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country, Menlo Innovations LLC. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and metrics to achieve higher levels of engagement and success. Tom has a direct marketer’s view on metrics. His best-selling book Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising was first published in 2011 by the Entrepreneur Press, the third edition was released in 2017. Tom is a strong advocate for Agile ceremony, something he considers a forgotten art, and authored the book Ceremony: A Profound New Method for Achieving Successful and Sustainable Change, released June 2017. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-better-backlog-agile-product-owner-training-tickets-57451214128

Agile/Scrum Foundations 2-Day PSM I Certification Training

This hands-on 2-day training taught by Helene Gidley and Thomas Meloche will provide you with a fundamental understanding of Agile concepts and will equip you with directly applicable practices. Essential for creating a shared team understanding of the practice of Agile, this course is also a powerful aid in the preparation for scrum master certification. There will be marshmallows! Content Includes: *Process flow vocabulary *Kanban *Scrum events, roles, and artifacts *Foundational Agile practices and principles *Practicing team roles *The power and value of Agile Ceremonies *Requirements management *Story writing and estimating *Tracking progress *Retrospective *The Scrum Princess Participants also explore the perils of Multitasking and the power of single-piece flow. The capstone event drives home the material through a full Lego-based Scrum simulation including planning, story writing, estimating, and delivering through short sprints. Audience: This course is applicable to all members involved in the Agile processes including developers, User Experience Designers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Project Managers, Quality Analysts, and managers with little or no prior knowledge of Agile. Participant Take Away: The highly interactive and participative format of this session provides participants with a deepened understanding of Agile practices and principles enabling them to apply the knowledge directly to their work teams, as aid in preparation for Scrum Master certification, and earn 14 PDU's or SEU's Participant comments: "Incredibly helpful for PO, Devs & more!" "Credentials of and reputation of instructors are unparalleled." "The instructor's ability to be engaging & energetic is golden." "The 'real world' experience of the instructors enables them to draw from a rich tapestry of stories. More than just lecture, they keep you engaged inthe learning process. There are no bystanders here!" Course Includes: Lunch on both days Training handbook Scrum.org study guide Course completion certificate About your trainers: Helene Gidley, PMP, CSM, is an agile coach and the co-founder of A2Agile, Inc., where she provides coaching and training to teams navigating their agile journeys. She has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry at Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies bringing broad experience in coaching and training project teams. Helene is the founder of Agile Groupies, a Scrum Alliance Meetup, based in Ann Arbor with over 200 members located in the southeastern Michigan and northern Ohio area, and can be found providing training and speaking at Meetups, Agile & Beyond conferences, and PMI Chapter meetings. Thomas Meloche The co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country (Menlo Innovations LLC), and co-founder of A2Agile, Inc., Thomas Meloche has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and metrics to achieve higher levels of engagement and success. Now working at some of the world's largest firms, he has overseen the delivery of hundreds of agile projects with budgets counted in the billions.

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Diamond Agile

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