• 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.

  • June Meetup - Topic TBD

    Atomic Object

    This will be our June meeting, topic is still under development and will be posted as soon as it is finalized. This much we do know: There will be refreshments. We will start at 6pm and end at 8 pm. Great people will be there. Networking will happen.

  • Building a Better Backlog - Agile Product Owner Training

    A2Agile, Inc.

    $1,179.00

    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​. Goal: Develop a fundamental understanding of the tools and ceremonies of Solution Anthropology in order to create and maintain great Agile backlogs. Audience: Product Owners, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Quality Assurance, Coaches Participant Comments: "The Q&A with real life scenarios is like a coaching & support group all rolled into one! Amazing." "I learned so much in this class. It was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!" "Powerful method of teaching & excellent content!" "I SO enjoyed this course! I'm really looking forward to going back & using these ideas to build better backlogs :) " Course Includes: Lunch on both days *Training workbook *Class completion certificate *21 PDU's About Your Trainers: Helene Gidley, PMP, CSM Helene is an agile coach, coach of coaches, and 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.