• Cross-Posting for Motown Agile - Fostering Change to AMAZE with Thomas Meloche

    All, We're cross-posting Motown Agile's next meetup meeting. Agile Groupies' member, Tom Meloche, will be presenting. :-) Note that this meetup's posting's attendee list's "wait list" status just means to use Motown Agile's meetup posting to sign-up. Here's the link to sign-up for Motown Agile's meeting on May 22: https://www.meetup.com/Motown-Agile/events/xmvwwqyzhbdc/ We will be at One Campus Martius, which is at: 1050 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI. Motown's link also lists our parking options.

  • 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

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  • Diamond Agile

    A2Agile, Inc.

    Scrum is an amazing tool that many people have successfully implemented. Scrum is part of process agile, but process agile is only one of the seven facets of agile. Scrum itself makes up about 6% of what it means to be agile. Yes, 6% If all you are doing is Scrum you are off to a good start. But if you are struggling, trying to scale, or simply feel stuck, then it is time to learn about the rest of agile, the other 94%. In this presentation you will learn: • Essential vocabulary for describing the 7 facets of agile • Three facets which must be implemented for scaling agile into larger enterprises • The single biggest mistake people make scaling agile • The facet you must do next after Scrum, but before you scale • How human emotions contain a key secret for keeping agile on track • The exact next steps to take to sustainably scale agile Does your organization struggle to increase or even maintain agility? Has agile ceased to be fun? Is it getting harder and harder to deliver? This presentation shows you why. More importantly, it provides a clear way to understand, talk about, and plan for future agile growth. Bio's: Helene Gidley, PMP, CSM, a co-founder of A2Agile Inc., 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. Helene is also the founder of Agile Groupies, and can be found providing training and speaking at Meetups, Agile & Beyond conferences, and PMI Chapter meetings. Thomas Meloche, a co-founder of A2Agile Inc., 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. LinkedIn: - www.linkedin.com/in/helenegidley - www.linkedin.com/in/meloche Agenda: 06:00PM Refreshments 06:30PM Presentation

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  • Agile/Scrum Foundations 2-Day PSM I Certification Class

    This hands-on 2-day training taught by Helene Gidley and Thomas Meloche ( http://a2agile.com) 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. You must purchase your tickets on Eventbrite in order to secure your seats: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agilescrum-foundations-psm-i-certification-training-tickets-54954216541 The Content: * Understanding the foundations behind Agile practices and principles * The value of Ceremony as applied to Scrum teams * Review common testing practices in an Agile team * The perils of Multitasking and how to implement single-piece flow * Requirements management * Story Writing and estimation * Tracking your progress through Sprint Metrics * Learn and apply retrospective techniques * Team building exercises * 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 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. Tickets are through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agilescrum-foundations-psm-i-certification-training-tickets-54954216541

  • Quicken Loans Agile Transformation: A SAFe’r Way to Work

    Like many companies, Quicken Loans has been on an Agile journey for several years. Over the last year though, QL has “rocketed” into the next stage in their Agile journey through use of the Scaled Agile Framework, radically transforming how their technology and business teams work together. During this Agile Groupies Meetup event the Quicken Loans Agile Coaching Team (internally called “iLean”) will talk about how our Agile Transformation at Quicken Loans progressed from a handful of Scrum teams to 20+ powerful Agile Release Trains. We’ll talk about how QL leveraged SAFe and other Agile frameworks to help improve agility, as well as review the tactical steps taken in order to support 2,000+ people focused on value delivery. Including producing a one stop shop for Agile information each team member can use and reuse while updating it frequently. We’ll also talk about how the Quicken Loans “ISMs”…the philosophies that all QL Team Members use to guide their day to day actions…played into and supporting the culture needed to make an Agile Transformation successful. Presented by Mark Cruth, Agile Coach from Quicken Loans. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 - Dinner and networking 6:30 - 7:45 - Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 - Q&A

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  • Ann Arbor 2019 Agile Coach Retreat

    Pillar

    A whole day retreat where you will be helped, coached, and stretched to learn and practice different coaching techniques, all while learning, teaching, and coaching others to do the same. This retreat will strengthen your agile coaching muscles, and leave you wanting for more. This year we will be changing up our coach retreat with an increased focus on Appreciative Inquiry. We are honored to have Dr. Mari Kira (https://lsa.umich.edu/psych/people/faculty/marikira.html) , faculty member and research director at the UM Center for Positive Organizations join us for the day and lead the discussion on Appreciative Inquiry. Seats are limited to 20. You must register on the Eventbrite site https://bit.ly/2B0XTog to order your tickets for this event. An RSVP on Meetup does not hold your seat. This is your chance to learn and share coaching skills, knowledge and abilities with fellow agile scrum masters, project managers, team members, line managers, leaders, and executives. No matter what our role, title, or past history, we’re all Agile Coaches when we take the Coach’s Stance. Your day of retreat is filled with multiple opportunities for shared learning, teaching, mentoring and coaching that you wouldn’t be able to get from any other similar event. This event is geared for a broad range of leadership roles. You are an agile leader if you find yourself teaching, coaching, or mentoring someone else in your normal day to day work. A light breakfast and lunch are included. Cost: Same price as last year, just $99 for the day Register here: https://bit.ly/2B0XTog to get your tickets. We usually sell out each year for this event. Timing: Doors open at 8:30 am for breakfast Retreat begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm CEC’S, CEU’s, PDU’s, etc. Continuing education credits, units, etc are available. Please see your facilitators for more information. Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this retreat. Come with an open mind and wish to learn something new or learn something old new again! (Some previous experience practicing as an agile leader is helpful.) Endorsements: Here's what people have said about our previous Agile Coach Retreats... “Open and caring” “Awesome attitudes.” ”Insightful exercises.” ”Lego Team Session - Good!” ”Role/Technique Formal Practice - Good!”

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  • Lean Coffee

    TusStar Ann Arbor

    Join us at our October meeting for a Lean Coffee format. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. What do you want to share? What do you want to learn? What problem are you wrestling with that you'd like some input on? Bring all these and more to October's Lean Coffee Meetup for an evening of insights and learning. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 Dinner and Networking 6:30 - 7:45 Lean Coffee 7:45 - 8:00 Wrap up Many thanks to our Sponsor this month TusStar International! We're meeting at their office on Green Road where there is plenty of free parking. From the Agile Coffee website, a detailed description of the format: Write topics onto notecards (one topic per card). No limit to the number of topics. Set up a personal kanban board with three columns: To Do, Doing, Done. (Pro-tip: add a fourth column (“Actions”) to collect action items as they come up.) Spend a few minutes introducing each topic, sharing a sentence or two describing the idea on each card. Vote. Each participant gets three dot votes. You may cast all your votes on one topic or spread them across multiple cards. Rank the more popular topics higher in the backlog (the “To Do” column). Now that you have an agenda, move the top item into the middle (“Doing”) column. Set the timer (eg. smartphone) for five minutes — or whatever length the group determines is reasonable. This is the initial timebox for discussion. When the time limit is reached, hold a simple roman vote (thumbs up, sideways or thumbs down) to see if there’s interest in continuing the discussion. If so, set the timer for a shorter duration (eg. three minutes) and continue discussing. You can repeat this step as many times as necessary until the group loses interest in the topic. When the topic runs out of gas, move its card to the right (“Done”) column. Bring the next highest card over from “To Do” into “Doing” and repeat the process. At the end of the session, elicit key take-aways and/or action items from the group. Remember: it’s not an agenda until we vote on it.

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  • Cross Posting Agile Coach Camp

    Neutral Zone

    Cross posting this wonderful event for this years Agile Coach Camp which is returning to Ann Arbor! It was at this event 10 years ago that Agile Groupies was born; attending this Coach Camp would be going back to our own roots!! Come join us as we both celebrate our 10th anniversary ! 2018 marks the 10th year of Agile Coach Camp. To celebrate it’s 10th-anniversary, we are going back to where it all began – Michigan. Agile Coach Camp is a peer-to-peer learning, exploration, and action based event that occurs in an Open Space environment. At Agile Coach Camp, people come together around a high-level topic or need and create their own agenda. Then, people gather into groups to brainstorm, debate, collaborate, co-create, plan, play, tell stories, and discuss the topics proposed on the agenda, known as the marketplace. As with the original coach camp held in Ann Arbor in 2008 and all subsequent coach camps afterward, you will work with some of the top minds in the agile community to develop your own conference agenda and have the talks that are most important to you. This year’s camp’s overall open space will be facilitated by Mike Sutton (https://mhsutton.me/) with assistance from April Jefferson, (https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-jefferson-a5b67826/?trk=aff_src.aff-lilpar_c.partners_learning&irgwc=1) while each topic space is held by the person posting the topic. Still not sure how Open Space works? Find out more information about open space here (http://www.openspaceworld.com/) Further information and registration here (https://agilecoachcampus.com/).

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  • The Science of Design

    Atomic Object

    Companies with successful design groups know the "Why" behind their designs. But, what about our clients' new designs that we are hired to develop? How can we be sure that their new designs will be successful? How can we confirm that they know the "Why" behind their new designs? For this Agile Groupies meeting, We will learn from two of Pillar's User-Experience (UX) specialists how to extract the "Why" from a new design by blending UX and behavioral science. Presenter Bios Angela Peat - Experience Architect at Pillar Superpowers - Laughs at own jokes. Super geek for Design Thinking. Quickly adapts to and understands new clients and users. Colin Stoetzner PhD - Artisan at Pillar, Neuroscientist Superpowers - Installation art, Hacking chicken coops.