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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.

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Agile at Home: The Daily Art of Managing Your Overwhelm

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Have you ever found yourself up late at night, having to finish a report due the next day … even though you had known about it weeks before? Have you ever missed a special personal event, because you spent your entire day running behind and couldn’t get caught up?

Whether it’s your job, your classwork, your home, your family, or your leisure activities, one thing is true: If you want to manage your time, you first have to manage your motivators. That’s the holy grail. Helene Gidley’s method, Agile at Home, is a method for doing just that. It’s a simple, physical, tactile approach that creates anticipation around your work and a tangible feeling of reward for each task you get done.

Grounded in the Agile principles that have revolutionized the software development industry, Agile at Home takes the very best from that industry and gives you an easy-to-implement daily practice.

This session will provide background on Agile thinking, the importance of daily ceremonies in managing your motivation, how to accomplish more by breaking work down into small chunks, why maintaining focus is critical to completing tasks, and how to handle interrupts that life throws into our plans. This is an interactive workshop where you will practice the methods presented. You will leave with your first implementation of this method; a start of your own personal daily plan.

Presented by Helene Gidley.
With over thirty years of experience in the IT industry at Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies, Helene Gidley brings a broad and experienced outlook to coaching and training teams. She has been assisting teams in their Agile journeys since 2003.

As an entrepreneur, Helene has started two consulting firms focusing on improving personal and team productivity. As a coach of coaches, she leads the annual Agile Coach Retreat each year in Ann Arbor, MI.

Spending over 15 years as a certified Project Management Professional and working as a Project Manager in Information Technology, she incorporated the best of Project Management practices with Agile principles in building the Agile at Home practice.

A Certified Remote Trainer, Helene also authored the book Remote Work For A Better World!: Being... Productive, engaged and sane in today's turbulent times.

Passionate about supporting Agile growth in the community, in 2008 Helene founded the Agile Groupies Meetup, based in Ann Arbor MI. Agile Groupies brings individuals together to collaboratively learn and strengthen their Agile practices. Helene is a frequent speaker at Meetups, Agile conferences and Project Management Institute Chapter meetings.

Cross-Post for World Information Day- call for presenters

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Cross-post for World Information Day.

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration hosted by the World Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of locations across the globe. We are a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts who share the common goal of practicing, learning, teaching, and shaping the future of information architecture.

Call for presenters until Feb 5, 2023.

Full information is available here.

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