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Study With Friends Agile Certification Workshop

The Agile/Scrum Foundations "Study with Friends" on-line workshop grounds you in The Scrum Guide and equips you to pass two top-quality exams for Product Owner and Scrum Master. 

This workshop grounds you in PURE SCRUM. 

People who attend this training rapidly become experts on detecting good vs. bad Scrum. They are prepared to get a world respected certification. And they learn an approach to growing their agile knowledge totally in alignment with agile and Scrum values. 


People looking for Scrum certifications can save thousands of dollars in Scrum training fees by studying with friends. Because of the unique way we study the Scrum Guide, participants can pass two "top-quality" qualification exams from one short, inexpensive, and highly effective workshop. 

"I passed both the PSM 1 and PSPO 1 certifications just now. I appreciate your support and preparation for me to have enough confidence to be successful. " - John V.

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Agile/Scrum Foundations

Study With Friends Certification Training

"Just letting you know I passed the Product Owner exam as well. Much easier than the Scrum Master for whatever reason! Thanks," - Sam R.

I spent my summer rediscovering Scrum. Studying alone, and with friends, the Scrum Guide. This required ignoring a lot well meaning advice. People saying I should really study something else, something better, always something bigger (patterns, scaling frameworks, giant books on Scrum, on and on).

Instead, I focused on Scrum, the very short Scrum Guide. Inside, I discovered a universe.

Spend a few hours in deep meditation and open conversation about Scrum. Study what the Scrum Guide says and be amazed at what it doesn't say.

This workshop is a simple, powerful way to learn enough to pass multiple certification exams, all without spending thousands of dollars or multiple days on training. 

-Tom Meloche

Founder, A2Agile

What You Receive

  • Agile/Scrum Class-Generated Training Handbook 

  • The Scrum Guide 

  • Practice Exams 

  • 8 PDU's or SEU's

One of the big Scrum qualification agencies allows you to take their exams without paying for training. The exam fees are reasonable and are listed at the bottom of this page. Exam fees are not included in the price of this workshop. 

Students taking this class are encouraged to take both Scrum Master and Product Owner exams. 

What You Learn


The Foundations of Agile/Scrum essential to doing Scrum well and  passing exams. Covered topics include: 

  • Definition of Scrum

  • Scrum theory

  • Scrum values

  • The Scrum team

  • Product Owner

  • Development Team

  • Scrum Master

  • Scrum Events

  • The Sprint

  • Sprint Planning

  • Daily Scrum

  • Sprint Review

  • Sprint Retrospective

  • Scrum Artifacts

  • Product Backlog

  • Sprint Backlog

  • Increment

  • Definition of "Done"


We reinforce the material through a quick Scrum simulation of product backlog items, sprint planning, sprint review, and sprint retrospective.   

Event Structure

  • 2 half-day on-line live workshops (4 hours each)

  • 1 optional 60-minute certification jam session

Workshop Fee

  • $795 

  • Study w/Friends does not include the exam fees charged by the certifying organization. For a list of the historical fees see the bottom of this page. 

Please contact directly if:

  • You would like to schedule a private class for your group

  • You would really like to attend and cannot at this time afford the workshop fee. Tell us what you can afford!

Agile/Scrum Foundations

Study With Friends Certification Training

Online LIVE Workshop

You need a quiet room, web camera on, microphone and good lighting. This is NOT a webinar.  There is NO POWERPOINT. This is live, hands-on keyboard, immersive and interactive workshop. A fast and affordable way to learn Scrum and prepare for exams facilitated by live instructors. 

Advance your Agile skills and prepare for Scrum Master, Product Owner, Developer, and Leader exams.

This workshop grounds you in The Scrum guide, what it really says and what it doesn't say. You will work hard, you will not be bored.

Who Should Attend

People who are already Scrum Master but never seriously studied JUST the Scrum Guide.


People wanting to become qualified Scrum Masters, Scrum Product Owners, Scrum Team Members, or Agile Leaders. This includes project managers, user experience designers, product owners, quality analysts, and managers seeking a better understanding of Agile all benefit from this class. 

Anyone passionate about working smarter and being happier while actually getting more done is welcome! 


Why Scrum Team Members Should Attend

Implementing Scrum can change how you spend one to two thousand hours a year working. It is well worth 8-hours of your time discovering what the Scrum Guide actually says about how you work.  

1. Learn enough to accurately represent Scrum

Unfortunately, agile coaches and scrum masters frequently get the fundamentals wrong. We are all only human. So help them! Learn enough to help your team. We guarantee it is worth your time.

2. Study the Scrum Guide

The Scrum Guide is only 13-pages long. Study it. As short as this guide is many teams make major mistakes trying to apply it. These mistakes may severely limit your ability to be more fulfilled while getting more work done. Learn what the Scrum Guide actually says, you may even like it. And if not, you can have an informed discussion on what you do not like.

3. Earn a few Scrum Certifications (the cheap way)

Earn at least two respected certifications yourself. It grounds you in the materials and helps you be the authority over how you work as a team. But do this without taking lots of ridiculously priced and long training.


Being able to say “I'm also a Scrum Master. Page 8 of the 2020 Scrum guide says….” which gives you some real authority and creates much better conversations about Scrum. What does page 8 really say? 

World Class Instructors

"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 in the learning process. There are no bystanders here!"

Tom Meloche

Tom was an Agile pioneer. He created and taught the very first class on Agile in Michigan in 2002.


  • Over the past eighteen years he led Agile transformations in companies both large and small

  • Tom co-founded Menlo Innovations LLC, the company featured in the book "Joy Inc. How we built a workplace people love."

  • He has overseen the delivery of hundreds and hundreds of Agile projects with budgets counted in billions

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Helene Gidley​

Helene has been working as an Agile trainer, mentor, and coach for fifteen years.  A coach of coaches, she leads the annual Agile Coach Retreat in Ann Arbor MI.


  • She has thirty years of experience in the IT industry

  • She consults and trains for the Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies bringing broad Agile experience, coaching, and training to project teams


  • She is the founder of Agile Groupies, a Scrum Meetup, which has been running for 10 years

Tom and Helene believe in Appreciative Agile, growing agility with our clients by celebrating and embracing the best of their existing corporate culture. 


Exam Fees (Not Included)

Exam fees are not included in the price of this workshop. After attending this course you will be directed where to go to take world recognized top-quality Scrum exams.

We recommend you take at least two. 

All students do additional personal study to pass these exams. We show you what and how to study for each exam. Most students pass two exams within one week of taking this class. The content of this class is required for all of these types of exams.

  • Scrum Master: $150 exam fee

  • Product Owner: $200 exam fee

  • Developer: $200 exam fee

  • Kanban: $200 exam fee

  • Leader: $200 exam fee

The exam fees are with another organization and subject to change. 

Students taking this class are encouraged to take at least Scrum Master and Product Owner exams within a week of completing the course. 


This class is not endorsed by or affiliated with, the organization which provides the exams. 

Agile/Scrum Foundations

Study With Friends Certification Training

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