Study With Friends Agile Workshop

The "Study with Friends" on-line workshop grounds you in The Scrum Guide and equips you to pass two certifications exams: The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO 1)  certification exam and the Professional Scrum Master (PSM 1) certification exam.

This workshop grounds you in PURE SCRUM. 

People who attend this training rapidly become experts on detecting good vs. bad Scrum. They get certified. 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 certifications 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.

"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 16-page 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 Scrum Certifications, all without spending thousands of dollars or multiple days on training. 

-Tom Meloche

Founder, A2Agile

What You Receive

  • Agile/Scrum Class-Generated Training Handbook 

  • Scrum Vocabulary Tests 

  • The Scrum Guide (free from

  • Open Practice Exams (free from

  • 8 PDU's or SEU's allows you to take their professional Scrum certification 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 the Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner certification exams. 

What You Learn

The Foundations of Agile/Scrum essential to passing Professional Scrum Certification 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

  • $495 

  • Study w/Friends does not include exam fees. For a list of these 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 certification facilitated by live instructors. 

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

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 really studied 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 16-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 at Scrum,org)

Earn at least two Professional Scrum 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 Professional Scrum Master. Page 12 of the 2017 Scrum guide says….” give you some real authority and creates much better conversations about Scrum. What does page 12 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

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 Alliance 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 participants may wish to take multiple professional certification exams.


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

  • Professional Scrum Master exam fee $150 

  • Professional Scrum Product Owner exam fee $200

  • Professional Scrum Developer exam fee $200 

  • Professional Scrum with Kanban exam fee $200

  • Professional Agile Leadership exam fee $200 

Students taking this class are encouraged to take at least the Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner certification exams.


The Profession Scrum Master (PSM1) is usually treated by hiring managers as equivalent to Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrum Alliance.  Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO 1) is usually treated as equivalent to Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) from Scrum Alliance. These names are registered trademarks of these organizations.

Agile/Scrum Foundations

Study With Friends Certification Training