Agile/Scrum Foundations

PSM I Certification Training
Ann Arbor, September 18-19, 2019

My Boss Said "Be Agile"

Has your boss told you to "Be Agile?" or "Get Certified?" Master a super simple 4-step Scrum process to increase your agility, get certified, double productivity, and make the boss happy. 

  • Learn how to become a Professional Scrum Master and how to quickly pass the PSM I certification exam in a fun, immersive, hands-on class!

  • Discover why complicated tools and management processes are a complete waste of time… and the two simple Agile processes we use to turn chaos into order... Scrum and Kanban

  • How to always know what to work on next and stop being in a state of perpetual overwhelm

  • How to keep focused and productive while being responsive to change (the essence of Agility)

  • How to say ‘no’ to your boss with confidence, clarity, and ease in a manner which actually makes the boss happy, because you are "being agile"

  • Why limiting 'work in progress' is the biggest Agile secret for getting work done

  • How to use Scrum to do twice the work in half the time, in both your professional and personal life

  • AND… how to get great results while simultaneously making the work environment a happier and healthier place

Agile/Scrum Foundations

Live Event Training
PSM I Certification Training
Ann Arbor, September 18-19, 2019

Anyone wishing to improve productivity, reduce stress, better manage their teams, or better manage themselves should investigate Agile & Scrum. This training event is for you if ANY of the following are true:


  • You are eager to learn a new way to work, which delivers twice the value in half the time

  • You want to learn Agile & Scrum because your boss told you to "be agile"

  • You want to advance your career

  • Are you already "doing" Agile or Scrum but it isn't really working, and you don't know why

If any of these ring true for you, and you really want to master a new and better way to work, then attend our next Agile/Scrum Foundations Training Event.

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This course is taught by Agile masters Tom Meloche and Helene Gidley, two of the most experienced Agilists in the country. Seating is limited to just 20 students.


  • Direct access to world class instructors

  • Hands-on, immersive, and engaging exercises

  • Immediately applicable techniques

Tom and Helene share their profound understanding of what Agile techniques are and why they work. Read what recent students have said: 

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

The core Agile fundamentals you learn at this event can be applied by anyone wishing to improve productivity, reduce stress, better manage their teams, and better manage themselves.

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Agile/Scrum Foundations

Live Event Training

PSM I Certification Training
Ann Arbor, September 18-19, 2019

One of the 25 Highest Paid Jobs in America

Did you know big business frequently hire Scrum Masters and Agile coaches? 


In the current Glassdoor survey Scrum Master was listed as one of the 25 highest paying jobs in America, with a median base salary of $98,239 a year. Ranked currently at #20, it's even more money than an Attorney!

This class is a great way to prepare for Scrum Master certification, a first step if you want to turn this life-changing skill into a career as well. In addition, attendees who complete the course earn 14 PDU's or SEU's. If you don't know what any of this means don't worry, we will teach you!

 The Agile Management Revolution

If you know you need to get more productive, get more done, or just need to learn Agile & Scrum because your boss told you to, this class is for you. Learn how to:

  • Solve the problem of too many demands on your time

  • Effectively organize and manage teams

  • Keep focus, even in the midst of massive distractions and change

This course is applicable to anyone wanting to improve productivity. It teaches the basis of Scrum and you leave with the actual manual you need to get Scrum certification.

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Agile/Scrum Foundations

Live Event Training

PSM I Certification Training
Ann Arbor, September 18-19, 2019

World Class Instructors

This Agile Foundations event is unique in that it is taught by world class Agile instructors: Agile Master Tom Meloche and Coach-of-Coaches Helene Gidley. It is a special opportunity to learn Agile from people with so much real-world experience. 

Tom Meloche

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


  • Over the past eighteen years he lead 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. 

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Agile/Scrum Foundations

Live Event Training

PSM I Certification Training

Ann Arbor, September 18-19, 2019

Covered Material

This two-day immersion class is jam packed with great material you learn in hands-on activities. You will not be bored. There will be marshmallows. Topics include: 

  • Foundational Agile practices and principles

  • Process flow vocabulary

  • Personal Kanban

  • Scrum values

  • Scrum events, roles, and artifacts

  • The power of Agile ceremonies

  • Requirements management

  • Story writing and estimating

  • Tracking progress

  • Retrospective

  • The perils of multitasking

  • The power of single-piece flow


The capstone event drives home the material through a full Scrum simulation including planning, story writing, estimating, and delivering through short sprints. 

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Who Should Attend

Agile is sweeping the world. It has grown to include everyone interested in managing their overwhelm and being more productive. If the topics covered on this page spoke to you, then you should attend. You will be glad you did.


Agile was born in the software development community and we welcome software professionals at every level. Developers, user experience designers, scrum masters, product owners, project managers, quality analysts, and managers with little or no prior knowledge of Agile all benefit from this class. 

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

Experienced Agile professionals and newbies alike have talked about how much they enjoyed this class. Find out why. 

Agile/Scrum Foundations

Live Event Training

PSM I Certification Training

Ann Arbor, September 18-19, 2019

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