Agile U is something new we’re offering for 2017. We’ve partnered with trainers to offer classes on all sorts of agile roles and skills. Whether you’re a scrum master, product owner, coach, executive or dev, we’ve got a course that will help you boost your career!

Our offerings for 2017 are (click on the name for more information):

Skill Class
Core Agile Professional SCRUM Foundations
Training/Teaching Training from the BACK of the Room
The Agile Facilitator Certified ScrumMaster
Coaching Coaching Agile Teams
Technical Skills Agile Development Practices


Class Scrum Master Agile Coach Product Owner Tester Dev Manager Exec
Agile Development Practices        
Certified ScrumMaster
Coaching Agile Teams      
Professional SCRUM Foundations (PSF) –  
The Agile Facilitator
Training from the BACK of the Room        

Agile Development Practices

Sketch Development

Sketch Development is offering this 2 day session on Agile Development Practices. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Agile Software Development is a highly disciplined, rigorous engineering activity. Many Agile projects fail to meet the highest level of success because they focus solely on the project management aspects of agile methodologies. The true underpinning of a successful agile development project is the existence of certain engineering principles. This workshop will focus on those principles and activities that form the foundation of agility and embracing change.

This is a hands-on workshop that will involve programming and testing real code. You will leave this workshop with a thorough understanding of the agile approach to software development, including Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, Automated Acceptance Testing, Refactoring, and Continuous Integration.

Becoming more comfortable with Test Driven Development

We all know we are supposed to do TDD, but gosh there just never is time. We will go into depth on what Unit Testing is, what it is not, and how best to apply it in a development shop. We will pair on a project, create unit tests and write the code to make them pass. We will also discuss how to use this in a legacy environment, inserting tests into a system that doesn’t already have them.

Acceptance Test Driven Development

Taking the TDD concept one step further, we will explore the concepts behind using Acceptance Tests to define “Done” for a story. We will create Automated Acceptance Tests that will be run to define what the user stories are to accomplish. These Acceptance Tests will be integrated into our Continuous Integration Server as well.

Principles of Refactoring and Emergent Design

In order to ensure the highest level of code quality, as well as the best possible design, we need to continuously improve the design of the code, without changing the behavior. We do this in small increments, checking in our code continuously. During this session, we will take the code we wrote in the TDD segment, and practice some basic refactoring activities. We will also learn about continuous integration and how it improves code quality and project reliability.

Continuous Delivery – Intro to DevOps

The next stage in technical excellence, or Craftsmanship, is the journey to DevOps. We will discuss what DevOps is, how to extend our CI environment to a Continuous Delivery environment, and how that leads us to a DevOps world.

Pricing:  Early Bird –  $1249     Standard –  $1449

Eventbrite - Agile Midwest - Agile Development Practices


Certified ScrumMaster


SolutionsIQ Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training gives you all the tools and information you need to effectively apply Agile Scrum Project Management principles to your project or program. Students will learn how to:

  • Maintain and use a burndown chart
  • Manage Product Backlogs
  • Plan Releases and Iterations (Sprints)
  • Conduct Sprint Planning, Daily Scrums, Sprint Reviews & Retrospective meetings
  • Track and Report progress
  • Effectively apply the principles of the Agile Manifesto

All SolutionsIQ Agile training courses are highly interactive. Students will participate in discussions, group-based exercises and simulations.

Certification: Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Pricing:  Early Bird –  $1249     Standard –  $1449

Eventbrite - Agile Midwest - Certified Scrum Master


Coaching Agile Teams

Balanced Agility

 Agile Coaching is for leaders and agile coaches who want to exponentially increase their knowledge and ability to lead and empower teams. Agile Coaching For All brings critical tools, techniques, skills, and ideas from the professional coaching and brain-based training worlds to leaders, managers, agile coaches, and ScrumMasters alike. These roles are constantly challenged to help people, teams, and organizations grow and thrive in a complex world. 

 Certification: ICP Agile Certified Coach

Pricing:  Early Bird –  $1699     Standard –  $1999

Eventbrite - Agile Midwest - Coaching Agile Teams


Professional SCRUM Foundations (PSF) –

Hosted by John Davis, Trainer, Agile Coach and Consultant and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Developers, Testers & Product Managers/Analysts:

Join our 2-day studio for deep learning to simplify how you’re using Scrum; unlearn nonsense, cut through confusion and reimagine how to get real business results while having a great experience.

There are actually very few rules for teams to follow to be productive delivering value to users and customers.

We don’t teach much instruction, no techniques, and no “”agile games”” to learn theory. In this course created by Ken Schwaber, we actually build software in self organizing cross-functional teams leveraging empiricism: UX, BA, Dev, Testers, Arch & Data professionals welcome; Product Owners too.

Scrum Masters, this course was designed to help you help others master Scrum, so do your Due Diligence and recommend your development team members join our studio. They will thank you! Scrum is not just for Scrum Masters!

Certification: PSM I, II or III upon passing rigorous PSM assessment. 

Pricing:  Early Bird –  $1249     Standard –  $1449

Eventbrite - Agile Midwest - Professional SCRUM Foundations (PSF


The Agile Facilitator

Agile Coaching Institute, produced by SolutionsIQ

The Agile Facilitator addresses the art of collaborative meeting design, especially the importance of smart preparation of your meetings. In this course, you will practice the techniques for skillfully facilitating core Agile meetings and ceremonies with playfulness and a collaborative spirit, while still focused on key deliverables. You will gain rich feedback on your growing facilitation skills, and understand how to address some of the dysfunctional behaviors you see preventing your team from achieving maximum success.

Certification: ICAgile Practitioner – Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF)

Pricing:  Early Bird –  $1249     Standard –  $1449

Eventbrite - Agile Midwest - The Agile Facilitator


Training from the BACK of the Room

Balanced Agility

 Take your training skills to a more advanced level as you discover how the human brain really learns which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. Explore the most current “cognitive neuroscience” about effective instruction – how the brain takes in, stores, retrieves and uses knowledge.

Discover six powerful learning principles based on the best of brain science, then apply these principles every time you train, teach, or coach others.

During this dynamic, two-day training program, you will also practice using the 4Cs instructional design “map” with the content you teach, regardless of the complexity of the topic, size of the class, or level of learners. The 4Cs is a brain-based, four-step, Accelerated Learning instructional design model now used by hundreds of Agile coaches and Scrum trainers around the world.  Apply the same practices to make your meetings much more fun and productive.

Certification: Training from the BACK of the Room Certificate

Pricing:  Early Bird –  $1249     Standard –  $1449

Eventbrite - Agile Midwest - Training from the BACK of the Room