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A2ASTD April Meeting: "The Culture of Joy" with Rich Sheridan

  • 04 Apr 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Washtenaw Community College / Morris Lawrence Building


  • For guests not currently A2ASTD chapter members
  • For A2ASTD regular chapter members
  • For A2ASTD professional chapter members
  • For A2ASTD student chapter members

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Join us April 4 at 5 PM for our monthly chapter meeting:

"The Culture of Joy" with Rich Sheridan

"Agile" methodologies practiced The Menlo Way™ are both joyful and disciplined. This session includes a discussion of
iterative and incremental development, estimation, planning game, and work authorization as described in "Extreme
Programming Explained" by Kent Beck and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Hands-on exercises
and take-away materials enable attendees to begin practicing these new processes in their own work environment.

Format: Interactive presentation and group discussion

Learning Objective: By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Create Culture: ensure the right team, a learning environment, client involvement, and leadership.
  • Use Menlo Methodology: define your environment by joy using the following practices – pairing, High-Tech Anthropology®, open and collaborative workspace, daily stand-up meeting, making mistakes faster, doing the
    simplest thing possible, hand-on visual planning, estimation without fear, integrated quality advocacy, and test-drive

Speaker/Facilitator: Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations


  • Chapter members = $20
  • Student members = $15
  • Non-member guests = $40 (Join now and save $20!)

Date: Thursday, April 4 at 5 PM


  • Dinner & Networking: 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • Chapter Business: 5:30 – 5:45pm
  • Round Table discussion: 5:45 – 6:45pm
  • Group Reflection/Closing: 6:45 – 7:00pm


Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

About the Presenter:

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, "outlier" Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science '80, MS Computer Engineering '82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford's recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration! Some call it agile, some call it lean ... Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results ... business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™. Sheridan was recently enlisted by Portfolio at Penguin to write a book about all he has learned about the effect of a culture focused on Joy. Rich is writing in his "spare time."

Network. Learn. Grow.

Creating a World that Works better.

Ann Arbor ATD  P.O. Box 130131  Ann Arbor, MI 48113

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