A hands-on approach to learning The Menlo Way™

We offer classes and active workshops on everything we do. Don’t worry; we won’t torture you with PowerPoint presentations. In our workshops, you’ll roll up your sleeves and get lots of hands-on practice doing everything from managing a project to doing field observations or writing automated unit tests. Even our overview classes are less about passively listening and more about having a conversation. Join us for a few hours, or take the Deep Dive for a week. We can customize our courses for your organization’s unique needs, too. And we can take them on the road. Take a look below at what’s currently on offer. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know. Most of our courses have grown out of customer requests.

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Intro to The Menlo Way™ workshop

Interested in gaining a better understanding of The Menlo Way™? Come experience Menlo’s joyful and disciplined methodologies on which we have built our business culture.  Learn about our pairing practices, open and collaborative workspace, 40 hour work weeks, philosophy of making mistakes faster, High-Tech Anthropology®, and more!

This one day workshop will give you a great taste of The Menlo Way™ and provide you with take-away materials. 

Duration: 1 Day Cost: $850.00

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Deep Dive into The Menlo Way™ workshop

Deep Dive Into the Menlo Way™ is an in-depth experience of everything Menlo. This 5 day overview and workshop combines Intro to The Menlo Way™ (Day 1), Project Management:The Menlo Way™ (Day 2), and High-Tech Anthropology® (Day 3-5).

Throughout this week-long excursion, you will have the opportunity to understand how our methods work and become more knowledgeable on why we have created certain processes. Every participant will be provided with take-away materials from each workshop to guide you through implementing these learned practices in your own work environment.

Duration: 5 Days Cost: $4,250.00

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Project Management: The Menlo Way™ workshop

At Menlo Innovations, we have developed creative and impactful project manager processes that encompass the values and practices of “agile” and "lean" design and development. Our project managers are the magic behind the juggling act of: overseeing project goals and delivering project expectations, advocating for the client’s needs, managing project budgets and ensuring the client experience is joyful. To facilitate this juggling act, Menlo has devised project management strategies that are enacted the minute a potential client walks in the door!

This one day workshop is structured using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide and Standards. Your interactive experience includes writing story cards, estimating project time with your team, building work authorization boards to track project status, and communicating project status with clients. Every participant will be provided with take-away materials to guide you through implementing these learned practices in your own work environment.

Duration: 1 Day Cost: $850.00

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High-Tech Anthropology® workshop

Anthropology is known as the “science of humanity.” Key elements include an in-depth examination of people and places, immersion in the area of interest, and the significance of observation. Our High-Tech Anthropologists® study end-users in their own work environment, observe and ask questions around their current systems and processes, and use work flows and mind-maps to capture and distill information to create designs focused on the goals of the target users.

In this three day workshop, you will be immersed in the High-Tech Anthropology® process and discover how to design a joyful user-experience. With a team of Menlo’s High-Tech Anthropologists®, you will have hands-on experience with observations, writing story cards, and writing personas and using them to map target users, all which build the foundation for user-friendly products and services! Every participant will be provided with take-away materials to guide you through implementing these learned practices in your own work environment.

Duration: 3 Days Cost: $2,550.00

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Business Value of Joy®

Sure, joy sounds great, but how does it affect the bottom line? Why should we care about it in a business context? In this four- or eight-hour customizable session, immerse yourself in the business value of joy. This experience includes a walking tour of “the factory” and plenty of time for discussion and questions. We’ll provide an experience tailored for your group on a topic of your choosing. Some examples might include: building the culture you really want, using High-Tech Anthropology® to create products people want to use, hiring the right people through Extreme Interviewing, using visual management to plan and track projects, how to promote collaboration in your work environment, and pursuing democratic leadership.

Duration: 4 - 8 Hours Cost: $475 per person or a 4 hour minimum of $4750 OR
$950 per person or an 8 hour minimum of $9500

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Lead with Joy

This two-day immersive workshop, led by Richard Sheridan, will explore some very specific and practical ways to change the course of leadership to one that focuses on increasing the human energy, engagement and results of the teams you are leading. 

Duration: 2 Days Cost: $3,000.00/person

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Paired Programming: The Menlo Way™

Brooks’ law claims that resources cannot be added to a project without slowing it down. Through paired programming, Menlo breaks that law on a weekly basis. In this two-day workshop, class participants will experience the value of pairing first hand by working on a Menlo project. Menlo instructors will emphasize how well-practiced pairing maximizes quality while enabling organizations to scale projects up and down without sacrificing speed.

Duration: 2 Days Cost: $2,000.00

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Test Driven Development

Many companies struggle with large unruly codebases that only a handful of experts are capable of maintaining. To make matters worse, this code is often riddled with difficult quality issues that require constant attention. Test Driven Development (TDD), in the context of paired programming, is a way of collaboratively designing the code so that the entire team is set up for success. Done well, TDD facilitates knowledge transfer, creates living documentation, and pulls the cost of quality forward, by ensuring that the code consistently behaves as expected.

Duration: 2 Days Cost: $2,000.00

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Interviewing & Observing

Come learn how Menlo utilizes a uniquely effective approach to gathering data from end users. We leverage the expertise of individuals by going to where they live and work, learning directly from them. We do this with a combination of observations, interviews, and design assessments -- what we call High-Tech Anthropology®. This full-day session will include an overview of the HTA process, an exploration of the key techniques of interviews and observations, hands-on practice, high-level synthesis, and knowledge sharing.

Duration: 1 Day Cost: 850.00

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Storycard Writing

This workshop is designed for those interested in identifying tools to effectively manage time, budgets and teams. It will focus on using storycards as a tool to increase transparency and inter-team communication, as well as scope individual tasks and entire projects.

Duration: 1 Day Cost: 850.00

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Personas & Persona Mapping

This workshop is designed to aid in driving business consensus and prioritizing target users. It will center on using observational data to write personas based on real roles and attributes, then use these personas to define the scope and focus of a project.

Duration: 1 Day Cost: 850.00

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