World Renowned Trainer and Author Coming To Birmingham

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On Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Michele Sliger, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and co-author of “The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility” will be in town for a 2 day Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training course.

On Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Michele Sliger, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and co-author of “The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility” will be in town for a 2 day Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training course.

Scrum is truly “Transforming the world of work™” worldwide and Birmingham is no exception. Many local companies both large and small are adopting Scrum in record numbers. While the adoption of this alternative approach to Traditional Project Management has been highest amongst companies developing software, Scrum is gaining traction outside of Information Technology as well.

Scrum is bridging the gap between the business and Information Technology that has emerged over the past few years. Ensuring that the highest business value features, with the best Return on Investment (ROI), are implemented first, helps companies build better software. This necessitates the need for the business to become an active participant in the software development effort; Scrum calls this role the Product Owner. The Braintrust Consulting Group is bringing an entry level Product Owner training class to Birmingham on May 11 and 12, 2010.

Birmingham-based technology firm XSP, the World’s leading provider of automated Corporate Actions solutions to the financial industry, has enrolled five of its Business Analysts and Product Managers in this CSPO course. When asked why XSP is investing in this type of training, Dan Retzer, Managing Director and CTO, says, “XSP is a strong advocate of empowering our employees by encouraging them to learn the latest techniques and best practices in project management. In a fast-paced and ever-changing environment such as the financial industry, XSP embraces Agile Project Management utilizing the Scrum framework in our day-to-day operations to deliver high-quality products and services to our global clients. These training courses offered by Braintrust will further educate XSP professionals in the latest innovative and compelling methodologies that help our clients throughout the lifecycle of every implementation and project.”

The guest instructor for this course is world renowned trainer and author Michele Sliger. “I have known Michele for about a year now. Every time I see her speak I realize how passionate she is for Scrum. Michele’s passion comes out in the way that she instructs; she always has a heavy focus on exercises and learning by doing. This hands-on approach really helps cement the concepts in the student’s minds and leads to lasting retention”, says Brian Rabon, president of The Braintrust Consulting Group.
Michele Sliger, CST, PMP is a Certified Scrum Trainer with over 20 years of software development experience. She is co-author of "The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility". Michele is a frequent conference speaker and regular contributor to software industry publications. She is a strong advocate of agile principles and value-driven development practices.

Scrum is an Agile Project Management framework for managing any work; its greatest adoption has been in the field of software development. Scrum is focused on building the highest value features first, reducing time to market, and increasing overall product quality.

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About The Braintrust Consulting Group:

The Braintrust Consulting Group provides complete project management solutions for a wide range of software-related projects. Our vast experience combined with our innovative project management model allows us to create customized solutions for each client. We blend People, Processes, Tools, and Training into one seamless formula to help our clients break through obstacles, improve processes, meet deadlines, and exceed goals.

About XSP:

XSP is the leading provider of Corporate Actions automation software for the global financial services industry. Accredited with the SWIFTReady Corporate Actions Label, the XSP platform is SWIFT ISO 15022 compliant and proven to mitigate the operational risks and costs associated with Corporate Actions processing. This leading-edge solution features an extensive workflow module and robust data management tools. XSP’s Web-based eTRAN™ and SWIFT ISO messaging modules automate the client notification and response capture and reconciliation of elections on complex Corporate Actions events. The XSP Entitlement Management module completes the Corporate Actions processing lifecycle for true end-to-end straight-through processing. With over 60 global clients, the XSP software is the most widely-implemented Corporate Actions solution in the world.

XSP is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has achieved Microsoft Competencies in ISV/Software Solutions and Security Solutions. The Company has also been named Corporate Actions ‘Company to Watch in 2010’ by Financial-i Magazine; awarded Inside Reference Data’s 2009 ‘Best Reference Data Initiative’ award for Corporate Actions in a live client implementation, ranked in first place as the Top Software Vendor in Waters Ranking 2009 for ‘Best Corporate Actions Solution’; and achieved Microsoft Front Runner status for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, demonstrating XSP's ability to support clients on the latest Microsoft technologies. For more information, please visit us at


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