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The Art of Agile Living

A Simple And Powerful Approach To Tame Your Overwhelm

About the Book

In the fast-paced, ever-changing world we live in, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the myriad tasks and responsibilities that seem to demand our attention at any given moment. The Art of Agile Living™ provides a transformative solution, offering a simple and powerful approach to taming the chaos that often defines our daily lives. Drawing inspiration from the Agile methodology which revolutionized the $700B software industry and experience of two highly-regarded Agile experts, this book offers a practical and adaptable framework that can be applied to any area of your life—be it work, home, family, or leisure.

The Art of Agile Living is not about managing tasks; it's about embracing a new way of thinking and living. It’s about regaining your focus. It's about adopting a daily ritual that brings structure, clarity, and meaning to your day, allowing you to achieve more and reduce the overwhelm that so often plagues our modern existence. By implementing the Art of Agile Living method, you will gain control over your time, your projects, and ultimately, your life, enabling you to prioritize and accomplish your goals with ease and satisfaction. Employing the core principles of simplicity, transparency, and focus, you will find the balance and productivity that you have been searching for.

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Helene Gidley
Helene Gidley

Helene Gidley, a distinguished leader in the Agile community, has made a significant impact on the IT industry through her pioneering work with A2Agile Inc., a company she co-founded. As an accomplished Agile trainer, mentor, and coach, Helene has assisted a myriad of organizations in optimizing their Agile practices and attaining exceptional results. Her vast experience, spanning over thirty years, encompasses working with professionals from Fortune 500 companies, startups, and mid-sized organizations.

With over 15 years of experience as a certified Project Management Professional, Helene has expertly integrated the finest Project Management practices with Agile principles. Her innovative approach has gained widespread recognition, attracting an international audience to her annual Agile Coach Retreat, where she imparts her knowledge with fellow coaches from around the world.

Helene's dedication to supporting Agile growth in the community inspired her to establish the Agile Groupies Meetup in 2008. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this thriving group meets regularly to collaborate to learn and enhance their Agile practices. As an esteemed speaker, Helene has engaged audiences at over 100 Meetups, Agile conferences, and Project Management Institute Chapter meetings.

In her spare time you’ll find Helene busy biking, going on long walks with her husband David, and coddling her cat Stella.

Co-author Thomas Meloche is an accomplished marketing expert, best-selling author, and agile transformation leader with a proven track record of successfully launching and promoting products across various industries. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Thomas has demonstrated a unique ability to combine his deep knowledge of marketing strategies with agile methodologies to help organizations achieve remarkable results. 

Thomas began his career as a software developer, which allowed him to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the technology industry. Over time, Thomas honed his marketing skills and co-founded Menlo Innovations LLC, one of the most successful agile software development houses in the United States. Menlo Innovations has been featured in the book "Joy Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love," which highlights the company's unique agile process, The Menlo Way, for rapidly producing high-quality software. Thousands of people visit Menlo from around the world every year to experience The Menlo Way firsthand.

In addition to his work at Menlo Innovations, Thomas has provided marketing consulting services through Perry Marshall and Associates since January 2011. In this role, Thomas has been instrumental in creating agile marketing and advertising teams for clients across various industries. His unique approach to marketing has produced significant results for his clients and further solidified his reputation as a top marketing expert.

Thomas' expertise in marketing is complemented by his extensive background in agile transformation. He has coached agile initiatives and transformed products, departments, and companies for over two decades. Thomas has worked with organizations of all sizes, ranging from Interface Systems with one team to USAA with 400 teams and a yearly development budget of 4.5 billion dollars.

Reader Testimonials

Dr. Mari Kira
Dr. Mari Kira

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Many books offering advice on how to take hold of your life simply manage awake feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Not this book. It gently understands your struggles when trying to tame the chaos of the relentless overlapping demands of work and private life. It shows you steps to organize your tasks and life, taking you on a journey from chaos to Kanban. And all you need to take along to this journey is your thorough expertise of what you need to get done, and some post-it notes and pens.

Richard Sheridan
Richard Sheridan

CEO & Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations

A short read packed with practical ideas, The Art of Agile Living, has all the tools you need to get you out of your crazy life and keep you there. Using lessons we've successfully applied on complex software projects at our company for over two decades, Helene Gidley and Tom Meloche teach you how to bring these lessons home and get the whole family participating. Move from overwhelmed to in-control and have fun doing it!

Gabe Bautista
Gabe Bautista


As an Entrepreneur and consultant, one is always looking for ways to increase productivity and simply get stuff done. The environment is noisy and many claim to have the latest "life hack" . Tom and Helene are among those few that I listen to and whose advice I actually put to use. I was familiar with some of the agile methodology but they have helped me to acquire a deeper understanding of the concepts in PRACTICE. Which as we know is where it matters.

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