Training and Placement for Software Talent

Over 20 years in the software industry.

Training


Training and certification for our MAP (modified agile process) program. This process incorporates sample projects to learn about requirements and user centered design with a modified agile approach. This program helps to groom individuals to understand beginning to end the fundamentals of an agile software process, while doing a deep dive into the skills specific to becoming a highly cross-functional business or system analyst and/or user experience professional. A must have program for software professionals functioning in an agile environment.

MAP training and certification is being taken 'online' and anticipated to be ready for the public by early spring 2018!


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Talent


Need full time permanent software talent to integrate into your team seamlessly? We directly place top software talent locally in Southeast Michigan. Having over 20 years working in the software industry from a hands-on perspective allows us to understand the software teams needs more intimately. This gives us an edge to be able to provide better matches which helps lower employee turnover to save you time and money and eliminate the headache of re-acclimating new candidates. Better matches creates a WIN-WIN for both the employer and the employee.

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Talent + Training


We specialize in providing additional skills assessment as well as our unique MAP (modified agile process) training and certification. MAP training does a deep dive into requirements and user centered design for the following types of talent: Business Analysts, System Analysts, Scrum Masters, Technical Project Managers, Product Managers, User Experience Professionals, UX Architects, and Visual Designers. This training helps talent sharpen their skills with an agile mindset while keeping the user perspective front and center during the requirements and design phases.

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Meet The Founder

Anne-Marie Michaelis

Anne-Marie Michaelis, has accumulated over 20 years of experience working with new and existing businesses in areas of Information Technology Solutions,Agile Project Management, Business Analysis, UX, Web and Mobile Design and Development, Database Design, and User Centered Design. Other areas of consulting include Online Marketing, Social Media, and Email Marketing.

Anne-Marie Michaelis Over her career she has worked with State Farm, Ameriprise Financial, World Gym Fitness Centers, St. John Physical Rehabilitation, Powerhouse Gym, Keystone Financial Services, GMAC Real Estate, Century 21, Genivi Alliance/INTEL, Fitness Together, North American Bancard and other payment processing services, various health care professionals, and machine tool companies throughout the Southeast Michigan region.

She has developed a solid reputation for her ability to analyze and comprehend the needs of a business, providing strategic, creative, and technical solutions that address those needs. She has worked in the trenches with new businesses at the ground level, as well as providing solutions for well established corporations. She successfully designed a new software development process for a large corporation located in Troy, MI in the implementation of agile and user centered design working within the corporate constraints of documentation requirements. This provided her first hand insight in determining how to create a blend of both the "agile and user centered design principles" and "corporate documentation requirements" into a uniquely seamless process to accommodate the best of both worlds, while still allowing the teams to remain agile and fast moving. Additional modifications were made to streamline the business system analysts' workflow and deliverables that increased performance and provided better value overall.

Her primary focus is in agile, business system analysis, UX architecture, user centered design, and process optimization with extensive experience in the mobile industry.

Anne-Marie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Degree in Management Information Systems from Oakland University.

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Testimonials

What Others Have To Say

talented business analyst who has great design sense …

Anne-Marie is an extremely talented Business Analyst who has a great design sense. She is intuitive and is also a great researcher for idea generation and design conceptualization. Her experience across a number of verticals has given her a unique foundation for any company that wants to expand its digital products offering or systems for internal use.

Usman Ibrahim
Senior QA Manager

a leader in her field …

I have had the privilege of working with Anne-Marie on several high profile projects at 365 over the last couple of years. Anne-Marie is a person that I can trust to tell me the truth even in a difficult situation, she is a leader in her field that I would suggest to anyone looking for matching talents.

Joe Hessling
CEO - 365 Retail Markets, LLC

on numerous occasions she has gone above and beyond her service …

She is consistent with follow up and answering all of my questions and concerns. In a world of automated voice mails and push buttons, it is refreshing to talk to a live person who is genuinely concerned about me. On numerous occasions she has gone above and beyond her service and provided me with extra care in developing what I needed to make my website stronger and more efficient.

Chad Myers
M.Ed. Co-Founder of Mindworks Performance Group, LLC

ability to transform business requirements into user interface easily …

It was my pleasure working with Anne-Marie at North American Bancard. She is very detail oriented and has the ability to transform business requirements into user interface easily. She has great leadership and communication skills where people respects her skills. She will be a great asset to any organization.

Humayun Latif
Vice President Software Engineering at North American Bancard

a loyal, moral, highly disciplined, and exceptionally capable leader …

Anne-Marie proved to be our department top performer while at NAB, a versatile technical leader, and a great manager. She leads by example while maintaining an incredible balance between needed knowledge and employee management. She has the unique ability to assess a situation, focus on the problem and work relentlessly to resolve any outstanding issues with perfect balance. Any organization lucky enough to have Anne-Marie would have a loyal, honest, moral, highly disciplined, and exceptionally capable leader.

Gus Mondalek
Senior IT/IS Executive

approaches problems head on and draws upon her experience to add valuable insight …

Anne-Marie was a key member of the NAB team.  She approaches problems head on and draws upon her experience to add valuable insight. She possesses excellent writing and communications skills allow her to work effectively with both the business and technical / development teams in her analyst role.

Brandon Phillips
Senior IT Manager at North American Bancard

a great Business Analyst and User Experience Architect …

Anne-Marie is a great Business Analyst and User Experience Architect. Her attention to detail and the fact that she keeps the end user at the forefront of her designs ensures an excellent result. I highly recommend her.

Rich Roberts
Senior IT Manager

one of the most detailed, organized, and client-focused professionals …

Anne Marie is one of the most detailed, organized, and client-focused professionals I have ever encountered. She has a real passion for project management, and cares deeply that projects are not only delivered on time but at the height of efficiency and quality.

Elizabeth Alcott
Account Director

an expert UI/UX analyst …

Anne-Marie is an expert UI/UX analyst; besides her technical excellence she possess great leadership and communication skills. Working with her was a very pleasant experience.

Suleiman Rantasi
UX Designer / Systems Analyst

one of those few people that can do it all …

She is one of those few people that can do it all. She can fill any role on the team and just shows joy helping everyone. Attitude is everything and she carries herself so well throughout all times. Any team she decides to join should know just how luck they are that she selected them.

Jim Smith
Scrum Master

an innovative and creative thinker …

An innovative and creative thinker. Implements projects on time and with the big picture in mind. A team leader you can trust and actually talk to.

Nick Miladinovic
Interactive Designer

aided the developers tremendously …

I had the pleasure of working with Anne-Marie at NAB where she served as both our UI/UX analyst as well as our Business Analyst.  Anne-Marie was a key player on our mobile team because she was able to quickly adapt to the many changes and challenges we faced. She provided clear-cut and meaningful answers to the questions that would arise throughout the course of our project which aided the developers tremendously.  Anne-Marie is dependable, very easy to work with, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.

Andy Jones
Mobile Developer at DXC Technology (Formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise)

very creative and enjoyable experience …

Anne-Marie played an important role in assisting with the creative design and implementation of a several module enterprise application I developed. She literally created several hundred custom screen design layouts that were used in both prototypes and the final application developed. Her knowledge of database and architecture also allowed her to assist with documenting the desired application workflow and relationships between key database elements shared between all modules of functionality. I found working with Anne-Marie to be a very creative and enjoyable experience.

Mike Nunnery
Marketing Manager at GENIVI Alliance

a master at her craft … does her homework before she does her job …

Anne-Marie is a master at her craft! She does her homework before she does her job. You can count on Anne-Marie for a professional presentation for your business. If you want it done RIGHT the first time and completed in a timely manner, you can put your trust in AM Interactive Group & Anne-Marie.

Anita Koch
Senior Director at LegalShield

innovative, passionate, and inspiring to work with …

Anne-Marie is one of the hardest working people I have ever had the privilege to work with. She was the glue that held projects together and worked tirelessly to make sure the clients were smiling. She is innovative, passionate, and inspiring to work with.

Jim Schoenle Jr.
Project Manager at MRM/McCann

understands the deepest intricacies of design solutions …

I had the pleasure of working with Anne-Marie at North American Bancard on various portal and mobile application projects. She understands the deepest intricacies of design solutions and is enthusiastic and flexible in devising elegant and well-engineered proposals. She is consistently pleasant and committed to undertaking every goal with dedication and is able to assess obstacles, present creative ideas, and communicate benefits in a non-stop Agile environment. She is a great asset to any team lucky enough to get her. It would be a privilege to work with her again.

Sandra Cole Blocker
Sr. Business Systems Analyst

great asset to have on your team …

Anne-Marie is a great asset to have on your team. Her communication with technical teams and the business side fulfill a great need at our company.

Chris Parent
Mobile Application Lead Software Engineer at General Motors

will deliver a suite of talent to the right company …

Anne-Marie will deliver a suite of talent to the right company. I have witnessed a consistent track record of successfully converting vision statements into UI/UX, turning UI/UX into user stories, which were subsequently turned into releasable code. Anne-Marie demonstrates tenacity to complete her tasks within time frames given to her. Most notably was her work with senior managers and team leads to shape NAB’s development culture from Waterfall toward Agile, which remains in place today. Anne-Marie would be a great addition to any team!

Phil Bettendorf
PMO Project Manager at North American Bancard

without her helpful guidance and iterative feedback on our progress, our success wouldn’t have been possible …

During my time working with Anne-Marie, I was very impressed with her ability to intelligently and efficiently handle all challenges she faced in both roles that she held. While she was our head of UI, we were given clear guidance and received any resources we needed to efficiently do our jobs as developers. What was more impressive was her key role as our Business Analyst in our adaptation of the agile development process. Without her helpful guidance and iterative feedback on our progress, our success wouldn’t have been possible. I would definitely work with Anne-Marie again, given the opportunity.

Brian Chisholm
Senior Mobile Developer at Hewlett Packard

professional attitude towards her work and impeccable business ethics …

She pays attention to detail and communicates with the client about what he/she wants. Her best attribute is not only her technical computer abilities but also her professional attitude towards her work and impeccable business ethics. I recommend Anne-Marie without reservation.

Melanie Hendrick
Spanish Teacher at My Virtual Academy