Live Online Summer BOGO!

written by: Melissa Monroe on June 11th, 2015

Buy one class scheduled in July or August and receive a second seat in the same class for free!

BOGO Summer!

Furthering your career doesn’t have to mean giving up your vacation this summer.

That’s why we’re offering summer BOGO for live online sessions! Register with code BOGO2015 for one seat in a July or August live online training session and get a second seat in the same session free.

The convenience and flexibility of our live online training helps you and your team gain the skills and knowledge you need without having to give up the vacation you want.

Find the right course path for you. Where will this summer take you?


*Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. The offer is valid between July 1 and August 31. First registration must be made at full price. Free seat is for the same session. Use code BOGO2015 at checkout to receive discount. Some course exclusions may apply. These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time.



Introduction to Lean Startup

written by: Jennifer Johnson on June 29th, 2015

Need a fresh approach to your product development process? It’s time to start thinking Lean.

Lean Startup provides the fresh approach you need along with a proven framework for creating new products. This course challenges traditional approaches, showing you how these ways of measuring a project do not work in a startup situation.

This course will teach participants:

  • The difference between traditional methods and Lean Startup
  • The Lean Startup concepts, principles, and terminology
  • The use of Lean Analytics and Innovation Accounting to lead product development
  • The Minimum Viable Product’s role in new product development
  • How Lean Startup works with Agile development

Lean Startup is for anyone trying to create a new product in the midst of extreme uncertainty. Lean Startup principles apply to both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and to anyone who wants to create the next big thing.

To find out more information on how you can implement Lean Startup principles into your business practices, check out ASPE-SDLC’s Introduction to Lean Startup for more information about the course, including the outline and scheduled sessions.


Web Seminar Recap: Introducing the BABOK 3.0

written by: Delaney Galvin on June 26th, 2015

This web seminar was a special presentation by Deb Oliver of the IIBA on June 22nd.

With the launch of BABOK Guide v3, everyone is anxious to start delving into the finer details of the Guide to gain further insight into today’s global view and expectations placed on business analysis professionals to create better business outcomes and drive business success. In this seminar we discussed these expectations and the way in which BABOK Guide v3 expands the scope of business analysis to support the evolution of the business analysis profession.

Key Points:
• The journey to BABOK v3
• What’s New… the Major Changes
• Why these changes are important to the Business Analysis practitioner

Missed this seminar? Catch up by downloading the slides and recording here.


Web Seminar Recap: Transitioning to Agile – The Journey into Agile Business Analysis

written by: Delaney Galvin on June 26th, 2015

Many companies are making the transition from waterfall to Agile. However, Scrum and most other Agile practices do not define a role for Business Analysts. So where do you, a Business Analyst from a waterfall world, fit in an Agile environment? Just as organizations need to change their mindset and behaviors to transition to Agile, so must Business Analysts. Attending this webinar helped to understand the role of an Agile Business Analyst and the shift you need to make to be successful in an Agile environment. Attendees also discovered how you can bring value to your team and organization through Agile practices.

This web seminar was presented by Dave Saboe on June 24th.

Missed this seminar? Catch up by downloading the slides and recording here.


Take The CBAP V.2 Test BEFORE V.3 is a Reality

written by: Rob Annis on June 16th, 2015

If you’re considering going for the CBAP certification, do it now. Get your application in, prep yourself extensively, and take the test before it changes to V.3. The IIBA says on its website that they will notify everyone 4-6 months in advance of the change in testing for V.3. If you start now, chances are you could be ready in 2 months. If you fail the test, that gives you one more chance (have to wait 3 months if you fail) before the test changes. Consider this – the BABOK V.2 was 262 pages long – V.3 is 502 pages long. The type is bigger and there’s more free space, but it has changed none the less. The training companies are working on identifying the changes. It will be months before prep courses and practice tests will be available. And you know there will be no point in releasing them, even if they are ready, until the switch over date is announced. It will take you weeks, realistically, to get your application completed in between your work. Then more time to hear a response from the IIBA. If they turn down your application, you’ll have to wait 3 months before you can re-submit. Get advice on how to complete the application to minimize this problem. To maximize your chances of passing the test, you need to consider a prep course. You can’t attend a prep course and take the exam the next week. The prep courses organize and consolidate the information so that you have a better base from which to study to memorize certain terms, see relationships between various items, test yourself with flashcards, take the practice tests and hone your test taking skills. Do it now. Sign up for a course for the summer and get going on that application.


Changes to the PMI-ACP Exam

written by: Dave Caccamo on June 15th, 2015

A quick review of the revised PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Examination Content Outline reveals a couple of key points to keep in mind if you are planning on taking the examination after the July transition.

First, the reading list of Agile texts has changed.  Removed were “The Art of Agile Development” (a review of XP processes), “Agile Project Management with Scrum” (an introductory text), and “Becoming Agile: … in an imperfect world.”

Replacing these books were the following:

  • Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme
  • Kanban in Action
  • Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business
  • Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals

Obviously there is now a large emphasis on Kanban.  I have to assume that there will be more exam questions in this area and that those questions will go into much more detail than what we are currently seeing.

The Scrum book, although advertised as “The Fundamentals,” is not fundamental in the sense of “introductory.”  It is more of a “deeper dive” into the Scrum philosophy with a number of practical examples.  I am guessing that we will see more situational questions along the lines of Agile Project Manager problem solving scenarios.

The other obvious change to the Examination Content Outline was a reorganization of the existing topical areas.  Some minor name changes were made (nothing particularly interesting) but there have been four new additions:

  • Development Mastery Models (e.g., Tuckman, Dreyfus, Shu Ha Ri)
  • Agile Discovery
  • Agile Hybrid Models
  • Managing with Agile KPIs

I will post more information when I have had a chance to more thoroughly review these areas.


Web Seminar Recap: What do you need to know about business rules?

written by: Jennifer Johnson on June 12th, 2015

“Business rules are the foundation of any business, and standardizing their fundamentals- their definitions and relationships – is essential for supporting complex operations.” Ellen Gottesdiener and Jim Bruce

In the role of a business analyst, we must elicit the requirements needed to build the solution. Business rules provide the means to make good and consistent operational decisions within that solution. What was learned in this web seminar:

- What are business rules and the various types
- Business rules and how they align to business policies or regulations
- Levels of enforcement
- Hints for eliciting business rules
- Hints for standardizing and documenting business rules
- The future of business rules

This web seminar was presented by Gina Schmidt on June 8th, 2015. Missed this presentation? You can find the slides and recording here.