Can you tell our readers a little about your background? What recent activities have you been involved in that are relevant to the courses you instruct?
I am CBAP certified which means I passed the exam and been able to document my many years of experience doing analysis work. I consult on a regular basis with clients looking to improve project success via better requirements, which form the foundation of any project.
What courses do you currently teach?
What real-world skills can these courses teach people that they can take directly to their jobs?
These courses offer practical day to day tools you can use to organize, plan and execute the way people work. The workshops are designed to immerse participants in a case study so that they can learn the tools the way adults learn by doing. Depending on the maturity level of their organization, everything we do in class can be taken back to the field. For example, we use context diagrams to scope projects, activity diagrams to break down the processes within the systems we are studying, data flow diagrams to look at very low level detail so that we can decide, as analysts, what about the current process can be kept, removed, added or changed. We can’t improve systems unless we understand the needs they meet for their users. These tools all support that understanding.
What kind of hands-on training do you use in the courses you teach?
Our workshops are case study based, which means we take an immersion approach. Our model is basically 70/30, with students spending 70% of the time in exercises/discussions and about 30% of the time listening to the instructor. Adults learn by doing they are not good listeners!
What are the professions of your students?
Project managers, business analysts, systems analysts, department managers, testers, programmers, architects
What organizations are you a part of that help you keep in touch with the technologies you teach about?
Project Management Institute (PMI) and International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).
Why did you decide to teach the courses that you teach?
Because of my experience doing the work and the incredible need so many organizations have to get good practices and methodology in place. Most face an enormous percentage of project failures.
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