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Web Seminars for Industry Professionals


From quick information-packed insights on the next generation of technology innovation to learning new ways to handle old problems, ASPE Web Seminars are a resource to our customers to stay on top of the curve. Each hour-long session is free, so sign up for as many as you like. Experience the ASPE advantage: proven technical professionals who can teach. Click on the seminar you are interested in attending and fill out the attached form. You will be confirmed into the session instantly. ASPE will follow up your registration with an email detailing how to log onto the seminar within 48 hours of the seminar start date.

Current Web Seminars:


 

Workplace Culture: Can You Really Change It?

Tue, December 2, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

We hear more about the importance of culture every day. As technology advances, software and connectivity grow, and open-source tools become de rigeur, it's becoming easier to find tools that can fill tricky-yet-crucial roles in our processes. We're tapping new gold mines of scalability, automation, and compute.

But with every step forward in the world of tools – and processes – and management – there's something that continues to stay exactly the same: the human nature of the tool users. The team of people on the mission, and the workplace environment they create, are foundational to everything else that's used to do our work. Culture is the primary factor.

With a strong, positive, motivated culture, more work is done. More quality is delivered. And more money can be made. But can it be improved? Can it be influenced? Can it be changed? That's the million-dollar question we'll spend the hour on during this web seminar.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




DevOps for Executives

Thu, December 4, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

For managers and IT team leaders who want quick literacy on DevOps – how did something born of a Twitter hashtag become a transformational force in IT departments around the world? Get a one-hour primer from ASPE on DevOps and why it's important to the world of IT projects.

"DevOps," like any buzzword, carries no agreed-upon definition and lots of misconception. In some ways, it's an odd and accidental term for something so significant and multifaceted. However, the underlying forces and reasons behind the DevOps movement are clear. It's about corporate culture shifts, IT worker empowerment, amazing new tools, cloud computing capabilities, and movement towards a new way of managing IT work: unified, agile, and oriented around the needs of the business. Properly understood and pursued, DevOps holds the promise of higher quality operations and projects, higher IT worker retention, continuous deployment of code and products, more robust systems, higher levels of automation, and much more. Join us for the executive overview of the DevOps movement and what it means for IT teams everywhere.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Expert Q&A – Tying Agile Development to Fast & Stable Deployment

Fri, December 5, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

It's been exciting over the past year to watch as big products become available that really give development teams the tools they need to perform agile software engineering (we're thinking of Microsoft Team Foundation Server in particular, but the story is bigger than that).

With tools like TFS and a host of others, development teams can track and store all their code, automate their releases, control versioning, automate testing, collaborate across the team and much more. But how much are these tools doing to bridge the infamous gap between development of the product and the production environment into which it is released? For years we have heard about breakdowns between agile developers, release teams, and operations staff who have to maintain system stability and keep customer-facing software stable. We wanted to talk to a real-world expert about how newer tools and techniques are being used to break down walls between agile development and release engineering.

Join us for one hour of open Q & A with our resident Agile Engineering guru and TFS expert, Brian Brewer. We will have an unscripted conversation about how teams are using these tools, and how real-world IT shops can use agile practices and have stable deployments too.

Presenters:
Bryon Brewer
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




From Use Cases to Test Cases

Mon, December 8, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

Use cases and their agile brethren, user stories, are popular forms for documenting functional requirements. Nearly every requirements document, functional specification, or design document contains some form of use cases.

Because they describe behavior and distinct outcomes, use cases can be the foundation for test cases. This presentation will show simple and sophisticated techniques for transforming use cases into effective test cases.

Start with techniques for organizing systems into processes and activities. Learn how to define the behavior of these processes and activities in use cases. See how to define distinct scenarios, to partition inputs into different characteristic values, and to relate those scenarios and inputs to expected results. Finally, construct executable test cases from those scenarios, inputs, and results.

You'll see how to easily produce a good set of test cases – exhaustive enough to give your software a good workout, but intelligent enough not to waste time and effort.

Presenter:
Marc Balcer


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




What is DevOps? A Colorful Introduction

Tue, December 9, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

For decades, application developers and IT operations people have been set up in armed camps, often at odds with each other and unable to trace sources of frustration to their root cause. The business suffers while non-technical people wonder "what everyone in IT is doing."

DevOps is a grassroots movement sweeping IT and project shops across the western world. Like any buzzword, there's no exact definition and lots of misconception. However, the underlying forces and reasons behind the DevOps movement are clear. It's an exciting and heady brew of corporate culture shifts, IT worker empowerment, amazing new tools, cloud computing capabilities, and movement towards a new vision of enterprise IT capability which is unified, agile, and oriented around the needs of the business. Properly understood, this movement reveals a world where it's possible to deploy code faster and more effectively than ever – continuously, with an ethic of non-stop quality improvement and value for the business.

In this one-hour presentation, we will take you on a tour of the DevOps movement and explain the massive potential that lies behind it.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Automating Builds using TFS 2013

Fri, December 12, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

Developers still wasting time building code manually? Do you struggle with running builds and deployments in a consistent way each and every time? TFS can help you fully automate the build and deployment process. In this webinar, we'll look at Build Automation with TFS 2013. The webinar will include a live demo to walk you through the process.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Using Python with AWS as a Data Engine

Tue, December 16, 2014

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

Python is a simple, yet powerful language that allows developers to create modern web frameworks, collect and organize massive amounts of data, and perform powerful advanced analytics based upon truly reliable algorithms. Amazon Web Services is well known as a robust and comprehensive solution for infrastructure hosting. When used together, they provide a powerful, scalable solution for businesses from solopreneurs to the Fortune 100.

In this session, we will discuss setting up a basic environment for Python on Amazon Web Services; some of the key ways to interface with your environment, and how to optimize your spending on AWS.

Presenter:
Damian Herrick


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




What is the PMI-PBA test really like? Find out from someone who passed it.

Thu, January 8, 2015

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

The Project Management Institute has created its own certification for Business Analysis – the PMI-PBA (Professional Business Analyst). But unlike the IIBA's CBAP certification, there is no Body of Knowledge to use as a reference. Instead, PMI provided a list of 11 text books from which the test would be developed. So how was the test different from the CBAP? Is it something you can actually study for? What was learned from taking the test, and actually passing it! This seminar provides an overview of the application process and tidbits about what the test was like. If I can pass it, you can too.

Presenter:
Rob Snowden, CBAP, CSM, PMI-PBA


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




The 5 Levels of Agile Planning

Tue, January 13, 2015

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

When a software development professional first hears about Agile, they are often initially incredulous that this type of approach can work due to a misperception that Agile simply means "no planning." This belief could not be further from the truth. Agile teams tend to plan more throughout the course of a project than a traditional approach, albeit in a different fashion than they may be accustomed to. Rather than planning once at the beginning of a project, Agile teams practice continuous planning throughout the project. This web seminar will explore the five Levels of Agile planning, and how they help teams ensure that teams are able to benefit from what they learn over the course of their development and delivery efforts.

Presenter:
Mark Arntz


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Leveraging DevOps and Agile for Customer Value-Driven Outcomes

Thu, January 15, 2015

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

The DevOps "Way" of thinking is sweeping the more successful IT departments we read about. The implications are rippling across project and program management domains. If you are a project or program manager, team leader, or business analyst, the time has come for YOU to understand how to derive value from the DevOps way of thinking and create positive impacts on your operational methods, applications, and your continuous deployment model.

The DevOps way is disrupting the conventional understanding of the value chain across projects - and not just hard IT projects. As new capabilities and evidence of value arise from successfully implementing the DevOps way of thinking and working, it is important to help team leaders bridge the gap between traditional project and IT learning and the newer DevOps way such that we leverage existing resources and optimize for the future.

Join us for a one-hour presentation by Richard Jenny, veteran Program Manager and DevOps Director as he shares some real-world insight and impact of combining Project Management, Agile and DevOps practices to realize significant ROI on both project and operational work.

Presenter:
Richard Jenny, PMP, PE, PMI-ACP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Using Kanban with TFS 2013

Fri, January 23, 2015

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

Don't spend so much time chasing down information! Instead of project tracking, start project managing with the Kanban board in TFS 2013. Kanban boards offer a way to visually manage your work. You can easily understand what work is in progress, understand where issues are, and spot bottlenecks. A live demo will walk you through using the Kanban board as well as how to customize the board for your team!

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Kaizen: Practical Lessons on Adopting a Continuous Improvement Ethic

Tue, January 27, 2015

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

From the world of manufacturing, to Agile, to DevOps, the concept of "Kaizen" has become foundational to linking the team mentality to the long-term quality of a team's actual output. Literally meaning "good change," in Japanese, in a larger sense Kaizen is a term that has come to mean continuous improvement in the world of IT and software projects.

If you think stellar, delightful, compulsive quality is important for your success – and you'd better – then the concept of Kaizen is critical to how you teach your teams, how you lead your teams, and how you perform your work. In recent years, the wide-open marketplace and a rising Agile mentality has made it obvious that cultural elements in the workplace are just as important as specific tools and processes. Among these cultural elements, none is more important than a well-established dedication to Continuous Improvement.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Data Visualization Primer

Wed, January 28, 2015

12:00 pm EST  |  11:00 am CST  |  10:00 am MST  |  9:00 am PST


Seminar Description:

You've written your query, mined millions of rows of data, and tuned for maximum performance. Now it's time to share the information you've found with your stakeholders. At a minimum, this causes at least a moment of pause for many. Reporting – it's seemingly easy, yet complicated to do correctly.

Whether it is a one-off report, simple dashboard, or web-based portal, how you present your data is just as important as the data itself. What good is information if you can't communicate it?

Over the course of this hour, we'll discuss some field-tested strategies for creating data visualization projects designed to deliver key information in an intuitive and powerful way.

Presenter:
Jeffrey Burns


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




 
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