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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:


 

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.




Kanban for Applications - Kanban for Operations

Fri, January 9, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Kanban systems have emerged as a fantastic and easy-to-use agile tool for tracking and managing workflow. But something interesting is happening – even as application teams have embraced Kanban systems as part of going agile, on the other side of the IT department operations managers and system administrators have begun using Kanban as a DevOps tool. Originally developed as a management tool for manufacturing, the analogy of using factory workflow to create products efficiently is proving full of lessons for all layers of IT – from projects and applications to deployment and ongoing operations.

Join us for a discussion with continuous integration expert Bryon Brewer, as he discusses the different areas of the development and delivery life cycle in which Kanban can be leveraged. On the operational/production side, Bryon will help you understand how to level out workflow, reduce operational Work in Progress (WIP), and use kanbans to track, visualize, and optimize flow of work. On the application side, we will discuss how an agile shop uses Kanban to help prioritize, estimate, and keep track of features, as well as of the build in general.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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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.




Agile Primer: A 360 Degree Look at What it is and How it is Used

Tue, February 10, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Over 250,000 people have become certified in some form of Agile practice or flavor. The industry standard body for Project Management, PMI, has introduced a certification for Agile (PMI-ACP introduced officially in Jan 2013). Steven Denning has written a book about his development of a new flavor of Agile for management and leaders called Radical Management. IC Agile, a world-wide standards organization for Agile, is even working on a designation for using Agile in marketing and product management.

I don't think there is much more proof needed to show that this thing called Agile is here to stay. The reality thought is the vast number of SDLC and business professionals might have heard of it but really don't know what it is. Or they were given a small snap shot picture of an element of how it works.

In this fast paced one hour web seminar, we will take a very methodical approach to provide a full picture of what Agile is, how it works, who is using it and how you can use it. We will try to leave time for questions and will keep the session open an extra 10 mins to cover questions. If you can't stay, the full answers to questions will be provided on our blog and we will provide that link with the slides a few days after the presentation.

We will cover the following topics:

  • What is driving the need to use Agile
  • How management and workers need to change to utilize Agile successfully
  • Break down of what Agile is
  • The two fundamental concepts of Agile: Self-organization and Iterating
  • High level overview of the Agile Practices and Organization

o Work vs Role

o Development unit / Business unit

o ScrumMaster

o Product Owner

o User Story / task board / burndown

o Five levels of planning in Agile

o Estimating in Agile

o Sprint aka Iteration

o Definition of Done

o Retrospective

o Rolling to the next iteration

  • A quick look at Agile Flavors
  • A look at who is using Agile and How
  • Roadblocks and Challenges
  • Certification options

It will be a lot of information but covered in an introductory and compare and contrast way to allow you to get an objective picture based on your experience. Agile is not a panacea or a methodology. At its foundation it is a way of working that permeates everything you do at work. We will discuss how that is and what that means.

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Expert Q&A – How to get from Agile, to Continuous Integration, to Continuous Delivery, to Continuous Operation?

Fri, February 13, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Continuous Operation: the holy grail of a product release!

We've seen tools pop up to enable it. Microsoft TFS allows the fully Agile developer environment. Stuff like Jenkins and Git allow highly streamlined version control and deployment. On the operations side, admins can spool up countless new server instances in the cloud, auto-configure them with ease, and seamlessly collaborate with their developers.

We hear about companies like FaceBook and Etsy releasing software to the production environment so often that it becomes one steady flow of deployment, from development to customer-facing release. Glitches can be fixed so fast…changes implemented so rapidly…that applications are virtually updated in real time, without customers ever knowing.

Meanwhile, the rest of us struggle with the same old IT project challenges we've had for years: delays, inaccurate requirements, version control issues. Problems during release and operations that didn't show up in Dev. Is it reasonable to think that normal, everyday IT shops can achieve the kind of results we read about on the DevOps blogs?

Join us for an hour of open Q and A with our resident Agile release and TFS expert: Bryon Brewer. We will take questions from the audience on all of these issues and more.

Presenters:
Bryon Brewer
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Database Versioning with TFS 2013

Fri, February 20, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

In traditional software development, versioning the database objects has been a difficult task. And doing a roll-back of database code meant long nights and lots of work! No longer – with TFS and Visual Studio 2013, you can easily manage database changes, automatically deploy schema and data changes, and perform rollbacks with ease. This really is one of the most effective ways to improve the efficiency of your development team. In this live demo, we will walk through reverse engineering an existing database, bring it under version control, and perform automatic deployments.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Transitioning from Waterfall: The Benefits of Becoming Agile

Fri, February 27, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

This web seminar will not be an hour infomercial pitching you on Agile with the end being a hard sell for coaching/training services or agile software. The goal of this session is to provide someone interested in Agile with an understanding of the benefits of Agile methods by comparing and contrasting the typical waterfall process with Agile.

In this web seminar we will do a very basic breakdown of SDLC (Software/System Develop Lifecycle) roles and responsibilities. From there we will look at those same roles in action in Waterfall and how those roles and actions change in Agile. After that we will look at the areas within Agile that provide higher visibility, less risk, greater adaptability and increased business value when compared with waterfall.

Ultimately we will discuss some of the top problems or challenges organizations face with looking to incorporate agile or some agile practices. And address those challenges with ideas on change management strategies to support an Agile transformation.

Nothing is as simple as marketing makes it seem. With Agile though there are some significant organization benefits, especially around meeting NEED with your software/systems work that makes worthwhile to investigate if your organization can make the transformation.

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




 
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