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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:


 

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.




Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) Certification – an Overview

Thu, February 26, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

In 2013, after a year of rigorous preparation, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) launched the first broad-spectrum data analytics certification available to analytics and data science professionals. We are pleased and proud to be partnered with one of the first data science consultants to earn this important credential – Damian Herrick, CAP. Damian is an experienced analytics consultant with years of experience helping enterprise organizations deploy end-to-end data science projects.

Damian took the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) exam and earned his certification in the fall of 2014. He will present an overview of the process, the exam, the requirements and the challenges associated with earning the CAP credential. This is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing the only independent, peer-reviewed data analytics certification on the market. Join us to take a look at the CAP certification and what it means for the larger career options in the world of analytics and data science.

Presenter:
Damian Herrick, CAP


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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.




Expert Q&A – Real World DevOps Implementation Strategies and Hurdles

Tue, March 10, 2015

12:00 pm EDT  |  11:00 am CDT  |  10:00 am MDT  |  9:00 am PDT


Seminar Description:

DevOps is all the rage as a trend for aligning IT assets, teams, and deployment tools as a movement for more effective utilization of IT as a strategic business capability. But like any buzzword, the reality behind the movement is fraught with obstacles and pitfalls. DevOps does work, but if an organization does not have realistic expectations about its implementation and adoption, it can become just another misunderstood trend that fails to deliver on the promise.

So what does it take to deliver on the promise of DevOps? Join use as we take questions from you and have a candid discussion of what works, what doesn't work, and what to expect as an enterprise organization considers adopting a DevOps way of work. ASPE's Chris Knotts (Director of New Training Development) and Richard Jenny, PMP, PM-Agile Practitioner and DevOps Leader will collaborate with the audience on common issues and hurdles that can stand in the way of implementing truly effective DevOps practices.

Presenter:
Richard Jenny


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




How Manual Testers Can Break into Test Automation Without Programming Skills

Wed, March 18, 2015

12:00 pm EDT  |  11:00 am CDT  |  10:00 am MDT  |  9:00 am PDT


Seminar Description:

Adoption of automating tests has not happened as quickly as organizations need. As more companies move to implementing Agile Development as their software development lifecycle, more features are implemented to production quicker. This leaves less time for full regression testing of the system, but yet this still should occur. Manual testers need to transform into test automation testers as well. Test automation professionals are largely believed to have deep knowledge of a development scripting language. Many manual testers believe they have to learn a development language in addition to the functionality of the tool to be effective. Add to that the in-depth or SME knowledge one must have for their system under test, along with development and management support required, and it may not seem clear where to start.

Session Takeaways:

  • How to look at the application differently from manual to automated testing
  • How to start in automation without a programming background
  • Where a manual tester should start with automation, such as test structure, object recognition and results interpretation

Presenter:
Jim Trentadue


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Reporting with TFS 2013

Fri, March 20, 2015

12:00 pm EDT  |  11:00 am CDT  |  10:00 am MDT  |  9:00 am PDT


Seminar Description:

TFS 2013 offers teams exciting capabilities for managing everything from requirements, to test cases, to builds, to issues. On top of all this functionality, a robust reporting system exists. There are many ways to report on data from TFS, though. In this webinar, we'll explore the options, talk about the new charting capabilities of TFS 2013, and do a demo of several reporting techniques – including Excel Services, charts, and SQL Reporting Services.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Top Pitfalls that Lead to Agile Troubles

Tue, March 24, 2015

12:00 pm EDT  |  11:00 am CDT  |  10:00 am MDT  |  9:00 am PDT


Seminar Description:

With anything new there are going to be difficulties. What starts out a small test with a pilot team leads to a huge bandwagon affect. This is great but some bandwagoners get nervous when the problems start and ultimately become the naysayers and finger pointers that can kill Agile before it even gets a chance to provide benefit.

In this web seminar we will discuss in detail the top issues that lead to problems deploying Agile. This session will give you the information you need to keep the bandwagon's wheels here on earth and avoid the bubble burst when expectations are set too high.

Problems we will discuss include:

  • Self-organized team function
  • Poor Product Owner performance
  • Lack of adequate training and coaching
  • No change management plan
  • Lack of executive support
  • Inconsistent business unit support

Ultimately Agile success requires an organization to do some creative destruction which leads to inefficiency and confusion for a period of time. Be prepared to weather that storm by preparing your sponsors and management with an understanding of the problems you will face on your road to incorporating Agile methods into your organization.

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




 
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