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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.

Tue, May 26, 2015

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


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.




Unifying the Product Owner and ScrumMaster

Mon, June 1, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

A major benefit of agile development is empowered, high-performing teams. To get there, Product Owners and ScrumMasters have to collaborate and employ consistent practices. In this webinar we will deep dive into a few ways to unite the ScrumMaster and Product Owner in order to enable development team success.

This webinar will benefit Product Owners, ScrumMasters, and mid-level managers, especially those that are new to Agile.

Presenter:
Melody Yale


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




How Evolution of Project Management Has Redefined Team Roles

Fri, June 5, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Where does the traditional project manager (PM) fit into Agile projects? What does a professional business analyst (BA) do on an Agile team? Most Agile books are mute about specific roles and skillsets.

The sociological, psychological, and cultural factors that have been known to influence project success was not a part of traditional project management theory (PM-1), also known as the predictive life cycle (and its ugly cousin, the waterfall method). These factors, implemented through stakeholder management, team dynamics, and organizational culture, are now explicitly included in the next evolutionary step of project management theory (PM-2).

Agile practices, developed concurrently, have unconsciously included some of the implementation of PM-2 in trying to solve the same problem. Consequently, the more important factors of project success have been identified, and the needed roles of project teams are also clearer.

This presentation will briefly trace the evolution of project management theory and the evolution of Agile practices to show how this melding of theory and practice compares to the traditional approach, and why it produces a more successful project for 21st century software development.

Presenter:
Alan Cline


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




What do you need to know about business rules?

Mon, June 8, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

"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 you will learn in this webinar:

  • 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

Presenter:
Gina Schmidt


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




The Art and Science of Influence

Tue, June 16, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

As organizations flatten to meet the dramatic impacts that disruption and change are having on business, the dynamics of influence are changing rapidly. The old concept of managing up and managing down is being replaced by executing and engaging horizontally throughout the entire organization. To become effective you must show you can get things done while navigating the complexities brought by flat organizations.

Flat organizations might at first seem simple to work through. But the reality is much different. Flat organizations can bring more politics and road blocks as the number of people involved in a decision increase. When you democratize the decision making in an organization, things will slow down and there will be some level of dysfunction.

This presentation will explain why organizations have started to flatten and how professionals can successfully navigate any organization type. We will compare matrix, command and control, and bottom up influence. Then we will look at the psychology of organizational behavior in order to highlight the key professionals skills required to get execution as well as give real-world examples to show different pathways to execution.

Things you will learn in this presentation:

  • Professionals skills required to be a strong influencer
  • Basics of matrix organizations
  • Basics of command and control organizations
  • Basics of self-organized management style
  • High level look at organizational psychology
  • What happens to "bad" or manipulative Influencers, staying away from the "strategy person" trap
  • Tips and techniques to be an executing Influencer

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Using Documents Sets to Implement Business Processes in SharePoint 2013

Fri, June 19, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Seminar Description:

Document Sets are a feature of SharePoint that allow an enterprise to manage multiple pieces of content as one single work product. We can think of Document Sets as "Super Folders" because they allow us to group information together, but that is as far as it goes. Folders are something you want to avoid in SharePoint because they have little value in the big scheme of actually managing SharePoint content. Document Sets have some of the same attributes of folders, but come with other object elements that allow us to perform many different management functions. Some of the features of Document Sets are: version management, workflow association, Information Management Policy, and metadata. This webinar will introduce the attendee to Document Sets and will dive in how to create and use them. Document Sets can be used to implement business processes and this goes beyond the normal approach of using them simply as folder replacements.

The topics that will be covered in this one hour webinar:

  • What are Document Sets?
  • How Document Sets can be used to manage work product
  • The components of Document Sets
  • Defining a Document Set
  • Using Document Sets to implement real business processes

Presenter:
Tom Robbins


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Transitioning to Agile - The Journey into Agile Business Analysis

Wed, June 24, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

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. Attend this webinar to understand the role of an agile business analyst and the shift you need to make to be successful in an agile environment. You will also discover how you can bring value to your team and organization through agile practices.

Presenter:
Dave Saboe


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




What’s in Store for SharePoint 2016 from Microsoft Ignite

Fri, June 26, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Recently Microsoft confirmied that SharePoint Server 2016 will be released in Q2 2016, with a public beta planned for Q4 2015. They are focused on delivering value to customers as part of their on-premises deployments, while at the same time making it easier to take advantage of cloud innovation thru hybrid deployments of SharePoint Server with Office 365. With SharePoint Server 2016 Microsoft hopes to deliver enhancements and new capabilities in these three major areas:

  • Improved user experiences
  • Cloud-inspired infrastructure
  • Compliance and reporting

In this webinar we'll talk about the future of SharePoint Server 2016. We'll cover the top 3 sessions about SharePoint Server 2016 from Microsoft's Ignite conference.

  • The Evolution of SharePoint

o This session is an Overview and Roadmap for the next version of SharePoint On–Premises designed to give a preview of SharePoint 2016 and it's capabilities.

o If you are a Business Decision Maker who is looking to understand the vision, strategy, and high-level investment areas in SharePoint Server 2016, this session provides a broad level overview.

  • What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint v.Next

o This session is intended to understand SharePoint Server 2016 capabilities in detail to including architecture, deployment and provisioning, and post installation configuration.

o If you are an Admin, IT Implementer, or IT Professionals this session will provide insight into the on premise deployment road ahead.

  • Overview and Implementing Hybrid Search with the New Hybrid Search Crawl Appliance

o Hybrid SharePoint deployments are here and here to stay. A hybrid SharePoint environment is composed of an on-premises deployment of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and a SharePoint Online tenant in Microsoft Office 365.

o In this session, we review the options and considerations to make when configuring hybrid search, including best practices shared by Microsoft's engineers and product managers at Ignite.

o This session is intended for Admins, IT Implementers, and IT Professionals looking to understand the advanced hybrid search capabilities included in SharePoint Server 2016.

If you're interested in learning more about SharePoint 2016, we invite you to join us as we review all of the exciting information from Microsoft Ignite 2015.

Presenter:
Andy Huneycutt


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Fundamentals of Lean Start-Up and How it Works in Large or Small Enterprises

Tue, July 14, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Agile is a way of working that is based on core value and principles. From those core values and principles, practices are developed. Most people know Agile from specific practices like daily stand up, story points, user stories, etc, but the foundation of Agile is its fundamental values and principles. Because of this Agile is very extendable, meaning new flavors of Agile can be developed as well as new practices.

One of those new flavors of Agile is the Lean Start-up. Lean Start-Up or LSU, is a flavor of agile dealing with Product Development and Launch. It can tie in marketing / sales, but at its core, it is a way of enabling your organization to test early and often and from there use what you learned to successful scale new products with much less long term risk.

Even though "Start-up" is in the name of this flavor of Agile, it isn't just for small organizations or entrepreneur based organizations. One of the big trends for large enterprise organizations is the concept of Intre-preneurship. Which is basically incubating new products using entrepreneur tactics while working in a larger organization. The same can be done with Lean Start-up.

In this presentation we will look at what Lean Start-Up is and techniques used to successfully take advantage of its practices and activities. From that point, we will look at some practical real-world examples of how Lean Start-up can be executed within any organization type. With real-world examples, this seminar will explain the theory of Lean Start-up, how it can be executed to significantly reduce the risks involved in new product development, and how it allows the market to help you make decisions over trying to plan where you think the market will end up.

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Using InfoPath Designer 2013 to Build Powerful SharePoint Forms

Fri, July 17, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

SharePoint is an Enterprise Collaboration platform which drives organizational engagement and allows teams to work on information together in a central portal. InfoPath 2013 is a part of the Microsoft Office Professional suite of products that allows users to design, distribute, fill out, and submit online forms. Integration with SharePoint allows for seamless information management by allowing users to fill out forms in the SharePoint site directly in a browser window. With the InfoPath web part, users are able remain in the context of site pages while filling out the forms. Users are able to customize the default SharePoint forms to provide unique branding to match their organization. InfoPath is a powerful application development tool which includes conditional formatting, logic and validation, and integration with SharePoint workflow to create a complete business process automation experience. This webinar will introduce the user to InfoPath and some it's features. There will be demos using InfoPath to edit a SharePoint default form, as well as create a form based on a template or from scratch. The future of InfoPath has changed with Microsoft's recent announcement regarding its position on future support of InfoPath. This topic will also be addressed.

The topics that will be covered in this one hour webinar:

  • Explanation of the tool and it's uses
  • What is the future of InfoPath 2013?
  • Tour of the InfoPath interface
  • Features of InfoPath
  • Editing a default SharePoint form
  • Creating a sample form to automate business data gathering

Presenter:
Tom Robbins


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Hiring for Business Analyst Success

Wed, July 29, 2015

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


Seminar Description:

Hiring the right people is the most important thing a manager can do and a great business analyst can have a profound impact on your organization. The challenge is in determining if a job candidate is a great BA or just someone who talks a good game. After attending this webinar, you'll understand how to attract the right talent to your organization and identify great business analysts. You'll find out how to separate great business analysts from mediocre ones and learn what to do after the offer is accepted to set your new hire up for success.

Presenter:
Dave Saboe


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




 
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