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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:


 

Core Professional Skills: a 60-Minute Primer

Tue, July 29, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

In the business world, we hear a lot about technology and disruption, and their many challenges. But we’re also starting to hear more about pitfalls related to the human side of business…gaps in the “soft skills” that are equally critical to successful people and companies. Although many of these skills gaps are nothing new, they are more relevant than ever, and in some cases have been made worse by disruption. Without core professional skills like communication, initiative, leadership, and etiquette, no team can be truly great and no professional can be truly successful. You probably deal with the consequences of “soft skill” deficits every day: communication breakdown, misunderstanding, conflict, and damaged morale – just to name a few.

These are productivity killers, and the root causes are broad. There are rising cross-generational differences, a growing lack of interpersonal skills, differences in personality and culture, and erosion in consensus about what constitutes professional behavior. The good news is that there are teachable skills to address these challenges, and accessible techniques to overcome them. In this free one-hour presentation, we’ll take a look at some of the most common “people problems” in the mainstream business world, and how we can start dealing with them. Key topics include:

  • How to communicate effectively
  • Overcoming generational and cultural barriers
  • Leveraging emotional intelligence in the business environment
  • Encouraging self-awareness while building a team mentality
  • Keeping action and culture tied to productivity

Although these needs aren’t new in the business world, even seasoned veterans are beginning to see the need for a “reloaded” approach to developing these skills. This will be a high-level conversation about how to navigate these soft skills as we face continuing changes in business landscapes and a rising new generation of professionals.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Automate your Tests! Using Microsoft TFS 2013 and Test Manager for Test Automation

Thu, July 31, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Today’s automated testing tools provide robust methods for fully automating your testing efforts and streamlining your regression testing efforts. In this free webinar, we’ll look at Coded UI Tests to speed up testing of your applications functionality and user interface. Attendees will be provided a live demonstration of creating an automated test and implementing advanced features such as data-driven tests. We’ll see how create a test project of multiple automated tests that can run against any new build or release of your code.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Requirements Facilitation Workshop

Fri, August 1, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Understanding the real scope of any project is vital to controlling the project. As a project manager or business analyst, it is key to first document the initial scope of the project and then direct, monitor and control the scope through Requirements Management techniques. Learning these techniques provide the ability to more easily control the quality issues, costs, time and risks associated with on-going scope creep associated with requirements changes.

In this seminar you will:

  • Review the role of a facilitator in running a Requirements Workshop.
  • Learn the phases of a workshop and building the "Heart" of a workshop's agenda.
  • Review useful facilitation techniques along with failures and critical success factors.
  • And more…

Presenter:
Bob Keith


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Introducing the New PMI-PBA (Professional in Business Analysis) Certification

Tue, August 5, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

PMI (Project Management Institute) continues to meet the needs of Project and SDLC (Software / System Development Life Cycle) professionals by offering another specialty certification.

The industry knows how critical a working relationship between the BA and PM is for project success. Also it is well understood that smaller companies can only afford to have Project Managers yet still need strong business analysis work done. PMI has answered these needs by offering this new certification.

Pilot applications are being accepted through May 12, 2014.

This web seminar will go over in depth the PMI-PBA handbook (costs and application requirements), the examination content outline and the reading/outside knowledge requirements. We will save you the time and energy of reading through the 70+ pages of documentation.

ASPE-SDLC promises to be a the fore-front of this critical designation and this is our first step in providing you the information, knowledge, and skills needed to achieve the designation

Presenters:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




The Business Blueprint: Organizing your Chaos

Mon, August 18, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Regardless of industry, thousands of technology investments are made every day. Get a glimpse into how you can use a business blueprint to organize your enterprise and to make the right technology decisions. Get a cursory view of the benefits, such as; navigating through the complexity of information, visibly exposing opportunities for improvement and ensuring a common understanding for quick decisions. Improve the way you capture, validate and communicate various stakeholder views by understanding what is out in the industry to help you in this effort.

What you will get out of this webinar:

  • Importance of having a business blueprint
  • Ways to classify the information through the use of frameworks and methods
  • Key tools for communicating the information (models and notations)
  • Example use of automated tools to capture the information.

Presenter:
Gina Schwalm


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Q and A: The Information Security Career Path

Tue, August 19, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

The laws of supply and demand function in the career landscape just like anywhere else in the market. With hacks and attacks happening every day in broad daylight, organizations are scrambling to figure out how to keep up: how to protect themselves, their information, and ultimately the value of shares and public trust.

This has created a strong demand for Information professionals who specialize in security, with a particular need for analysts and managers who can connect technical security resources to the goals and controls of the business. The opportunities are there, but there’s not always a clearly defined path for a security pro who wants to advance. If you want to grow, build your career, and offer greater competency in information security, what does that path look like?

In this one-hour Q and A session with our expert security consulting partners, we will take questions and have a conversation about the practical, real-world possibilities for growing your career and earning power as an information security owner, all while delivering value and protection to your organization.

Presenters:
Mike Beevers, CISSP and Chris Knotts, PMP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Agile, Iterative and Waterfall: Where does your team fall on the ‘spectrum’?

Wed, August 20, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

More than a decade has passed since the Agile Manifesto was written to help software developers implement a light-weight mindset and more efficient processes on the projects. The ideas have now transformed into something much larger with an impact that can be seen across the majority of software development groups and organizations.

During this one-hour web seminar, we will discuss a brief evolution of Agile in software development. Included will be thoughts on the various flavors that are typically identified as Agile and how they tie to the original Manifesto. Furthermore, we will discuss the idea of a ‘hybrid’ Agile approach (“AgileFall?”) and whether these groups are considered Agile. We will explore how Agile is viewed by practitioners, specifically, whether Agile should be seen as black and white (i.e., your team is using it, or your team is not using it) versus the idea that Agile can be viewed as a spectrum, indicating that certain teams could be ‘more agile’ than others based on their processes.

By the end of the seminar, you will be equipped with the tools to better understand how your group is utilizing Agile processes and determine “Where your team falls on the ‘spectrum’.”

Presenter:
Tom McGraw


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Improve your Software Development Processes with TFS 2013

Thu, August 21, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Team Foundation Server 2013 is an integrated platform for collaborating on software development projects. At its core, it offers robust source control management. But it's much more than that! TFS offers requirements management, defect management, project management portal, test case management and automation, build automation, reporting, and more. In this free web seminar, we’ll show how to use TFS 2013 to solve many of the challenges your development teams face. We’ll look at the new source code features including GIT, agile management features, portfolio planning, requirements, task, and bug tracking, automated builds, and more.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




The PMI-PBA Credential: Taking a Look from the PMP’s Point of View

Tue, August 26, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

With PMI’s announcement of a new Business Analysis credential to be piloted at the end of this year, they have signaled a massive acknowledgement of the importance the BA’s role in the world of projects and project management.

At ASPE, we have always been aware of this critical relationship, but with PMI’s entry into this professional area the conversation takes on larger significance. The PMI-PBA is not just a general business analysis certification. PMI has stated that they are specifically interested in what Business Analysis signifies to their community – a worldwide group of project managers, program professionals, and others who perform project work. Some of these particulars are nuanced, and it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where PMI’s interest ends and the general Business Analysis profession picks up.

In this one-hour presentation, we will take a look at what the PMI-PBA credential means to those with a PMP. Should we get the credential? What does this new significance of Business Analysis mean to existing PMP credential holders? Join us for an in-depth look and open Q&A from the audience.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts, PMP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




What is DevOps? A Colorful Introduction

Tue, September 2, 2014

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


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.




Achieving Scrum Mastery – A 1-Hour Coaching Clinic

Thu, September 4, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

On the surface Scrum and agile practices seem simple — don’t they? At heart, they are. In fact, “doing Agile” is relatively straightforward. So why are so many organizations struggling to effectively implement agility?

There are several culprits. During this hour, ASPE expert and Certified Scrum Coach Bob Galen will address some of these impediments, and take your Q and A in a free one-hour coaching clinic. Come ready to listen to discussion and learn about:

  • Estimation
  • Release Planning
  • Agile at Scale
  • Done-ness
  • Investing in Technical Debt
  • Engaging Leadership
  • Enhancing Transparency
  • Effective User Stories
  • Team Buy-in
  • MVPs
  • Distributed Teams

If you’re struggling with various aspects of agility, getting the return on your agile investment or stuck “going it alone,” with no guide you through tough Scrum challenges, this free, one-hour coaching session with a pragmatic and highly experienced agile practitioner is for you! YOU create the Product Backlog for this workshop, so bring your questions and challenges and let’s see what “being Agile” looks like in the wild.

Presenters:
Bob Galen
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




The New Security Landscape: Who’s in Charge?

Tue, September 9, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Right now, the threat landscape for companies and their information is unlike anything most business unit leaders have seen before. Organizations are having sensitive data stolen every day, and suddenly everybody bears some responsibility for maintaining security in their area of responsibility. Corporate data is at stake, and so are the jobs of many in charge.

So who is really in charge of security now, and how can they manage it? In this one-hour presentation, Mike Beevers, CISSP, walks us through where your head should be if you touch anything in your organization that’s connected to sensitive information. He will touch on why the security certifications of the last 15 years are no longer adequate assurance of protection, and why we are seeing the traditional IT security role dissolve into a need for someone more literate in overall security goals, and more connected to the business side of incident avoidance, risk management and intelligent response when something happens.

Presenter: Mike Beevers, CISSP and Chris Knotts, PMP

Presenters:
Mike Beevers, CISSP
Chris Knotts, PMP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Business Book Report- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Tue, September 16, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Each month we pick a valuable, substantive business book we think will benefit the professionals we serve. Some are new; some are classics. Either way, we do the reading, and then use one of our free web seminars to deliver a one-hour "book report." This month’s book pick is The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Taleb has written a book that explains how the business world works now more than ever. It’s a world of fast-paced, unpredictable events that are hard to keep up with and even harder to predict. If you are a professional who struggles to cope with change or find ways to deliver value quickly enough to respond to the market, this is a must-read.

Taleb put his finger on the dynamics of a world where luck, evolution, unpredictability, and response time all converge to make it seemingly impossible to navigate a market landscape that just moves too fast. However, he also explains how navigation is possible for those who understand the underlying drivers, and how it’s actually possible to stay nimble and alert, ready to respond when events occur that are impossible to predict – events Taleb calls “Black Swans.”

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Automated Builds and Deploys with TFS 2013

Thu, September 25, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Automating your build and deployment process helps implement consistency and gets your developers focused on what’s important – developing code! Save time and effort by automated the build and deploy process. We’ll learn how the build service compiles your source code, packages into binary code, runs unit and automated tests against the new build, and optionally deploys the code to a production environment. Attendees will see a live demo of setting up a build definition, configuring continuous integration, running a build, and deploying the build output to a production server.

Presenter:
Bryon Brewer


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Business Book Report- The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Tue, September 30, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Each month we pick a valuable, substantive business book we think will benefit the professionals we serve. Some are new; some are classics. Either way, we do the reading, and then use one of our free web seminars to deliver a one-hour "book report." This month’s book pick is The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and helping Your Business Win – by Gene Kim, George Spafford, and Kevin Behr”

This best-selling novel about IT Operations in a fictional Fortune manufacturing/retail company came out last year, and is a business fable that everyone involved in technology projects or operations should read. Enterprise tech visionary Gene Kim, along with longtime IT Manager Kevin Behr and Gartner Research Director George Spafford have written a compelling and illuminating book about the longtime pain points experienced by people in IT and what they can begin to do about it.

Bottlenecks, choke points, legacy systems, cumbersome security policies, overworked SysAdmins, developers who don’t save any testing time for Operations…these are perennial difficulties that will sound familiar to anyone who has ever had to deploy code that hasn’t been managed well across the organization. Join us for this one-hour review of The Phoenix Project to learn how Bill, a frustrated but savvy IT Manager copes with these challenges and more.

Presenter:
Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




 
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