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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:


 

Data Analysis Boot Camp: What to Expect

Tue, November 11, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

ASPE's unique boot camp for professionals who need quick, powerful data analytics skills is proving to be a popular and much-requested class. But with the explosive growth in both the volume of our organizational data and the power of the tools available to harness it, we find that our learners are coming from a wide variety of different situations.

We've designed the class to provide the most pragmatic, broad-based array of data analysis skills that people need to truly leverage data in the real world. We're also finding that in order to deliver a classroom experience that meets a broad array of needs, it's important to get a sense of your goals in attending the class, as well as giving the learner a sense of what to expect.

Join us for this hour as we talk with Damian Herrick, our lead instructor for Data Analysis Boot Camp. Key topics in the boot camp include:

  • Statistical thinking and analysis
  • Distribution
  • Probability
  • Hypothesis Testing and predictive analytics
  • Graphic representation of data
  • Modeling and analytics
  • Financial calculations

Presenter:
Damian Herrick


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




What makes a DevOps Culture?

Thu, November 13, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

We hear a lot about the importance of culture in the DevOps community. In a world where success is measured by getting I.T. projects deployed, some have wondered if there has been too much focus on something as soft and difficult to define as "culture."

Read no further to hear our verdict: in fact, culture cannot be overemphasized. The gurus are right: the foundation of DevOps is the culture of your technology teams, and with the right foundation, amazing technical successes are possible.

But defining the ingredients of that culture…that's the hard part. And actually changing a culture to nurture a true DevOps mentality is harder still.

Join us for a one-hour info session as we present the core ingredients of successful DevOps culture. We will peel back a few layers of uncertainty, and describe specifically the "teachable" aspects that can take root in the technology environment to create the DevOps mentality: fearless, collaborative, responsible and mission-focused.

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, November 14, 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.




SDLC Trends for 2014 and Beyond: The Software System Development Life Cycle

Tue, November 18, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

A look at how management structures, certificates, methodologies and practices are evolving in SDLC organizations to meet the speed and innovation that drives today's business environments.

The Software/Systems Development Life cycle (SDLC) within organizations is the glue that holds together the mission critical application and system development projects. These projects are what drive innovation throughout the entire organization for both internal and external customers. It is these same innovations, usually in the form of internal process automation or external customer engagement solutions, which provide competitive advantage. With current market conditions, competitive advantage, even for a short window of time, can drive long term positive financial results.

The reality is that the basic structure, principles and purpose of SDLC organizations are changing rapidly. There is so much pressure within organizations to get process automation and customer facing solutions out as quickly as possible, that the SDLC glue is weakening and in need of change.

This one-hour presentation will cover the major changes at work in how the SDLC is run within organizations. It will be broken into five sections:

  • A look at the current Software/Systems Development Life cycle
  • New methods or ways of getting the work done (Agile, Iterative or Scrumfall)
  • Transforming the BA and the PM
  • Changing how people are managed and the skills required to be successful
  • Data Analytics and its impact on SDLC professionals
  • Creating T-shaped employees
  • Trends in Certifications: what PMI, the IIBA, Scrum Alliance and IC Agile are offering for SDLC human capital growth

This presentation will provide you with details that will help with your capital and expense budget. It will also help you plan your human capital requirements for the future and develop individual deployment plans (IDPs) for your current staff. The ultimate goal is to provide you detailed information, so you can adapt and successfully manage through these evolutionary changes to the Software/Systems Development Life cycle (SDLC).

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Proving Use Cases Correct

Thu, November 20, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Requirements defects are the greatest source of error, and loss of quality. For projects that are complex or require high quality results, such as in the financial, health, and astronautical fields, the requirements should be validated before coding. This presentation shows a clean method of eliciting requirements from the sponsor mission statement to use cases. It shows how to make use cases comply with the IEEE standard for requirements specifications, and then explains how to rigorously validate the use cases to be proveably correct. The best news is that this process takes less time per use case than guess-and-check coding, even in agile environments.

Presenter:
Al Cline, PMP, PMI-ACP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




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.




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

Fri, December 5, 2014

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.




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.




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.




 
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