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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:


 

Enterprise Business Analysis: The Rewards of Synchronizing BAs

Thursday, March 13, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

This week's panel discusses some of the tangible business benefits we've observed from several of our enterprise customers as they've rolled out enterprise-wide business analysis skills programs. We look at several scenarios in particular, with a focus on typical enterprise situations and common reasons behind synchronizing BA teams.

Panel:
Chris Knotts, PMP
Gina Schwalm, CBAP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Building a BA Plan Quickly

Friday, April 4, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

The BA Body of Knowledge recommends building a BA Plan for elicitation and monitoring of BA activities.

This webinar provides tips and tricks to easily identify the activities that are needed, and how to organize the plan to provide the most efficient sequencing of activities and tasks. All you need is post it notes and a sharpie and then place the results in a simple way to track progress – a Word table, Excel spreadsheet, or, if you dare, Microsoft Project.


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.



Agile Certifications Options Primer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

Agile has made the leap and is now mainstream. The reality is, once something becomes mainstream, hiring needs to happen. When this happens, hiring managers need a baseline to judge applicants. In comes certification. The agile certification market has grown extensively over the last two years with both large and small organizations entering the market place. In this one hour web seminar we will discuss what the components are for a traditional certification program, one that will gain respect and recognition. From there we will discuss the value of certifications from an employer prospective and an employee prospective. The reality is they are not mutually exclusive. Finally we will detail the top Agile certification in the market place and give details on steps to achieve each certification, including thought on the best certification based on needs.

You will Learn:

  • Difference between certification and certificate programs
  • What the elements are for certification programs
  • How employers use and value certifications
  • How employees use and value certifications
  • Scrum Alliance certification stack
  • IC Agile Certification stack
  • PMI Agile based certifications
  • Other Agile certifications (Flavor based and holistic)


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Handling Schedules and Budgets in an Agile Project

Friday, April 25, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

Agile project management can bring significant value to an organization's software projects. But it can also bring a great deal of misunderstanding and confusion for upper level managers used to the governance stage gates of Waterfall. How do you position Agile to upper level managers when they are looking for the certainty of dates and dollars: When is it going to be done? How much is it going to cost?

This presentation suggests ways of identifying that combination of scope, schedule, and cost that allows the team to deliver the benefits of Agile while still providing managers with the reliable estimates they want.


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Panel: Project Management in 2014 - Why So Many Fortune Companies are Restructuring PM Roles

Thursday, May 1, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

We continue our conversation about the major restructuring we're seeing at so many large companies. The focus of enterprise project management is becoming more pragmatic, more agile, and in many ways, more effective. We'll share and discuss the experiences of some of our large clients.

Panel:
Chris Knotts, PMP
Kelley Bruns, PMP, CSM, CBAP, PMI-ACP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




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

Monday, May 5, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


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 as 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


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Q and A – How Can Business Analysts & Project Managers Do Better With Data?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

The information and decision-making duties of project professionals and business analysts get more complex every day. Data resources – and concerns – have become ubiquitous, and it's critical to stay on top of them. While BAs and PMs don't need to suddenly transform into data scientists, they must understand the data resources currently available, what they offer, and how they're being used. Most importantly, every BA and PM should understand how data can be leveraged to deliver business value and project solutions in their own work.

This one-hour open Q&A session gives you a chance to get answers to common real-world data challenges. Join us as we talk with top-tier data expert Darrel Raynor. Darrel is a veteran project consultant and turnaround expert. He owns and runs www.dataanalysis.com and has provided consulting services to many dozens of Fortune and enterprise customers.


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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'?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

agilefall

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'."


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Critical Thinking Skills: A Practical Guide to Structured Analytics Techniques

Friday, May 9, 2014 (Originally March 28)

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

Leaders often proceed under the mistaken belief that as organizational or technical experts, they can simply think their way through difficult problems. Yet experimental evidence has time and again illustrated that so-called experts often do no better than non-experts in such analytical situations. The Critical Thinking Skills course is focused on providing practitioners with both the whys and hows of proper analytical techniques. It provides a detailed presentation of the ways in which practitioners may consider alternatives and challenge assumptions, all the while illustrating how evidence-based techniques can greatly improve judgmental forecasting and decision making in any type of organization.

You will learn:

  • How to decompose information into smaller elements in order to arrange these into a logical pattern
  • Employ rigorous brain storming techniques that encourage a broad range of perspectives, including minority and dissenting opinions
  • Improve your performance as a leader, manager, and analyst
  • Master techniques to generate hypotheses that explain available information and can be used to perform tests to confirm/deny
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess cause and effect and then perform a critical review of the premises, assumptions, and logic of the analysis
  • Know how to properly structure and test your hypothesis
  • Recognize biases and prejudices that get in the way of reliable analysis
  • Learn how to select the best analytical tool for a situation from an array of analytic techniques

Presenter:
Dave Caccamo, MS. Eco, PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP (VP of ASPE Inc.'s Project Management Curriculum)


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

Currently so much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, training and even the empathy revolve around the agile teams. Leaders are typically either ignored or marginalized at best, and in the worst cases often vilified. But Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments.

In this workshop, we'll explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Those that understand Servant Leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the teams' performance, accountability, and engagement.

We'll explore training and standards for agile adoption, and situations and guidelines for when to trust the team and when to step in and provide guidance and direction. We'll examine the leader's role in agile at-scale and with distributed agile teams.

Good leadership is a central ingredient to sustaining your agile adoption. Bad leadership can render it irrelevant or a failure. Here we'll walk the path of the good, but also examine the bad patterns in an effort to inspire you and your teams.

Presenter:
Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Evangelist at Velocity Partners, a leading agile nearshore development partner. He is also President and Agile Trainer & Coach at RGCG.

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Business Book Reports: "Dealing with People You Can't Stand" by Dr. Rick Brinkman & Dr. Rick Kirschner

Thursday, May 15, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


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, then use one of our free web seminars to deliver a one-hour "book report."

This month's book pick is "Dealing with People You Can't Stand" by Dr. Rick Brinkman & Dr. Rick Kirschner.

Dealing with difficult people and getting things done in spite of interpersonal conflicts are some of the hottest human resource topics our customers talk about. In this fun yet comprehensive instruction manual, Drs. Brinkman and Kirschner skillfully illustrate how effective collaboration with difficult people essentially boils down to a set of communication challenges. Rather than trying to change someone's personality or get frustrated by their behavior, they argue the focus should really be on understanding why difficult people behave as they do and outsmarting it, adopting a practical set of tools for maintaining productive interaction despite unappealing personalities and habits.

Join us as we discuss how the authors break down annoying behaviors and personalities, including:

  • The know-it-all
  • The "no" person
  • The sniper
  • The meddler
  • The judge
  • Annoying behaviors regarding email, phone habits, and other communication challenges

We'll take a look at each, and learn a little about "bringing out the best in people at their worst."


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) Primer

Friday, May 16, 2014 (Originally April 24)

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

In the last couple of years, more and more organizations have switched to Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) as their preferred (often, the standard) way to capture, model, and analyze business processes.

There are several reasons for this trend:

    Simple Notation
    Easy to learn and communicate with all stakeholders, on both the business and the technical sides.

    Flexibility
    3 levels of abstraction that allow modeling simple high-level processes (Descriptive level), analysis and optimization (Analytic level), and specifying complex processes for IT implementation and/or execution (Execution level).

    Showing the Whole Picture + Hierarchal Structure Allows abstraction at high-levels and elaboration into further details, without losing the relationships between different process components.

    Efficiency/Reusability
    Projects and analysts reuse/elaborate same models as more details are added throughout the Solution/System Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

    Widely Adopted Standard
    Common set of conventions and symbols, with no need to (re)invent the wheel.

    Wide Adoption by Tool Providers
    Virtually all major vendors, commercial or open-source, have adopted BPMN.

In this seminar we will introduce core concepts and principles of Business Process Management (BPM) and BPMN and demonstrate how this knowledge will significantly improve Business Analysts' ability to elicit/capture, analyze, manage, and communicate business and solution requirements.

Presenter:
Razvan Radulian's passion has always been to help/coach people analyze and solve problems and to design & implement business/technical solutions. Razvan is fond of rescuing troubled projects, tackling the most challenging problems and delivering "impossible" solutions. He has led several high-impact projects/initiatives in small and large companies. Rasvan holds on MS in Biochemistry from the University of Bucharest and an MBA from Duke University. He is a Certified Business Analyst (CBAP), Certified Expert in Business Process Management (OCEB) and Project Management Professional (PMP).


Xtreme Programming

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

The Agile umbrella is far reaching, and it grows every day as others uncover new ways of delivering value within their software development organizations. One set of Agile practices, however, can take an organizations notion of agility to an extreme level. Continuous attention to technical excellence is a core Agile principle, an eXtreme Programming (XP, programming to the extreme) is a proven way to get there. During this one-hour web seminar you'll get an overview of how XP core values and principles align with Agile, exposure to the practices that are embraced by teams using XP, and a high-level review of some of the most popular tools that organizations are using to enhance their adoption of XP practices.

Presenter:
Kevin Klinemeier is an agent of change, especially in the area of agile software processes. He approaches companies as one unified entity, applying agile principles as necessary at the developer, project management, and executive management levels.


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Big Data 101

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

Everybody talks about it. Everybody wants to understand it. Supposedly all the Fortune companies are using it to reap exciting benefits. But what does big data mean for the rest of us? Rarely has there been so much buzz yet so little obvious substance around a business topic.

The reality is, big data capabilities are very real, and they offer very real rewards for those who know what they're doing. In this one-hour web seminar, data guru and veteran enterprise consultant Darrel Raynor will get past the obvious buzzwords and into the practical promise offered by big data. We will touch on:

  • When is data considered big data
  • What can be done in your own situation and how do you start asking the right questions?
  • What is Apache Hadoop and what can it do for you?

Presenter:
Founder and Managing Director of www.dataanalysis.com Darrel Raynor will join Chris Knotts, ASPE's Product Development Manager to present the basics of big data and how you can get going on a practical strategy in your own organization.


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Introduction to MapReduce

Monday, May 27, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

MapReduce is a programming framework introduced by Google in the early 2000's. It is targeted at solving problems that have to work on huge datasets. Rather than devising an algorithm that works on the entire dataset, the map reduce framework works on several chunks of the same dataset in parallel during the map phase and combines the results together during the reduce phase. MapReduce can take advantage of locality of data, processing data on or near the storage assets to decrease transmission of data. In this 75-minute session, the author will lead the participants through the following:

  • Introduction to the MapReduce paradigm in Hadoop
  • Code-walkthrough in Java
  • How does MapReduce work in Hadoop? – This part will provide an explanation for the internal workings (Shuffle-Sort) of MapReduce, job scheduling and failure handling in classical MapReduce.

Presenter:
Sriram Mohan


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Top 5 Data Skills for Project Professionals

Thursday, May 29, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

Technology evolution and rapid change means projects get more complex every day. A big part of that complexity revolves around data. As project managers and specialists evolve to keep up, they face a dual dilemma: first, how do they avoid getting overwhelmed in their projects by the proliferation of data dependencies? Second: how can they actually leverage that data to increase their effectiveness?

In this one-hour web seminar, expert data guru and project turnaround veteran Darrel Raynor presents the top five data-related skills every project professional should be adopting. We will cover:

  • The Basics, your Project Management Information System
  • Status Reports should be Data, not Opinion…
  • Data Modeling and how it can help you
  • Why you should start Data Analysis & test Data Conversions Early!

Presenter:
Founder and Managing Director of www.dataanalysis.com Darrel Raynor will join Chris Knotts, ASPE's Product Development Manager to present the basics of big data and how you can get going on a practical strategy in your own organization.


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Q and A – Your Data: How to Ask the Right Questions

Thursday, June 12, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


Seminar Description:

The amount of data available to software teams and the tools available to utilize it can easily become mind-numbing if you don't know how to ask the right questions. Fortunately, you don't have to be a data guru or a technical specialist to understand this fundamental truth: your data is only as valuable as the questions you ask. This is good news for project teams and business analysis professionals because it means you can quickly and realistically begin harnessing insights offered by data that's readily available, as long as you understand how to frame the questions that yield those insights.

In this one-hour web seminar, data guru and veteran enterprise consultant Darrel Raynor will take your questions on how you can immediately begin framing the useful questions that will yield useful insights for your organization, using data analysis resources you probably already have in place. Darrel is the founder and Managing Director of www.dataanalysis.com and has decades of experience consulting with Fortune companies on uncovering useful business insights and turning around troubled projects using data-driven resources. Join us for this open Q&A in which we take as many of your questions as possible.


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Business Book Reports: "Monday Morning Leadership" by David Cottrell

Thursday, June 19, 2014

12:00 pm Eastern Time  |  11:00 am Central Time  |  10:00 am Mountain Time  |  9:00 am Pacific Time


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, then use one of our free web seminars to deliver a one-hour "book report."

This month's book pick is "Monday Morning Leadership " by David Cottrell

Little known yet highly impactful, this little gem of a book is required reading for every member of the management team here at ASPE. Cottrell outlines 8 of the most fundamental and useful principles any business professional should internalize for success in business, work, or any leadership endeavor.

Through a series of eight mentoring sessions, the author uses the experiences of "Jeff," a fictional manager at a Fortune 500 company, to outline the framework of successful leadership:

  • Drivers and passengers
  • The "main thing"


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




 
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