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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:


 

Self-Organized Team Primer: Not Just for Software Developers Any Longer

Tue, October 14, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Even at its very foundation, the cornerstone of Agile is the concept of self-organization. Self-organization ultimately centers on professional skills, autonomy and empowerment. When executed correctly, it is a strong first step on the road to embracing multiple agile practices. If your team can't self-organize, it is a strong sign that your organization is not ready for agile.

In this web seminar the concept of self-organization will be explained in real terms using real examples. From there the components necessary for self-organized success will be discussed including:

  • A look at autonomy and the fears and risks associated with it
  • Critical attributes of team members
  • Critical attributes for managers and leaders
  • Team responsibilities
  • Manager and Leader responsibilities
  • Techniques to hire for team members who can fit in with self-organization
  • Failure points and tips to overcome those points

The final piece to this success is understanding that at the core of self-organization is trust. We will finish by discussing tactics and tips on how to develop trust from both the top down and bottom up.

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Expert Q and A – Data Quality: How to Keep it Clean

Wed, October 15, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

It's a perennial problem for everybody: Over time, data quality degrades. Human error gradually accumulates, weird duplicates pop up, corruption happens – the list goes on.

How can we do better with our data hygiene and keep our quality standard high when it comes to our information? Data can be our most valuable resource, if it's a current, well-maintained repository of useful information. Taking small steps now – every day – can yield big payoffs in the future if those steps gradually amass a high-fidelity treasure trove of information that can be mined and modeled.

Join us for a one-hour open interview with Triangle data guru Damian Herrick. Damian is a consulting partner on analytics and enterprise data analysis, and he will answer questions about how to maintain high quality standards when we work with our data.

Presenters:
Damian Herrick and Chris Knotts


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Project Rescue and Recovery: A Real-World Overview

Thu, October 23, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

Projects fall behind, run over budget, or simply fail all the time. Changing market conditions, reduced budgets and staff levels, long working hours, increased available metrics, high turnover, and other influences all demand our continued efforts to manage "out-of-control" processes, projects, and results. This one-hour presentation by veteran project rescue specialist Darrel Raynor is a dive into how we can do it in the real world.

Implementing an effective Project Rescue/Recovery methodology focuses on value measured by Return on Investment (ROI). This lens forces us to see both our projects and each step of our processes according to that measure, so we can begin to get projects back on track. These methods can deliver value at any phase of a project, including areas that are seldom analyzed. We will touch on:

  1. Discover the 5 Project Recovery techniques that should be used on any and all projects and operations.
  2. Learn the common language and terms of Project Recovery learning areas, projects, and professionals.
  3. Learn the basics of DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control methodology.
  4. Assess if Project Recovery and Lean processes are a fit for your organization.

Presenter:
Darrel Raynor, PMP


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Customizing SharePoint 2013 with Web Parts - Content Search Web Part

Fri, October 24, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

A key component of SharePoint Server 2013 is Business Process Automation, taking the repetitive daily tasks business users are presented with and configuring SharePoint to handle them. A common request for SharePoint involves displaying a list of documents from multiple sites, or a rolling up a list of project reports for stakeholders across many different projects. In SharePoint 2010 as long as the content was in the same site collection you could use the Content Query web part. SharePoint 2013 introduces a brand new tool – the Content Search web part. The Content Search web part can display information from anywhere within a SharePoint farm or indexed by SharePoint search. As long as the SharePoint search can crawl and index it, the Content Search web part can display it!

In this webinar we'll discuss:

The differences between the Content Query web part and the Content Search web part.

When to use Content Query web part versus the Content Search web part.

How to use the Content Search web part.

How to display data in the Content Search web part.

Join us in this ongoing series as we explore SharePoint 2013 Business Process Automation, and as we build custom solutions to solve real-world problems.

Presenter:
Andy Huneycutt


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

Tue, October 28, 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

Presenter:
David Mantica


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Attendees will receive 1 PDU for this web seminar.




Expert Q and A – The Most Common Uses of Enterprise Data

Wed, October 29, 2014

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


Seminar Description:

It helps to know what your competitors are doing. In this one-hour info session, we will take Q and A with Damian Herrick of Lake Hill Analytics. Damian is the founder of Lake Hill Analytics, and an expert data analysis instructor for ASPE. Damian consults with all types of business on modeling, mining, and analyzing data.

We will ask Damian questions about the most common – and most valuable – ways we can harness the information available to us for useful analytics. We will talk forecasting, probability, market basket analysis, and basic statistical analysis. Damian will walk us through examples of how each can be applied to the business, and what sort of useful decisions we can tie to these applications.

Presenters:
Damian Herrick and Chris Knotts


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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?

Thu, October 30, 2014

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


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.




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.




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:

Whether you are doing agile or traditional projects, 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.




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.




 
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