Monday, May 19, 2014

Business Analysis Webinars for May 2014 - Part II

Xtreme Programming
Presented by Kevin Klinemeier

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.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 20, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Cost: Free


Blueprint 5.4 Live Product Demonstration
Presented by Blueprint Software

Join us on for a live, interactive demonstration of Blueprint, a visually driven requirements platform, that empowers companies to get complex IT project requirements right from the start. Register now and see why Blueprint is a better, visual way to drive the success of mission critical IT projects.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014; 7:00 – 8:00 am EDT
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014; 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

Host: @Blueprintsys

Cost: Free


Big Data 101
Presented by Darrel Raynor, Founder and Managing Director of and Chris Knotts PMP, ASPE Training

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?

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Cost: Free


Demystifying Traceability
Presented by Ashu Potnis and Sue Thompson, TopTeam Analyst

Traceability is one of the most important principles of the Requirements Management discipline. It is the thread that ties all system artifacts together with meaningful relationships - i.e. trace links. We will explore how principles of traceability are used in different domains such as:

  • Business Applications - Tying Business Needs to the Application Functionality
  • Health Sciences – Ensuring compliance with FDA CFR 21 regulations. Linking URS, FRS, etc.
  • Product Development – Tying Product Features to Market Requirements
  • Manufacturing – Tying Requirements to Design to Technical Specifications

Learning Objectives: 

  • What is traceability? What is a traceability matrix? Traceability in practice.
  • What are leaf nodes? What are orphan nodes?
  • How to perform Gap Analysis? How to perform Impact Analysis?

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Thursday, May 22, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Host: @BATimes

Cost:  Free


Premier Surveys - A Quick Method for Determining Project Requirements
Presented by Bruce Chadbourne, PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP

Surveys are often considered a “poor man’s” elicitation technique, but in fact a properly crafted survey can be surprisingly effective as well as being quick and inexpensive!  Come and see the best way to create surveys and their questions, and the best practices for getting them in front of your audience and analyzing the results.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Thursday, May 22, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Host: @PMCentersUSA

Cost:  $14.95


Data Transformation: Why It’s Critical for Agile Analysis
Presented by William McKnight, Richard Winter, Joe Hellerstein

Refining raw data into something cleaner, and ready for rigorous analysis, is arguably more important in the big data world than it has been since the dawn of the data warehouse.  With big data refinement happening in place rather than through an extract, transform and load process, rigid pre-defined data modeling is giving way to more agile data transformation.  But the fact remains that uncleansed data will lead to a poor analytics experience.  Maybe that’s why it’s still the case that only an estimated 20 percent to 25 percent of the potential audience is using analytics to make decisions.

What Will Be Discussed:

·         ETL’s premise and why it doesn’t fit big data
·         How ETL in the BI world differs from data transformation in the big data world
·         Can restructuring, cleansing and de-duping be . . . fun?
·         How can analytics be applied to data transformation (not just vice-versa)?
·         Data transformation and unstructured data

Who Should Attend:

·         CIOs and CTOs
·         Data scientists
·         Business intelligence developers
·         IT decision-makers
      ·         Line of business managers

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Thursday, May 22, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Host: @Gigaom

Cost:  free

Critical Thinking Skills: A Practical Guide to Structured Analytics Techniques
Presented by Dave Caccamo PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP (VP of ASPE Inc.'s Project Management Curriculum)

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

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Friday, May 23, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Cost: Free


Certificação CCBA/CBAP - Qual é a mais apropriada para você?
Presented by Marcelo Neves, Anelox

O que você acha de ser um profissional certificado em análise de negócios? Qual o valor de uma certificação no mercado atualmente? Profissional certificado é sinônimo de bom profissional? Esse webinar abordará o valor da certificação e como você pode conquistá-la. Examinaremos todos os pré-requisitos para a certificação, as vantagens de ser um profissional certificado e qual certificação é a mais indicada para você. 

Neste webinar darei algumas dicas de como você deve preencher sua application e como submetê-la ao IIBA. Falaremos sobre como é o exame e fornecerei dicas apara sua preparação. Mais do que fazer um exame o processo de certificação é uma boa oportunidade de aprendizado. 

1.   O que é a certificação em análise de negócios
2.   O que é necessário fazer para tirar a certificação
3.   Benefícios em ser um profissional certificado

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Monday, May 26, 2014; 7:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

Host: @IIBA

Cost: Free

Introduction to MapReduce
Presented by Sriram Mohan

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.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Cost: Free


Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders
Presented by Bob Galen CSC, CSPO, Principal Agile Evangelist at Velocity Partners

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.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Cost: Free


Top 7 Negotiation Blunders Certain to Kill Your Deal
Presented by Kurt W. Mortensen

Secrets That Only Top Negotiators Know

Negotiation is a different form of influence.  There is a time to influence and a time to negotiate.

Have you ever LOST a negotiation?  Most people have and don’t even know it!  What underhanded tactics are other negotiators using on you?  How can you counteract them?  

The worst time to learn a negotiation skill is when you need it.  Negotiation must be mastered before it is needed, or the opportunity is lost forever. For example, are you tired of:

·         Losing business deals
·         Not closing sales
·         People not listening
·         Being told no
·         Losing negotiations
·         Not getting your way

There are 7 negotiation blunders you are making right now that cause people to resist you and your offer. This webcast will get down in the trenches and reveal the secrets that only top negotiators know. 

Each blunder is like driving around town with your emergency brake on. All the time, you are wondering why your car (or negotiation) never has much power. 

These problems are simple to fix, but expensive to have.  Negotiation has changed dramatically over the past 20 years.  And ironically, some of these negotiation blunders are still being taught in expensive courses as the techniques to use!

What You Will Learn

This webinar is certain to open your eyes to the NEW world of negotiation and influence. 

What does it take to negotiate with power in any encounter? Think about it. When was the last time you didn't get something you wanted?  What happened?  Did you fail to get your point across? Were they influenced by someone else? Here’s a sampling of what you will discover:

·         Dirty deeds unscrupulous negotiators will use against you
·         Discover negotiation secrets only known to seasoned negotiation professionals
·         Top blunders average negotiators frequently make
·         How following your natural instinct will cost you millions
      ·         How to establish instant credibility (even when you don’t have any)

We don’t want this webinar to be informational.  It will be TRANSFORMATIONAL.  We want you to internalize these techniques and start using them as soon as possible.  

While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Host: @AMAnet

Cost: Free

IBM Webinar Featuring Forrester: Realizing the Business Value of Social ContentIBM Webinar featuring Forrester: Realizing the Business Value of Social Content IBM Webinar featuring Forrester: Realizing the Business Value of Social Content
Presented by Cengiz Satir, IBM and Rob Koplowitz, Forrester

Collaboration is a critical investment for many organizations looking to drive competitive advantage by better arming knowledge workers with information, access to expertise, and the ability to act collectively on trusted content. Forrester data shows that over 50% of organizations have implemented or are expanding their implementation of packaged collaboration software. While the strategy remains valid, the challenge of driving user adoption of new and different tools can diminish time-to business value.  

Key takeaways:
·         Learn what are the key challenges with increasing the adoption of collaboration software.
·         Understand why an integrated strategy for collaboration and content management may help adoption and drive business value.
 Audience: Public
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Host: @IBM
Cost: Free


Top 5 Data Skills for Project Professionals
Presented by Darrel Raynor, Founder and Managing Director of and Chris Knotts PMP, ASPE Training

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!

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Cost: Free



Stakeholder Management - A Key Skill Needed by PM's and BA's
Presented by Mark Moore, PMP, M.Ed
Do you know all of the stakeholders on your project? This webinar will discuss techniques to identify and analyze all project stakeholders, along with how to develop a plan for engagement of stakeholders and management of their expectations. Best practices for communicating with stakeholders will be discussed, along with how to deal with incompatible stakeholders expectations.
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Host: @PMCentersUSA
Cost: $14.95



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