Saturday, November 12, 2016

Business Analysis Webinars for November 2016 - Part II

Using Design Thinking to Create a Design Thinking Program to Teach Principles of Design Thinking
Presented by Tim Kramer
This presentation is about (as if it's not obvious) Design Thinking and how it can be used within your organization. In this presentation, Tim discusses at a high level what his organization went through when starting a Design Thinking program and what some of the main challenges were. Tim then moves on to discuss how the organization overcame those challenges and how a "grass roots" approach worked to gain traction for bringing Design Thinking back to life. Tim will also provide specific details about how his organization used Design Thinking principles to start their program-- focusing on the most common areas of Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.  He will then go in to how each of the main focus areas where decomposed, in order to apply the principles when engaging customers.

While Design Thinking seems to be more and more popular, there is still a gap in how organizations can apply these fundamentals within their current processes. Tim started a small team of Design Thinking Evangelists within his company in order to educate others, build skill sets and provide greater value to the organization.
Audience: IIBA Members
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2016; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Host: International Institute of Business Analysis    @IIBA
Cost: Free
Registration:   IIBA Members Only Webinar Registration
5 Things You Must Know About Requirements Planning
Presented by Rob Stewart, Senior Consultant, IAG Consulting
Requirements Planning adds incredible value to the requirements process. More than simply creating another “work breakdown structure” document, this is an opportunity to address risks proactively and gain better stakeholder participation.  This session demonstrates how every component of a requirements plan adds value.
Learning Objectives:

1.       Illustrate the pitfalls of traditional approaches to Requirements Planning
2.       Deliver guidelines for making Requirements Planning a value-add activity
3.       Know what material must be present in a high quality requirements planning document
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2016; 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Host: IAG Consulting    @IAGConsulting
Cost: Free
Registration:    IAG Consulting Public Webinar Registration
Cloud Total Ownership Costing: Considering the Technologies, Costs and Benefits
Presented by Dan Gakorath
This webinar will discuss the many challenges of cloud computing currently faced by the government.
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Host: IT Metrics & Productivity Institute    @ITMPI
Cost: Free
Registration:   ITMPI Public Webinar Registration
The Lean Enterprise: Intro to Massively Disruptive Innovation
Presented by Chris Knotts, ASPE Training
Regardless of what industry you’re in, today’s large companies share some remarkably similar characteristics. We live and die by these common denominators:

·         Heavy reliance on technology, IT teams, and software
·         Complex, unpredictable organizational dynamics
·         Siloed departments that suffer from lack of communication
·         Difficulty understanding or predicting what customers and users want
·         Constantly changing and uncertain marketing conditions
In the middle of this daunting mix, we are called upon to constantly innovate or fall behind. But how? Is it even possible to repeatably and methodically achieve this mythical “innovation” that everyone talks about? We contend that it is. Join us for a brief primer on Lean Innovation. We’ll introduce you to the following:

·         Lean: what is it?
·         A brief history of lean management principles
·         Lean thinking
·         Lean applied in today’s professions (IT, development, DevOps, project management)
·         Lean as a vehicle for value creation
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Host: ASPE Training    @ASPEinc
Cost: Free
Registration:   ASPE Public Web Seminar Registration
Software Requirements: 10 Traps to Avoid
Presented by Karl E. Wiegers, Principal Consultant, Process Impact
Successful software projects are built on a foundation of well-understood requirements. However, many development organizations get caught in traps that prevent them from effectively collecting, documenting, or managing their requirements. This presentation describes ten typical requirements problems that can sabotage your project. Several symptoms that indicate you might be getting caught in each trap are presented, along with suggestions for avoiding or escaping from the trap.
The requirements traps discussed are: 

·         Confusion about what a requirement is 
·         Inadequate customer involvement 
·         Vague and ambiguous requirements 
·         Unprioritized requirements 
·         Building functionality no one uses 
·         Analysis paralysis 
·         Scope creep 
·         Inadequate requirements change process
·         Insufficient change impact analysis 
·         Inadequate requirements version control 
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Host: Modern Analyst    @ModernAnalyst
Cost: Free
Registration:   Modern Analyst Public Webinar Registration
IIBA Certification – BABOK v3 Webinar
Presented by Rich Larson, PMP, CBAP, Co-founder and President, Watermark Learning
IIBA has launched their version 3.0 certification program, and it is an exciting capability-based one. The BABOK® Guide version 3.0 itself is a major release in the BA community, and offers an extensive upgrade to our industry standards. The changes require more understanding than ever due to the added complexity of both IIBA’s certification program and the BABOK® Guide itself. This presentation provides a concise summary of the different certifications, an overview and shortcuts for the application process, and tips for passing whatever exam is appropriate for you.
Learning Objectives

·         Know which IIBA certification level and exam are right for you.
·         Learn tips for getting your application accepted the first time and save yourself time and grief.
·         Discover general exam preparation tips, including which parts of BABOK 3.0 are important for passing each exam and for rebooting your studying from v2 to v3.  
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Friday, November 18, 2016: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Host: Watermark Learning    @Watermarklearn
Cost: Free
Registration:   Watermark Learning IIBA Certification Registration
Understanding Product Theory and Strategy for PMs and BAs
Presented by ASPE Training
Innovation and creativity are business bingo words for sure, but even though they conjure up visions of blow hard empty suit executives clamoring on and on, they are still critical. At the end of the day organizations grow by entering new markets, adding new products, reacting to changes impacting your current product set or adding new customers. All of these business actions are empowered and amplified by innovation and creativity. With one big consideration, new products can be driven by internal capabilities development and that’s where Business Analysts and Project Managers come in to play. More and more companies are developing internal systems capabilities as a competitive advantage in which they can use as a platform to drive new products and solutions. Ultimately a product portfolio is like a well. The deeper you have to go to find interested customers the more expensive it gets and the more work you have to put into getting the business. So if you can find new products or quickly locate new customers within the context of current capabilities you can continue to get the “richness” of margin without digging a completely new well. PMs and BAs are now at the forefront of developing additional capabilities to logically connect new services and products to existing systems.

In this session you will learn:

  • The complete details of product theory
      o S-curve analysis
      o Creation of value
  • An understanding of cognitive diversity and cognitive basis
       o How to cover come those issues to create something new
  • How ideation works
  • Understanding of Influence and getting things done
  • Cognitive biases that impact creative change initiatives
  • The concept of self-organization and empowering teams to create and execute without leadership involvement
  • Lead-start up and iterative product development


Audience: Public
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 22, 2016; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Host: ASPE Training    @ASPEinc
Cost: Free
Registration:   ASPE Public Web Seminar Registration
Building Business Analysis Capability in a Consulting Business
Presented by Scott Combs, CBAP, Keir Whytock, CBAP and Sean Ryan
The life of a consulting business analyst (BA) presents many different challenges than those faced by “in-house” BAs – some obvious and some not so. As individual practitioners, consulting BAs have to be highly adaptable and able to plan and execute business analysis efforts quickly, in diverse organizational environments. They also play a role in the sales cycle: assessing tender documents, peer-reviewing proposals, and qualifying potential new business opportunities. Version 1 – an IT consultancy in Ireland and the UK – recognize these challenges and have used the BABOK® Guide since 2009, as a key guide and reference to address them. 
In this webinar, you will hear from three senior consulting BAs at Version 1.  They will openly discuss their practice challenges, and provide details on their approach to turn those challenges into opportunities.  
Specifically, they will share how the BABOK® Guide is used as the cornerstone of their own framework to,

·         build a thriving business analysis community of practice,
·         develop a “consulting perspective”,
·         build up their own skills development initiatives, and
·         broaden the impact of business analysis in their organization. 
You will also gain insight into the special characteristics of the different industries in which these consulting BAs work (including, financial services and public sector) and how they affect business analysis practice.
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 22, 2016; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Host: International Institute of Business Analysis    @IIBA
Cost: Free
Registration:   IIBA Public Webinar Registration
Requirements Definition Best Practices for Software RFPs
Presented by IAG Consulting
This two-hour webinar covers techniques and guidelines for defining the type of requirements needed for inclusion in an RFP for application software. In order for Project Managers and Business Analysts to evaluate vendors and their software proposals, the business requirements need to be appropriately defined and structured.

The methods for defining requirements for a software product are different than for custom developed solution. The documentation and templates of business requirements is different when they’re being written for vendor selection. The level of detail and what included and excluded is critical to a successful vendor assessment. Learn answers to these questions and more in this valuable webinar.

Learning Objectives:

1.       Learn an effective approach for collecting requirements for inclusion in an RFP
2.       Understand the essential types of requirements to be elicited and included in commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) RFP
3.       Learn what should be included and the sufficient level of detail for an RFQ/RFP
4.       Learn the best format and templates for writing requirements for a COTS solution
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 23, 2016; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Host: IAG Consulting    @IAGConsulting
Cost: Free
Registration:    IAG Consulting Public Webinar Registration
Data Mining
Presented by Venkadesh Narayanan, MBA, CBAP, CSCP, PMI-PBA, CBPP, CPRE-FL
As you may know, the largest cab company does not own a car and the world’s largest hotel does not own not even a single hotel. How is this possible? They made it possible through the systems that they put in place to manage the data and the flow of information. Data mining is used to improve decision making by finding useful patterns and insights from data. Data mining is an analytic process that examines large amounts of data from different perspectives and summarises the data in such a way that useful patterns and relationships are discovered. During this webinar we will understand what is data mining and its elements such as requirements elicitation, data preparation, data analysis, modelling techniques and deployment.
Learning Outcomes:

1.       Understand the technique and its purpose
2.       Gain insights on when and where to use the technique
3.       Apply the technique in their day-to-day business analysis activities
4.       Identify the software tool associated with the technique.
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Thursday, November 24, 2016; 8:00 am – 9:00 am EST
Host: Fhysics Business Analysis Company  
Cost: Free
Registration:    Fhysics Public Webinar Registration
Projects are Easy, Change is Hard
Presented by Naomi Caietti
This webinar will offer tips for strategic approaches to project success. It is directed towards both private and public sector project managers, consultants, PMO directors, executives, and CIOs. Bring along your questions!
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 29, 2016; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Host: IT Metrics & Productivity Institute    @ITMPI
Cost: Free
Registration:   ITMPI Public Webinar Registration
Introduction to Business Value Analysis
Presented by David Mantica, President, ASPE Training
Agile is a great way to build solutions, products or software in a way to reduce waste, connect to needs, and protect you from risk. But you still have to understand what to build. A number of Agile teams are learning the hard way that their real value isn’t in following the science of the Agile practices. It is about picking the right things to build for the right reasons. Without a strong Product Owner, Agile teams can start providing output that misses needs or opportunities in much the same ways as waterfall projects.
Business Value Analysis looks at the way teams make decisions on what to build next. Usually this responsibility was left to the project sponsors (executives in the company) but the speed of change and the complexities of work systems are changing how decision on “what” is made.
This web seminar provides SDLC professionals with a first step in to understanding the very esoteric concept of Value. It can mean many different things based on someone prospective or position, but this session will provide tangible ways to assess value and who critical thinking skills are used to support the decision process. On top of that, this session will discuss how to look at business direction and connect it with the work you are planning to do.
Understanding this critical topic is the key to long term Agile success, especially at the program and portfolio level.
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 29, 2016; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Host: ASPE Training    @ASPEinc
Cost: Free
Registration:   ASPE Public Web Seminar Registration
Optimizing Requirements Discovery
Presented by Rob Stewart, Senior Consultant, IAG Consulting
Why should it take months to determine project scope and gather requirements? Register now to look at the underlying problems that impede the collection of business requirements and make projects less successful. Within this session, participants get new data from IAG's research that quantifies the cost of poor requirements and shows the impact on companies of a strong, repeatable process. Attendees will see some of the techniques IAG uses in our methodology and proven successful on over 1,000 engagements. Finally, making quantum organization improvement is our specialty and this session will review the levers of change that IAG focuses on to deliver excellent results.
Learning Objectives:

1.       Executive perspectives on making requirements change
2.       Techniques for optimizing requirements discovery
3.       The tactics of requirements competency development

Audience: Public
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 30, 2016; 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Host: IAG Consulting    @IAGConsulting
Cost: Free
Registration:    IAG Consulting Public Webinar Registration
How Reusable Content Accelerates and Ensures Compliance in Agile
Presented by Blueprint Software Systems
Most organizations must address compliance with requirements from regulatory bodies, internal policy teams, and best practice groups. Doing so, however is complicated. Regulations and controls are difficult to interpret. They can change frequently. And the domain experts that know the most about them don’t have time to engage, which can cause serious bottlenecks that dramatically impact delivery speed.

There is a powerful way to overcome these challenges. By leveraging pre-packaged, validated, reusable compliance-related content, your teams can easily achieve, maintain, and prove compliance with regulations and policies across jurisdictions, systems, and teams. And the benefits of this best practice approach are not limited to compliance alone.
In this webinar, you will learn about:

·         Why easy access to pre-packaged, validated, reusable compliance requirements information helps your teams achieve, maintain, and prove compliance quickly and with confidence.
·         One example of how an industry expert’s interpretation of a critical electronic records and electronic signatures regulation accelerates and ensures compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 and GMP Annex 11.
·         How leveraging the best practice of Content Accelerators can streamline delivery and improve quality in other ways – speeding non-functional requirements definition, boosting enterprise Agile adoption, and proliferating shared best practices, to name only a few examples
Audience: Public
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 30, 2016; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Host: Blueprint Software Systems    @Blueprintsys
Cost: Free
Registration:   Blueprint Systems Public Webinar Registration

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