Monday, November 13, 2017

Business Analysis Webinars for November 2017 - Part II

Improving Product Development in Consumer Electronics and Beyond

Presented by Andre Girard and Tim Anderson

Gain expert advice to accelerate the development of consumer electronics products. Based on cogent industry research, this webinar unlocks secrets of modern processes and effective team collaboration for successful product releases.

·        Product managers, extend your visibility into development processes with deeper insights and fluid communication.

·        Discover why 56% of consumer electronics projects don’t deliver on schedule and how to buck this trend.

·        Capitalize on modern design methods. Don’t be among the 26% of consumer electronics projects that lack any formal design processes.


Audience: Public

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Host: Jama Software    @JamaSoftware

Cost: free


Systems Thinking: A Crucial BA Skill in an Uncertain World

Presented by Adrian Reed, Director and Principal Consultant at Blackmetric Business Solutions

It has often been said that we live in an increasingly volatile, complex and ambiguous world.   The external business environment is complex and fast-moving, yet often our stakeholders are blindsided by ‘silver-bullet’ solutions that assume a neat linear relationship between cause and effect.

In reality, things are rarely neat and linear. More often we’ll find that situations are devilishly difficult, requiring us to understand and engage with a whole range of messy interconnected issues and perspectives.

In this practical presentation, Adrian Reed discusses the importance of systems thinking in business analysis. During the presentation you will hear:

·        What systems thinking ‘is’, why it matters, and the conditions in which it can be relevant in an analysis environment

·        A range of practical techniques from the world of systems thinking that have direct applicability in the BA world

·        How systems thinking and systems practice, when embraced by a range of complementary practitioners and stakeholders, can help an organisation ‘learn’

Audience: IIBA Members

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Host: International Institute of Business Analysis    @IIBA

Cost: Free

Presented by Garry McGouldrick, Senior Vice President of Professional Services at IAG Constulting

Attend this free one-hour webinar with Andrew Hayward and Garry McGouldrick for a frank discussion about what Agile demands from a Business Analyst, how they can succeed, and how they can ensure their team succeeds.

There are a lot of misconceptions about Business Analysis in an Agile environment, and sometimes Business Analysts find it hard to adapt to the short iterations, just-in-time planning, and minimalist documentation and modeling that characterizes Agile development. This webinar will dispel some common myths about Agile, including the belief that Business Analysts aren’t welcome in Agile and explain why every development team needs excellent business analysis to be successful.


Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017; 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Host: IAG Consulting    @IAGConsulting

Cost: Free


Data Modeling Best Practices for BA's and PM's

Presented by Ross Little, Executive Managing Partner at IAG Consulting

In this two-hour webinar participants will learn the essential concepts of data modeling required of today's Business Analyst and Project Manager. Effective requirements definition requires a fundamental understanding of data modeling. This webinar lays a foundation of the essential aspects of defining the data model and requirements for a project. IAG, the developer of this program, believes very strongly in this key Business Analysis competency. Every Project Manager and BA involved in requirements definition and modeling needs to know these critical concepts. Without a solid basis of data modeling skills, there is a significant risk that quality and value of use-case, business requirement, and business rule documentation will be significantly compromised. This two-hour webinar is a perfect course that will give most PMs and BA's everything they need to mitigate this risk and be successful in their roles.

For someone involved or responsible for the business requirements, business architecture or business analysis on a software development project, there are large number of questions to be answered.

·        Do I need to be an expert in data modeling? (No, by the way)

·        How detailed do I need to define the data,

·        Why do I need a data model - especially if we're working on an existing system?

·        Do I need to produce a logical data model?

·        Do I need to know normalization theory (I hope not)?

·        What do we do about data if we're 'Agile'?

·        What about modeling or data definitions for a Business Intelligence project?

·        When and how do I gather data requirements with the SME's? What's the best way? 

Learning Objectives:

·        Understand the key concepts of conceptual and logical data modeling

·        Learn the steps to building a data model

·        Write clear and concise and consistent data definitions

·        Apply acceptable modeling principles

·        Use/apply consistent naming standards

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 22, 2016; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Host: IAG Consulting    @IAGConsulting

Cost: Free

The Remote Employee

Presented by Michael Huber, Project Manager at Sprint

The remote employee – A new frontier of working that many admire and as one we can take advantage of the many benefits such as geographical freedoms and a work/life balance. This can provide numerous opportunities for travel and personal and professional growth. I have learned over the past six years that along with the many positives there can be a down side being a remote employee. This comes in the form of disconnectedness and isolation. These negative impacts of being a remote employee can appear over time and can affect your career and personal life. This webinar is about collaborating on ways to solve problems that remote employees experience with isolation and losing connectivity with their teams and community. We will discuss our own problems and work collectively to find solutions. This webinar links to an article I wrote that was printed on 8/22 in PM TImes.  

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 22, 2017; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Host: BA Times    @BATimes

Cost: Free

Managing Lean Projects

Presented by: Ralph Kliem

In this webinar, you will receive an overview on applying project management to Lean projects, programs, and initiatives.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2017; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Host: IT Metrics and Productivity Institute    @ITMPI

Cost: Free


Live Storyteller Demonstration 

Presented by Blueprint Software Systems

Agile and DevOps processes have become popular with organizations that want to increase speed and realize value earlier. However, according to the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2016 survey, only 62% of projects met the original goals or business intent, and only 49% were completed on time.

Join us for a live and interactive webinar showcasing how Blueprint’s Storyteller can help you successfully scale your Agile and DevOps practice, that delivers tangible, measurable business value with faster release cycles.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

·        Facilitate engagement and collaboration across the organization, making definition of business needs clear and easy

·        Align business, development, and operations through up-front automation

·        Write and automate effective and consistent user stories, test scripts, and more

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2017; 11:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Host: Blueprint Software Systems    @Blueprintsys

Cost: Free


Change It Up:  How to Drive Change and Make it Last

Presented by: Lisa DiTullio

In this webinar you will learn how to instill the change needed for sustainable results.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2017; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Host: IT Metrics and Productivity Institute    @ITMPI

Cost: Free

Registration:   ITMPI Public Webinar Registration  


Building a Capability for Improvement

Presented by: Michael West

This webinar discusses the processes, technologies, and workforce skills which, if established first, will lay a foundation for successful process and continuous improvement initiatives.

Audience: Public

Date/Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Host: IT Metrics and Productivity Institute    @ITMPI

Cost: Free

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