Archive for March 25th, 2011

Proving the Financial Impact of Agile

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Online Webinar
Offered by Rally Software
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU or 1 CDU

Focus Your Assets Where They Produce Yield!

In an August 2008 report, third-party research firm QSM Associates (QSMA) assessed the performance of 29 Agile development projects against a database of 7,500 primarily traditional development projects in three key areas:

  • Productivity
  • Time-To-Market
  • Quality

The results were that Agile teams were 37% faster to market and 16% more productive.

This webinar not only provides metrics from Agile organizations versus their waterfall counterparts, it also offers up a framework for measuring your own Agile initiatives.

This is a 3 part presentation

Part 1:  This is a technical quantitative presentation that produces calculations and metrics that prove that there is a financial impact to agile methods and methodologies.  SPOILER:

  1. Greater Value delivered
  2. Faster ROI
  3. Lower Risk

Benefits in cost and schedule were dramatic without a rise in defects and often defects were significantly lower. Agile shops were able to adjust the specific benefits to suit the project.

Part 2:  This describes the development of Agile methodologies and implementation of agile methodologies of one of the measured companies described in part 1 This also included showing  how productive teams are (even when developers may not be “office present”).

Part 3:  This part discusses how to optimize value delivery and reduce risk of project failures. This describes how professional coaching to focus the productivity the agile processes will increase the strategic value of IT.

This is a great presentation to assist management with understanding  (from both  defensive and proactive measures) to understand how to maximize budgets when budgets are shrinking.

QSMA Senior Analyst Michael Mah will help you to understand the financial returns that Agile delivers and learn how to quantify the benefits of Agile practices in your organization.

Jack Yang, Director of Engineering, will share his insights from HomeAway’s Agile implementation experience.

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Evan Campbell, Rally’s VP of Professional Services, will discuss how to deliver and measure value while eliminating the risk of costly project failures.

To claim 1 PDU credit for attending this webinar.  After registering and attending email your PMI Membership number and course information to pmi@rallydev.com

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Online Webinar (Replay)
Presented by CollabNet 1 Category C Free

World-class development organizations get that way by encouraging innovation and optimizing the productivity of their developers.

Using the right combination of modern methods and frameworks, IT organizations today are fostering distributed collaborative environments that have not been possible with traditional software development tools, techniques and approaches.

So how does your software development organization measure up?

Can you innovate at the rate the business expects, or do your efforts get snarled by rules, red tape and outdated software?

How can you enable rapid innovation and dynamic communication among business, development and operational team members for true collaborative development in a global business environment?

Speakers:

  • Jeffrey Hammond, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Bill Portelli, President and CEO, CollabNet
  • Timothy Yeaton, CEO, Black Duck

Join Forrester Principal Analyst Jeffrey Hammond, CollabNet CEO Bill Portelli, and Black Duck CEO Timothy Yeaton as they discuss an evolving set of cultural practices, lean processes, and best practice use of FOSS that world-class development shops are leveraging to build break out software that drives business success.

As a Category C ‘Self Directed Learning Activity’ remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder’

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Live Webinar March 31, 2011 2 p.m. EST
Offered by ESI International (REP 1038)
Duration: 60 minutes PDUs: 1.0 Free

As you strive to drive performance throughout your organization, leadership training is a worthy investment. Simply recognizing skill gaps and providing new learning opportunities may not be the most effective approach to building expertise.

  • Does your current training approach change behavior but fall short of goals?
  • Does your organization address symptoms but fail to diagnose the root cause?

If you’re not achieving the results you anticipated, it may be necessary to re-examine not only your mastery of core leadership competencies, but also the order in which you learn them.

Research shows that many of the core competencies mastered by successful leaders exist in a hierarchical build. For example, you need to comprehend “active listening” before you can effectively manage team conflict or facilitate workshops.

In this insightful webinar, Nancy Nee shares ESI’s proven approach to creating effective leadership training, including methods to help your organization:

  • Identify priority levels of leadership competencies
  • Examine the dependencies and hierarchal builds of specific leadership skills
  • Discuss ways to make leadership training more valuable

Speaker: Nancy Y. Nee (LinkedIn profile), PMP, CBAP, CSM, Executive Director of Product Strategy

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Online Webinar
Offered by ESI International (REP 1038)
Duration 1 hour 1 PDU or 1 CDU – 1 Cat A Free

The challenges facing the acquisition workforce have never been greater. Agencies are receiving government stimulus funds which must be quickly and efficiently awarded. Yet, at the same time, stringent new policies are being enforced.

To help the acquisition workforce achieve success in these challenging times, agencies can leverage the effectiveness of the Integrated Project Team (IPT) approach to acquisitions.

Evidence shows that an acquisition IPT composed of the right people and empowered to achieve success can reduce acquisition cycle time by 30% to 60%.

Download this Webinar to learn:

  • The key benefits of an acquisition IPT
  • How to structure and select members
  • Techniques for getting the most productivity out of your team
  • Best practices that will help ensure your acquisition IPT achieves its goals and objectives

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