Archive for March 28th, 2011

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Live Webinar – April 1, 11:00-12:00 PM CDT
Offered by: Solutions Cube Group (Rep 2451)  $15.00 USD
Attendees will be awarded 1 Category A PDU for participating.

Bringing project stakeholders together in collaborative meetings is an effective way to quickly make decisions and complete project work with a high degree of alignment and buy-in. Use of a brainstorming activity is a high energy and powerful way to uncover hundreds of ideas during meetings.

However, there is more to brainstorming than just gathering a list of ideas which can often be misinterpreted or dismissed, after the energy of the meeting subsides. Understanding what those rapidly collected ideas really meant to the stakeholders, before the meaning is forgotten, is where the real value and power of brainstorming is leveraged.

Learn how to increase the value and effectiveness of brainstorming while avoiding the common pitfalls which sabotage the best intentions of any brainstorming effort.

In this 1 hour live in-depth Webinar participants learn how to:

  • Structure brainstorming sessions to collect ideas in collaborative meetings
  • Focus ideas captured during brainstorming to increase relevance to the meeting objective
  • Use questioning techniques to guide brainstorming and improve brainstorm quality
  • Use questioning techniques to drive clarity and increase buy in of brainstormed ideas
  • How to avoid common mistakes which sabotage a brainstorm activity

This is part 2 of a three part series presented by Solutions Cube.

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Live Webinar April 4, 2011 – 2:00 pm EDT
Presented by CollabNet
Duration: 1 Hour  + 30 min Question Period  1 Category C PDU Free

This is an ideal session for traditional project managers who are transitioning to a Scrum methodology.

In this webinar, Certified Scrum Trainer and PMP Jimi Fosdick (LinkedIn profile) explains the mechanics of “rolling wave” planning within the value-driven context of Scrum, discussing how project managers who are used to exhaustive, up-front analysis can develop a preliminary schedule and budget using Scrum’s planning artifacts and approach.

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A slide set is available from a previous presentation given by Jimi Fosdick entitled Scrum for Project Management Responsibilities and The scrum Roles.

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Online Webinar
Offered by PmCentersUSA (REP 1016)
Duration 30 Min Credits: 0.5 Category A PDU Free

For many companies looking to improve project performance, Earned Value Analysis (EVA) seems a logical technique to use on projects to better understand and manage performance.

Unfortunately, the reality for many companies is no improvement is achieved, project management costs are up and people are complaining about all of the ‘extra paperwork’.

This talk will cover some of the top pitfalls that can make the use of earned value analysis unsuccessful, along with suggested corrective actions that can be applied to projects to counter these hazards.

Additionally, this webinar will cover key metrics to monitor when using earned value analysis.

Subject Matter Expert: Joseph A. Lukas, PMP®, PE, CCE

Joe Lukas (LinkedIn profile) is Vice-President of PMCentersUSA, and leads a team of instructors and consultants in delivering project management and business analysis training and consulting to clients across the country.  Joe has been involved in project management for over 30 years and has worked in engineering, manufacturing, construction, project controls, estimating and contracting, and has been a Program and Project Manager supporting world-wide programs. His project management experience spans information systems, product development, capital construction and manufacturing projects. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and Certified Cost Engineer.

Registration to the PMCentersUSA site is required.

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

As the practice of business analysis continues to mature in many organizations, the demand for quantifiable results also increases.

  • “Show me the money”
  • “How do you justify the investment in both time and resources?”
  • “What impact will these practices have on the organization, projects”

The solution development lifecycle, the goods and services, processes, and the tasks and activities”

All of these questions are most often difficult to answer but even more difficult to put into practice. Glenn Brûlé (LinkedIn profile) and Amy Nichols (LinkedIn profile), will explore and share their insights on a hierarchical approach that will help you consider what practices might be most practical for measuring your requirements success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a structured approach for beginning to quantify the impact requirements may have on your organizational goals and objectives
  • Understand how organizational goals and objectives can demonstrate a financial impact to the smallest task when producing goods and services through a project lifecycle or solution development lifecycle.
  • Consider an organizations level of maturity and apply requirements metrics accordingly.

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

Business analysts must be able to accurately and completely define project requirements – but that’s not all. Business analysts also need to determine the testing criteria for success against which those requirements will be evaluated.

During this business analysis webinar, Mr. Haddad (LinkedIn profile) and Glenn Brûlé (LinkedIn profile) discuss the vital link between expected behavioral traits and competencies and organizational success. This BA webinar presents the eight competencies of the Business Analysis Competency Model (BACM), emphasizing four of the most critical competencies.

Participants will learn:

  • The importance of defining the function of the business analyst
  • The fundamental competencies for business analysis
  • How to establish a baseline competency model that can be customized to your organizational need

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