Archive for October 21st, 2011

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Live IIL Webinar -October 28, 2011 9:00 am – 10:00 am EDT
Duration: 1 hour  Credits: 1 PDU  Category A – Free PDU
Presented by : IIL  (Rep 1003) – Course No: SS0005
You will need to register with IIL and sign into the site to register for this opportunity.

NOTE: This session is popular may may reach capacity – Register early to reserve your seat.

Every business needs to improve results whether they are reducing costs or defects, improving productivity, or increasing sales.

  • The best way to improve is through disciplined and continuous process improvement.
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are the de facto experts in the area of process improvement.

This webinar will demonstrate how a Black Belt adds value to an organization through leadership and expertise in the area of improving results.

It will also show how Green Belts can go to the next level, in terms of expertise and ability, by learning how the application of advanced tools and techniques can help analyze processes to reduce defects and inefficiency by:

  • Illustrate how the DMAIC process improvement methodology is the roadmap for improving results
  • Demonstrate how to analyze differences between samples using Hypothesis Tests
  • Determine how to predict future process results using Time Series Analysis techniques
  • Establish how to apply Regression Analysis to analyze variables and improve customer satisfaction
  • Determine how powerful Designed Experiments can be used to achieving breakthrough results and gain buy-in for sustainable change

Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to:

  • Become familiar with a few key components of Six Sigma
  • Have an understanding of how a Six Sigma Black Belt can positively influence businesses
  • Understand the differences between a Green Belt and a Black Belt certification
  • See how the application of advanced analysis techniques can help with decision making

Click to Sign in to the IIL Website – Choose the Featured Webinars Tab on the Left and then Choose “The Benefits of Becoming an IIL Lean Six Sigma Black Belt”.

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Live Webinar – October 27, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT
Offered by ASPE (REP 2161) 1 Category A PDU – Free PDU
This is a 1 hour seminar and attendees will be awarded 1 PDU for participating.

As Agile grows, people who learned about it at a 5th, 6th or 7th degree of separation from the “founding fathers” of Agile sometimes see it as process or a science type method. That sentiment about Agile isn’t 100% incorrect, but the reality is that Agile is much more at its core. It is based on a core perspective from which process/methods flow out. It is about seeing the world, conducting yourself, working in a team, and doing actual work the Agile way.

Sounds like a cult, right? Well, in some cases it is. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If a “utopian” work environment is something you are looking to be a part of, Agile can possibly take you there. Remember the four basic values:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

If done right you can gain high morale and develop a highly productive work environment (maybe even utopian depending on your perspective). The interesting thing about these values though, is that they pretty much run counter to how we currently conduct business, and how human beings naturally think, act and react.

In this presentation you will learn about the methods around these four basic values and learn about the change management challenges that come with agile adoption. We will touch on what Scrum means, how to conduct an iteration, what is a task board, how to do a proper retrospective, and how planning is handled in Agile. On top of that we will review government adaption of agile and use our experience with the VA as a semi-case study on Agile in government. Finally, the topic of certification will be reviewed with a detailed discussion of both Scrum Alliance certification programs and the new PMI-ACP credential.

This session will give you a working knowledge of agile and allow you dig deeper into its methods and practices with a solid, foundational understanding. We will also discuss Federal government policies and procedures and how those are impacted by agile deployment.

Presenter: David Mantica (LinkedIn profile) – David Mantica has more than 16 years of experience in business to business continuing education in executive, product management, marketing, and operations capacities. He has product managed the initiation, development and delivery of more than 300 instructor-led and live, online training courses, covering topics in the software development life cycle, IT, telecommunications, finance, healthcare IT, and marketing industries. David was instrumental in the development and delivery of the training industry’s first voice over IP (VOIP)-enabled live, instructor-led training course for public consumption.

Click here to register for Agile Primer for Federal PMs and Managers.

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Online Webinar
Duration: 1 hour webinar Credits: 1 PDU Category A – $5 USD PDU
Presented by: Solutions Cube Group (REP 2451)

Purchasing a project solution versus building one internally is becoming more common as organizations focus on implementing projects quicker and try to avoid re-inventing the wheel.

Selecting a vendor through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process doesn’t always guarantee that the solution the vendor proposed, and you selected, really meets the project’s needs and stakeholder’s expectations.  Project teams make the mistake of jumping straight to the proposal portion of their project lifecycle before clearly defining their needs. The resulting RFP sent to vendors is vague and fails to communicate the critical requirements vendors need to propose accurate solutions.

Vendors have little choice except to make many assumptions regarding what they think the project needs are and base their proposals on these, often times, false assumptions. Because the project requirements are so vague, almost any vendor solution appears to adequately address the need.

Solutions Cube Group’s one hour recorded Webinars address many relevant project issues. Join them for this presentation and learn how to build RFPs that spell out the complete needs of your project and improve the accuracy and completeness of your vendor responses.

In this one hour recorded Webinar participants learn about:

  • 3 Critical Success Factors of the RFP process
  • The components of the RFP process lifecycle
  • • The anatomy of a Request For Proposal document
  • Characteristics of the successful RFP

EARN 1 PDU after viewing this webinar

Click to purchase  Why Don’t RFP Vendors Provide Solutions We Expect? (This link will place the course in your shopping cart)

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Live Webinar – October 27th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST
Offered by MPUG WebnLearn UK ( REP 1369 )
Duration 1 hour + Q & A 1 PDU / 1 CDU
Mpug Member FreeGuest $15.00 USD + $1.36 USD Fee

The Microsoft EPM Solution provides a powerful set of capabilities to help analysts and project managers proactively and reactively plan, manage and control projects across their entire life cycle.

James will explain how adopting best-practice techniques can help an organisation accomplish the following:

  • Schedule management
  • Resource management
  • Financial management
  • Risk and Issues
  • Project Collaboration
  • Reporting and Business Intelligence

Presenter: James Wright is an EPM Sales Specialist at UK-based Corporate Project Solutions (CPS) with many years’ experience in supporting organizations with the development of collaborative work management solutions that embrace people, process, technology and strategy. During this time James has worked across numerous business sectors including retail, local Government and finance to utilize the Microsoft stack of Project Server and SharePoint to deliver greater visibility across client organizations and aid decision making.

Note: When registering for this event REMEMBER to answer the question “Are you requesting a PMI PDU for this event?”

Click to register for WebnLearn: Planning, Resourcing and Controlling Projects