Archive for April 18th, 2014


Live Webinar April 24th, 2014 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  EDT
Duration: 1 hour webinar Credits: 1 PDU Category A – Free PDU
Sponsored by: PMI Requirements Management CoP (REP #S055)

The goal of Agile teams is to continuously deliver high-value outcomes—as quickly as possible.

To achieve this, these teams focus on skills, not titles or traditional role delineations.

  • So what does that mean for the experienced project manager, product manager, or business analyst?
  • Where do their planning and analysis skills fit into Agile’s fierce focus on frequent delivery?

Drawing on her insights from coaching Agile teams, Mary addresses these questions and outlines the dynamic relationships between agile work, disciplines, and skills. Join us to discover how re-positioning from role-based to skill-based work enables you to collaboratively contribute to any agile effort.

Presenter : Mary Gorman CBAP, CSM (LinkedIn profile), is VP of quality and delivery at EBG Consulting. Mary works with global clients, speaks at industry conferences, and writes on requirements topics for the business analysis community. Mary also  co-authored a book with Ellen Gottesdiener, (LinkedIn profile  @ellengott) on practical agile planning and analysis practices,Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning & Analysis.  In addition to serving on the IIBA® Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® Committee for four years, Mary helped create the first CBAP® certification exam.

Note: You do have to be a PMI® member to register for this opportunity.

Click to register for It’s the Goal, Not the Role: The Work of Agile PM and BA


Live Webinar April 23rd, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Webinar Duration: 1 Hour ea Credits: 1 Category B – Free PDUs
Presented by: Modern Analyst

“How to truly adapt agile principles in today’s product-centric, customer-focused enterprise”

The Agile Manifesto has been great for engineers, but has presented real challenges for business analysts and other stakeholders involved in the process of “define, build, test” for application development.

The problems addressed by the agile manifesto in 2001 still exist today, magnified by the changing landscape of product delivery:

  • Time to market has dramatically shortened and complexity has increased
  • Information is available and abundant but continues go undocumented and is lost
  • Communications gaps widen due to geographically dispersed teams and department differences
  • Customer needs require iterative communication yet continue go unmet

And yet, our interpretation of the manifesto hasn’t changed in over a decade, despite the major changes to how we work and the environment around us.

  • So what does today’s agile look like?
  • Do the values of the manifesto still apply?
  • When did Agile become more about process and less about the mindset?
  • How can we merge the intention of the manifesto with the new way we work?
  • How can we evolve agile concepts to tackle the challenges of today in a new way?

Join this webinar for an opportunity to rethink yesterday’s manifesto in a new light and deconstruct which concepts were home runs and which still need to evolve.

The session will cover the four key tenants of Agile and how to approach them based on new technologies and mindsets around collaboration, social integration and complex systems engineering to find balance for everyone involved and improve your enterprise agility.

Presenter: Derwyn Harris  (LinkedIn profile) Solutions Architect & Co-Founder at Jama Software

PDU Category C documentation details:

Process Groups: Planning Executing
Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration 5 – Scope 6 – Time

  • 4.3  Direct and Manage Project Execution
  • 5.2 Define Scope
  • 6.5 Develop Schedule

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”

Click to register for A Modern Take on the Agile Manifesto for Today’s BA


Live Webinar – April 24th, 2014 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
By BATimes (Diversified Business Communications REP 1811)
Duration 1 Hr  1 Cat A PDU/CDUs – Free  PDU / CDU

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  • A common question asked by teams adopting agile is “what does business analysis look like in agile?”
  • The common answer is “writing user stories”.


Okay, maybe not wrong, but certainly not the whole story (pardon the pun).

Business analysis in agile is concerned with understanding the problem and possible solutions in order to ensure the team is building the right thing. User stories can be helpful, but are certainly not sufficient for doing that.

This session describes how you can perform just enough business analysis to discover the right things to build. This includes how to really use value to decide what to build first, why process flows, data models, and mockups are still extremely helpful, and why the function of user stories is more important than their form.

Along the way, we share examples from a system replacement project and suggest ways you can apply these techniques to your own projects.
Webinar Roadmap

Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Learn how techniques such as Impact Mapping can help you narrow your focus and test your assumptions
  • Learn how to use analysis models to identify, and further explain user stories
  • Learn how to establish a definition of ready for your effort and use it to determine “just enough” business analysis

With the Course You Will Receive:

Presenter: Kent J. McDonald (LinkedIn profile) is the author of the soon to be released book Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile MindsetKent is a speaker, and coach who helps organizations improve the effectiveness of their projects.  His extensive  experience includes business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries. He also is co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility and shares his thoughts on project effectiveness at


Click to register for Analysis in Agile: There’s More to it than User Stories


Live Webinar April 24th, 2014 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Min Credits: 1 PDU Category A – Free PDU
Presented by: Computer Aid Inc IT Metrics & Productivity Institute (Rep 2733)

This webinar shows how the deployment of the Project/Program/Portfolio Management Office (PMO) has become a key business and organizational methodology for successfully managing projects.

PMOs are being utilized to solve the larger business issues associated with projects, to integrate the role of project management into the business, and explicitly address stakeholder needs and requirements.

The research also shows there are many organizational and managerial impediments that must be addressed to successfully implement and sustain a PMO.

Presented by: Dennis Bolles : (LinkedIn profile) author of   The PMOSIG Program Management Office Handbook: Strategic and Tactical Insights for Improving Results and  Building Project-Management Centers of Excellence and The Power of Enterprise-Wide Project Management has over 40 years experience, and is President of DLB Associates, LLC . He joined PMI in1985, acquired his PMP® in 1986 (#81), and is a founder/charter member since 1993 of the PMI Western Michigan Chapter.

Click to register for The Elephant in the Executive Suite: Project Management and the PMO

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Live Webinar – April 23rd, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Offered by IAG Consulting (REP 2858)
Duration 1 hour 1 PDU or  1 CDU 1 Category A – Free PDU

The use of business architecture principles by Business Analysts and Project Managers can be a significant ingredient to managing project and requirements risk.

There are established and proven Business Architecture best practices that can be easily used alongside project management, business analysis, lean and agile techniques to maintain and manage scope and alignment to business objectives and requirements.

As businesses, programs, and strategies evolve, Business Architecture concepts can help ensure that risk is mitigated. Business Modeling is a key component to a good Business Architecture. Learn from a couple of experts on how to employ business modeling to your advantage.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will acquire a foundational knowledge of business architecture modeling, the relationship to the business analysis methodology and the link to business strategy / objectives.

Specifically, it will:

  • Bring a high level overview of the value of business modelling
  • Demonstrate applicability regardless of the Change Agenda
  • Illustrate the process architecture as a model type within the business architecture
  • Describe the benefits

About William Ulrich and the Business Architecture Guild

The Guild is a “not for profit”, non-vendor aligned, organization with the objective of promoting business architecture best practices and expanding the discipline knowledge base. The board members are well published, distinguished business architects and trainers. The Guild’s 1000 membership community is actively developing the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge (BizBok), which is currently in V4 prepublication, with a planned release of Q4 2013. William Ulrich (LinkedIn profile), author of   Business Architecture: The Art and Practice of Business Transformation and world class practitioner, is President of the Business Architecture Guild, mentor and contributor to the BizBok.

Click to register for Business Architecture Business Modeling