Business Architecture: Beyond Theory

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Live Webinar – July 30th, 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

Enterprise Business Architecture is quickly evolving into a mainstream business capability.

Some would argue that it is already there particularly when 50% of the world’s top performing organizations have embraced business architecture as a strategic differentiator ranging from Government, Telco’s, Manufacturing and Financial Institutions.

However there continues to be a large population of change executives, managers and resources who regard Business Architecture as a theoretical practice.

Strategic change initiatives proliferate in business today. The speed and rate of change demands we maintain holistic oversight of all the moving parts to ensure realization of target operating models and designs.

Historically only a few strategic programs would be at play. In the last decade this number has grown to include on-shoring/off-shoring, centralization, spans of control, business transformation, vendor outsourcing, modernization, mergers/acquisitions, channel optimization, client segmentation, journeys and experience.

To facilitate strategic alignment and execution of these initiatives, firms are investing in business architecture.

Beyond Theory will focus on what are the market and internal forces at work which have been driving and will continue to drive organizations to use the models to better understand business impact, scope, execution and benefits realization.

The discussion will address the deployment and adoption challenges and look at industry standards and Blueprinting for strategic opportunities. It will provide a foundational knowledge of the business architecture framework and model types to crystalize scope, identify stakeholders, manage risk and how early analysis, through the lens of the business architecture, will influence estimating, resourcing, time, cost and quality.

Business Architecture is the link between strategy and execution.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide clear, rational reasons to do business Architecture.
  2. Present a foundational set of Business Architecture Models, views and uses to mitigate project and analysis risk, drive the value proposition
  3. Recommend a staged Execution Model

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Live Webinar July 29th, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Duration:1 hour Webcast Up to 1 Category C PDU – Free PDU
Hosted By:  StickyMinds/Techwell

Many organizations are embracing agile and lean practices to accelerate software delivery, and some are looking at continuous delivery and other DevOps technologies.

Frequently, organizations only end up accelerating development, pushing bottlenecks out to testing and beyond.
It does not have to be that way!

In their recent survey of test professionals, IBM and TechWell heard loud and clear that testers want to engage earlier in the development process and be involved from ideation to implementation.

In this interactive webinar you will learn:

  1. How delivery teams—programmers and testers—can work in harmony and truly realize the benefits agile delivery offers
  2. How to avoid having accelerated software delivery hit the wall when agility stops at testing and things start backing up
  3. How testers can become the advocates of change in their organizations and really make a difference
  4. How to reach the common goal of improving software quality

Join IBM and TechWell on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as Janet Gregory, coauthor of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, shares her experience and expertise on transforming testing.

Don’t Forget to check out Janet’s very informative Blog!

Presenter:  Janet Gregory (LinkedIn profile, @janetgregoryca) Agile coach, trainer, quality process consultant DragonFire Inc. Janet Gregory is  a highly sought after Keynote speaker and the coauthor of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams.   Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product. For the past ten years, she has been working with teams to transition to agile development. Janet teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide, contributes articles to leading publication.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:
Process Groups: Executing

Knowledge Areas: 4- Integration 5 – Scope 8 – Quality

  • 4.4 Monitor & Control Project Work
  • 5.3 Define Scope
  • 8.1 Plan Quality
  • 8.2 Perform Quality Assurance

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 Test Transformation: A Key Ingredient for Agile Software Delivery

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Live Webinar – July 29th, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

Resource availability is a key source of negative risk to projects. Even if your project has well-defined scope and validated activity effort estimates, if the resources you are provided are working on multiple projects and operational activities, predictability of schedule outcomes is poor.

This webinar will review some options for responding to this risk from both a systemic and project-focused perspective.

LESSONS LEARNED:

  1. Understand the criticality of uncertain resource availability on project outcomes.
  2. Learn which approaches for getting better knowledge of resource availability won’t work in your organization.
  3. Gain a better understanding of the pros and cons of the practices that can successfully incorporate resource availability uncertainty into project planning and tracking.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Initiating  & Executing, Planning
Knowledge Areas: 11 – Risk

  • 11.1  Plan Risk Management
  • 11.2  Identify Risks
  • 11.5  Plan Risk Responses

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”

Who should attend this webinar?
Managers/Directors of PMOs, Project Managers

NOTE: You may have to hit the MORE… link to register for this session on the registration page.

Click to register for  Managing Uncertainty in Resource Availability

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Live Webinar July 24th, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU Category C Free
Presented by : O’Reilly Webcasts

A couple of quick Google searches reveal just how much of a religion that lean, agile startup and lean UX methods have become.

Teams and companies are consistently searching for recipes and prescriptions to “doing agile and lean.”

Jeff Gothelf (LinkedIn profile) author of Lean UX, will share his points of view on how pragmatism anchored in your organization’s unique reality trumps the purity of process doctrine.

Jeff’s talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

Bring your biggest challenges!

Presenter:  Jeff Gothelf is a designer & Agile practitioner and author of Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. A leading voice on the topics of Agile UX & Lean UX Jeff is a highly sought-after international speaker. He is currently a Managing Director in Neo’s New York City office.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Initiating, Planning

Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration 5 – Scope

  • 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan
  • 5.2 Collect Requirements
  • 5.3 Define Scope

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 Purity vs. Pragmatism: Can You Ever Be “Lean Enough”?

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Live Webinar -  July 22nd, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

Establishing a PMO (Project/Program/Portfolio Management Office) is considered to be a best practice approach to improving the value an organization can receive from its project investments.

Why is it then, that a study, conducted in 2005, of 750 organizations worldwide indicated that over 75% of organizations that set up a PMO shut it down within three years because it did not demonstrate any added value?

Solution Q invites you to attend a webinar where you will learn key reasons why so many PMOs fail, and gain some valuable knowledge of the critical success factors required to ensure the survival of your PMO.

Who should attend this webinar?
Managers/Directors of PMOs, Project Managers

NOTE: You may have to hit the MORE… link to register for this session on the registration page.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Executing, Monitoring & Controlling
Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration 5 – Scope 6 – Time 7 – Cost

  • 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Work
  • 4.4 Monitor & Control Project Work
  • 5.6 Control Scope
  • 6.7 Control Schedule
  • 7.4 Control Costs

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  Setting Up a PMO is Not for the Faint Hearted!

Visual Strategic Planning

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Live Webinar July 16th, 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

Strategic change initiatives are profiling in organizations. To facilitate execution of these initiatives, firms are investing in business architecture to help assess and plan them.

Enterprise Business Architecture is quickly evolving into a mainstream business capability. Some would argue that it is already there considering 50% of the world’s top performing enterprises have embraced business architecture as a strategic differentiator.

The tools and techniques of business architecture should be foundational to strategy development, deployment and executive planning. This webinar intends to demonstrate the business architecture framework, describe the what, why, how and uses of some architectural blueprints.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Purpose and benefits of Business Architecture to scope, planning and delivery.
  2. Applicability of Business Architecture in the context of the rapid Change Agenda
  3. Business Architecture framework and a variety of approaches to know when to use model types.
  4. Different views of a business architecture framework and how analysis techniques will expose risk.
  5. To think architecturally in the decomposition of the organization as a technique for defining organizational impact, scope and for Process Modeling & Requirements analysis methods.

Click to register for Visual Strategic Planning