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    Date d'inscription : 05/12/2006


    Message par MOperto le Lun 3 Mar - 18:49

    In March 2008: 11 free webinars. If you attend some, please let us have your feedback as replies to this message.

    March 4th, 2008
    10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time
    Software Endgames: Learning to Finish What You’ve Started

    Software project endgames are the delivery period within the project. It’s a time when bugs are running rampant, features are still stabilizing and the customer wants a release – now. It’s a period of high stress and high failure rates. It can also be a wonderful opportunity to guide problematic projects towards a successful outcome. That is - if you have the right tools, techniques, team, and experience.

    This webinar by Bob Galen focuses on sharing practical approaches to enable improved delivery of your software projects by focusing specifically on the Endgame. It’s designed for software team leaders and project managers who want to truly make a difference during this chaotic but opportunistic time.

    Learning Objectives:

    * How to create an endgame delivery “map” that directs your release and testing milestones.
    * Explore the importance of release criteria within the endgame.
    * Guidelines for practical and successful change control.
    * Managing defect repairs – where to focus your efforts and scheduling rules of thumb.
    * Endgame team do's and don'ts for managers & leaders

    March 5th, 2008
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern TimeApplying Lean Thinking to Software Development

    The Lean movement, instituted in the 1950s with Toyota’s redefinition of automobile production, has knocked the manufacturing world on its ear. At the core of the Lean movement is the notion of eliminating waste as the key to creating added value. What is not well understood is the role that quality plays in defining many of the core Lean Thinking practices. Practices such as Stop the Line, Zero Defects, and Reduced Inventory all focus teams on quality. These practices not only increase quality but also are the scaffolding for a continuous flow of customer value. Jean Tabaka explores the basics of Lean Thinking and how it relates to software development—how customer value drives product quality, how product quality can drive software development practices, and how software teams create value and deliver quality by attacking the seven wastes in software development.

    Learning Objectives:

    * How Lean Thinking focuses on what the customer values
    * Applying Lean Thinking to software development
    * The seven wastes in software development

    March 6th, 2008
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time
    Best Practices Integration - Lean Six Sigma and CMMI

    Many organizations are facing the challenge of integrating and leveraging various industry standards and best practices, including Lean Six Sigma, PMI's PMBoK, ITIL, and SEI's CMMI. Our featured presenter, Gary Gack, brings a deep understanding of all of these best practices and in this session clearly explains connections and synergies between Lean Six Sigma and the SEI CMMI.

    In this webinar, each of the process areas will be reviewed and connections between Lean Six Sigma and CMMI Goals and Practices – both generic and specific - will be examined. A case study illustrating a "low calorie" approach to process improvement that leveraged both LSS and CMMI will be presented.

    Learning Objectives:

    * Identify synergies between CMMI and Lean Six Sigma
    * Illustrate the benefits of an integrated approach
    * Demonstrate how to achieve great results on a tight budget

    March 11th, 2008
    10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time
    Where Did All The Process Improvement Go?

    These days, it seems that the process improvement life cycle has only two phases: 1) get trained in some model or method, then 2) have an appraisal, audit, or some other form of a "test." Study for the test, take the test; study, test, and so on until everyone gets the right answers and the organization is done with process improvement. Blinded by a lust for ratings or scores such as maturity levels, organizations have lost sight of the real benefits of the process improvement journey. Spiced with humor and irony, this webinar by Michael West takes a candid look at the current state of model-based process improvement and where this industry is headed. It is a call to action to make a positive change in how we all perceive and execute process improvement.

    Learning Objectives:

    * Learn about the current devaluation trends in model-based process improvement
    * Learn why real process improvement doesn't exist in the places you expect to find it
    * Learn where to look for and find real organizational performance and process improvement

    March 12th, 2008
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time
    Managing Iterative Software Development Projects

    Iterative processes help software developers reduce risk and cost, manage change, improve productivity, and deliver more effective, timely solutions. But conventional management techniques don't work well in iterative projects, and newer iterative management techniques have been poorly documented. In this webinar, leading iterative development expert Ian Spence introduces a proven, scalable approach that improves both agility and control, while satisfying the needs of developers, managers, and the business alike. The techniques are easy to understand and easy to use with any iterative methodologies, from RUP to XP to the Microsoft Solutions Framework. Whether your role is team leader, program manager, project manager, developer, sponsor, or user representative, this webinar will help you better understand iterative project management.

    Learning Objectives:

    * Understand the key drivers of success in iterative projects
    * Leverage "time boxing" to define project lifecycles and measure results
    * Use UP phases to facilitate controlled iterative development
    * Discover key patterns of risk management, estimation, and measurement
    * Transition smoothly to iterative processes

    March 13th, 2008
    10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time
    Lean-Agile Software Development

    Agile software development is a rising force in the software industry. Nevertheless, many teams are wondering how to take Agile to the Enterprise. This webinar with Alan Shalloway shows how Lean Principles can guide Agile development to increase the return on software development investments. It starts by describing the five reasons for a business to go agile. It discusses the seven principles of Lean Software Development (eliminate waste, optimize the whole, deliver fast, respect people, create knowledge, build quality in, defer commitment). The webinar continues by showing how the principles of Lean Software Development create an effective environment for developing software in stages. Alan will also discuss how software development is mostly like product development and how the lean principles support this. The webinar concludes by showing how Lean principles can guide product portfolio management to increase productivity while ensuring the enterprise is working on the most useful products.

    Learning Objectives:

    * An overview of Lean Software Development
    * The business case for agility
    * How Lean guides product portfolio management
    * How Lean can guide agile software development

    March 17th, 2008
    10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time
    Analysis of New Development Technologies

    The software industry is extremely active in developing new methodologies and technologies. Many of these are effective, but some are not. This webinar by Capers Jones uses a standard analytic approach for evaluating the effectiveness of new and emerging technologies on software development productivity, software maintenance productivity, and software quality. The webinar uses recent data to analyze Agile development, extreme programming, the ITIL library, SCRUM sessions, Watts Humphrey’s Team Software Process (TSP) and Personal Software Process (PSP), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Six-Sigma for Software. These technologies are evaluated on the basis of the 12 known ways that software projects can be improved. The evaluation method also includes analysis of the optimal size ranges of the projects for using the technology: 1, 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 100,000 function points. In addition, the evaluation method presentation discusses the suitability of the technologies for six types of software project: information technology (IT) projects, systems software, embedded software, commercial software, outsourced software, web software, and ERP-class projects. Recent productivity and quality data is included.

    Learning Objectives:

    * Provide a reliable method for evaluating new technologies
    * Demonstrate the evaluation method against new technologies such as TSP/PSP
    * Discuss the pros and cons of new software technologies
    * Provide latest productivity and quality data based on new technologies

    Intended Audience:

    * Software project managers
    * Software executives
    * CIO’s
    * Software managers
    * Software developers
    * Software quality assurance personnel
    * Software test personnel

    March 19th, 2008
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Eastern Time
    Maximizing Project Success with Concrete Scope Management

    With the Standish Group's CHAOS report proclaiming that IT projects achieve success a mere one-third of the time, project managers have an obligation worldwide to gain greater control of the situation. Through concrete scope management processes, IT project managers can learn and embrace proven approaches that measure the size of software projects, streamline requirements articulation and management, and impose solid change management controls to keep projects on time and on budget. Scope management is not rocket science, however, with two-thirds of the world's IT projects deemed as failures, it is apparent that managing scope is not a natural byproduct of project management. In this webinar by Carol Dekkers, you will learn approaches and tips used in Europe, Australia, and North America that have dramatically increased the success on IT projects by trained scope managers.

    March 25th, 2008
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time
    Schedule Games: Recognizing and Avoiding the Games We Play

    Are your schedules off as soon as you create them? Does your management expect you to meet impossible deadlines? Have you ever been surprised by how long tasks took to complete? If you answer yes to any of these questions, chances are someone in your organization is playing schedule games. There are many different schedule games, but they all have similar results: the project team is behind the eight ball. In this webinar with Johanna Rothman, we will look at how to recognize the signs of schedule games, how to address the underlying problems, and how to change the rules.

    Learning Objectives:

    * Indications of schedule games
    * Root causes of schedule games
    * Strategies to solve schedule games

    Intended Audience:

    * Project managers
    * Technical leads on projects
    * Managers who manage the project portfolio
    * Anyone who works on a project

    March 26th, 2008
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time
    Effective Process through Light Process

    Many organizations embark on process program initiatives and soon discover they have become bogged down in heavy, cumbersome policies and procedures. What many organizations fail to appreciate is that popular standards like CMMI, ISO 9001:2000, and ITIL can all be implemented using light, flexible processes. In this webinar by James Persse, James will explore how these kinds of light programs not only tend to 'stick' easier in organizations but they also provide for full compliance with the model of choice.

    Learning Objectives:

    * Appreciate the value of light process over heavy process
    * Understand how full compliance with popular models can be achieved using a light approach
    * Appreciate the spirit of interpretation that most models promote

    Intended Audience:

    * Process Managers
    * Process Practitioners
    * Team Members working in a process environment

    March 27th, 2008
    10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time
    The Formula for Success in System Testing

    To achieve success in system testing—efficiently preventing important defects from reaching users —technical excellence is necessary but it is not sufficient. Even more important are the skills to influence the project team attitudes and behavior in a manner that prevents defects from even reaching the system test phase in the first place. In this Webinar, Nathan Petschenik shares his experience and insights into the technical skills you need for a successful system test. In addition, he explains how system test leaders can and must drive certain types of Software Process Improvement in order to impact the quality of the software that reaches the system test team. Among other recommendations, Nathan explains how to get developers to better fulfill their testing role as one way system test team leaders can improve quality on projects. By nurturing front-loaded quality—quality designed in and built in, not tested in at the end—system testers can multiply their efforts and help ensure that users receive high quality software. The material for this Webinar is drawn from Nathan’s book “System Testing with an Attitude” (Dorset House 2005).

    Learning Objectives:

    * Technical skills necessary for methodical system testing
    * Why system testers need to nurture front-loaded quality as an integral part of achieving system test success
    * A technique for identifying and eliminating obstacles to front-loaded quality on your project
    * Specific ways for reducing the number of problems that reach the system test team.

    Intended Audience:

    * System Testers
    * System Test Managers
    * Project Managers
    * Software Process Improvement/Quality Assurance specialists

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