Short Courses and Certificates
CPE offers 12 non-credit certificates for working professionals who wish to enhance their job skills and grow their careers. Students can also enroll in individual courses to address a more specific skill gap. The contents of these courses can be delivered directly to organizations who wish to train a group of employees. To learn more about a specific certificate, click on its link below:
- Project Management
- Business Analysis
- Business Process Improvement
- Business Writing
- Management Practices
- Organizational Development
- Human Resources
- Professional Train the Trainer
- Successful Managers Leadership Program
- HR Test Prep
CPE delivers free webinars on relevant, work-related topics throughout the year. These are recorded and available for viewing at any time. Click the link below for a listing.
In addition to onsite delivery of courses to your organization, CPE also offers volume discounts on open enrollment classes. If you estimate you will send employees to a combined total of 25 or more training days in the months ahead, you can "lock in" a discount rate that will apply to all short course registration fees.
Download the PDF below for more information.
Business Analyst Career Road Map
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) has developed a career road map for both entry level and more advanced business analysts. Download the maps below as PDFs.
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Big Data and Analytics Right Now
Two of the biggest names in analytics thought leadership, Erik Brynjolfsson and Thomas H. Davenport, discuss the aspects of analytics that business leaders should be thinking about right now. This is a great 40-minute conversation. Very relevant for today.
2013 PMI Registered Education Provider Benchmark Study
Each year, the Project Management Institute surveys R.E.P.s (Registered Education Providers) like the U of M in order to identify training activities, profile students, and uncover trends in training and development on a global level. The results are compiled into a report for member schools. Much of the information is useful and interesting. Click the link below to view the survey:
Agile methodology is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps teams respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences, known as sprints.
Scrum is the most popular way of introducing Agility due to its simplicity and flexibility. Scrum emphasizes empirical feedback, team self-management, and striving to build properly tested product increments within short iterations.
The College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota will be offering a two-day Scrum Master Workshop April 3 & 4, 2014 on the St. Paul campus. The cost is $1,195. IIBA, PMI and UMAA members, dislocated workers, and groups of 3 or more from the same organization receive a 10% discount.
Students participate in exercises, in-depth discussion, case studies and techniques to help illustrate practices and principles. After completing the course, participants will receive a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance and will be eligible for ScrumMaster Certification via their online exam.
Our instructor is Angela Johnson, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Transformation Coach providing Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner courses as well as education consulting services to clients across the United States who are adopting Agile. Angela has successfully implemented Scrum and Agile principles in a variety of projects from web-based applications to enterprise level retail and financial projects coaching teams, managers, stakeholders and executives.
For more information or to register, click the link below:
Building Business Capability Conference 2013
I attended the Building Business Capability Conference 2013 on November 11 - 15 in Las Vegas. The themes for this year's conference were:
- Business Strategy and Transformation
- Business Portfolio Management
- Business Architecture
- Analysis and Design
- Professional Career Development
- Business Deployment
- The Way Forward
I attended a total of four tutorials and fourteen sessions. There was a lot of chatter about how Agile methodologies are impacting the work of both business analysts and project managers. Another theme was the growth of Big Data, social media, cloud computing, gamification, crowdsourcing and other "disruptive technologies" that businesses will need to address in the near future.
Below is a link to a summary of the sessions I attended. I would be happy to share more detailed information about these if anyone is interested.