Aspire Journeys

Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager

  • 35 Courses | 30h 25m 23s
  • Includes Test Prep
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Every organization is looking to reinvent how work is done and optimize their processes, as they move towards a more Agile mindset. As a result, there is an increasing demand for Senior Software Project Managers who have the relevant training and experience in Agile methodologies relating to software development. In this Skillsoft Aspire journey, you will explore how to go from a Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager.

Track 1: Software Project Analyst

In this track of the Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on Agile for software development, project management tools and communication skills, and software requirements planning, and software development concepts.

  • 7 Courses | 5h 16m 40s

Track 2: Software Project Lead

In this track of the Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on defining success metrics, negotiation skills, stakeholder needs, business analysis, and project risk assessment.

  • 7 Courses | 5h 21m 2s

Track 3: Software Project Manager

In this track of the Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on using Agile and SCRUM for software development, decision making and project data analysis for software project managers, software project meetings, stakeholder communication, and project needs vs. expectations.

  • 11 Courses | 10h 52m 11s

Track 4: Senior Software Project Manager

In this track of the Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on recruiting, advanced Agile and SCRUM, organizational value management, hybrid Agile, and Agile value-driven delivery.

  • 10 Courses | 8h 55m 30s

COURSES INCLUDED

Agile for Software Development: Lean, Agile, & Scrum Methodologies
In this 13-video course, learners will explore Lean and Agile methodologies and the Scrum approach to software development and project management. Begin with an overview of both the Lean and Agile software methodologies, and then explore the foundational Agile manifesto underpinning Agile development methodology. This leads learners into examining the relationship between Lean and Agile methodologies, and an overview of the Scrum approach to Agile development. You will explore benefits of both the Lean and Agile development methodologies, as well as benefits of the Scrum approach to Agile development. Next, you will delve into Waterfall versus Agile, and how Agile methodology differs from traditional waterfall project management. Discover best practices to follow when transitioning from traditional software project management to Agile/Lean, and learn how to select the best approach for a project and when not to use the Lean/Agile methodologies. The course concludes with an exercise that involves recognizing how Lean, Agile, and Scrum are applied to software development and project management and the benefits each provides.
13 videos | 49m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Project Management Tools: Understanding PM Tools
Explore different types of project management (PM) tools, including collaboration, productivity, messaging, and file-sharing tools. Discover how to choose the best tools and how to use them in this 16-video course. Key concepts covered here include what PM tools are and how they are used; why PM tools are important to successful project management and how to select optimum PM tools for projects; and features to look for when considering PM tools and using them specifically for managing project work. Learn about collaboration tools in the context of PM tools; learn personal productivity tools and techniques in the context of PM tools; and learn how to work with Gantt charts by using TeamGantt, with Kanban boards using Trello, with real-time messaging using Basecamp, with a knowledge base using Wrike, with Dropbox file-sharing tool, and with to do lists with Asana. Next, learn how to use personal tools to avoid distractions and improve productivity; learn features types and features of PM tools, list features of PM software, and describe collaboration tools and why PM tools are used.
16 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Project Management Tools: Understanding the Collaboration Tools
Collaboration tools continue to elevate in importance in relation to project management (PM). Project managers should have a clear understanding of each tool and be able to choose the best collaboration tool for the job. This 15-video course offers an overview of collaboration tools available for various situations and how to choose a suitable collaboration tool. Begin with a look at collaboration tools, including file-sharing tools, and why they are required for successful project management. Then learn about the special collaboration tool considerations for Agile teams, as well as for virtual teams. Learn to identify benefits and challenges of video conferencing tools; of instant and online messaging tools; of knowledge-sharing tools; of resource-sharing tools; and of project work management tools. Discover how to collaborate by using videoconferencing tools; using knowledge sharing tools; using instant messaging tools; using resource sharing tools; and using project work management tools. The concluding exercise involves identifying the correct collaboration tool to use for project management by team and type.
15 videos | 49m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Project Management Communication Skills
Communication skills are vitally important to any project; project managers must have impeccable communication skills in order to effectively manage projects. In this 13-video course, learners can explore the art of communication in the context of project management. Key concepts covered in this course include what communication means to a project; keys to effective project communication; and how to recognize barriers that may impede effective project communication. Learn about methods that may help prevail over difficulties in communication; considerations inherent in project communication with diverse teams; and keys to effective software project management communications considerations. Next, observe how to recognize methods of communication in Agile software project management; compare Agile project communication and traditional project communication; and examine challenges to effective Agile project communication and how to overcome them. Then learn about communication best practice techniques and processes for software project management; learn how to generate a high-level software project communication plan; and learn how to effectively communicate on projects by using key communication skills.
13 videos | 55m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Requirements Planning
Software requirements refer to required features and functions of software products during planning. Without a thorough understanding of requirements, projects have little hope of being successful. In this 13-video course, learners explore fundamentals of software requirements, including approaches to discovering and defining requirements, and how to transition from requirements to vision, organizational processes, and user stories. Key concepts covered here include elements making up the requirements engineering process; appropriate types of stakeholders to help determine software requirements; and methods for gathering stakeholder demands and turning them into requirements. Learn about best practices for turning requirements into software specifications that are complete, concise, correct, consistent, testable, and unambiguous; recognize techniques to help prioritize features, and determine the MVP (minimum viable product) and what can be delayed to future sprints; and learn tips and tricks to identify hidden requirements and to create a requirements traceability matrix. Finally, learn how to approach requirements planning for application programming interface (API) development; learn effective use of requirements engineering applied to software development lifecycles; and learn how to validate software requirements.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Development Concepts: Software Development Glossary
There are key concepts and terminology that members of software development teams should recognize with respect to software development and project management. In this 13-video course, learners can explore these concepts and terminology, including the software development lifecycle, Agile and traditional project management, deliverables, roles, and responsibilities and tips on how to stay current in the dynamic and quick-moving software development landscape. Key concepts covered here include software development terms related to the software development life cycle; concepts related to traditional project management and Agile project management; and the practice of continuous integration and continuous delivery CI/CD in software development. Learners examine concepts related to the software testing process in software development; learn about deliverables in the software development lifecycle; and learn roles and responsibilities on typical software development teams and on Agile software development teams. You will explore sources, including online sources for staying current in the dynamic and quick-moving software development landscape.
13 videos | 42m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Software Project Analyst
Final Exam: Software Project Analyst will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Software Project Analyst track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Project Evaluation: Defining Success Metrics
Effective metrics play an important role in ensuring the success of a software project. In this 13-video course, learners will discover how metrics are used to evaluate projects and explore various types of Agile metrics including Lean, Kanban, and Scrum. Begin by examining the importance of the tasks performed by a project analyst in ensuring project success. This leads into an overview of metrics as a measurement tool to evaluate performance. Learn the essentials for project metrics; various types of Agile metrics, and the Agile metrics that are commonly used to evaluate Agile projects. Learners observe how to decide the right metric, qualities that make a metric powerful; recognize details required to define a metric; and how to set benchmarks for effective metrics. Next, learn how to recognize the correct way to evaluate projects by using metrics, and discover best ways to present information gathered using metrics. The final tutorial covers reviewing and improving metrics, or the need to reassess effectiveness of a metric as a criterion for success.
13 videos | 45m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Skills for Project Analysts: Negotiation Skills
A crucial part of the role of a project analyst is being able to negotiate. In this 13-video course, learners can improve their negotiation skills by examining the benefits of negotiations, how to resolve conflicts, and the negotiation stages. Begin with a look at the importance of negotiation skills in project management; identify how a project analyst benefits from using negotiation skills within a project team; and explore how negotiation skills can improve conflict resolution within teams. Delve into the five stages of the negotiating process, and also the types of negotiation techniques commonly used. Explore negotiator styles, the five types of negotiating; collaborative negotiation, and the benefits of using collaborative negotiation to bring about a win-win situation. Learn about the stages of a negotiation. Then explore methods of negotiating effectively, and discover ways to overcome hurdles during negotiations. Conclude the course with a look at common mistakes in negotiations, and examining common pitfalls to avoid in a negotiation.
13 videos | 55m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Managing and Engaging Stakeholders
Effective stakeholder engagement techniques help to ensure successful projects. Discover how important stakeholders are in a project, the processes involved in stakeholder management, and how projects can have different types of stakeholders including internal and external, in this 13-video course. Begin by defining stakeholders, recognizing their importance in a project. Then move on to examining key processes involved in stakeholder management to ensure project success. You will learn to compare internal and external stakeholders in a project, the influencers, and recognize how different stakeholders can exert different influences on a project. Explore different types of stakeholder needs; key techniques used for collecting stakeholder requirements; and techniques for asking probing questions to ensure clarity on stakeholder, customer, or team needs. Discover commonly used tools to document stakeholder requirements, and the tools to ensure effective communication with stakeholders. Learn to recognize ways to effectively handle difficult stakeholders. Finally, learners examine common mistakes to avoid when engaging stakeholders.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Analysis for Project Management: Practices for Early Project Stages
Business analysis determines the organizational goals, product vision, and user preference data needed to ensure proper business decisions can be made. In this 13-video course, learners will explore how a project analyst implements fundamental business analysis practices into software project management during the project initiation and planning stages. To begin, take a look at the definition of business analysis, and activities of a typical business analyst. Then move into analyzing business needs, and how a project business case can align the project to an organization's goals. Learn to recognize the need to identify and gather requirements from key stakeholders; the importance of assessing competition; and commonly used methods for generating ideas. Next, explore the cost-benefit analysis method, followed by the feasibility study tool, and how it helps determine whether a solution is practically achievable. Study key components of a business case document and effectiveness of the empathy map for communicating user preferences to the project team. Finally, learn to recognize the effectiveness of using product vision board to define product features.
13 videos | 54m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Analysis for Project Management: Practices for Later Project Stages
Properly defined scope statements, designing flow diagrams, establishing roles and responsibilities, and applying different methods of effect analysis all aid in business analysis and improving project processes. This 14-video course explores how a project analyst implements business analysis practices into software project management for execution, monitoring, controlling, and continuous improvement of a project. Begin with a look at the components of a scope statement and how to create it, then examine the steps involved in creating a business analysis plan. Learn how flow diagrams can be used to improve project processes; how the roles and responsibilities matrix can be used to specify ownership of project activities among team members; and recognize the need to track defects through reviews. Explore failure-mode effect analysis; cause-and-effect analysis; and the process of user acceptance testing. Learn to differentiate between quality assurance and quality control; recognize the importance of data analysis; and examine commonly used tools for analyzing business needs following project initiation. The course concludes by identifying critical activities within business analysis that will ensure continuous improvement.
14 videos | 47m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Risk Management: Project Risk Assessment
In this 14-video course, explore the importance of assessing and managing project risk, including the role of the project analyst, recognizing risk, important teams, and types of risk. Discover how to identify and classify risk, use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess risks, and use the risk register tool. Begin by learning how to define project risk, then look at the project analyst's role in risk assessment. Next, examine the specific risks associated with a software project; define key terms associated with risk assessment; and learn to identify common types of risk in a project. You will discover commonly used techniques for risk identification; learn how to classify identified risks in a project; and explore the qualitative and quantitative methods to assess risks. You will examine the risk register tool used for risk management; view key risk management strategies; and learn risk mitigation best practices. The course concludes by describing tools used to measure efficiency of risk management.
14 videos | 56m has Assessment available Badge
Final Exam: Software Project Lead
Final Exam: Software Project Lead will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Software Project Lead track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Agile Software Development: Agile Development Life Cycle
In this course, you will explore the differences between the Agile process and the waterfall method and examine the steps involved in the basic Agile project management process. Begin this 14-video course by learning how the Agile process applies to project management and how it differs from the waterfall method. Then discover the steps involved in the basic Agile project management process; examine the manager's role in a self-organizing team; and identify roles and responsibilities of Agile team members. Delve into best practices when transitioning from traditional software project management to Agile; identify how to build strong Agile teams; and look at methods and technologies for promoting Agile collaboration within teams. You will recognize Agile project management artifacts, and the types of Agile management tools with examples of each. Learners can explore the Agile lifecycle; the significance of continuous integration by using the Agile process; and learn about Agile assessments and how to migrate an organization to the Agile methodology. To conclude the course, learners follow an exercise involving understanding Agile project management practices.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Agile Software Development: Agile Project Management Techniques
In this 14-video course, explore Agile project management techniques, feature-driven development, and Agile modeling. Examine self-organizing teams and how they operate, as well as team member roles and responsibilities, and other topics. Begin with a look at the Agile process and how it applies to project management. Then examine feature-driven development and how it applies to Agile project management. Define self-organizing teams and how they work, and compare different Agile methodologies and frameworks. Explore features of the Scrum framework; the Kanban and Lean frameworks, and the Extreme Programming framework. Identify the types of Agile management tools and how they relate to project management; source control tools and how they can be used in an Agile project; and continuous integration tools and team management tools, and how they can be used in an Agile project. The final tutorial focuses on benefits of the Agile project management methodology. The concluding exercise involves identifying Agile project management techniques and comparing Agile frameworks and tools.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge
Project Management: Scrum Framework for Software Development
In this 14-video course, learners will explore Agile and Scrum frameworks. Discover the importance of activities, artifacts, and roles in the Scrum framework, as well as the role of Scrum in test-driven development (TDD), and continuous integration. Begin by comparing the Agile and Scrum frameworks and how they relate to each other. Then take a look at roles and responsibilities of team members in the Scrum environment. Learn about Scrum activities and how they relate to the Scrum framework, and Scrum artifacts, and how they are part of the Scrum process. Examine advantages and pitfalls of the sprint planning process, and the sprint and product backlog, and how they work together. Next, explore the definition of Done, and what it means in the Scrum framework; delve into software architecture in the Scrum framework; and discover the best team collaboration practices by using the Scrum framework. Explore TDD and how it applies to Scrum; the process for refactoring using the Scrum framework; and finally, incorporating continuous integration into the Scrum process.
14 videos | 47m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Decision Making for Software Project Managers
Decisions are a critical responsibility in project management, but the process of making decisions can be difficult. In this 14-video course, learn to identify the key principles of decision making in a software environment, and explore what is needed to speed up the decision-making process. Discover skills to speed up the decision-making process; learn techniques to collect all necessary information for making informed decisions, and identify how to examine old information and compare it to current information to make informed decisions. Examine ways to obtain current information to make better decisions; learn techniques to anticipate future events based on information already collected; and view principles and approaches for embracing the fail-fast approach to decision making in Agile projects. Discover how to improve the decision-making process in an organization by flattening the decision-making structure; how decision making is different in an Agile environment versus traditional linear project management; and learn reasons why we tend to make poor decisions, particularly in environments where speed is imperative. Conclude the course by examining best practices for decision making.
14 videos | 52m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Data Analysis: Project Management Metrics
Explore differences between traditional and Agile software project management in this 14-video course. Learners discover how to use real-time data metrics for command, control, and decision making. Examine the role metrics play in monitoring teams and continuous development, the role of software project management tools, and how to use JIRA to manage software projects. Begin by comparing traditional versus Agile project management, and take a look at effective use of software project management data analysis metrics and Agile project management data analysis metrics to monitor and control Agile projects. Discover how to use Agile team metrics for continuous self-improvement, and how real-time data metrics can feed the decision-making process. Identify how to select meaningful software project metrics; benefits of using software metrics and how to monitor and track them; and observe pitfalls encountered when one uses software project metrics. Learn how to identify key Agile project metrics to measure success; continuous development metrics; and types of software project management tools. Learn how to configure and use JIRA and dashboard to manage software projects.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Project Meetings: Agile Project Meetings
The best Agile meetings are productive and efficient. In this course, learners explore best practices for conducting software project meetings, and compare traditional meetings with Agile project meetings. Also, you will discover how to work with teams spread across multiple sites. Begin this 14-video course by learning how to manage and run an effective meeting, and best practices to use when running a team meeting. Describe the purpose of traditional types of meetings, and also the various types of Agile team meetings. Examine goals and objectives of the sprint planning meeting; the daily stand-up meeting; and the spring review meeting. Learn about the process for running a great virtual meeting; virtual meeting best practices; and meeting action items and how to effectively manage them. Learners will compare conference communication software and tools, and take a look at features of a conference communication tool, such as GoToMeeting conference software. The concluding exercise involves describing best practices in running an effective team meeting, comparing traditional and Agile meeting types, and comparing conference communication software and tools.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Stakeholder Communication: Software Projects & Stakeholder Communication
Stakeholders play a crucial role in software development projects, but understanding who stakeholders are, what their roles and interests are, and communicating effectively with stakeholders can be challenging. Key concepts covered in this 13-video course include the importance and elements of communication in software projects; learning how to define and identify stakeholders; and learning how to describe different types of stakeholders for software projects. First, learners observe how to specify types of stakeholders involved in a project, including their rights, responsibilities, ethical, and oversight obligations; learn how to gain access to stakeholders and its importance; and begin to understand challenges associated with stakeholder communication and how to overcome them. Next, learn to identify how Agile projects affect stakeholder communication; learn concepts of stakeholder engagement, how it is displacing stakeholder communication, and how to plan for engagement; and learn how to improve communication through active listening, and how customer feedback can be constructively obtained. Finally, learn different strategies for working with stakeholders to improve their participation; and examine best practices used to improve stakeholder communication.
13 videos | 42m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Project Management Needs vs. Expectations
Needs and expectations are easily confused. Project managers must therefore determine client/customer needs while managing expectations. In this 14-video course, learners discover the art of balancing needs and expectations in the context of project management. Begin by learning how to identify and understand client needs. Examine how to collect project requirements with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), guidelines, and the importance of separating expectations from requirements. Learn how to categorize client requests so they can be factored into requirements or rejected by categorizing priorities by using the MoSCoW Method (must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and will not have). Learn how to create a balance between client needs and expectations. Delve into the role of the Project Manager and the importance of well-honed communication skills, and learn how to avoid distracting noise and buzz surrounding modern technology. Identify business needs; use Agile communication to understand needs; and view strategies, including communication best practices, to manage expectations. Finally, discover ways to set client needs and expectations, and learn best practices for resetting stakeholder expectations on projects.
14 videos | 44m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Agile: Software Project Management
Discover the challenges faced by an organization transitioning to Agile and examine comparisons of the Hybrid, Lean, and Bimodal Agile models and frameworks, along with other topics covered in this 14-video course. Begin with a look at Agile philosophy at organizational level, then compare and contrast the different Agile frameworks available for Agile transformation of the organization. Explore the features of the Hybrid model, and those of the Bimodal model. Delve into the seven principles that guide the Lean model of Agile, and view guidelines to identify the best fit Agile framework for an organization. Examine methods that can be used to increase benefits of Agile from a project level to an organizational level; various scaling models available for integrating Agile; and the SAFe framework available for scaling Agile. Discover benefits offered by Agile estimation models over traditional estimation models; recognize how to establish a governance framework for adopting Agile at an organizational level, and finally, learn best practices for building an Agile team culture in an organization.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Agile: Software Development Concepts
This 13-video course helps learners explore Agile tools and their role in software development, along with other topics. Begin with a look at how Agile tools such as initiatives, themes, epics, and stories help define and manage scope better than traditional scoping methods do. Learn to identify best practices of using modularity, coupling, and cohesion concepts in Agile software design, and how to overcome the challenges of integrating Agile with UX design. Examine how concepts of extreme programming help integrate Agile into software development based on examples, and how continuous integration helps Agile software development, also based on examples. Learn about the effectiveness of pair programming, and the benefits of using test-driven development. Delve into code refactoring; best practices for the Agile coach; and best practices for overcoming the challenges of working with distributed teams in an Agile environment. The final tutorial looks at the parameters used to assess an organization to determine its Agile maturity.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Software Project Manager
Final Exam: Software Project Manager will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Software Project Manager track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Software Projects: Recruiting the Project Team
Learners will explore how to find the right talent for a software project team to ensure the success of the project in this 14-video course. Discover the requisite skills for successful teams and challenges in recruiting; look at interviewing and onboarding, communication and technical skills; and examine best practices in retaining the software team. Begin by identifying roles and responsibilities of key members within a team, and recognize key challenges faced when recruiting key talent. Discover critical skills required for a software developer and project manager, two key project team members. Explore recruitment sources, and learn how to apply guidelines and best practices to create an effective job description to attract the best talent. Learn key steps involved in candidate evaluation, and how to evaluate communication and technical skills of a candidate to determine the right fit for a developer role. Also, discover how to interview a candidate, and guidelines to follow to recruit the best-fit software project manager. Learn onboarding and induction skills, and best practices for retaining talent.
14 videos | 46m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Agile: Tools & Techniques
In this course, discover Agile tools and techniques for creating and managing the product backlog and the sprint backlog. Also, learners will review daily Scrum meetings, burndown charts, performance metrics, and project review meetings. Begin this 13-video course with a look at the product backlog, its purpose, and how it applies to the Agile process. Then move on to the methods to effectively manage the product backlog; techniques for estimating Agile user story points and involving the Agile team in the decision-making process; and defining the sprint backlog and how to use it in day-to-day operations. Learn how to manage the sprint backlog; describe the daily Scrum and how to effectively use it in the Agile process; and discover how to run an effective sprint review meeting. Also learn how to run a sprint retrospective that will lead to change, and explore the purpose of Agile performance metrics and some of the best Agile metrics. Finally, you will focus on use of the Scrum board and charts, and the Kanban board and charts.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Agile: Leadership Techniques
Learners will discover leadership variances and management techniques for managing Agile teams and the project in this 14-video course. Examine the differences between Agile and traditional projects, leadership best practices, Agile real-world uses, and other topics. Begin by comparing traditional projects with Agile projects, then take a look at the leadership focus of Agile projects. Then examine Agile leadership best practices with regards to people, product, and process, and the techniques and frameworks for scaling Agile projects. Learn about Scale Agile Framework and its benefits; Disciplined Agile Delivery and its benefits, and the Large-Scale Scrum Framework and its benefits. Explore Agile risk management and how to apply it to the Agile process; view the benefits of using Agile continuous improvement in an Agile project, and Agile team dynamics and how to ensure that teams are effective and productive. To conclude the course, examine the purpose and qualities of an effective Agile coach, and delve into real-world examples of how Agile has transformed companies.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Scrum for Project Management
Learners will discover advanced Scrum concepts, including Scrum frameworks, techniques, and tools, as well as how to implement these concepts to best help an organization, in this 13-video course. Begin by taking a look at the role of collaboration between team members in Scrum, and then examine the techniques needed to become an effective Product Owner and an effective Scrum Master. Learn to recognize the best practices to be adopted for developing self-organizing teams, and the ways to overcome common challenges in scaling Scrum. Next, learners will delve into the Scrum of Scrums framework for scaling Scrum; explore the large-scale Scrum (LeSS) framework for scaling Scrum; and learn how to remove the impediments to a successful Sprint. Recognize the effectiveness of timeboxing to define "Done" in Scrum; discover the role of a Scrum Coach in implementing Scrum, and in the final tutorial, watch a demonstration of steps involved in using JIRA to perform advanced Scrum practices.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Intelligence: Project Data Analysis
In this 13-video course, learners will explore how advanced project data analysis is performed with different methods; strategies for adopting a data-driven mindset; and how to frame a data strategy. In addition, discover common business intelligence applications that can be used to analyze, query, and report data at an organizational level. Begin by learning about the need to revise data analysis methods for business intelligence (BI), and examine BI applications commonly used to analyze and report information. Explore key drivers for an organization to adopt a BI solution; recognize practices for developing a data-driven mindset within an organization; and observe steps involved in planning for BI across the organization. Examine how a data strategy aligns the organization's data-related activities towards providing BI insights; learn to recognize the need to build the best team for successful BI orientation across an organization; and view considerations that pertain to defining key performance indicators (KPIs), for BI-related data analysis. Also learn about Advanced Analytics for BI; telling stories through reports; and guidelines for a successful BI project.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Strategy: Managing Organizational Value
In this 13-video course, learners discover how to align organizational activities with a strategic goal of adding value to customers through value-based management. Explore key value drivers and the role of the Value Manager and Value Management Office (VMO), along with several other topics. Begin by learning the importance of value in business strategy, and also basic concepts of value-based management. Examine the growth, efficiency, and financial value types that drive value-based management; recognize value drivers for a value-based organization, and processes involved in value-based management. Discover how value analysis and value engineering differ, but work together to build a value-based organization. Examine tools and techniques for assessing stakeholder value. Learn about ethical leadership and how making sound, ethical business decisions adds value, and how managing a multicultural, diverse team adds value for internal stakeholders or an organization. Explore aligning projects to organizational goals to deliver product requirements, benefits and value, and finally, learn how the performance-based earned value (PBEV) tool is used to evaluate effectiveness of value-based management.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Orientation: Strategic Organizational Goals
Discover how to frame the strategic vision for an organization and align organizational activities to achieve defined strategic goals in this 13-video course. Examine how to align objectives with goals, make the strategic plan effective, and revise and improve the plan. Key concepts covered here include terms associated with organizational business strategy and commonly used approaches to establish goals; the process involved in defining strategic goals and aligning organizational activities to achieve set goals; and guidelines to follow while performing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis on an organization's current business environment. Learn how to establish vision and mission statements; learn best practices involved in establishing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) business objectives and the importance of aligning it to organizational strategic goals; and learn key considerations to keep in mind when drafting strategic plans to meet defined strategic goals. Finally, learn how key performance indicators can help monitor and evaluate effectiveness of strategic plans in meeting set strategic goals; and learn guidelines to adopt for an effective strategic plan.
13 videos | 48m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Agile Hybrid Approaches
This 12-video course explores Hybrid Agile approaches, including situations when a hybrid approach may be appropriate, common hybrid models, and assessments of Agile and hybrid suitability. Discover project tailoring and the impact of hybrid approaches on fundamental Agile values and principles. Begin by looking at the characteristics of various project management methodologies, and then at situations for which hybrid methodologies may be necessary. Next, you will examine the V model, the Spiral model, and Iterative traditional-Agile hybrid models. View different scenarios where various hybrid methods may be applied, and learn about using a hybrid while transitioning to Agile. Consider the Agile-Agile Hybrid, which blends elements of Scrum, Kanban, or Extreme Programming. Discover the assessment tool that predicts suitability of a project to use the Agile, traditional, or hybrid approach, and take a look at project tailoring. Delve into Agile values and mindset, recalling Agile values and conducting an Agile suitability assessment based on these values. In conclusion, explore which areas of the Agile Manifesto may be sacrificed when using a hybrid approach.
12 videos | 52m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Value-driven Delivery: Delivering Value in Agile Projects
This 13-video course explores value-driven delivery, including Agile values and principles, shared product vision, and addressing risk or anti-value, along with several other topics. Begin with a look at Agile values and clarifying principles that promote value-driven delivery. Learners can examine project selection, tangible and intangible benefits, and measures of tangible value; recall the tools and techniques used to create a shared product vision; and look at Agile value proposition, product backlog and how work is prioritized. Learn how to recognize opportunities for adaptive planning to welcome change, address risks, and leverage opportunities, and learn about managing risk or Agile anti-value, and risk-prioritized backlog. Then explore Agile tools and benefits of using simple, tactile tools and problems with high-tech tools. Next, explore productivity and work in progress (WIP), its impact on value, and tools such as Kanban boards. Explore types of waste (muda) and their relationship to value-driven delivery; learn how project value is continually measured; and learn about use of burn-down charts, and the impact of early problem identification and resolution on product value.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Senior Software Project Manager
Final Exam: Senior Software Project Manager will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Senior Software Project Manager track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Analyst to Senior Software Project Manager Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
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