When choosing a speaker for your conference, company, group, or association, you want someone who has good speaking skills, a deep knowledge of the subject matter, but more than that, someone who has the ability to engage your audience. The most important part of any presentation or course is the ability to use the skills you are learning. Deena uses engaging activities that help you retain what you have learned. She focuses on content that you can apply immediately. Her goal is to help you succeed, achieve more, and bring the excitement back to your team.
In this presentation you will learn what detectives and FBI agents are taught:
• How to Take Advantage of Natural Human Instincts
• Which Techniques, Approaches, and Tools to Use
• Identify When Someone Is Resisting
Requirements elicitation is not simply gathering requirements. Requirements are not just lying around waiting for you to pick them up and write them out. Many times the users or clients themselves are not sure of what they want. All too often the most obvious requirements are wrong or incomplete. Requirements elicitation is all about learning & understanding the need by seeking, uncovering, acquiring, and elaborating.
This presentation focuses on the 2nd BABoK Knowledge area: Elicitation and Collaboration. Specifically sections 4.1 to 4.3 Preparing, Conducting, and Confirmation Elicitation.
• Discover how to turn indirect messaging into effective communication
• Overcome the Complications added by Social Distancing and Remote Work
• Develop professional ways to add “Remotions” to your emails, text, and messaging apps
• Understand the difference between a Data Lake, Data Farm, Data Mine, Data Warehouse, and more
• Learn How to Turn Data into Business Intelligence
• Learn Best Practices & Common Mistakes
Data is a hot topic right now because data-driven decision making is the key to success. Data Lakes, Data Farms, Data Mines, Data Warehouses can be confusing. This workshop will help demystify Data Analysis and Science.
Learn what tasks and roles involved in managing and analyzing data. Learn the most common mistakes that organizations are making and how to avoid them. Learn the terminology, processes, and best practices for turning business intelligence into business strategy and business solutions. Data-driven Decision Making is not easy. This workshop will re-introduce you to Data Analytics and its role in business decisions. You’ll learn why data is important and how it has evolved. You’ll be introduced to “Big Data” and how it is used. You’ll also be introduced to frameworks and techniques for conducting Data Analysis and what tools are commonly used. You will have a chance to put your knowledge to work through hands-on simulations and exercises.
• Understand Fact-Based Decision Making
• Learn 5 Best Prioritization Techniques
• Learn How To Avoid Common Mistakes
Do you second guess your decision or avoid making it because you fear making the wrong choice? This session will help you be more confident and learn how to make decisions faster with no regrets.
Did you know that there are six barriers to decision making? No wonder we fall into analysis paralysis. This session will go into each barrier and how to overcome it using the six factors that make decision making easy.
Fact-based decision making is also known as evidence-based decision making. As product owners, project managers, and business analysts we are required to make many decisions. We can rely on hard data or facts, soft data, assumptions, similar experiences, and even gut feelings or hunches. Clearly, not all of these are equal. Fact-based decision making can help you learn how to recognize facts over feelings and how to spot and avoid bias.
You will also learn the top 5 prioritization techniques that you can use to help others make better and faster decisions. Decision making and prioritization can help you better manage your backlog or project scope. It can help you organize your workload. It can even help you manage and avoid scope creep.
CommonSensical Stakeholder Management
Do you struggle with stakeholder management? Some helicopter around the team while others seem to be MIA (missing in action). The secret to simple, lean, and agile stakeholder management is to use the latest relationship building techniques and the best collaborative tools and applications. Stakeholders & SMEs Are People Too! focuses on the 2nd BABoK Knowledge area: Elicitation and Collaboration. Specifically sections 4.4 Communicate Business Analysis Information and 4.5 Manage Stakeholder Collaboration.
CommonSensical Communication & Collaboration
• Why Technical Documentation & Communication Are Still Vital To Any Project
• How To Turn Complicated Ideas Into Simple, Lean & Agile Communication
• How To Avoid Common Pit Falls & Mistakes
Commonsensical Documentation is a guide to simple, lean, and agile technical writing. This course is about blending the best practices of communication and technical writing with a little common sense. By combining these principles Technical Writers and Business Analysts can produce documentation and technical communication that will be valued and appreciated.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I doing this when it doesn’t make any sense?” Information systems and digital technologies are getting more and more complex. We deal with technologically advanced designs with complicated rules and crazy multi-interfaced systems with the capability of learning and teaching themselves. What our industry needs the most is a good dose of common sense. Learn how to simplify things in a way that allows you to truly be lean and agile.
• Communicating Scope Creep is like Delivering Bad News (Tips and Tricks on Delivering Bad News)
• The 5 Ws of Scope Creep (Who, What, When, Where, & Why)
• Approach Scope Creep the way you Approach Risk (How to Accept It, How to Avoid It & How to Mitigate It)
How to turn Vision & Strategy into Epics & Stories. Not the other way around!
• Understand the differences between Strategy & Requirements
• Shift the way you approach requirements
• Learn How To Avoid Common Mistakes
Want to know the secrets of being a forward-thinking delivery agent? Today’s successful product owners, project managers, and business analysts use forward-thinking solutions to solve complex problems. The processes for creating vision and strategy had to evolve to catch up with the speed of technology. They are also no longer used simply for business cases and executive board decision making. Visions and Strategy are being used for project and scope prioritization. Unfortunately, many of us are still using outdated techniques or just winging it.
During this fast-paced workshop, you will experience a hands-on journey through forward-thinking processes. This session will introduce you to the latest process and techniques for visual design, ideation practices, design thinking, and even disruptive thinking. Led by an expert with deep experience leading teams who design and build solutions in real-world environments, you will collaborate to define real-world problems and solve them using design thinking techniques. You will learn problem definition, ideation, and how to determine if your solution is adaptive, innovative, or disruptive. You will learn how to anticipate user and stakeholder needs. You will walk away knowing best practices, tips and tricks from industry experts, and what mistakes to avoid. You will shift from ‘Surviving in the Now’ to ‘Defining The Future’ through Forward-Thinking.