Workshops

Doing is the best way of learning - getting both practice and answers on something just learned in a book or a class.  

IvyBay Consulting, LLC, offers workshops in our specialty areas of Project Management, Business Analysis, and Time Management.  We are experienced and adept at providing remote, distributed workshops; however, arrangements can be made for on-site workshops.

 

Workshops contain a mix of instruction, interactive/guided discussion, and practical exercises.  Each workshop contains specific basic content and is tailored prior to delivery to incorporate our clients' needs, processes, participants, and corporate cultures. 


Materials are provided for all workshops.

Subject:

Individualized time management systems

Description:

We all have things to do.  Lots of things to do…and there never seems to be enough time to finish everything.  In today's world, time management is the cornerstone of productivity, both personal and professional. Unfortunately one size does *not* fit all in the world of time management.  This workshop introduces the basic elements of time management, guides participants to an understanding of their own needs, preferences, and processing requirements, and assists each participant in creating a personal, tailored time management system and implementation plan.

Topics:

  • Insights into your learning/working style
  • Elements of a time management system
  • Tools and techniques to incorporate into time management systems to make them more streamlined and easier to manage
  • Creating your personal time management system
  • Specific personal plan for moving forward with a new or improved time management system

Customizations:

  • Incorporate tools available and/or required in the sponsoring organization.

Company Won't Sponsor a Workshop?

Looking for some help on this topic but  your company isn't interested in sponsoring a workshop?  Kim also does individual coaching.  Check out our coaching packages.

 

Subject:

Basic management concepts, tools and techniques from communication to rewards and recognition to assessments.

Description:

Many companies don't have a formal management training program.  When jumping into the deep end of the pool, it can be difficult to know where to start, what to expect, and what tools are available.  This workshop teaches basic management concepts along with associated tools and their application to help new managers be successful from day 1.

Topics:

  • The job: representing the company, supporting your employees, and getting the work done
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Soft skills
  • Setting expectations
  • Professional development
  • Assessing performance
  • Balancing people management with company goals and requirements

Customizations:

  • Tailoring for sponsoring organization procedures and documentation
  • Additional topics: interviewing, budgeting, recruiting

About the Workshop Presenter:

Kim Wasson has extensive management experience at levels from line manager to company vice president.  She obtained an initial education in her undergraduate program (business minor) and added to her formal management education in her master's studies (Management Science and Engineering).  Kim was fortunate to get started in management at IBM, which has an extensive internal management education program.  Her recent work in emotional and social intelligence provides additional information, research, and tools to add to the practical experience and formal management education.

 

 

Subject:

Software development using the Waterfall Software Development Lifecycle

Description:

Waterfall software development is a phased, gated approach to software projects.  The workshop explores the basic concepts of waterfall software development, phases and work products for each phase, Spiral waterfall models, and tracking tools.  If the sponsoring organization has a standard documented process, the process will be incorporated into the workshop.

Topics:

  • Overview of the process - phases and gates
  • Activities per phase
  • Deliverables per phase
  • Change management
  • Dependency tracking
  • Change management
  • Tools and standards

 

Customizations:

This workshop can be tailored to the sponsoring organization's existing Waterfall SDLC 

 

Company Won't Sponsor a Workshop?

Looking for some help on this topic but  your company isn't interested in sponsoring a workshop?  Kim also does individual coaching.  Check out our coaching packages.

Subject: 

Create a roadmap to pilot and/or implement Agile software development processes for your company

Description:

Many organizations are interested in moving to Agile software development practices from current Waterfall SDLC models.  This workshop introduces various methods of moving to Agile either in whole, in part, as an option, or as a pilot within a company or organization as well as available tools for making the transition or adding the methodology to the process pantheon.  The purpose of the workshop is to explore options for implementation and create a proposal for moving forward with an Agile implementation for the organization.

Topics:

  • Comparison of Waterfall and Agile including approvals, control points, and process elements
  • Cookbook for piloting Agile
  • Connection points - existing Waterfall points to Agile points
  • Architecting a wholesale changeover
  • Evaluation of pilot Agile projects/process
  • Creating a process selection checklist
  • If desired, proposal creation for Agile implementation

Customizations:

This workshop is customized for the sponsoring organization.  The facilitator will lead the attendees in creating a plan for implementation; prior to the workshop, IvyBay Consulting will work with the sponsoring organization to obtaion background information, corporate culture, and specific goals.

The workshop can be customized for Kanban implementation.

Company Won't Sponsor a Workshop?

Looking for some help on this topic but  your company isn't interested in sponsoring a workshop?  Kim also does individual coaching.  Check out our coaching packages.

Subject:  

Agile software development concepts and process (can be applied to non-software projects)

Description: 

The emergence of eXtreme Programming in the late 1990s gave rise to a new method of software development under the description of Agile practices.   Agile practices and methodologies (and there are many, including Scrum) incorporate the need for change and feedback while a software project is under development.  While not appropriate for all software development projects, Agile practices are have gained popularity as they have been proven to reduce software costs and time to market while increasing customer satisfaction.  This workshop introduces the basics of Agile software development, outlines the required elements, and provides examples of various configurations of Agile development methodologies.

Topics:

  • Agile evolution
  • Agile basic concepts
  • Agile comparison with Waterfall SDLC
  • Popular Agile flavors
  • Required elements of an agile process
  • Agile development tools

Customizations:

  • Comparison with current company practices
  • Addition of Kanban (lean vs. agile)

Company Won't Sponsor a Workshop?

Looking for some help on this topic but  your company isn't interested in sponsoring a workshop?  Kim also does individual coaching.  Check out our coaching packages.