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*This webinar can be claimed for 1 CEU for the CompTIA A+ Certification until 12/17/2020; PDF for claiming will be in a follow up email!*

It seems each major IT vendor publishes its own approach to computer troubleshooting. Even CompTIA, the vendor-neutral IT industry consortium, has its own methodology. Join IT industry veteran Tim Warner as he helps you translate theory into practice. Learn to become a much sharper, efficient, and effective IT troubleshooter in just one hour. There will be Q&A, so be sure to bring your curiosity and questions!

Author Bio:
Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a full-time author with Pluralsight. He has worked in nearly every facet of IT, from systems administration and software architecture to technical writing and training. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim) or his blog, azuredepot.com.
12/17/2019 1:00 PM
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Customer Service; Infrastructure
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*CompTIA has approved this Talk for 1 CEU for the following certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Cloud+, PenTest+, CySA+, CASP+ through 1/7/2021.*

The process of fuzzing has changed, from multation, to frameworks, and now constraint solvers and genetic algorithms. While pre-written suites and custom one-offs can be good, structured feedback fuzzers are the next generation of dynamic testing tools for native code.  In this talk we cover two of the very best in DAST: Mayhem and MSRD.

It’s time to fix your code before attackers exploit it. Though these tools are straightforward to use, it’s still not a simple endeavor. We will explain harnesses; how to pick seeds; which portions of the app to target, CI/CD, and more. Finally, we show some of the zero-day vulnerabilities we’ve been uncovering with these tools.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Jared DeMott is the Founder of VDA Labs, a full-scope cyber security company.  DeMott previously served as a vulnerability analyst with the NSA. He holds a PhD from Michigan State University. He regularly speaks on cyber matters at conferences like RSA, DerbyCon, BlackHat, ToorCon, GrrCon, HITB, etc. He was a finalist in Microsoft’s BlueHat prize contest, which helped make Microsoft customers more secure. Dr. DeMott has been on three winning Defcon capture-the-flag teams, and has been an invited lecturer at prestigious institutions such as the United States Military Academy. Jared is also a Pluralsight author, and is often interviewed by Media to weigh in on cyber matters.
1/7/2020 1:00 PM
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Information Security
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*This Talk will be worth 1 Strategic PDU for relevant certifications until 1/9/2022!*

Project managers often have hidden power and authority.  It’s hidden so well, in fact, that they can’t even find it!  During this hour-long event, participants parse a corporate mission statement to identify those elements that defend best practice project management and prove the critical tie-in between project efforts and the benefits realization those projects are supposed to achieve. 

About Carl Pritchard:
Carl Pritchard is the principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates. He is recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor. As a lecturer he is considered a leading authority on risk and communications management and presents on a variety of management topics, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of network diagramming and team motivation. As an author and researcher, he has published articles on project management language, advances in risk management, and on the challenges of training on the Internet. His work as an instructor has taken him around the world, training with some of the leading international training organizations, as well as for private clients and the Project Management Institute®. He is the U.S. Correspondent for the U.K. project management journal, Project Manager Today.
1/9/2020 1:00 PM
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Project Management
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Learn how to build a basic PowerApp solution using an existing data set, and have PowerApps build an app around it for you. Explore web.powerapps.com, where the majority of your PowerApps management is hosted, and view the existing templates and analytics.
 
Brian Knight
Brian Knight is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works and is a member of the SentryOne advisory board. Brian is a contributing columnist at several technical magazines and does regular webcasts. He is the author of more than fifteen technical books. Brian has spoken at dozens of conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd and many Code Camps. He has receiveda number of awards from the state, governor, and press, including the Business Ambassador Award (Governor) and Top CEO (Jacksonville Magazine). He is on the board of the region’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.
1/21/2020 1:00 PM
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Data; Database; Business Intelligence
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Embraced containers yet? If so, that only presents the beginning of the journey. Designing your images to be lean, and your containers configurable requires us to leverage Dockerfiles to their maximum potential. At scale, everything matters—build times, testing, multi-stage builds, conventions around tagging and logging. There is a whole ecosystem of tools around how we can best build our images and containers.

In this session we will learn many a trick on how we can leverage Docker's own tooling as well as third-party tools to ensure that our first steps in the container world are the right ones.

About the speaker
Raju Gandhi is a programmer, consultant, speaker, and trainer. With over 15 years of experience in software development, Raju is a strong proponent of the functional mindset, favoring immutability in both software and hardware. He believes that by embracing Agile and DevOps, we can deliver software that customers cherish. You can find him online on twitter as @looselytyped, as well as his blog, https://www.looselytyped.com. He is a speaker for the No Fluff Just Stuff Java conference series, as well as many other conferences like UberConf, RichWeb, ArchConf, FrontEnd Fest, Devoxx, GIDS (India) and acts as an instructor on O'Reilly (https://www.oreilly.com/pub/au/7764). In his spare time, you will find Raju reading, playing with technology, or spending time with his wonderful and significantly better half.
2/5/2020 1:00 PM
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Programming
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*This webinar will be worth 1 Technical PDU until 2/11/2022!*

Session Abstract:
Do you truly understand why your team uses Scrum? When your team first decided to adopt Scrum, they were likely trying to address a specific problem. Perhaps they struggled to reliably deliver to customers, or maybe they were frustrated by endless requirements documents and exhausting death marches. No matter the reason, the move to Scrum was likely met with both excitement and fear. If your team is like most, they started by adopting Scrum practices - they created a backlog of user stories, conducted their first sprint planning meeting, and created a timeboxed sprint. They measured their adherence to these practices – like the length of standup meetings or the increase of team velocity – but did not measure the impact on customers.  Essentially, they were going through the motions of Scrum but did not understand why they were doing it.

If this story sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Much of my recent consulting work has focused on deemphasizing my clients' dogmatic focus on adhering to Scrum practices and instead adopt the principles behind Scrum. From my experience, the goal of Scrum is for small teams to create fast feedback loops in complex environments to minimize the risk of building the wrong products. To build feedback loops, teams must regularly inspect and adapt – they must allow customers to thoroughly inspect incremental versions of the product they create each sprint, and they must immediately adapt their plans for the next sprint. Without fast feedback loops, even the strictest of adherence to Scrum practices will barely move the needle.

In this talk, I will discuss how to create a culture of learning and feedback by focusing on the why behind Scrum - inspection and adaptation rather than only the framework and practices. I will offer a simple analogy designed to be used with leaders about the importance of establishing feedback loops. Finally, I will simulate the incremental development of a product using inspection and adaption to help attendees visualize the lessons.  Attendees will leave the talk with a solid and renewed understanding of the importance of feedback loops in product development.


About the Speaker:
Steven Granese has been building innovative teams and solutions for his entire nineteen-year career in the technology industry. His expertise lies in transforming organizations to deliver their desired business outcomes by adopting an agile way of working. He holds multiple agile certifications (CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP) and is an avid speaker for companies, conferences, and user groups. Steven currently serves as the director of agile consulting at AgileThought, where he leads a team of the top agile coaches in the Tampa Bay area. He holds master's degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University.
2/11/2020 1:00 PM
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Agile
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*This webinar can be claimed for 1 CEU for the CompTIA A+ Certification until 2/20/2021; PDF for claiming will be in a follow up email!*

Overview:
You might recall the old Saturday Night Live sketch with Nick Burns, the "Why aren't you as smart as I am?" caricature of the IT support professional. Of course you want your interactions with customers to be as mutually beneficial as possible. Join IT industry veteran Tim Warner to learn practical methods for providing IT support with a human touch. Bring your questions and curiosity, and prepare to learn and have fun!

Author Bio:
Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a full-time author with Pluralsight. He has worked in nearly every facet of IT, from systems administration and software architecture to technical writing and training. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim) or his blog, azuredepot.com.
2/20/2020 1:00 PM
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Design Thinking begins with empathy. JTBD focuses on what a customer wants to accomplish. Both of these methods start in the right place, but in practice this place is only visited for a couple of days. There's no time in the design/develop cycle for much more than that. But the problem space is not a part of ideation, prototypes, testing, or development cycles. The problem space is only about a person’s larger purpose, unrelated to any organization, product, or service. It's the larger purpose that brings the power to the beginning of Design Thinking and JTBD. The larger purpose is something you can understand at depth, but only if you take time to develop empathy first. Most teams try walking in someone’s shoes based on assumptions. Furthermore, empathy isn't what you may think it is. Indi will review examples of common assumptions and introduce you to deeper methods that allow your team to find gaps & weaknesses in existing offerings as well as innovate for audiences you were completely unaware of.

Bio: Indi Young
Indi is a freelance researcher who coaches, writes, and teaches about inclusive software strategy. Her work is rooted in the problem space, which she separates completely from any ideation, prototypes, testing, or development. Indi pioneered mental model diagrams and thinking styles to help teams truly pay attention to people, without letting cognitive bias and assumptions creep in. In 2008, her book Mental Models, introducing he problem space research method, was published. Her second book, Practical Empathy, was released in 2015, and she narrated it for Audible in 2016. Her next book is due out in 2019. She runs a series of advanced online training about the importance of pushing the boundaries of your perspective. She began her career as a software engineer, moved into interaction design, worked with early tablets, and was one of the founders of Adaptive Path, the pioneering UX agency responsible for knowledge sharing via many channels. You can follow her on Twitter @indiyoung and access many resources on Medium medium.com/inclusive-software and her website indiyoung.com.
2/24/2020 1:00 PM
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UI/UX
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*If you have a certification from PMI, this session can be self-reported for 1 Leadership PDU through 3/5/2022!*

This engaging program will lead mentors and proteges alike through the processes of a) identifying a mentor or protégé, b)  matching mentors and proteges formally and informally, c) best practices of initiating the relationship, d) developing and growing a successful, productive and satisfying relationship.  Additionally, guidelines will be providing for nurturing the relationship when the mentor and protégé are not in the same geographic region.  Supporting documents will include checklists to assess potential mentors and proteges, suggested relationship agreement forms, meeting diaries, and suggested mentor/protégé activities. 

Speaker Bio:
            Dr. Paul Schempp is a high-performance leadership expert who provides research-based solutions and proven practices that solve results-oriented problems and leadership challenges.   As University of Georgia professor, he conducts research into the characteristics and development of expert business leaders and sport coaches. He has authored six books including the award winning 5 Steps to Expert.  Known for his content-rich, inspirational and easily applicable presentations and programs, he has delivered over 300 programs in 36 countries on 4 continents.  As an internationally recognized scholar, speaker and consultant he helps individuals and organizations build and lead high performing teams. His clients include the American Society of Health systems Pharmacists, AGN International, Atlanta Hawks, Delta Airlines, BASF, Conde Nast, Brooklyn Nets, Gannett Fleming Engineering, General Electric, LPGA, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, Nix Healthcare System, PGA of America, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Singapore Sports Council, Swedish Sports Federation, Taiwan Olympic Committee, UPS, US Patent & Trade Office and Vistage. Paul helped design and conduct the pilot mentoring program for Delta Air Lines and executive mentoring programs for the United States Patent & Trade Office and UPS. Currently, he is conducting research on expert decision making, leadership development, and mentoring.

3/5/2020 1:00 PM
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Business Analysis; Communication; Leadership; Management; Project Management
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*This webinar can be self-reported for 1 Technical PDU until 3/12/2020!*

How often do we hear “Create a data model? That’s not BA work, or we don’t need to do that for Agile.” How about “Prototyping? Our developers do that. Use cases? They’re so old school. Why won’t they just go away?!” Many organizations think that business analysis is all about asking questions and documenting the requirements. Although important, those skills are not enough. If we want to deliver workable solutions, we need to get the requirements down to the detail where they’re understood, regardless of the type of project or methodology. And if we want that level of detail, we need to model the requirements. This presentation provides the key modeling techniques and tips for using them.

This presentation covers the top models every business analyst needs in their toolkit and reviews each of the models by category. It also discusses the importance of modeling for all project types and emphasizes the relationship between elicitation and modeling.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to discuss the:
• Importance of modeling in delivering workable solutions
• How models work together to quickly get to the needed detail
• When to use each of the top models
• The iterative nature of elicitation and modeling

Speaker Bio:
Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, CSM, PMP, PMI-PBA is a consultant and advisor for Watermark Learning/Project Management Academy. She has over 30 years of experience in project management and business analysis. Elizabeth’s speaking history includes repeat keynotes and presentations for national and international conferences on five continents. Elizabeth has co-authored five books and chapters published in four additional books, as well as articles that appear regularly in BA Times, Project Times, and Modern Analyst. Elizabeth was a lead author/expert reviewer on all editions of the BABOK® Guide, as well as the several of the PMI standards.

Elizabeth enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, theater, and spending time with her 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
3/12/2020 1:00 PM
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*If you have a PMI Certification, you can self-report this Talk for 1 Leadership PDU until 5/7/2022!*

This session is designed to serve leaders and senior management who may serve as mentors  The spirit of this session is creating a culture of mentoring through recognizing and promoting the qualities of master mentors, identifying the roles and functions mentors play in the professional development of proteges,  building the four developmental phases of effective mentoring relationships and capitalizing on the advantages of reverse mentoring (i.e., where the junior mentors the senior). Summary notes will be provided, assessment tools for measuring mentor qualities and skills, and recommended activities for promoting successful mentoring experiences and programs. 
 
Speaker Bio:
            Dr. Paul Schempp is a high-performance leadership expert who provides research-based solutions and proven practices that solve results-oriented problems and leadership challenges.   As University of Georgia professor, he conducts research into the characteristics and development of expert business leaders and sport coaches. He has authored six books including the award winning 5 Steps to Expert.  Known for his content-rich, inspirational and easily applicable presentations and programs, he has delivered over 300 programs in 36 countries on 4 continents.  As an internationally recognized scholar, speaker and consultant he helps individuals and organizations build and lead high performing teams. His clients include the American Society of Health systems Pharmacists, AGN International, Atlanta Hawks, Delta Airlines, BASF, Conde Nast, Brooklyn Nets, Gannett Fleming Engineering, General Electric, LPGA, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, Nix Healthcare System, PGA of America, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Singapore Sports Council, Swedish Sports Federation, Taiwan Olympic Committee, UPS, US Patent & Trade Office and Vistage. Paul helped design and conduct the pilot mentoring program for Delta Air Lines and executive mentoring programs for the United States Patent & Trade Office and UPS. Currently, he is conducting research on expert decision making, leadership development, and mentoring.
 
5/7/2020 1:00 PM
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Business Analysis; Communication; Leadership; Management; Project Management

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