Agile Testing


Length: 1/2 day

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in increasing their skill in testing as used within an Agile method like Scrum or Extreme Programming (XP).

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

    • Explain Agile’s view of testing
    • Develop strong acceptance criteria
    • Define and articulate a number of Agile testing related practices including, but not limited to, Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Test Driven Development (TDD), Continuous Integration, etc.
    • Manage Test Driven Development (TDD), test management and automation

Participants should understand basic Agile philosophy and, at least, one method (e.g. Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), etc.)

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Session on:

  • Fall dates to be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile Bootcamp


Length: 3 Days

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in learning about the Agile philosophy.

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

Understand the roles (if specified) for:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Scrumban

Exploring the events (if specified) for:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Scrumban

Recognize the artifacts (if specified) used in:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Scrumban

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method and determine which one will best meet the needs of their current development efforts.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but reading/watching the following may assist participants:

Agile Manifesto 

Scrum Guide

Scrum Alliance Scrum Foundations Videos

Price: $800.00  Early Bird Pricing: $720.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: 2.52

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Intro to Agile


Length: 1/2 day

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in learning about the Agile philosophy.

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

  • Differentiate between Agile and other frameworks of the philosophy
  • Understand, at a high level, the main framework being used in today’s marketplace

There are no prerequisites for this course, but reading/watching the following may assist participants:

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile Leadership: Making the Future a Way of Life


Length: 2 days

For leaders at all levels: from the front-line to the C-suite

Agile: The “Why”

  • 2×2 Reasons to Care About Agile
  • How We Got to Now: A Brief History of Organizational Solutions
  • Agile: The Organizational Solution for Today’s World

Agile: The “What”

  • Agile’s Heritage
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Team Members Roles & Responsibilities
  • Agile Myths
  • Major Agile Product Development Frameworks
  • Micro and Macro Agile

Agile: The “How”

  • Myth Busting
  • Definitions
  • Culture is THE Key
  • Culture Defined
  • The First Step in any Organizational Transformation
  • A Framework for Cultivating Organizational Agility
  • Assessing Cultural Solution Alternatives
  • Organizational Life Cycle States and Agility

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Price: $1,100.00 Early Bird Pricing: $990.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Text: no texts are used in this course
  • Food:  Lunch is included in all courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: 1.68
  • Useful Websites: https://agilityirl.com

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or you would like to have this course customized specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Fall dates to be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile: An Executive Overview


Length: 4 hours

For leaders at all levels: from the front-line to the C-suite

Agile: The “Why”

  • 2×2 Reasons to Care About Agile
  • How We Got to Now: A brief History of Organizational Solutions
  • Agile: The Organizational Solutions for Today’s World

Agile: The “What”

  • Agile’s Heritage
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Team Member Roles & Responsibilities
  • Agile Myths
  • Major Agile Product Development Frameworks
  • A Deeper Dive into Scrum
  • Micro & Macro Agile

Agile: The “How”

  • Myth Busting
  • Definitions
  • Culture is THE Key
  • Culture Defined
  • How to Begin Cultural Change
  • An Introduction to a Framework for Cultivating Cultural Change

There are no prerequisites for this course

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: There are no texts used for this course.
  • Food: Lunch is included in all courses that are 7 hours or more
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites: https://agilityirl.com

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Leading Through Conflict


Length: 4 hours

This course pairs well with Building the Business Case for Change

  • Change Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Department Managers
  • Understand the Power of “Yes”
  • Understand the Power of “No”
  • Understand win-lose scenarios and their cost
  • Recognize win-win possibilities and the gains

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement.

Price: $320.00 Early Bird Pricing: $288.00 up to 4 weeks prior to course start date.

Course Texts: no texts are used in this course

Useful Websites: PMI Talent Triangle https://www.pmi.org/learning/training-development/talent-triangle

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

This course is new for this academic year.

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

From Business Case to Project Charter


Length: 4 hours

People who lead teams, departments, change initiatives, process improvement efforts, and/or determine goals and strategic plans.

  1. Understand how the elements of a business case transfer to a project charter
  2. Recognize the audience for a project charter
  3. Appreciate the elements of an effective project charter
  4. Learn to critique your own charters with a best practice checklist
  5. Write a project charter based on business case

To take this course, you must also register for Building the Business Case for Change.

Price: $320.00 Early Bird Pricing: $288.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

Course Texts: no texts are used in this course

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

This course is new for this academic year.

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Quality Improvement Projects


Length: 2 days

For anyone who needs to provide quality products or services or improve the processes being used by their organization.

Define and Measure Impact

  1. Define quality improvement (plan, do, study, act)
  2. Describe the characteristics of a team that excels at quality improvement
  3. Understand how to clearly state problems and use a benefit-effort matrix to prioritize options
  4. Apply quality improvement concepts to identify and analyze improvement opportunities within your sphere of influence
  5. Use your time where it can have the most impact

Choose and Use Tools

  1. Use tools to select and define quality improvement opportunities
  2. Use tools to manage quality improvement projects
  3. Capture and ensure voice of customer
  4. Use quality improvement tools to gather input and make tools choices for specific situations

Gather Information from the Customer

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a facilitator
  2. Use both verbal and nonverbal techniques to elicit information
  3. Know what to record and how to rank the information
  4. Learn and practice to use the 5 most common elicitation tools
  5. Use 10 steps to design an input session

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Price: $1,185.00 Early Bird Pricing: $1,066.50 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

Course Text: no tests are used in this course

Food:  Lunch is included in all courses that are at least 7 hours in length

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or you would like to have this course customized specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

This course is new for this academic year.

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Change Management Capstone: Leading Change When People are Scared


Length: 1 day

People who lead teams, departments, change initiatives, process improvement efforts, and/or determine goals and strategic plans.

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Weigh options for challenging situations and determine the best course of action
  2. See how a variety of approaches can meet goals
  3. Apply tools to common, yet challenging, situations in the workplace
  4. Gain insight from other students

Student must complete all other courses in the Change Management Certificate before taking this course:

  1. Facilitation: A Game-changing Leadership Skill
  2. Storytelling for Leaders
  3. Building the Business Case for Change
  4. Leading your Stakeholders through Change
  5. Getting Buy-in for Just About Anything
  6. Knowing the Risks Leads to Opportunity

Price: $560.00 Early Bird Pricing: $504.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in all courses that are 7 hours or more

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

“I liked the role play.” – from spring 2017 participant

“The technology added to the learning, as did the handouts” – from spring 2017 participant

Session on:

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Project Management Capstone


Length: 2 days

People who lead or sponsor projects.

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply Project Management and Leadership tools and techniques.
  2. Weigh options and make decisions in challenging situations.
  3. See how a variety of approaches can meet the same goal – depending on the situation.
  4. Gain insight from other students and the instructor.

Student must complete all other courses in the Change Management Certificate before taking this course:

  1. Facilitation: A Game-changing Leadership Skill
  2. Storytelling for Leaders
  3. Building the Business Case for Change
  4. Leading your Stakeholders through Change
  5. Getting Buy-in for Just About Anything
  6. Knowing the Risks Leads to Opportunity

Price: $1,074.00 Early Bird Pricing$900.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts:  No text books are used in this course.  This course does use an iPad simulation tool, but the iPads are provided
  • Food:  Lunch is included in all courses that are 7 hours or more

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

“I loved the simulations on the iPads.” – from spring 2017 participant 

 “Christine is a particularly excellent and engaging instructor.  No hesitation in taking courses she teaches in the future.” – from spring 2017 participant 

Session on:

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu