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 until

  • 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

Session on:

  • Dates to be announced soon

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 until

  • 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

Session on:

  • Dates to be announced soon

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 until

  • 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

Session on:

  • Dates to be announced soon

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 until May 28, 2018 

  • 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

Session on:

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

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 until May 7, 2018

  • 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

Session on:

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

 

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

PMP®/CAPM® Virtual Test Prep


Through the use of a case study, participants find themselves immersed in the project management situations they will find on the exam.  Because participants actually experience the PMBOK®, they leave with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to pass the new situational exam and improve the performance of their future projects.

The case study deepens learning by immersing participants in dozens of project management situations relevant to both the exam and real-life project management.  The case study provides a rich experience designed to increase the levels of learning and give participants an experience to build on.

Each session participants will encounter specific sections of the PMBOK® along with activities, reviews, and quizzes.  Practice questions, flashcards, quizzes and additional study aids are provided to accelerate learning.

 

Anyone who desires to pass the PMP® or CAPM® course and become certified.  Note: This course provides an understanding of Project Management Theory and practical applications to put the theory into practice; however, it also spends class time on information specific to taking the PMI® exams.

Note:

  1. Students are required to use their computer camera to participate in the course
  2. Metropolitan State University does not provide a guaranteed passing score on the exam
  3. For best results, participants should take the PMI® exam with 1 month of completing the course
  4. Registration for the exam and payment for the exam are separate transactions with the Project Management Institute®

Metro State uses curriculum that has been approved by PMI®.

Taking this course will enable participants to:

  1. Experience the PMBOK®
  2. Earn the required education hours to qualify for the PMP® or CAPM® exam
  3. Use practical tools, templates and examples on future projects
  4. Identify PMI® specific vocabulary to memorize the exam
  5. Understand how PMI® defines and approaches project management
  6. Comprehend initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes within project management
  7. Identify the inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs of each project management process
  8. Recognize the Project Management Knowledge Areas
  9. Grasp integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, stakeholders, communications, risk and procurement
  10. Gain test preparation skills
  11. Utilize tips, tricks and help on how to prepare for and take the PMP®/CAPM® exam
  12. Employ strategies for listing experience on the PMI® application

Participants must have a camera on their computer and be willing to use it to participate in class.

To best utilize the class, have your PMI® exam application already started on the first day of class.

 

Useful websites: Project Management Institute Certification

Price: $2,195.00 Early Bird Pricing: $1,975.50 until March 30, 2018

No other discounts may be applied to this course.

PMP®/CAPM® Test Prep course includes the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) version 6.0 and a substantial study guide.  The PMBOK® and study guide will be shipped via ground transportation two weeks prior to the first day of class.

  • Those registering within three weeks of class starting may not receive materials prior to the first day of class
  • Extra costs will apply to shipping outside the continuous 48 United States.  Please contact IPD with your address to get an estimate
  • PMBOK®, study guide, and shipping costs will not be refunded once items have shipped-even if the student withdraws from the course

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).

“Awesome class! Great materials!  I’ve been a project manager by title, but had no idea everything that goes into project management.  I’m excited to put the things I learned to practical use”- from spring 2015 workshop participant

“It was an amazing class with a deeply knowledgeable instructor!” – from spring 2015 workshop participant

Virtual session (5 days) will be on:

  • Monday, May 7, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

This course is also offered in a classroom setting.  Click here for more information.

Note:

If you miss class time you will not receive credit for those hours.  We do not provide make-up opportunities for missed hours.  Please note the PMI® hours needed to qualify for your exam.

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

 

Do these dates not work for you, but you have interest in future class schedules?

Please provide your email to receive class schedule updates as they come available.

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: $95.00 Early Bird Pricing: $85.50 until Jan. 3, 2018

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

This course is new for this academic year.

Spring Term

  • Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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: $95.00 Early Bird Pricing: $85.50 until January 3, 2018

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

This course is new for this academic year.

Session on:

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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: $378.00 Early Bird Pricing: $340.20 until February 21, 2018

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

This course is new for this academic year.

Session on:

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

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: $188.00 Early Bird Pricing: $169.20 until April 12, 2018

  • 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

“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:

Our fall semester calendar will be posted soon.

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