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Project Management Academy

PMA is the most trusted name in project management training®. Whether looking to prepare for a certification exam or to develop foundational project management skills, PMA helps organizations develop project managers that can successfully execute key initiatives in an increasingly competitive business environment.

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Watermark Learning

Watermark Learning

For over 20 years, Watermark Learning has served as a leader in the business analysis, business process management, and leadership & influencing skills and certification training space. Courses are designed to teach complex industry standards through practical application and are laser-focused on the business analyst, project manager, and process analyst to support enduring results in organizations.

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AgileUp Training

Coming soon! High-quality agile training across a variety of leading frameworks including Scrum, Disciplined Agile, Scaled Agile, to develop the skills required to be successful in an Agile environment and enable more iterative project delivery.

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PMP® Exam Prep

After taking this PMP exam prep course, students will have all the knowledge and tools needed to take the next step in their careers and drive results their organization. This course has helped 99.9% of our students pass the exam.

Our boot camp Academy is known for taking complex project management topics tested on the PMP exam and teaching them in a way which instills confidence in your understanding of the concepts. Throughout our PMP exam prep course, you will experience an infusion of detailed concept explanations, real-world examples, and interactive knowledge checks to make sure you understand the materials and are set-up for success to pass the exam. What students will learn:

  • 35 contact hours required to submit your PMP application with PMI
  • Understanding of critical exam concepts, techniques, and key project management and agile terminology
  • Complete understanding of how to take the PMP exam

The Project Management Institute requires that you meet some initial requirements before you are eligible to sit for the PMP exam.

High School Diploma, Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Min. 5yr/60mo unique non-overlapping professional PM experience
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education*

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Bachelor's degree or Global Equivalent
  • Min. 3yr/36mo unique non-overlapping professional PM experience
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education*

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Bachelor's degree or Post-Graduate from a GAC Accredited Program
  • Min. 24mo unique non-overlapping professional PM experience
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education*

*35 contact hours are satisfied by PMA's 4-Day PMP training course

To learn about CAPM exam requirements click here.

A PMP certification can go a long way for not only the project manager's career but the overall success of their organization. Organizational benefits include:

  • Improved employee skills and qualifications
  • Better utilization of tools and techniques
  • A common project management language to improve communication
  • Frameworks to identify, manage, and mitigate risk
  • Immediate applicability to ongoing projects
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1-Day PMI-RMP® Exam Prep

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® credentials holders possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully plan, manage, and control project risks. This 1-day PMI-RMP® exam prep course prepares you to pass the exam on your first attempt when paired with your prior Project Management Professional (PMP)® training. In this course you will learn the concepts of the Risk Management Domains including:

  • The knowledge needed to pass the PMI-RMP Certification exam
  • How to recognize and assess project risks, install solutions and capitalize on opportunities
  • Understand how various environmental and organizational influences affect project management and risk management
  • How to use tools and techniques to better manage projects and related risks
  • How to best employ appropriate methods to handle project changes and understand how certain changes may affect other aspects of the project (i.e. risks)

The Project Management Institute requires that you meet some initial requirements before you are eligible to sit for the PMI-RMP exam.

High School Diploma, Associate's Degree, or the Global Equivalent
  • At least 4500 hrs. of project risk management experience within the last 5 yrs.
  • 40 hrs. of project risk management education*

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Bachelor's Degree or the Global Equivalent
  • At least 3000 hrs. of project risk management experience within the last 5 yrs.
  • 30 hrs. of project risk management education*

*30 contact hours are achieved by pairing PMA's 4-Day PMP and PMI-RMP exam prep courses

The PMI-RMP credential is great for anyone who desires further knowledge in the management of uncertainty (risk). This advanced certification can also benefit the overall success of an organization in the following ways:

  • Understand how to develop a risk strategy and plan to proactively mitigate organizational risk
  • Learn techniques to effectively engage stakeholders in risk planning, communication, and monitoring activities
  • Utilize tools to effectively perform basic quantitative and qualitative analysis
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1-Day PMI-SP® Exam Prep

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential holders possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully plan, manage, and maintain project schedules. This 1-day PMI-SP® exam prep course prepares you to pass the exam on your first attempt when paired with your prior PMP training. In this course you will learn the concepts of the Scheduling Domains including:

  • Obtain the knowledge needed to pass the PMI-SP Certification exam
  • Utilize all tools and techniques to more effectively manage projects
  • Learn to develop and monitor a schedule with and without the need for software assistance
  • Employ the various scheduling methods, tools and techniques, in addition to data from the various formats of schedule models
  • Plan and structure project communications in an organized and efficient way

The Project Management Institute requires that you meet some initial requirements before you are eligible to sit for the PMI-SP exam.

High School Diploma, Associate's Degree, or the Global Equivalent
  • At least 5000 hrs. of project scheduling experience within the last 5 yrs.
  • 40 hrs. of project scheduling education*

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Bachelor's Degree or the Global Equivalent
  • At least 3500 hrs. of project scheduling experience within the last 5 yrs.
  • 30 hrs. of project scheduling education*

*30 contact hours are achieved by pairing PMA's 4-Day PMP and PMI-RMP exam prep courses

The PMI-SP credential is great for anyone who desires further knowledge in the management of uncertainty within projects. This advanced certification can also benefit the overall success of an organization in the following ways:

  • Develop a common scheduling language from strategy through closeout to guide the organization's project scheduling efforts
  • Understand key project management best-practices related to schedule planning and developing to improve organizational efficiency
  • Ensure a value-driven approach to schedule monitoring and controlling to maintain visibility into project performance
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Project Management Fundamentals

A fantastic way to improve your organization's efficiency and effectiveness is to ensure a foundational knowledge of project management principles throughout your company.

Whether your goal is to ensure that cross-functional stakeholders are using the same tools, templates and terminology to enhance the skills within an existing team or to train new employees on standards and best practices, Project Management Academy's deep PM expertise can accelerate your organization's ability to meet its objectives.

We offer two versions of our Project Management Foundations course: a 1-day Project Management Best Practices or 2-day version depending on how in-depth your organization would like to go.

1-Day PM Hands-On Workshop

Once your team has gone through Project Management Foundations training, an implementation workshop gives them the opportunity to put the processes and tools learned into practice. Our experts work with you in advance of the workshop to understand your environment, biggest pain points or opportunity areas, and to make sure the workshop participants spend time addressing your organization's most urgent project management needs.

This highly interactive, experiential workshop will solidify understanding of the concepts learned in the project management course. We will work with you to accommodate unique application of techniques specific to your organization so that participants have implementable takeaways to make an immediate positive impact on your organization.

PMI Talent Triangle Bundle

We have created a modular 3-day course, covering leadership, business, and technical topics to make the PMI Talent Triangle requirements easier to meet. Our content experts will provide you with everything you need to grow your project management core competencies while providing the necessary hours in each area to meet the PMI Talent Triangle PDU requirements - all without having to leave your home or office.

Interpersonal Communication for Project Leaders

Day 1

Interpersonal Communication for Project Leaders

Strategic & Business Management

Day 2

Strategic & Business Management

Strategic Risk Management

Day 3

Strategic Risk Management

Offer individual 1-day modules or all 3 days to complete the PMI Talent Triangle requirements.

4-Day CBAP®/ CCBA® Exam Prep

Students in this course will learn what they need to pass the CBAP® exam. They will also refine their understanding of BA best practices as captured in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) v3.0. CBAP candidates will learn the full repertoire of BA techniques and elevate their understanding of their own experience as seen through the lens of industry best practices.

Those interested in the IIBA Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA®) will learn what they need to pass this junior-level certification. Information in class that will not be included in their exam will be identified by the instructor.

What students will learn:

  • Identify the critical principles, activities, tasks, techniques, and tips described in the BABOK® Guide, version 3.0
  • How to dissect & understand tricky sample questions through guided discussion after every practice exam
  • Test prep strategies and how to employ various test-taking tactics

The International Institute of Business Analysis requires that you meet certain requirements before you are eligible to sit for the CBAP exam:

  • 35 hours of Professional Development Training*
  • 7,500 hours of BA work experience aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 10 years
  • 900 hours in each of 4 of the 6 Knowledge Areas

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  • 35 hours of Professional Development Training*
  • 3,750 hours of BA work experience aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 7 years
  • 900 hours in each of 2 of the 6 Knowledge Areas

*35 contact hours are satisfied by Watermark's 4-Day CBAP/CCBA training course

A CBAP certification can go a long way for not only the individual's career but the overall success of their organization. Organizational benefits include:

  • Fluency in industry standard terms, concepts and techniques
  • Increased confidence in BA practitioners ability to lead stakeholders
  • More mature organizational BA practice with common language
  • Improved professionalism and morale among BAs
  • Improved business outcomes
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3-Day ECBA Certification Training

Whether your employees are fresh out of college and have little to no project experience or are simply looking to understand the business analysis profession better, this course will provide the preparation needed to pass IIBA's Entry Certificate Business Analysis™ (ECBA) exam, and serves as a foundation for a career in business analysis.

Participants will learn invaluable tips and tricks needed to pass the ECBA certification exam. This course follows IIBA's ECBA exam blueprint based on the BABOK® Guide v3.0. It also includes the use of Watermark's acclaimed online exam simulator. Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand Business Analysis key concepts including: the business analysis core concept model (BACCM), and requirements classification schema
  • Identify key stakeholders and how to work with them
  • Analyze the current state, define the future state, assess risks, and recommend how to get from the current to the future state.
  • Use various techniques and competencies needed to succeed at business analysis work
  • Prepare for and conduct elicitation activities, as well as confirming and communicating the results of those activities.

This course conforms to and aligns with the BABOK® Guide version 3.0 of the IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis).

Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to be admitted to the exam, and upon passing the exam, receive the ECBA certification credential. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Create an account with IIBA
  • 21 hours of professional development training within the last 4 years*

*Satisfied by Watermark Learning's ECBA certification training course

A ECBA certification is a great start for any individual beginning their career as a business analyst. Beyond personal benefits for the project manager or business analyst, training can also reap rewards for their organization. Organizational benefits include:

  • An organizational language and understanding of business analysis fundamentals
  • Common frameworks to guide employees' approaches to problem solving and business analysis
  • Best-practices to support effective requirements elicitation and cross-functional stakeholder engagement

A PMI Professional in Business Analysis
(PMI-PBA®)

A PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® certification is one of the fastest growing certifications in the business analysis and project management industries. Business analysis has become a critical competency of project management, and the PMI-PBA certification can help advance your career. If you work with project teams and manage requirements or product development, or if you're a project or program manager who performs business analysis in your role, then the PMI-PBA certification is right for you. What Students will Learn:

  • Identify the critical principles, activities, tasks, techniques, and terms described in the PMI-PBA Exam Content Outline.
  • Anticipate the general types of questions that appear on the exam and learn how to answer them.
  • Cite the domains of business analysis, the related tasks and deliverables.
  • Measure your ability to successfully complete the exam through sample questions in each domain.
  • Dissect and understand tricky sample questions through guided discussion after every practice exam.
  • Develop a personal test prep strategy, employing various test-taking tactics.

Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements, including passing a rigorous exam, to earn the PMI-PBA certification. Eligibility requirements include:

High School Diploma, Associate's Degree, or Global Equivalent
  • 35 hours of education in business analysis practices (satisfied by Watermark Learning's PMI-PBA certification training course)
  • 60 months working as a practitioner of business analysis (Experience must be earned within the last 8 years)
  • For more details, see the PMI-PBA Handbook

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Bachelor's Degree or Global Equivalent
  • 35 hours of education in business analysis practices (satisfied by Watermark Learning's PMI-PBA certification training course)
  • 36 months working as a practitioner of business analysis (Experience must be earned within the last 8 years)
  • For more details, see the PMI-PBA Handbook

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Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree from a GAC accredited program (bachelor’s or master’s degree or global equivalent)
  • 35 hours of formal education (satisfied by Watermark Learning's PMI-PBA certification training course)
  • Minimum two years/24 months unique nonoverlapping professional business analysis experience*
  • For more details, see the PMI-PBA Handbook

*NOTE: If you are a graduate of a GAC accredited degree program you will receive a 12- month credit towards the work experience requirement. Also, you can use the GAC course work to fulfill the 35-education contact hour requirement.

  • Increase your confidence and improve your chances of passing the PMI-PBA certification exam
  • Streamline the massive amounts of information required to pass the test
  • The small-class environment, group exercises, and hundreds of sample exam questions keep you engaged and aid in your retention and learning
  • Learn from experts. The course is designed and taught by PMI-PBA credential holders with extensive knowledge

2-Day Agile Business Analysis

This two-day workshop provides the essential information needed for those in the business analyst role to be successful on Agile projects. You will learn the core agile concepts and have an opportunity to try them out immediately in a simulated project setting. You will use Scrum processes to write and prioritize user stories and get the detail needed for the Agile Team to plan and build user stories. During this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the overall agile values, principles, and mindset.
  • Articulate the role of the business analyst in an agile context using a three-horizon framework.
  • Develop user roles and personas.
  • Define Agile requirements with user stories to build a product backlog.
  • Describe relative value and use various techniques to prioritize user stories.

2-Day Business Analysis Foundations

Whether you are new to business analysis, or are experienced and want a more formal approach, it's essential to know and practice the "basics." This course provides you with the foundational skills you need to deliver value to your stakeholders and organization. You will learn how to help your business clients articulate their business problem or opportunity, plan business analysis activities, as well as learn the basics of eliciting, analyzing, documenting, managing, and communicating requirements through the life cycle of the project. By grasping these foundational skills, you can contribute significantly to the success of your organization's projects. During this course participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the key activities and artifacts of a business analyst.
  • Increase project success by better defining the business need.
  • Plan the requirements effort to ensure optimal productivity.
  • Identify and analyze stakeholders and learn to optimize stakeholder communication.
  • Reduce rework by eliciting and discovering requirements correctly the first time.

1-Day Eliciting Requirements

The crux of "getting it right" on any project is the ability to give stakeholders what they need, not necessarily what they ask for. Solid elicitation skills are the means of identifying real needs versus the stated needs. In organizations with project professionals who use good eliciting skills, stakeholders have shared expectations and face fewer surprises, team members are more efficient in developing solutions, and project environments are more collaborative and productive .During this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of elicitation and the elicitation process.
  • Use a systematic process for eliciting requirements.
  • Describe and identify the key elements necessary to plan an elicitation session.
  • Develop good questions that can elicit the right information at the right time.
  • Understand the essential steps to conducting elicitation sessions, including how to open and close the session.
  • Document and confirm elicitation results.

2-Day PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam Prep

This exam prep course provides a solid foundation for anyone seeking to develop fluency in Agile concepts, terms, and practices as well as the necessary knowledge to be prepared for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam. This course covers the values and principles articulated in the Agile Manifesto, as well as the values of key Agile frameworks and methods, including Scrum, XP, and Lean.

Our 2-day PMI-ACP exam prep course, with successful completion of an online mock exam, satisfies the 21 hours of formal education required to sit for the certification exam.

What students will learn:

  • Core terminology, principles and practices of Agile
  • Key elements of the popular Agile approaches such as Scrum, Lean and XP
  • Types of projects that are ideal for applying Agile practices
  • Anticipation and adaption techniques to changing customer needs
  • Effective deployment of Agile tactics to improve quality, reduce defects and accelerate delivery
  • Knowledge necessary to pass the PMI-ACP® exam

General Project Experience:

  • 2,000 hours working on project teams
  • These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
  • Active PMP® or PgMP® certification will satisfy this requirement

Agile Project Experience:

  • 1500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
  • These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in "general project experience"
  • These hours must be earned within the last 3 years

Training in Agile Practices:

  • 21 contact hours
  • Hours must be earned in agile practices

*21 contact hours are satisfied by PMA's PMI-ACP training course

Your organization's Agile goals can only be achieved when championed by advocates with a holistic perspective of Agile and the value it offers. This course equips participants with the language, skills, and mindset they need to engage stakeholders and collaborate to move their organization forward on their Agile journey.

  • Improved ability to use an Agile mindset when collaborating
  • Better team productivity with clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • A common language and improved team communication
  • Higher-quality products developed more rapidly
  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Greater organizational agility to respond to change and uncertainty
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2-Day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM®) Exam Prep

This two-day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM®) certification course will give participants an opportunity to work with an experienced practitioner to hear real stories and learn first-hand what it means to be a Scrum Master. All Certified Scrum Master (CSM®) training course are taught by Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs®) who will teach you how to utilize the Scrum framework in a manner that will enhance the effectiveness of your agile projects. The course will also enable you to become an effective and efficient leader of a Scrum team.

What students will learn:

  • The principles of Scrum and be able to identify Scrum-appropriate projects
  • The various Scrum roles, ceremonies, and artifacts
  • The responsibilities and the core competencies of an effective Scrum Master
  • Best-practices on how to build and guide an effective Scrum team
  • An understanding of user stories and techniques to prioritize and manage a product backlog
  • Ways to communicate Scrum team progress throughout all levels of the organization
  • Everything you need to know to pass the 50 question CSM test (exam fee included in the cost of this course)

We also offer an Advanced-Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM®) course for students who have already passed their CSM® exam and are looking to learn more advanced techniques and strategies for managing scrum teams.

This 2-day class is intended for those practicing or looking to serve as a Scrum Master, but is also highly valuable for anyone involved in Scrum (Formal Leaders, Scrum Masters, Team Members, Product Managers, etc.).

There are no pre-requisites to be eligible to take the course or sit for the CSM® exam. Upon completion of the course, all students will be eligible to sit for the ScrumMaster® Certification exam with the Scrum Alliance. The CSM exam fee is included in the cost of the course. Attendees will also receive a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, an organization that provides valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSMs.

This course gives students what they need to effectively facilitate Scrum Team meetings and collaborate with stakeholders to deal with complexity, deliver value to customers, and achieve business goals. The experience and knowledge gained in this course sets students up for success in the CSM® exam and in the field as they help their organizations navigate their Scrum implementations.

  • Increased confidence and knowledge of Scrum
  • Better collaboration among team members and stakeholders
  • More confident and effective Scrum Team members
  • Improved servant-leadership and more development of high performing teams
  • Better advocacy for Scrum throughout the organization
  • More mature Scrum practices and increased organizational agility
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2-Day Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) Exam Prep

During this interactive, two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) course, participants will focus on the Product Owner (PO), who serves as an advocate for the end-user throughout development. The Product Owner will learn valuable skills and techniques to ensure alignment across the Scrum Team and broader organization by understanding how to best craft a Product Vision, how to create, maintain, and prioritize a Product Backlog, and how to support the sizing (estimating) of user stories for development.

What students will learn:

  • Understand the responsibilities and the core competencies of an effective Scrum Product Owner
  • Identify PO challenges, techniques and best practices for working with stakeholders, customers, users and Scrum teams
  • Learn the PO's role in developing a product vision and delivery strategy
  • Understand the role of the PO in defining product value
  • Test and validate product assumptions
  • Learn tools and techniques effective POs use to develop, order, and refine the product backlog

We also offer an Advanced-Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO®) course for students who have already passed their CSM® exam and are looking to enhance their Scrum implementation skills.

This 2-day class is intended for those practicing or looking to serve as a Product Owner, but is also highly valuable for anyone involved in Scrum including: formal leaders, Scrum Masters, team members, product managers, project managers, facilitators, etc.

There are no pre-requisites to be eligible to take the CSPO course. Upon completion of our 16-hour course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST)®, all students will be eligible for Product Owner Certification through the Scrum Alliance. Attendees will also receive a two-year membership, allowing access to valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSPOs. There is no exam for the CSPO certification and you are eligible based on successful completion all educator-designed components of the course.

This course helps students build on your foundational knowledge with enhanced implementation skills and distinguish yourself in the global marketplace as a highly trained Agile professional. The course is designed and taught by Certified Scrum Trainer® partners with extensive knowledge of the principles and values of Scrum. Each student will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions.

  • Increased confidence and knowledge about the Scrum framework
  • Better collaboration among team members and stakeholders
  • More confident and effective Scrum Team members
  • Product Owners able to take on the key decision-making role
  • Product Owners experienced with techniques most critical to defining and delivering value using Scrum
  • More mature Scrum practices and increased organizational agility
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1-Day Disciplined Agile: Foundations Training

Disciplined Agile (DA) is a process-decision tool kit that provides straightforward guidance to help people, teams, and organizations to streamline their processes in a context-sensitive manner. DA provides a solid foundation for business agility by showing how the various activities such as Solution Delivery (software development), IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, Security, Finance, Vendor Management, and many others work together. DA also describes what these activities should address, provides a range of options for doing so, and describes the trade-offs associated with each option.

Becoming certified as a Disciplined Agilist (DA) indicates to colleagues and employers that you have taken the initial steps to learn about Disciplined Agile. This module teaches you the foundation for successfully starting an Agile way of working (WoW) inside your team.

There are no prerequisites for this course as it is introductory and not technical. It is recommended for all team members new to Agile. Games, simulations, and group discussions reinforce the practices learned.

Becoming certified as a Disciplined Agilist (DA) indicates to colleagues and employers that you have taken the initial steps to learn about Disciplined Agile. This module teaches you the foundation for successfully starting an Agile way of working (WoW) inside your team by focusing on the following four views:

  • Mindset. Builds on the foundations of agile and lean to address enterprise realities.
  • People. Roles, responsibilities, and team structures.
  • Flow. This captures the dynamic aspects of processes via lifecycle diagrams and workflow diagrams.
  • Practices. Small strategies/techniques. Goal diagrams are a high-level pick list of practices.
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2-Day Leading SAFe®) SA Certification Training

This 2-day course will prepare you for the SAFe 4 Agilist certification exam. You will gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. You will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing Program Increment (PI) Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

What students will learn:

  • Understand the five competencies of the Lean Enterprise
  • Become a Lean-thinking Manager-Teacher
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply SAFe's Lean and Agile principles to the roles and practices of SAFe
  • Create high-performing teams and trains by establishing mission and purpose
  • Lead the transformation with the SAFe Implementation Roadmap
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful Program execution
  • Drive Release on Demand with the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Themes and Lean Portfolio Management
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train

This course is intended for individuals who wish to obtain their SAFe 4 Agilist Certification. However, this course can be taken by anyone who wants to learn how to lead Lean-Agile enterprises. From practitioners to executives, all will benefit from becoming a more developed Lean-Agile leader. The following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA) certification exam:

  • 5+ years' experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
  • Experience in Scrum

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) helps businesses address the significant challenges of developing and delivering enterprise-class software and systems in the shortest sustainable lead time. It is a freely revealed, online knowledge base of proven success patterns, for people building the world's most important software and systems. SAFe synchronizes alignment, collaboration, and delivery for multiple Agile teams. Scalable and configurable, SAFe allows each organization to adapt it to its own business needs. It supports smaller-scale solutions employing 50 – 125 practitioners, as well as complex systems that require thousands of people. An extensive body of knowledge, SAFe describes the roles, responsibilities, artifacts, and activities necessary to implement Lean-Agile development.

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1-Day Agile Fundamentals

For many organizations, business success and even survival hinges on embracing an Agile mindset. This course provides a solid foundation for anyone seeking to develop fluency in Agile concepts, terms, and practices. It includes the values and principles articulated in the Agile Manifesto, as well as the values of key Agile frameworks and methods, including Scrum. This course equips participants with the tools and understanding of the mindset needed to engage stakeholders and collaborate to progress on your organization's Agile journey.

In this course you will learn the Agile tools, techniques, and skills" including:

  • Understanding what types of projects are ideal for applying Agile practices
  • How to manage an evolving product backlog with changing requirements
  • How to write better requirements using user stories and acceptance criteria that best represents the voice of the customer
  • How to create and interpret "Information Radiators" and make timely decisions that impact the success of a project
  • How increasing customer interaction and transparency will better ensure that the product being delivered delights the customer
  • How to employ Agile practices that improve quality, reduce defects and speed up delivery time

1-Day Agile Hands-on Workshop

Organizations benefit most from their training investment when team members can actually act upon what they learn once they get back to their desks. To best augment learning with doing, this workshop is built around application of Agile terms, concepts and techniques to solidify understanding of fundamental Agile practices to make the theories real, the terms meaningful, and to improve the overall "stickiness" of Agile frameworks.

Our experts work with you in advance of the workshop to understand your objectives and design an experiential agenda that meets your organization’s most pressing needs. Participants will collaborate in teams to explore how to best utilize Agile practices in the context of organization-specific project and/or product development needs.

We recommend pairing this workshop with our Agile Fundamentals or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam prep course offerings to enable better understanding of how to put key concepts into practice. All workshop participants are required to have a foundational knowledge of Agile concepts.

1-Day Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice

Industry trends have shown Agile project management can increase project success rates. This is leading many organizations to integrate Agile into their more traditional, predictive practices often referred to as "Waterfall" project delivery. This course will provide students best practices and considerations for bringing Agile frameworks into traditional project delivery environments for a "Hybrid" project approach.

This course will provide students with best practices and considerations for bringing Agile methodologies into a traditional project delivery environment. Students will learn how to create a strategy for setting goals and deciding on the appropriate Agile methods to integrate into your organization. Students will be given a brief refresher on the different project management lifecycles, as well as the core concepts of Agile. Upon completion of these modules, students will be able to work with a PMO to create an appropriate strategy for the inclusion of Agile methodologies. Additionally, students will be able to proactively manage projects during a transition from, in parallel with, or in a hybrid delivery approach with traditional delivery methods.

5-Day Lean Six Sigma - Green Belt

Lean Six Sigma saves organizations time and money through continuous improvement. Employers seek Six Sigma trained and certified managers to lead their most critical initiatives. Our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training teaches you the strategies and tools necessary for process improvement and provides you the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

What students will learn:

  • How to initiate Six Sigma projects to bring about significant and lasting organizational change
  • Apply the DMAIC improvement process to solve business problems
  • Develop process maps to gain a full understanding of an existing process
  • Reduce waste and defects by applying Lean and Six Sigma principles
  • Implement control charts to monitor how a process is performing over time

There are no prerequisites to take this course. Upon successfully completing the course (attending all days and completing all assignments), you will earn the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) credential from Project Management Academy®.

Employers and third parties may submit certification inquiries to verify@projectmanagementacademy.net. If your job or industry requires it, our course also prepares you to pass the IASSC certification exam (optional).

PMA also offers a video-on-demand Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training for those seeking to gain a high-level understanding of the concepts critical for the success of Lean Six Sigma. You can learn more about this offering here.

Those seeking to utilize Lean Six Sigma to implement cost reduction solutions, increase revenues and drive quality initiatives will benefit from this course.

  • Master a set of tools and strategies to reduce costs and increase profits
  • Implement meaningful metrics and measurements to improve processes
  • Improve quality and reliability, which improves customer satisfaction
  • Implement plans to reduce cycle times
  • Identify constraints to improve process flows
  • Implement Six Sigma metrics to make fact-based decisions
  • Become a specialist in Six Sigma principles and add the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification to your resume
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3-Day Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP®) Certification Prep

The purpose of the BRMP® qualification is to measure whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Business Relationship Management (BRM) role. Students will learn how to assess the current state of their business-provider relationships, business demand maturity and provider supply maturity with the objective of scoping what aspects of the BRM role would be appropriate to implement, or, where already implemented, which aspects need to be adjusted within their organization.

From this course, students will understand the key principles, techniques, tools and processes central to the BRM role and discipline. Specifically, the candidate should know and understand:

  • The characteristics of the BRM role
  • What it means to perform as a strategic partner, contributing to business strategy formulation and shaping business demand for the provider’s services
  • How Portfolio Management disciplines and techniques are used to maximize realized business value
  • Business Transition Management and the conditions for successful change programs that minimize "value leakage"
  • The BRM role in Service Management and how to align services and service levels with business needs
  • How to communicate effectively and persuasively

There are no prerequisites for this course.

This certification is aimed at Business Management, Provider Management, those with a Business Relationship Management role or position and Consultants looking to gain an insight into Business Relationship Management and looking to certification as a Business Relationship Manager.

To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and team exercises throughout the course. Students will need to be prepared for a high level of participation. Each participant will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions. This course is presented in a methodology-neutral way so participants can easily apply the knowledge and skills to any environment and use the techniques immediately upon leaving class.

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1-Day Business Process Management Foundations

To maintain competitiveness in local and international markets, it is increasingly essential to formally manage your business processes. This course explores the need for a business process focus, the essential steps for process management, and the critical success factors for making the effort successful. It provides a practical framework for understanding processes, the use and development of metrics to manage processes, and describes the role of the Process Owner.

Presented in a methodology-neutral way, participants can easily apply the knowledge and skills to any environment, and use the techniques immediately upon leaving class. Process and business analysts, business process owners and executives, project managers, general business staff, and anyone who needs the skills to improve and/or manage business processes would benefit from this course.

3-Day Business Relationship Management Foundations

The purpose of this class is to gain a comprehensive foundation of Business Relationship Management and develop and practice the core skills of a Business Relationship Manager. The student will also be able to create awareness of the role with their business partners and senior provider management; assess the current state of their business-provider relationships, and the business demand - provider supply maturity with the objective of scoping what aspects of the BRM role would be appropriate to implement, or, where already implemented, which aspects need to be adjusted.

This course is aimed at those with a Business Relationship Management role or position, those in a business management and/or provider management role, and Consultants looking to gain an insight into Business Relationship Management.

2-Day Business Prcoess Modeling

To harness the work done in organizations and to increase productivity, it is essential to understand how to model business processes. This course explores the need for modeling business processes, how process modeling is one part of a larger framework for achieving higher quality through Business Process Management, the essential steps to process modeling, and the critical success factors for making the effort successful. It provides a practical framework for understanding and modeling business processes and describes when and how to develop a variety of process model types at varying levels of detail.

Process analysts, business analysts, project managers, business process owners, general business staff, and anyone who needs the skills to improve and/or manage business processes would benefit from this course.

2-Day Business Process Improvement

Perhaps no other skill can yield such immediate results and payback than learning how to improve business processes. Business process improvement efforts can increase quality, reduce costs and waste, increase operational efficiency, and enhance productivity. This course explores the need for a business process focus, the essential steps for process improvement, and the critical success factors for making the effort successful. It provides a practical framework for improving processes, process improvement concepts and techniques, and valuable tips on how to introduce process change into the organization and to get the most from your process improvement effort.

Process analysts, business analysts, project managers, business process owners, general business staff, and anyone who needs the skills to improve and/or manage business processes would benefit from this course. Prior experience in modeling business processes is encouraged - our Business Process Modeling course also satisfies this prerequisite.

1-Day Influencing Without Authority

Collaborative environments largely rely on influence, not authority. Participants will learn and practice tips, tools, and techniques to influence others. Organizations with effective influencers enjoy better collaboration among stakeholders, improved trust among team members, and improved ability to move the organization forward to achieve business goals.

Students of this course will benefit from a shared understanding of organizational dynamics that impact interpersonal interactions and allow for more strategic use of influence among stakeholders to get things done. Students will learn a simple formula to develop new habits to influence others and common influencing tactics and techniques and when/how to use them. The course will review stakeholder analysis tools to tailor the approach to influencing others and discuss why courage is needed to successfully influence others.

1 or 2-Day Facilitation Skills Workshop

An effective facilitator helps a group accomplish a goal, such as understand or solve a problem, explore opportunities, define requirements, make decisions, or other objectives. The ability to keep the group on task to achieve the goal is the value a good facilitator brings to an organization. The investment in developing facilitation skills is rewarded with increased leadership capabilities, more effective time management in meetings and other group settings, and improved likelihood of achieving team and business goals.

This course is ideal for students wishing to use facilitation for maximum effect and those wishing to go beyond basic meeting skills to deliver consensus and action. Students will learn various facilitation techniques, develop a structured approach to planning and conducting facilitated sessions, and get an opportunity to apply what you learn.

1-Day Interpersonal Communication

Every day, employers are asking more of their project managers to drive innovation and success at their companies. Possessing the core skills of project management is no longer enough. Project managers now need business and leadership skills as well. Successful Project Managers must be able to listen and communicate effectively with their teams and all levels of their organizations. Our course provides insights into key concepts vital to becoming a true leader.

The course will cover topics including: emotional intelligence in the workplace, question types, active listening, listening styles, Merrill and Reid social styles, visual, auditory and kinesthetic communications, and problem solving and listening frameworks.

1-Day Problem Solving and Decision Making

Understanding how to quickly address problems and bring your project team to a consensus is a crucial skill for Project Managers if they want to stay ahead of the curve. This course will help you unlock the key principles necessary to keep your projects moving forward.

Students will learn essential decision-making foundations, overview the discipline of problem solving, and review a seven-step problem solving process in detail so it can be quickly actioned-upon in the workplace. The process includes the following steps: Problem Definition, Decision to Act on a Problem, Define the Problem-Solving Scope, Find a Root Cause, Prioritize the Root Cause Correction, Defining Potential Solutions, and Selecting a Solution.

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At Educate 360, we are the professional training partners of choice to help organizations:

Why Choose Educate 360
  • Improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Increase cross-functional alignment
  • Drive results to help meet and exceed business performance goals

We pride ourselves on designing private group training solutions that improve business success, reduce risk, and support your ability to attract and retain high-quality talent by providing high-quality professional development opportunities.

  • World-Class Instructors

    Our 65+ instructors hold an array of certifications and have real world project management, business and instructional experience across a broad range of industries and must pass our rigorous vetting and onboarding process.

  • Group Discounts

    Providing a guaranteed number of participants allows us to pass cost savings onto you through lower per-student enrollment fees.

  • Team Building

    Training together as a team helps build team identity and enhances buy-in amongst team members.

  • Tailored Programs

    We offer flexible training formats including onsite & virtual private group training, vouchers to secure seats in our public courses, and self-paced video-on-demand training to support ongoing professional development and skill enhancement.

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