Training to be better

by | December 22, 2008

I completed two training programs in December.  One program I wrote about in this post was the Enterprise Architecture Fundamentals from Carnegie Mellon Institute for Software Research International.  Good course run by Dr Scott Bernard who walked the group of students through his EA3 Cube Methodology from his book.  This was an online course with students from around the world.  I especially enjoyed the conference calls and the weekly discussion topics as forums to interact with my fellow students.  Here is the link to the work we did as students populating the EA3 Repository for a fictitious aerospace company.  I plan on registering for the Advanced Enterprise Architecture course which runs from Jan to Mar 2009.  Once I complete that course, Carnegie Mellon will issue me a Certified Enterprise Architect designation.

The second was a series of courses from the Sauder School of Business, Executive Education program at the University of British Columbia resulting in a Certificate in Management Excellence. These courses addressed a serious gap in my resume in the realm of management skills.  The courses were face to face and required high interaction with the instructor and the other students.  I now have a set of skills and reference materials that will serve me well in the future.  Here is the list of courses I took:

  • Coaching and Mentoring – 2 days
  • Leading High Performance Teams – 2 days
  • Strategies, Skills and Tactics of Negotiations – 3 days
  • Navigating Organizational Behaviour – 2 days
  • Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non Financial Managers – 2 days
  • Essential Management Skills – 5 days

I am very fortunate to work for a learning institution and received funding to take these programs/courses from my employer.  I hope you have equally enlightened employers who put a priority on enabling their staff with skills to be successful.  Thank you BCIT!

4 thoughts on “Training to be better

  1. Michael Van Lane


    So, other than coaching soccer, what is it that you do? Are you involved in architecture, trained as an architect, etc.

    There were several student events in design I wanted to organize when I was at the SA but didn’t get the support or buy-in to make them happen. It’s still not too late.

    Enjoy the holidays and let’s touch base in the new year!



    1. LeodeSousa Post author

      Michael, I am a manager in the IT Services department @ BCIT and my area of study is something called Enterprise Architecture. This is a step up from IT Architecture in that is is a holistic methodology for looking at organizations and how the are “architected” or “constructed”. By understanding how our organizations are put together, we can have a better understanding of how to change them. Sorry for preaching but when someone asks about the thing that jazzes me up, I can’t help myself. All the best to you over the holidays, Leo
      ps Absolutely, we should touch bases in the New Year.

  2. wolske

    Did you ever enroll in the Advanced EA course, and /or complete the CEA? I’m very interested and would like to hear more about it.

  3. LeodeSousa Post author


    Yes I completed the Advanced EA course and have my Certified Enterprise Architect designation from the Institute of Software Research International, Carnegie Mellon University. The course was very good and I really enjoyed Dr Scott Bernard’s work. Scott’s book is a valuable resource to an Enterprise Architect because it gives you the actual EA artifacts (models and samples) to build out your own EA repository. The online nature of the course was facilitated by regular conference calls, an online site with weekly questions and great interaction with fellow students. I am now considering a masters program with a focus on EA. Cheers! Leo


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