What off-site professional trainings have you taken that are totally worth it?
July 2, 2012 10:27 AM   Subscribe

I've taken some great trainings over the past several years and I'm looking for one this year. My company will send me almost anywhere in the US for up to 5 days of training/conference. Where should I go this year?

I work in the defense industry and I'm a software engineer by education but my day-to-day is more project management/project engineering (providing resources, tracking status, etc.). I greatly enjoy customer interaction and understanding their needs and how they translate into products we can build.

In the past few years, I've gone to Manager Tools' Effective Manager and Effective Communications conferences, Edward Tufte's One Day Course, and Pragmatic Marketing's Practical Product Management and Requirements that Work classes. None of these have been 100% applicable to my job, but I've picked up skills from each that are helpful and I've enjoyed them all.

So what trainings/conferences have you been to that fit in this arena (or something tangential, I'm good with tangential)? I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, so I'm interested in new things, too!
posted by schwab to Education (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Vanderbilt has some awesome workshops through the Owens School Executive Development Institute.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:04 AM on July 2, 2012

Oh man. Maybe my colleague and I should offer our graduate course on Designing Sustainable Strategic Change as a workshop series next year. We've been too busy to consider it this year. We mash up methodologies for design and change as applied to organizations. Sorry for the self link, but we've been having a blast designing and teaching it. It's a hands-on, application-based class that requires students to experiment with the methods and finishes up with testing organizational change prototypes (physical prototypes of systems). The students has really been loving it (per the feedback that we get) and one of our most fun projects was in the nuclear energy industry. If it sounds like something you'd be interested in for the future, send me a MeMail and I'll talk to my co-instructor.
posted by jeanmari at 11:36 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

How about the SANS course about information security called "SANS Security Leadership Essentials For Managers with Knowledge Compression"?

Probably out of your main interest, but a very good thing to have under your belt as a programmer and a PM.
posted by wenestvedt at 11:43 AM on July 2, 2012

Get SAP training if you can. SAP skills are gold in the marketplace right now.
posted by cross_impact at 12:51 PM on July 2, 2012

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