Joshua Render


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Education

Master of Science in Administration
2015

Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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+  CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Classes and Grades
Course ID - TitleGradeCreditsYear & Session
CPS 603 - Computer Info Systems A- 32013 Spring
MSA 600 - Foundation Research Method in Admin A 32013 Spring
CPS 510 - Software Systems Engineering A- 32013 Fall
MSA 602 - Financial Analysis, Planning & Control A 32013 Fall
MSA 601 - Organizational Dynamics & Human Behavior A 32013 Fall
BIS 634 - Seminar in Information Systems Issues A 32013 Fall
MSA 604 - Admin, Globalization, & Multicultural A- 32014 Spring
MSA 603 - Strategic Planning for the Admin A 32014 Spring
MGT 643 - Human Resource Management B+ 32014 Fall
PSC 514 - American Public Policy Making A 32014 Fall
MSA 699 - Applied Research Project in Admin A 32015 Spring
CPS 612 - Software Project Mgmt A 32015 Spring
Cumulative GPA: 3.86

Concentration: Information Resource Management
GPA: 3.86

Description:
The program offers insight into human and organizational relationships; develops skills in oral and written communication; enhances the capacity for sound analytic judgment; and encourages the ability to see the "big picture" as it relates to an organization and its environment. Coursework focuses on applied action grounded in theory and embraces the fundamental educational principles applicable to administrative issues in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and stresses the ethical responsibilities of administrators.

Scientific Research
(Master Capstone Project)

Description:
The graduate thesis paper I submitted to complete my graduate work and earn my degree. It is a study on job satisfaction of employees within the Adirondack region of New York and the Central Michigan Lower Peninsula region.

On the right, the "Job Satisfaction Impact Groups" and their overlapping areas of interaction.

Job Satisfaction Impact Groups

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems
2012

Baker College
Flint, Michigan

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Concentration: Computer Information Systems
GPA: 3.89

Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Description:
Learn how technology can be used to improve all aspects of business operations, from teamwork and leadership to project management and customer service. As a graduate, you’ll have the management skills and technical understanding to be able to improve your job performance and develop new opportunities.

NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION


+  2018
Agile Courses
Description:
Various classes and video training on Agile and different Agile methodologies and frameworks
Courses:
Python Machine Learning
Description:
This Machine Learning with Python course dives into the basics of machine learning using an approachable, and well-known, programming language. You'll learn about Supervised vs Unsupervised Learning, look into how Statistical Modeling relates to Machine Learning, and do a comparison of each. Look at real-life examples of Machine learning and how it affects society in ways you may not have guessed!
Courses:
Python and Data Science
Description:
Python has become one of the top languages used not only by developers, but also by data scientists, data engineers, and researchers alike. It lends itself well to creating applications and analyzing big data.
Courses:
Statistics 101
Description:
Congratulations on stepping into the world of Statistics! As you know, this course is for beginners in statistics, so whether you're looking to learn more about statistics in general, about how statistics can be used to analyze data, or even just to brush up on your statistical knowledge, you're in the right place. In fact, the motto for this particular course is:
"No one should fear or fail Statistics!"
So enjoy this course and enjoy your journey into this wonderful world of statistics!
Courses:

+  2017
Project Coordinator - Lynda.com
Description:
From project management basics to communication and meeting leadership, you'll learn how to keep project tasks and teams on track in the most efficient ways.
Courses:
ITIL Certification Prep. - Thought Rock
Description:
ITIL is a collection of guiding principles for information technology (IT) Service Management that primarily focus on aligning the needs of businesses with specific IT services. There is no IT Service Management framework more widely recognized and valued than ITIL. This framework has been proven as highly beneficial and practical for any organization to achieve strategic objectives while reducing costs and risks. Whether you are new to IT services and would like to expand your knowledge or you have been in the industry for many years and would like to rejuvenate your IT-oriented mind, consider enrolling in an ITIL training course. Although there are several companies that offer ITIL training, not many cater to the working professional that require flexibility and at an inexpensive price.
Courses:



+  2016
Project Management - Coursera Verified Specializations
Description:
4 Course verified specialization in project management principles and practices. Includes concepts such as budgeting and scheduling, initiating projects, managing risks and change, and project documentation.
Courses:
Web Design - Coursera Verified Specializations
Description:
5 Course verified specialization in web design and development. Covers the basic web development areas of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Advanced JavaScript and CSS coding concepts are covered in a responsive design section.
Courses:
Single Coursera Verified Courses
Courses:

+  2015
Single Coursera Verified Courses
Courses:
Unisys Employee Courses
Courses:
  • BladeLogic Administration
  • SolarWinds Networking Tools
  • Comptia Security+

+  2012-2014
IBM Employee Courses
Courses:
  • Project Manager's Body of Knowledge Series
  • Maximo
  • Java Development
  • Android Development
Single Course From Central Michigan University
Courses:
  • Introduction to PHP and MySQL

Learning

I like to learn how things work. This sometimes results in me buying a Raspberry Pi (a mini-computer) and building some object I won't ever use, other times I end up taking a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course). More frequently it has me developing plans for fun science projects - like a couple of months ago when I built my own solar panel (It works by the way), or when I learned how to make thermite and my daughter and I used it to make glass chunks in our yard in the middle of winter; January 2018 at -5 degrees in the middle of the day.

Sometimes the things I learn have a use or purpose; I first learned Tableau, VBA, and R Programming on my own. Other times they are just fun things to do; like the above-mentioned thermite.

Educational Courses Taken Per Year
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Certificates of Completion

PMP Training - 2019

Description:
Training for the PMP Certification

PMEdge - 2019

Description:
Training on Project Management terminology from PMI and a final test.

PMI Education and Seminars (2018)

PMI Business Analysis Conference 2018

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2018

PMI Technology and Talent Symposium 2018

Statistics and Lean Six Sigma (2018)

Python Data Science and Machine Learning (2018)

Project Coordinator (2017)

11 Course Certificates

Description:
From project management to communication and meeting leadership, you'll learn how to keep project tasks and teams on track in the most efficient ways.

Project Management Principles and Practices (2015/2016)

University of California, Irvine
4 Course Certificates
1 Capstone Project

Description:
At the end of the series, you will be able to identify and manage the product scope, build a work breakdown structure, create a project plan, create the project budget, define and allocate resources, manage the project development, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement process.

Business and Data Analytics - (2015/2016)

Professional Certifications

PMP® Project Management Professional - 2019

Certificate Number: 2556660
Certification Authority: Project Management Institute

PMI-ACP® Agile Certified Practitioner - 2018

Certificate Number: 2211142
Certification Authority: Project Management Institute

Description:
The PMI-ACP spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) So it will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.

ICGB® Certified Green Belt - 2018

Certificate Number: G-4238
Certification Authority: International Association for Six Sigma Certification

Description:
The IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt™ (ICGB™) is a professional who is well versed in the core to advanced elements of Lean Six Sigma Methodology, who leads improvement projects and / or serves as a team member as a part of more complex improvement projects lead by a Certified Black Belt, typically in a part-time role. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Lean Six Sigma Method including competence in subject matters contained within the phases of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) as defined by the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge™. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt understands how to implement, perform, interpret and apply Lean Six Sigma at a high level of proficiency.

PSM I® Professional Scrum Master - 2018

Certification Authority: Scrum.org

Description:
The PSM assessments are grounded in the Professional Scrum Master subject areas. The assessment is exhaustive and rigorous. Many questions ask you to think about or interpret the meaning from the Scrum Guide, apply content from the PSM subject areas, and in some cases, apply your own experience.

PSPO I® Professional Scrum Product Owner - 2018

Certification Authority: Scrum.org

Description:
The PSPO assessments are grounded in the Professional Scrum Product Owner subject areas. The assessment is exhaustive and rigorous. Many questions ask you to think about or interpret the meaning from the Scrum Guide, apply content from the PSPO subject areas, and in some cases, apply your own experience.

PAL I® Professional Agile Leadership - 2019

Certification Authority: Scrum.org

Description:
The Professional Agile Leadership (PAL I) assessment is available to anyone who wishes to validate that you are a leader who understands that being Agile adds value to your business; and why leadership understanding, sponsorship, and support of Agile practices are essential to an organization becoming more agile.

AgilePM® Agile Project Manager - 2018

Certificate Number: 04222148-01-MD7K
Certification Authority: APMG International / Agile Business Consortium

Description:
Dynamic Systems Development Methodology

Adopt a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigor, and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change, and empowerment provided by Agile.

AgilePgM® Agile Program Manager - 2019

Certificate Number: 04263071-01-D799
Certification Authority: APMG International / Agile Business Consortium

Description:
DSDM Program Management

AgilePgM teaches you a disciplined but flexible agile approach to the management of organizational change – enabling you to play a crucial role in ensuring a program captures its vision.

ITIL® V3 Foundation - 2017

Certificate Number: 02365137-01-VYRD
Certification Authority: AXELOS Global Best Practice/APMG International

Description:
The ITIL Certification Scheme provides a modular approach to the ITIL framework and is comprised of a series of qualifications focused on different aspects of ITIL best practice.

The scheme structure provides a clear progression from Foundation through to Practitioner, Intermediate, Expert and Master whilst allowing you to focus on the aspects that are most relevant to your role.

Certified Kanban Coach® - 2018

Certificate Number: e0c9a2c0-6778-11e8-addf-0bfb4d977db6

Certification Authority: International Business and Quality
Management Institute

Description:
You will learn what Kanban is, how it operates, and what advantages it offers compared to other approaches for managing product development. You will also gain a solid understanding of advanced subjects, will learn how to apply Kanban to various scenarios, and will be exposed to case studies and existing best practices.

APRA™ Project Requirements Analyst - 2018

Certificate Number: 54652837090194
Certification Authority: International Organization for Project Management

Description:
Accredited Project Requirements Analyst (APRA™) is responsible for three types of activities: (1) Elaborating Requirements (the project charter or definition): Business process documentation, and stakeholder interviews. This is sometimes also called requirements gathering. (2) Analyzing Requirements: Determining whether the stated requirements are clear, complete, consistent and unambiguous, and resolving any apparent conflicts. (3) Recording Requirements: Requirements may be documented in various forms, usually including a summary list and may include natural-language documents, use cases, user stories, or process specifications.

Work Samples

Scientific Research
(Master Capstone Project)

Description:
The graduate thesis paper I submitted to complete my graduate work and earn my degree. It is a study on job satisfaction of employees within the Adirondack region of New York and the Central Michigan Lower Peninsula region.

On the right, the "Job Satisfaction Impact Groups" and their overlapping areas of interaction.

Job Satisfaction Impact Groups

PowerPoint Presentations

Description:
SlideShare is a site owned by LinkedIn (Microsoft) that allows people to share their PowerPoint presentations. I have a growing collection of presentations on SlideShare.

BI Work Samples

Description:
Sample pages and images from some Tableau and Power BI work.

*These are hosted on the Tableau public domain, embedded in this website, and tend to be a bit on the slower side

Tableau Screenshot samples (Click to View Full Size)

Power BI Screenshot samples (Click to View Full Size)

Excel

Description:
Excel templates and VBA tutorials created by me. These are hosted on my blog at Agile-Mercurial

Android Application

Description:
This is not my only Android app. This is not my best Android app. This is just the only one I ever bothered to publish in the Google Play Store and is my first and only game. The graphics are horrible, I did those myself and I am not applying to many graphics developer jobs.

Jidoka/Jidohka

Brief overview of autonomation - automated quality checks and human/automation interaction

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