IT Academy recommended training and events - August 2020, recap of inaugural Cafe IT event

September 3, 2020

Hosted by the IT Staff Development team, Yale’s IT Academy consists of a robust speaker series, recommended online training offerings, and learning events to support the professional growth and staff development of Yale’s IT community.

Inaugural Café IT event

On Thursday, August 20, Yale Head Football coach, Tony Reno kicked off the first IT Academy “Café IT” Speaker Series event. Coach Reno’s message of core values, mission, and vision resonated to all those who attended. If you missed it, view the video.

A football coach’s job is to place the right players in the right positions under the right conditions to enable and inspire a team to perform at their best for the ultimate win. Coach Reno takes his coaching strategy of winning beyond the field and also helps his players win at life. He strongly believes that establishing a strong set of core values, a mission statement, and vision will build a strong foundation for the team to perform at their best while knowing in what direction they are headed as a unit. This allows the team to discover their true potential and purpose at Yale. According to Coach Reno, building a strong team foundation prepares the team to pivot, thrive, and sustain during adversity of any kind. The team learns accountability and realizes that they play for an ivy league university as well as for each other. The team core values are:

  • Accountability – Do what you say
  • Toughness – Mental and physical strength
  • Competition – Love to compete
  • Family – A unit of brotherhood and community
  • Passion – Passion for the game and life after football
  • Belief – Believe in yourself

He instills in each of his players to leave a legacy of excellence—even in the locker room. Setting a standard of excellence is important to Coach Reno. He is proud to lead a team of positive role models, who make a lasting effect on the Yale community as a Yale football player, Yale citizen, and a Yale student.

Many of these same lessons can be applied to the teamwork in IT as well. How many resonate with you?

Upcoming Café IT events:

Note: Login to Yale’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) may be required when registering.

Upcoming Sessions in September 2020

Developer Lunch and Learn: Accessiblity

On Tuesday, September 15, from noon—1:15 p.m., join the Digital Accessibility team for a session on “WCAG 2.2: What you need to know”.

The W3C is releasing an update to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in November. Join us to learn about the new success criteria and accessibility barriers to watch out for while building your website or app.

Pre-register for the September 15 Lunch and Learn training in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required. The Zoom link will be emailed to individuals registered for the training session.

Dana Lipnickas

Tech Talks: Run a Successful Project: A retrospective

Wednesday, September 16
3:00—4:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Dana Lipnickas, Senior Digital Producer on the UX & Design Services team will present useful tips on how to run a successful project or workstream retrospective.

This talk will cover how to engage project teams to share useful information on what went well and what did not go well. The goal of a retrospective is to help project teams work better together going forward and to introduce new ideas on how to improve project tasks and processes.

We will also discuss how to run a remote retrospective in this new working environment.

Pre-register for the September 16 Tech Talk in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Microsoft training: Microsoft Power BI Fundamentals (Level 100)

Thursday, September 17
9:30—11:00 a.m.
virtual session via Microsoft Teams

This virtual 90-minute course is facilitated by Microsoft instructors.

Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights.

Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize what’s important and share with other users in your organization. Once you get started with Power Bi, users will be able to connect and transform your data into dynamic reports and dashboards, self-service analytics, smart tools, secure and compliant.

Pre-register for the September 17 Microsoft Power BI training in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

Join us through Teams via computer or mobile App
or call in (audio only): (866) 679-9995„647096105# (Toll-free)
and use Phone Conference ID: 647 096 105#

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Tech Talks: Understanding the ‘Top 10’ OWASP-Web Application Security Risks

Wednesday, September 17
3:30—4:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Please join Paul Rivers, Chief Information Security Office for Yale University, for his continued discussions on Cybersecurity topics. This fall we will be focusing on approaches to implement the Minimum Security Standards (MSS).

Darrell Cook

In this session, Morrow Long and Darrell Cook will focus on understanding the ‘Top 10’ OWASP-Web Application Security Risks. Email questions in advance of the Talk to

Darrell Cook will introduce the new Yale ITS Application Security Standard which has been adopted this year. Much of the standard is based on principles from OWASP standards as well as addressing the well-known OWASP Top 10.

Morrow Long

Morrow Long will continue with a basic explanation of what the OWASP 10 is and of the vulnerabilities in the OWASP – how they can be exploited, what the technical issues are and methods for remediating the problem(s). He will also demonstrate how several of the OWASP Top 10 can be exploited in many cases (e.g. SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting aka XSS, and Broken Authentication) just by using a web browser, and in other cases by adding additional tools such as the OWASP ZAP proxy.

Pre-register for the September 17 Tech Talk in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Online Staff Development training

IT Academy online learning

Check out the ‘new’ training opportunities recently posted on the IT Academy: Recommended Online Training web page including: Microsoft Teams, Project Management, IT Gating, ServiceNow Quick Tips, and Cybersecurity Working From Home Tips.

This resource includes recommended online courses, to enable staff to continue their training and development remotely. IT staff are encouraged to work with their manager to create a personalized development plan.

Check the IT calendar of events and TMS IT Staff Development pages (login through Yale’s VPN may be required) for additional details on future Tech Talks, InfoSec Chats, Café IT, and other IT events and training.