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September 12th - October 3rd
Students should expect to come out of this course with a solid understanding of FileMaker and its capabilities, a set of marketable skills (QA, testing, basic design) and a long term plan to lead them to certification and high level development expertise.
Angel City Data
Deborah Zempel Consulting
SureFoot Database Consulting
The session titles are listed below.
Course Overview & Professional Development Plan Creation
Customize a plan to fit your needs. Leverage existing resources, challenge yourself and create short and long-term goals.
Needs Analysis & Project Planning
Listen in on a professional needs analysis, learn how to ask targeted questions to identify the client’s needs, then create a project plan based on the interviews.
Estimating & Time Management
One of the hardest tasks any develop faces is figuring out how long a project will take. From there, efficiently tracking time and staying within budget is the next challenge. We’ll walk you through proven estimating techniques and work habits to stay on track.
Developer Tools & Resources
We’ll walk through the various developer tools, website and resources and make sure you know how to use them. Even advanced users often miss out on up to date resources and techniques.
We'll do several exercises to ensure you understand the basic concepts (and power!) of relational design. Then we'll discuss how to make informed decisions about best practices for managing and maintaining your design choices.
User Interface, Design & Usability
A great way to save time, communicate your understanding to your clients, and ultimately help you nail down your project specifications is to develop paper-prototypes.
FileMaker Go: Mobile Musts
Everyone is going Mobile and FileMaker Go makes it easy. What steps do you need to take to design for Mobile apps and what are the basics of putting a Mobile app out the door?
Quality Assurance & Testing
What steps do you need to take to develop a high quality solution? How can you check your own work to ensure you put your best foot forward.
With all the information there is to learn, how do you study for the Certification exam? What resources and skills do I need to have mastered before I attempt the test?
Scripts & Calcs
This is the real guts (and fun part!) of coding. We’ll talk about how to organize your code, how to familiar yourself with the vast array of tools you have available to you. We’ll talk about best practices and using developer tools to check your work.
Deployment Installation, Configuration & Backups
The roll-out of a finished product is often the most challenging part of the system. We’ll review the steps needed to ensure a successful launch and walk through basic skills that some developers shy away from like server installation and backup.
Customer Service & Support
A great database is only useful if your users embrace it. How do you train and support your users in the most time effective way.
You can read the FAQs right here
JumpStartFM is a one-month, online course for FileMaker developers taught by some of the most respected developers in the field. The instructors have designed a set of “hands-on” projects that -- after an initial one-on-one program planning – will be tailored to your skill level and desired learning outcomes. The coursework and webinars are deliberately paced to help you absorb information, but you will need to be self-motivated to get the most out of the course. Once a week, the instructors host a “live check-in” session and answer questions from the group.
JumpStartFM is not just a technical training class. The course also includes project management tools and techniques to help you advance your career as a software developer. The ultimate goal of JumpStartFM is to help you develop both technical and project management skills and move your career to the next level.
We understand that you have a busy schedule and have designed a flexible, hands-on class. JumpStartFM can be done from the office or from home and requires no travel. You will complete a series of pre-recorded webinars, homework assignments and participate in live chat sessions. The one-hour live sessions are held each Monday. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and share ideas with classmates during this time, and the class also shares information via an online resource. You receive a technical review from your instructors on each assignment via email. To get the most out of JumpStartFM, you will need to be self-motivated and invest the time required to complete the assigned projects.
Your instructors will tailor your project work to your experience level, and you’ll receive one-on-one feedback. If you’re thinking about going off on your own, this course includes in-depth insight into the process of consulting. Sales, time management, billing, estimating and quality assurance techniques are all part of JumpStartFM, and they are key elements of running a financially successful consulting business. We want to make sure you get the most out of the technical and business sessions so please us to see if this course is right for you.
Yes. JumpStartFM was originally designed for beginning developers with the goal of developing skills that they could use to assist their organization immediately with useful (billable) work. The course is an excellent introduction to FileMaker, and we will tailor project work to your skill level. You will receive a technical review from your instructors on each assignment via email.
We’ve geared the technical aspects of this course to address both beginning and mid-level developers. Perhaps you are a “power user” who wants to dig deeper on the development side. Perhaps you’ve been working with FileMaker on the development side and want to sharpen your skills in specific areas. We’ll develop a plan with each student to ensure you get the most out of this course, and you will receive a technical review from your instructors on each assignment via email.
JumpStartFM is an online course designed by Molly Connolly, President of Thorsen Consulting. Molly has been working with FileMaker since 1989 developing custom software solutions, training and high-quality information resources for clients and developers. Industry experts David Knight, Cris Ippolite, Matt Navarre and Debbie Zempel bring deep experience to the JumpStartFM program, offering rich experience, custom software development and project management.
Yes. JumpStartFM is a remote training course and you can pay the fees online via credit card. You will download pre-recorded webinars each week and feedback on your individual project work will be sent via email.
JumpStartFM is for developers who are committed to career advancement by developers with deep understanding of the field.
Students who complete JumpStartFM can expect to come out of the course with a solid understanding of FileMaker and its capabilities. The course covers:
If desired, students can work with instructors on an individual plan leading to certification.
The key benefit of JumpStartFM is the personalized feedback, coaching support and code reviews from instructors on your individual projects. Another key takeaway is the problem-solving context that JumpStartFM can provide – you’ll learn when to use specific solutions and how to make decisions at key junctures. Videos and books are a great resource to the FileMaker community, but they are missing the oversight, direction and feedback to help you develop your skills and move forward in your career.
Yes. Email is the best way to communicate with your instructors outside of class time.
The cost of the one-month course is $3,000 ($250 early bird discount for student’s registering before May 15th).
FMPug members* get an additional $250 discount on the price of tuition. That means FMPug members who register before May 1 will save $500!
The JumpStartFM tuition fee includes live seminars, pre-recorded webinars and one-on-one feedback on project work from your instructors. Recommended materials reference materials cost an additional $50-200.
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One copy of FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Pro Advanced (preferred)
All of the exercises for the class are included in the price of JumpStartFM. Students can expect to spend an additional $50-$200 if they decide to incorporate the additional materials into their long-term professional development plan. We recommend the following training materials and memberships: FileMaker Training Series (FTS); FileMaker Tech Net Membership; FMForums membership and FileMaker Magazine.
The majority of these expenses can be offset with a membership to FMPug which can save you upto $500 off the cost of the course if purchased before the early bird discount ends ($250 after).
Work happens. In the past, we’ve been able to help a few students in similar situations by extending the training time and spreading the JumpStartFM assignments out over an extra month or two. To receive feedback from instructors, however, you will still need to meet the minimum requirements on the course schedule, and we cannot provide one-on-one feedback beyond the month-long course period.
Yes. If you need a certificate of completion for your employer, please let us know at the time of registration.
Regular price $2500*
Early Bird Special $2250* - through August 12th 2017
*FMPug members save an additional $250 with the coupon found in the discounts area of your FMPug account
September 12th - October 3rd
Live Check-In each Tuesday
11:00 am Central Standard Time (Duration approx 1 hour)
Plan on 10-15 hour time commitment per week to watch pre-recorded webinars and complete weekly assignments.
Additional Expenses (not required) may include purchase of recommended materials including FileMaker Training Series and subscription to lynda.com and additional on-line resources.
For more information you can email Molly
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