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Project management: How to apply agile principles and succeed

Agile by stealth: How to apply Agile principles and succeed in projects

How can you implement agile principles into traditional project management processes and succeed? We discuss how. Read the full article

AWS

The benefits of the cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS)

If you read the tech press, you would think absolutely everybody was moving to the cloud. But is that just hype, or is it really true? And if it's true, what benefits are they getting from it? Read the full article

Highways Agency project management case study

Developing Outstanding Project Managers

Highways England worked with the APM and QA to define and implement a career path and development strategy for their project management community in order to deliver better projects. Read what happened and what impact it had. Read the full article

Building a project management career

Top ten tips in becoming a project manager

Dr Ian Clarkson offers his advice on how to enter the profession and run successful projects. Read the full article

Why a mentor can be key to your professional development

Why a mentor can be key to your professional development

Mentors can act as ‘role models’, offering their guidance about job expectations, career planning and professional development. We discuss the benefits of having a mentor or coach and how do you figure out which one is right for you. Read the full article

Benefits of AWS new region launch

AWS have launched a new region… in London!

AWS have expanded their footprint and launched a new region. We discuss the benefits of this new launch. Read the full article

Building a project management career

Be the architect of your project management career

In this blog, the first of two, Dr Ian Clarkson explores the case for and offers his advice to those looking to build their careers in project management. Read the full article

Train and retain: The importance of hiring, training and retaining great employees

The importance of hiring, training and retaining great employees

Training staff can improve business performance, profit, staff retention and morale. We discuss the key benefits of training both for your employees and your business. Read the full article

Tips to portray the right professional image on social media

Don't commit career suicide

Social media can be an invaluable resource, but you can too easily succumb to a cycle of shameless self exposure. Follow our tips to strike the perfect professional and social balance. Read the full article

Leading QA Bloggers

Find out more about some of our leading bloggers in the profiles below



Matt Bishop

Matt Bishop

Head of Cloud Technologies

Matt joined QA in 2005, having previously worked as a developer trainer on the Microsoft .NET stack. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and an authorized Amazon trainer. As a Principal Technologist, Matt focuses on creating and delivering courses about cloud services, service-oriented architectures and enterprise application integration. Areas of expertise: Amazon Web Services, .NET, C#, BizTalk, Microsoft Azure.

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Jennie Marshall

Learning Programme Director (Strategic Accounts)

Jennie Marshall is an award winning learning professional who joined QA in 2010 as a Learning Consultant in the Leadership, Management and Business Skills team. She has gone on to progress through various positions to her current role of Learning Programme Director where she now designs, develops and manages the delivery of end to end learning programmes. She is an experienced learning professional, with expertise including management, leadership and talent, and training and facilitation developed within a variety of environments. She is a proven developer of people and is accredited in the use of a variety of tools including Strength Deployment Inventory®, Hogan®, Prism and Worldsview as well as being an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner.

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David Walker

Head of Emerging Technologies

David is a change driven technologist who continually looks to adapt and expand his knowledge and understanding of his field. Over the least eighteen years David has led technology and training companies through emerging fields and technology trends helping them to understand the future and develop business opportunities. As Head of Emerging Technologies he works closely with customers and industry experts to ensure the opportunities and threats of new technology trends designing custom learning solutions to help small and enterprise organisation adapt and make the most of their people - ensuring QA is ready when our customers need to navigate the minefield of the fast moving digital landscape. His passion is in advanced web engineering principals and vendor neutral thick client design/development technologies reflected in his research, analysis and courseware development experience combined with his training delivery skills. As a technologist he is the lead instructor and syllabus author for web development technologies and specialising in Agile, DevOps, and User Experience driven approaches to developing solutions. He has authored courses such as HTML5, Responsive Web Development, User Experience, NodeJS, Javascript and jQuery.

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Ian Clarkson

Head of Project Management

Dr Ian Clarkson is Head of Project and Programme Management at QA, providing business direction and ownership of QA’s portfolio, programme, project and risk management curriculum. Ian is an experienced lecturer, author, speaker and consultant, having delivered programmes and projects in all industry sectors. This extensive hands-on experience coupled with a background in education has made Ian well-known and highly respected in his field. Ian currently works with a team of highly experienced lecturers and consultants helping organisations excel in all aspects of portfolio, programme, project and risk management.

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