About this Course

Tech Type Essentials
Duration 1 Day

The day will comprise of two round table lean coffee sessions supported by presentations from a number of experts from the training industry. They will be analysing the impact of agility on the Programme Management, Project Management and business analyst roles.

The APMG will be presenting during the day alongside QA’s world class training experts, ensuring you gain invaluable ideas and insights with a proven track record in successful delivery through agility.

We will also be showcasing our new premium online product, the QA Impact Academy. An online coach supported programme that allows delegates to participate in a real world project without the associated risks.

Our workshop provides the perfect opportunity to meet likeminded individuals, share experiences and discuss solutions with our industry leading experts, as well as introduce you to the QA Impact Academy.

Session 1: Thursday 28th March 2019 | Agile Room, International House

Session 2: Friday 29th March 2019 | Agile Room, International House

Session 3: Friday 10th May 2019 | QA Manchester Centre

Time: 09:15 – 16:30

Cost: FREE


09:15-09:30 – Welcome and kick off – Phil Stirpe

09:30-10:15 – Importance of certifications and accreditation – Nick Houlton (APMG)

10:15-11:45 – Lean Coffee exercise

11:45-12:00 – Outcome analysis

12:00-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-14:00 – Assentire Collaboration Tool inc. exercise – Rod Willis

14:00-14:30 – Impact Academy – Angela Adams from Cohort Learning Group

14:30-15:45 – Lean Coffee exercise

15:45-16:00 – Outcome analysis

16:00-16:30 – Panel

About the Presenters



Phil Stirpe

Director of Agile & Projects

Phil has been involved in software development, consultancy and training for almost 30 years. He has a strong interest in Agile Software Development and is passionate about developing and delivering high quality training. With a focus on helping others to learn, Phil has designed and delivered training programmes across many sectors including financial, manufacturing, engineering and service. Since May 2016, Phil has led the Agile practice at QA. In that role, he is responsible for developing the curriculum and the team who deliver it. He also authors new content and acts as a Product Owner for other authors. His mission is to help organisations introduce Agile successfully by focusing on their culture and Agile teams to work more effectively. Phil and his team engage with senior stakeholders to help develop an Agile culture and an understanding of Agile practices at all levels across the organisation. This can then be followed by role specific training and coaching. He also works with agile teams, helping them to implement Scrum, Kanban and other complementary practices such as Test Driven Development - TDD. He also works with Project managers to help them manage their projects in a more Agile way.
Angela Adams

Angela Adams

Learning Strategist for Virtual Academies, Cohort Learning Group

Angela is a Learning Strategist for Virtual Academies where she implements Cohort Learning Group’s unique 'Learning by Doing' methodology, designing learning journeys that make a difference to individual and organisational performance. This is achieved by partnering with organisations to develop programmes that combine an experiential and social approach, a focus on learner UX, and technology tools and platforms that enable learning and promotes the development of practical workplace skills. Angela is also an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School where she has contributed to executive leadership development programmes for more than a decade. She has worked with clients to customise programmes that align learning to the organisation’s requirements in a wide range of sectors including: pharmaceuticals, finance and insurance, engineering and professional service firms. Prior to joining Saïd Business School, Angela spent fifteen years in Higher Education publishing where she was responsible for new product development of business and management textbooks, and digital learning resources. Angela has a Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Roehampton, London. Her first degree was BA (Hons) Business and Management, De Montfort University.
Nick Houlton

Nick Houlton

Chief Operating Officer, APMG International

Nick leads the APMG International business working with our team across the world to improve access to leading practice. APMG International is a world class accreditation and examination body who accredit professionals to international standards; enabling business transformation and improving the performance of teams and individuals. He is a Board member of APM Group International, founding Chair of the Lean IT Association and a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. Prior to joining APMG Nick held senior management positions at Oracle, Computer Associates and SAS. His early career focused on organisational change management with Oracle UK where he developed new ways of working with technology. As Director of Customer Services, Education and Support for SAS UK, he brought technical support and training together; improving customer satisfaction and growing the service desk, classroom and field services business.
Rod Willis

Rod Willis

Director and Co-founder of Assentire Ltd.

Rod Willis is known for his work in Collaboration and Mindset development, integrating ‘Design Thinking’, ‘Continuous Improvement’ and ‘Agile Practice’ bringing lasting behavioural change to organisations through innovation. He is a Director and Co-founder of Assentire Ltd, an active contributor to the Agile Business Consortium’s Cultural and Leadership streams and developed their Agile Leadership Coaching Toolkit. Rod is the designer and developer of the ‘Innovation Audit 3.0’ framework, created to enhance collaboration through retrospectives, by unlocking what we call ‘Resistance to Change’. This is achieved by using advanced dialogue within groups and teams, stimulated and guided by the Accelerating Collaboration Everywhere® suite of tools. One aspect of his early training that inspires his work, was an experience with Henry Mintzberg of CoachingOurselves a few years ago. This experience crystalized his understanding about what he calls the Environment Dynamic. If you create an effective environment (a healthy Environment Dynamic), have people that care about what they do, and feel Psychologically Safe, you can bring about almost any change needed with passion and creativity. Several people have written about the Accelerating Collaboration Everywhere® methods, and the most recent publication Jan 2019 is, ‘Workplace Learning: How to Build a Culture of Continuous Employee Development’ by Nigel Paine. Nigel Paine worked with Rod to explore the concept of collaboration as he believes collaboration is key to building better and more successful workplaces.

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