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 and Agile Business Consortium 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.

Date: Friday 25th January 2019

Time: 09:15 – 16:30

Location: Agile Room, International House

Cost: FREE


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

09:30-10:00 – Importance of certifications and accreditation – Nick Houlton (APMG)

10:00-10:30 – Case study presentation – Agile Business Consortium

10:30-12:00 – Lean Coffee exercise

12:00-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-13:30 – Assentire Collaboration Tool inc. exercise – Rod Willis

13:30-14:15 – Impact Academy – Philippa Hardman from Cohort Learning Group

14:15-14:45 – AgileDS – Bob Denham

14:45-16:00 – Lean Coffee exercise

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.
Philippa Hardman

Dr Philippa Hardman

Chief Learning Officer, Cohort Learning Group

Dr Philippa Hardman is Chief Learning Officer at Cohort Learning Group, the parent company of Virtual Institutes. Philippa led the design of the Virtual Institutes platform, drawing on best practice in adult learning theory to deliver a first-of-its-kind Experiential Learning platform. Philippa has over 15 years' experience of researching, designing and delivering blended learning experiences. She started her career as an academic at the University of Sheffield and Cambridge University before taking on the role of Head of Blended Learning at Teach First and then moving to lead the learning design team at Cohort Learning Group.
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.
Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts

Agile Business Consortium

Barbara has been working in Agile from the beginning – the early days of RAD. She has been actively engaged with the Agile Business Consortium (formerly the DSDM Consortium) since day one and ran one of the early adopter projects in 1994/5 which helped form the first version of DSDM. Since then Barbara has been actively involved all things Agile. Barbara has led many successful Agile transformations in a variety of sectors. This has meant addressing many of the issues typical of any organisational change and providing coaching and mentoring at all levels within the organisation. Barbara, previously a Director of the Agile Business Consortium for over 20 years, is passionate about developing effective, experienced Agile professionals. She led the Consortium’s Agile Strategy and Portfolio workgroup, which launched a midi book in December 2017. This product was developed by a group with significant experience of both Agile, strategy and portfolio in the complex corporate space. She has also co-authored several other Agile Business Consortium products, including the AgilePM® Handbook and the Estimating for Agile pocketbook. She now tours the world sharing her agile experiences in the complex corporate environment and has just returned from a trip to Australia and South East Asia where she delivered a series of presentations and coaching sessions. These addressed a diverse range of topics: global trends in agile, agile wars and how to avoid them, how use of the Consortium’s agile product suite supports agile transformations.
John Williams

John Williams

Chief Executive, Agile Business Consortium

John Williams is the CEO of Agile Business Consortium, and has an extensive background in the public, private and third sectors, including stockbroking, inward investment promotion, international business, banking and higher education. He has lived or worked in the Far East, Middle East, North America and Europe as well as the UK, and has owned companies in the UK and Hong Kong. John is also a Director of the Transformation Trust, a charity supporting disadvantaged youth in the UK, and has worked with the Probation Service, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business Trust, the Cabinet Office, and has work-shadowed a member of the Royal family. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Commercial Managers.

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