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.

Our workshop provides the perfect opportunity to meet likeminded individuals, share experiences and discuss solutions with our industry leading experts.

Date: Friday 10th May 2019

Time: 09:15 – 16:30

Location: QA Manchester Centre

Cost: FREE


09:15-09:45 – Phil Stirpe: “Overcoming the obstacles to Agile adoption”

09:45-10:45 – Lean Coffee Exercise

10:45-11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 – Ian Clarkson: “Discussing the business and cultural change issues facing businesses in the 4th industrial revolution”

11:45-12:00 – Outcome Analysis and Questions for Panel

12:00-13:00 – Lunch

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

14:00-15:00 – Lean Coffee Exercise

15:00-15:30 – Nick Houlton: “The Importance of Accreditation”

15:30-16:00 – Panel

About the Presenters


Phil Stirpe

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.
QA Training | Ian Clarkson

Ian Clarkson

Head of Organisational Consultancy

Ian is an experienced consultant, columnist, trainer and speaker, making him highly respected in his field. Previously head of QA’s project management practice, Ian’s new team partners with organisations to build sustainable individual and organisation-wide capability and capacity to meet current and future business needs.
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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