Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - QA's Horizon Scan Conference #2: Leading in the Digital Age

At a glance


Working with technology experts, Digital Transformation specialists and our sector wide partners, QA is uniquely positioned to understand and interpret the rapidly changing technological landscape and convert this into a purposeful learning solution for UK Businesses.

Join QA experts and guest speakers in QA's ongoing FREE Horizon Scan events as we explore the shifting role of leadership in the digital age. The event will consist of a series of enlightening talks, Q&A sessions and networking opportunities.

In this Horizon Scan we will explore themes around effective leadership and digital culture, the prioritisation of work and creating flatter organisational hierarchies in the enterprise.


Target Audience

Senior L&D and strategic decision makers, interested in organisational change management and digital transformation.


Special Notices

Please do let us know if you have any special dietary or access requirements by emailing us at or please contact your Account Manager.

Please note this is a recorded event.


Speaker information



Adrian Jakeman

Head of IT Training

Adrian has worked in the IT and education industries for the past 25 years and joined QA in 2006 with a focus on the development and delivery of training around Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and the software development lifecycle. Still to be found in the classroom delivering training around Application Lifecycle Management, he is also responsible for the day-to-day management of QA’s IT curriculum. He has particular focus on the quality, breadth, depth and relevance of both vendor-produced courses and the extensive QA-authored portfolio. Areas of expertise: Teaching and learning effectiveness, Application Lifecycle Management, Cloud computing, Team Foundation Server.

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.

Phil Stirpe

Head of Agile

Philip is a Microsoft Certified Trainer - MCT based in the North-West, and has been involved in software development and IT training for over 26 years. Philip is actively involved in vendor relationships. He has delivered Visual Studio, .NET, Silverlight, WPF and LIVE training courses on behalf of Microsoft worldwide and recently developed and delivered a wide portfolio of AWS training with Amazon Web Services. His areas of interest include Visual Studio, .NET, Amazon Web Services - AWS, Web Application Security, DevOps and Configuration Management, Scrum and Agile Software Development. Philip is currently involved in developing QA’s Agile curriculum across all of its practices as well as developing QA’s Configuration Management portfolio with courses in tools including Chef and Puppet. He is passionate about developing and delivering training that meets the needs of the client and exceeds their expectations. Philip has also pioneered various techniques and tools to help other trainers in QA to develop including the use of video and audio recording at QA in order to produce Train the Trainer material for each of his courses. In addition, he introduced a Bitesize programme where trainers deliver short briefings to colleagues after class in order to help share skills. Philip develops a great number of QA authored courses. Recent courses include ASPNET MVC, OWASP for Java, Puppet and Chef.



9:30-10:00 – Registration, Networking and Coffee


Leading in the Digital Age


10:00-10:20 – Leading in the Digital Age – What is the role of the leader in organisations going through Strategic Digital Transformation? In this session we will explore the key qualities demonstrated by successful leaders in the digital age


David Walker

10:20-10:40 – Customer focused Cultures – What makes digital platform organisations such as Uber successful? In this talk we will explore the customer centred approach that digital organisations leverage and the digital professions needed to support at scale.


10:40-11:00 – Innovation in Learning – Practicing what we preach QA will show how we are reacting to shifting needs in our customer’s needs and why your learning objectives will become a strategic aspect of your L&D teams.


11:00-11:30 – Q&A with QA

11:30-11:45 – Networking and Coffee Break


Delivering value at velocity


11:45-12:00 – Innovation thanking – Stop talking, start doing. For organisations to transform Leaders after to act with agility and velocity delivering strategic vision that empowers your people.


12:20-12:40 – The Agile Organisation – Organisations that successfully transform do not ‘do agile’ they are agile. In this session we will explore how agile can be done at scale and some of the routes for agile skills that are less well known.


12:40-13:00 – Guest Speaker - TBC

13:00-13:30 – Q&A with QA

13:30-14:30 – Lunch and Networking


The Empowered Organisation


14:30-14:50 – Rebels at work – Challenge what no longer works. Lead change -- whatever your position. The hierarchical organisation can stifle the innovative power you have in your organisation. In this session we will explore what happens when you give your people the chance to break the rules.


14:50-15:10 – Distributed teams – How do teams stay agile when they are not co-located? We’ll explore effective ways of using digital practices and thinking to close the gaps and keep agile teams high performing.


15:10-15:30 – Data Driven Cultures – So you have five hundred great ideas and now you are not sure where to turn. In this session we will explore how you go from thinking big data to being data driven and how this creates a flatter and more honest organisation.


15:30-16:00 – Q&A with QA

16:00-16:15 Closing remarks and the next Horizon Scan

Where & When


Date: Friday 28th September

Location: London

Duration: 09:00 - 16:30

Cost: FREE



Take a look at these videos taken from the previous event we held earlier this year. For the full collection of videos taken at our previous event please visit our Digital Transformation playlist.

David Walker introduces QA’s 'Horizon Scan' event: 'Demystifying Digital Transformation'

Ed Monk, CEO of Learning Performance Institute, discusses the new learning landscape

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