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The Importance of Scrum & Agile – Harvard Business Review

The May 2016 edition of the Harvard Business Review includes a notable article providing advice to executives who wish to promote and benefit from Agile. “Embracing Agile” is of particular interest since it is authored by: Hirotaka Takeuchi –  who in 1986 helped stimulate the emergence of Agile with a […]

Adobe InDesign – Strengthen Your Design Skills

Part of the same Adobe suite of design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, InDesign is particularly relevant to anything that is made up of a combination of blocks of text, photos or other artwork. This tends to be biased towards multi page printed documents but it is also used […]

PRINCE2® Training and Qualifications

Foundation, Practitioner, Conversion, Re-registration, Agile, Online, Virtual Class, ATOs, Affiliates, Exam Institutes, Remote Proctoring and Axelos. PRINCE2 qualifications are very simple but sometimes it can feel quite the opposite. We provide a no nonsense summary of PRINCE2 qualifications, the options you have when it comes to training delivery, and the […]

Cyber Security Check List

In August Carphone Warehouse had to admit that they had compromised the encrypted credit card details of up to 90,000 customers. Sebastian James, chief executive of parent company,Dixons Carphone, said: “We are, of course, informing anyone that may have been affected, and have put in place additional security measures.” We […]

Training Reduces your Tax Bill

February and March are generally amongst the busiest of the year for professional training courses. Two of the reasons are that for companies and contractors there are strong financial arguments to invest in training at this time of year. They are obvious when you think about it – but many […]

GCHQ Advises Businesses to Invest in Information Security Training

The information security arm of GCHQ  is called CESG; it has re-issued its guidance on averting cyber security risks. One of the 10 key steps is Education and Awareness. “All users should receive regular training on the cyber risks they face as employees and individuals. Security related roles (such as […]

Top IT Trends for 2015

There’s no shortage of advice as to what the IT world can expect in 2015. We try to make sense of the predictions from major industry thought leaders. Cyber security and compliance feature strongly, but there are other topics including virtualisation, cloud and the internet of things. And we take […]

What is Tin Can API?

Learning & Development specialists have been making more and more use of online learning. The Training Zone key trends for 2015 include widespread adoption of Tin Can API. It’s a phrase you need to know so we provide a brief explanation…. Tin Can API is the follow on from SCORM […]

Agile Project Myths

“Agile projects always perform better.”      Oh no they don’t! In this season of fairy tales and panto we help you distinguish between Agile fact and fantasy. Focus is helping many organisations transition to agile project management  –  from niche web marketing agencies, through to global systems development companies.  There is […]

Managing Change in Organisations

Are you involved in change management? Have you ever wondered why change sometimes works and sometimes not? Managing change in organizations is the title of a “practice guide” from the Project Management Institute (PMI). It looks at the principles of change management and in particular how change interacts with projects […]