“Is it possible to learn how to be better at managing change in an agile world?”. This was the question Melanie Franklin, renowned Agile & Change Management expert, transformed into an answer. In 2014 she published the book “Agile Change Management – a practical framework for successful change planning and implementation”. The book provides an approach for managing transformational change initiatives, using a lot of the ideas from the agile methodologies. This book has led to the creation of the Agile Change Agent qualification.
Two years ago we had the opportunity to interview Melanie Franklin and today we are proud to announce the launch of the Agile Change Agent courses.
Agile Change Agent: an agile approach to change
An Agile approach to change is about doing change in waves of change. According to Melanie Franklin, Agile Change Management is about accepting that in this world of very fast moving change, it is not a good idea to try and plan every single change detail upfront.
The Agile Change Agent course & certification provides the participant with guidelines to those that want to work in a change. The course provides insight into how to plan and manage all the activities that are needed to design, deliver and adopt change in an Agile way.
The course answers the questions “What makes a change successful?” “What is it that we really need to know to make a change successful?” “How can we manage our changes in an agile world?”. It is not about what you have to do but how you are supposed to do it, the techniques you can use.
Are you an Agile Change Agent?
You are a change agent if you are responsible for the creation of new ways of working as a result of a project investment. Or if you are in a change management role, where you are identifying what needs to be done by those who are going to have to work differently.
But you are also a change agent if you are impacted by change in sales, marketing, HR, finance or other departments. You have daily priorities, you use existing ways of working to satisfy current customer demand and get the job done, but you are also mobilizing your colleagues and yourself to participate in the changes your organisation makes/decides. So you are acting as a change agent.
Understanding activities for effective change management and including them in your Agile project plan increases the chances that the deliverables from your project will be adopted as new business as usual working practices.
People may not be called Change Agents but the point is that on top of their daily job they have a role to help make change happen and ultimately integrate change into the current ways of working.
Why the Agile Change Agent course could be relevant for you?
- Agile and change explained on a practical level
- The course contains many problem solving techniques
- You can benefit from a practical kit of techniques, checklists and tools so you can start managing your change projects using what you have learnt from the moment you leave the course
- The course helps those who know about change understand Agile, and those who know about Agile learn about change
- You can get a qualification on your CV that proves you have skills in Agile and Change Management - hitting the two hottest topics in business today.
Want to know more? Visit our page Agile Change Agent
Preparing for the PMP® exam is not an easy task. It requires commitment and dedication, plus you have to choose the right training provider.
The training provider will prepare you for the exam and will enable you to successfully submit your exam application. Indeed, in order to apply for the PMP exam, you should prove you completed 35 hours of project management training.
QRP is a PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP). To maintain this designation, we must continuously meet rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness. As ATP we completed the PMI Train the Trainer – PMP Exam Prep® program and we use PMI-developed training course content.
Training with an Authorized Partner will ensure you are trained:
- By an organization you can trust
- With high-quality PMI-developed course content
- By PMI-approved instructors
What you can expect from us:
- quality training
- licensed content for Project Management Professional (PMP)®
- online learning assets like quizzes, knowledge checks and videos
- trainers with a badge that shows they are PMI-approved instructors
- assistance from the trainer for the exam subscription + other possible services based on the language of the training!
Still not convinced?
- Our PMP courses include the PMBoK (Project Management body of Knowledge) in its last edition (6th edition for now, 7th edition as soon as it will be launched) which represents good practice for most projects most of the time.
- Any PDU claim made against a course delivered by QRP will automatically be accepted by PMI without audit.
- You can choose between different course formats: we offer classroom, virtual and corporate training.
- QRP has 20 years’ experience delivering Project Management training across the world.
- Our trainers are carefully selected from our specialized network. Most trainers are accredited on multiple Best Practices.
Our Virtual Classroom solutionWe do our utmost to make our clients happy. It is with this core value in the back of our heads that we developed the Virtual Classrooms. We thought about giving you the best possible learning experience. In this light we decided not to just copy the on site classroom courses, but we shuffled it up. Our Virtual Classroom courses are made out of a mix of live training and homework. This is because we do not think you will be happy to sit behind your webcam for eight hours straight. The morning or afternoon sessions are taught live and that is where the trainer explains the methodology. This is your opportunity to ask questions to the trainer and engage with the other participants. The other part of the day, you will actively apply all that you learned while doing the homework. To do this homework we use tools that will make it easier for you to study and that have AI driven exam simulations. After finishing the course you will be more than ready to complete the exam!
High quality solutionThe Q in QRP stands for Quality, so quality is what we deliver. We use a state of the art e-learning software and provide you with a course that is in line with our quality standards. As you expect, the course is provided in all local languages. The Virtual Classroom courses are taught by our trainers, experienced and still active in their respective field. The courses include examples of real life situations and are adapted to the group of participants in order to offer them the best possible experience.
Why now?The changes in your business as usual might leave you with some time left on your hands. Once everything will go back to normal you will probably be challenged with an overload of new projects, programmes and software development. Now is the time to build up the expertise to face these coming changes so why not follow a course, get a certificate and change your business downtime into business uptime? QRP develops professionals to facilitate change. So we have been able to provide you with a solution during this challenging time for all of us. We offer our Virtual Classrooms next to our e-learning solutions and also hope to start providing you again with classroom courses on site soon. If you want to know more, download our Virtual Classroom brochure. Or contact us directly.
QRP International has a core purpose: "Developing professionals to facilitate changes". We believe in change as a tool for growth and improvement, not only professionally, but also in our society. This is the reason why every year we choose to support a cause. This year we chose to support Kibarè Onlus.Going to school is a privilege in Burkina Faso. Many parents think that children should rather help the family to grow crops; some also think that girls should wed and move out when they are barely in their teens. Issa Yelemou has dedicated his life to give these children a chance. In 2006, when he retired from being a teacher, he invested his life's saving to build his own primary school in the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. He called the school Millennium and he became its headmaster. His vision attracted talented and motivated teachers, which have made the school a centre of excellence in the area. Over the years though, heavy rain seasons have taken their toll on the school buildings. Water has infiltrated the cheap cement and large cracks have appeared on the walls. Families have started to pull their children from school, fearing for their safety. Since 2016, we are helping Issa Yelemou to rebuild the school. Some classes have already moved into the safe and dry rooms of a new wing, but many others still hope for the construction project to finish on time for the next school year. QRP International decided to support the organization with a donation that will enable Issa Yelemou to finish the construction project on time. Because all children need to study in a safe and stable environment to grow and develop their potential. Visit their website to know their mission, stories and beautiful achievements: Kibarè Onlus or follow their social accounts: Instagram, Facebook “Foto: MCA”
DevOps (a clipped compound of “development” and “operations“) is a software development approach to work that combines software development (Dev) with information technology operations (Ops). The goal of DevOps is to shorten the systems development life cycle while delivering software releases frequently, in close alignment with business objectives in a faster, better, and cost-efficient way.DevOps qualifications are offered by PeopleCert: these new hands-on qualifications are designed around those organisations using well-established IT Service Management practices to provide them with guidance on the ideal processes, tools and culture integration with DevOps.
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Achieving excellence, Customer satisfaction and Continuous ImprovementWe are dedicated to providing high Quality. Our Accredited Quality Management System enables us to maximize Quality provided in all of our activities – from the analysis of clients business needs to the tailoring of the services offered. The Quality Management System ensures that our services are supplied according to the foreseen specifications, in order to assure the constancy of the Quality, the full satisfaction of the Customers and the reference to our Core Values :
- We do our utmost to make our clients happy
- We enjoy working together as a team
- We keep our word
- We are committed to our professional development
“As you know the first letter of our brand, the Q stands for Quality which means for us that we are focused on delivering services with an outstanding quality. It means also that we are constantly working on improving the quality of our services as we believe that can always improve the things we do. I am therefore very honoured and proud about our achievement of the ISO 9001 accreditation. It is a recognition of much work done in the last years. I was especially proud to learn that we had to make minimal changes to our systems in order to achieve the ISO accreditation as we have been working on improving our systems all the time. It is a great milestone for the development of our company and I am grateful to all staff contributing to this achievement!”