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Date: 11/07/2018

The goal of our webinars is to deliver information: we want you to learn more about the topic you have chosen and we see it as our mission to improve your knowledge.

Together with our expert trainers and consultants, we run several webinars during the year, trying to cover all those topics that are particularly relevant for your professional growth: from project management (PRINCE2 as well as Agile methods), to Programme, Portfolio and PMO Management.

The best thing about webinars is that you can watch them over and over! So if you’ve missed one, no worries! Follow the link to watch the recorded version of your preferred topic or method and …

… enjoy your learning moments!

AGILE METHODS AND FRAMEWORK: AN INTRODUCTION

Agile approaches are no longer limited to software development. They are more and more popular with various organizations that need to be more flexible and responsive to effectively address their increasing pace of change. Agile Project Management is an innovative approach to project management. This 1 hour webinar will introduce you to the different agile methods, the principles of the AgilePM approach and the tools needed to manage projects in an Agile way.

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INTRODUCTION TO PMO MANAGEMENT: ROLES, TECHNIQUES AND BENEFITS

If your focus is on improving the way that projects are done (so that more projects succeed and change is more effective), then you should consider P3O, which explains how to use offices to support projects, programs and portfolios. You can facilitate effective portfolio, programme and project management in your organization by implementing a PMO Office. This may be provided through a single permanent office which may exist under several different names e.g. PMO, Portfolio Office, Centre of Excellence, Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office. It may otherwise be provided through a linked set of offices (portfolio office, programme offices, project offices), both permanent (enabling/supporting business objectives and consistency of delivery) and temporary (enabling/supporting specific programmes and projects), providing a mix of central and localized services.

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PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT: BENEFITS OF STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT

If you are a manager with a top-down perspective (you are managing a budget and a team, or a group of strategic initiatives), your next step could be MoP Portfolio Management, a one week training with certification. MoP, Management of Portfolios, provides an overview of all change activities including what is in the portfolio, what it is costing, what risks are faced, what progress is being made, and what the impact is on business as usual and the organization’s strategic objectives. MoP helps you answer the question “Are we doing the right projects?” by prioritizing the right projects and programmes to undertake.

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PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT: ELEMENTS AND BENEFITS

If you are a project manager, or a manager, managing bigger-and-bigger projects and driving transformational business change, your next step is Programme Management. MSP, Managing Successful Programmes, represents proven good practice in programme management in successfully delivering transformational change, drawn from the experiences of both public and private sector organisations. MSP defines programme management as “the action of carrying out the coordinated organization, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformational activities (i.e. the programme), to achieve outcomes and realize benefits of strategic importance to the business”. In fact it’s key to understand that a programme is not only a “bigger project”, but can also be a set of coordinated projects.

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PRINCE2 2017: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRINCE2 UPDATE

PRINCE2 is firmly established as the world’s most practiced method for project management and is globally recognized for delivering successful projects. In January 2017 AXELOS, announced the upcoming arrival of updated PRINCE2 guidance and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. Together, these form PRINCE2 2017 and represent the first major update to PRINCE2 since 2009. With this informative webinar QRP International wants to introduce you to the changes, understanding not only what changes in the content, but also what are the main reasons for the update, and how these updates will impact (or not impact) on your actual certification, and/or training plans.

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QRP International aims to support organisations and professionals developing their personal skills and reaching their business objectives with Training, Certification and Consultancy services in Best Practice management methods. Get in touch to know more or to ask your questions.

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Date: 20/06/2018

QRP International is proud to announce the launch of new PM courses: PM² Project Management, the PM methodology developed by the European Commission.

PM² Project Management Methodology

PM² is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission which captures the experience of EU institutions from managing thousands of projects, change initiatives, programmes and grants. PM² has been custom developed to fit the specific needs, culture and constraints of EU Institutions and Public Administrations, but also incorporates elements from globally accepted best practices, standards and methodologies, such as PRINCE2, PMI’s PMBOK and IPMA. The result is an easy-to-implement methodology suitable for any type of organization.

THE OPEN PM² INITIATIVE

Until the end of 2016, PM² methodology and certification was only available to EU institutions’ staff.

With the OpenPM², the EU Commission decides to provide open access to the PM² Project Management Methodology beyond purely EU institutions and including Contractors, Member States and finally all EU citizens. This open initiative help establish a common project management language and process for projects across organisations, increase effectiveness, collaboration efficiency and success in the coordination of projects in the EU.

PM² Project Management Course: PM² Fundamentals

QRP International offers PM² Project Management Methodology courses. These are two-days training called PM² Fundamentals. PM² courses take place in the EU Commission area (Rondpoint Schuman).

This unique course is particularly relevant for those organisations and people involved in international collaborative EU funded projects or willing to apply for EU grants.

The purpose of PM² Project Management Methodology is to enable better project management in the EU to help organisations deal with challenges of project management performance, collaboration with other organizations, engagement with citizens and complexities of managing service providers and outsourced projects.

GENERAL INFO:

  • Location: Brussels (EU Commission area – Rondpoint Schuman)
  • Duration: 2 days, 14 h
  • Language: English
  • Price: € 1 250 (excl VAT)
  • Material: PM² course handouts (English)

Stay Ahead! Register for the first PM² Courses!

Now that you know about PM² courses, and the launch of this open initiative from the EU Commission, don’t miss your chance to stay ahead with your PM skills: register for one of the two sessions planned for this year!

Feel free to get in touch to have more info on PM².

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Date: 15/05/2018

What does it take to become Agile?

One of the key difficulties when we talk about ‘agile’ is that this is a very broad and general term and it means different things to different people. There are usually 2 common interpretations of agile:

  1. Flexible, responsive to customer needs, early to market with products that customers actually want;
  2. Internal capability, skills and commitment to implementing change constantly, allowing the business model to evolve to meet the needs of a fast-changing market place.

These perceptions share a positivity about ‘agile’, it is clearly perceived as a good thing. At the same time, this highlights that there are different interpretations of what Agile means, different ideas about how to adopt it and therefore different methods and frameworks that could be chosen.

Here we describe 2 of the most known names in the Agile world, Agile Project Management and Scrum:

AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) is an innovative approach to project management and an actual Project Management method. It helps people work effectively together to achieve business goals. This guidance provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organizations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.

Agile Project Management is the result of the collaboration between APMG International and the DSDM Consortium.

Key Facts:

SCRUM

Scrum is an Agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum method originally was formalized for software development projects, but it works well for any complex, innovative scope of work.

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Date: 10/04/2018

Did you just get AgilePM or Change Management certified and want to share and show your growing skills? Now this is possible thanks to this innovative solution from APMG International!

DIGITAL BADGE – WHY YOU SHOULD CLAIM YOURS

APMG International has launched digital badges for successful candidates to share a credential online and easily broadcast certified skills to employers and other interested parties.

Nicholas Houlton, COO, APMG International describes the new solution as follows:

Our open badges are secure digital representations of credentials. Through a single click employers can verify the certification, understand the qualification and something of the process required to earn it. The badge can be easily embedded on a CV, email signature and social networking sites, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.”

Sharing your certification success demonstrates that you are committed to continual improvement, shows that your skills are current and that you are a highly skilled professional!

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR BADGE

Digital badges are available for exams currently delivered by APMG (AgilePM and Change Management). To access your digital badge, you must have taken your exam with APMG International from 1 January 2016 to current date. To embed your digital badge simply log into the APMG candidate portal and click on the create badge button.

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Date: 27/02/2018

Developed by QRP in-house experts, our fully accredited PRINCE2 Foundation e-learning has been taken from the official PRINCE2 2017 syllabus and made into an interactive and exclusive online training solution in order to prepare you for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, and even more.  Don’t miss out our special offer, get 10% off your PRINCE2 Elearning Foundation.

Managing Director of QRP Jacobus Groot explains,”The world is going digital and so is QRP. As one of the first ATOs we made a transition to fully online examinations in all cases and it did not stop here. The launch of this new e-learning Package is the start of a new era for QRP as we now offer complete e-learning solutions without any paper involved. QRP strives to be a leader in flexible learning solutions for all. Developing professionals to facilitate change: less paper, less travel , more interaction, more sustainability. With this development we are pleased to get the digitalisation support a more sustainable planet too. I can’t wait to launch the various local language versions as soon as the new translated manuals are out! This way we can bring learning to even more countries in the World.”

What’s in it?

The e-learning is broken into 20 bite sized lessons which include videos, quizzes and a collection of interactive readings that provide more in-depth detail on the PRINCE2 method. In order to create knowledge retention we have included the Q-Trainer functionality – it is a tool that repeats questions in such a way that the knowledge will be stored in your long-term memory. All those items combined with the 2 PRINCE2 Foundation exams simulator and the online tutor support ensure that you gain the required level of knowledge to obtain the PRINCE2 Foundation Certification.

Test your knowledge all along your training

With an ever growing database of test questions and 2 complete PRINCE2 Foundation mock exams, you are assured all aspect will be covered and all subjects continuously tested against your knowledge to ensure the best possible preparation towards sitting the official PRINCE2 Foundation exam.

Interactivity

Our experienced PRINCE2 experts explain the method through a wide range of video, interactive readings and practice exam questions, which will help you to not only know PRINCE2 and obtain the PRINCE2 Foundation certification, but also apply it for your projects. The course has been designed to ensure that it provides an interactive and engaging explanation of the PRINCE2 method.

Any-time, anywhere… any device

You can access the PRINCE2 online course from all types of devices (laptops, Smartphones or tablets), wherever you want and whenever you want, and without having to take time off work. So you can learn at a pace that suits you, at home, at work or on the go!

Online Exam included

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam will take place online thanks to the remote ProctorU technology which gives you the freedom to take your exams at a time and location convenient for you, using a webcam and a reliable high-speed connection.

Enjoy a 10% discount in March

For a limited time only, Buy the new PRINCE2 Foundation Elearning and receive a 10% discount on your package. Hurry up! This offer is valid until the 15th of March 2018 only. Buy now!

Learn more about the PRINCE2 Foundation Elearning course
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Date: 01/02/2018

A big news was released few days ago by Axelos Global Best Practice:

Following the successful update of PRINCE2 in English, AXELOS is delighted to announce the schedule for translation of the PRINCE2 2017 updated manual and the supporting Foundation and Practitioner examinations. The first languages to become available will be German, Dutch, Polish, Danish, French and Norwegian. AXELOS is also delighted to confirm the next four languages to be translated soon after these initial six. The additional four languages are: Italian, Chinese, Czech, Spanish.”

For our International Clients, this news is especially relevant as it specifically indicates the launch date of the translated PRINCE2 manual and official Foundation and Practitioner exams in French and Dutch. Other good news is that Italian and European Spanish will be soon released too.

The translation, taken from the second impression of the new manual will be accompanied with the supporting examination questions that have become available after a recently completed standard review of the latest questions. This is to ensure that the translation into the languages is done from the highest possible quality of the source English material.

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PRINCE2 updated version – FRENCH TRANSLATION

  • 5th of April – FRENCH manual pre-order date
  • 2nd of August – FRENCH manual publication date
  • 21st of August – FRENCH Foundation and Practitioner exams available

PRINCE2 updated version – DUTCH TRANSLATION

  • 5th of April – DUTCH manual pre-order date
  • 5th of June – DUTCH manual publication date
  • 26th of June – DUTCH Foundation and Practitioner exams available

Regarding Italian and Spanish,  further information on their rollout schedule will follow later in the year.

For more information please refer to the FAQ documents below.

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