Quanta Blogs

The power of a positive mind…

One of my favourite quotes in life is attributed to Henry T Ford – “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you are probably right”. When I did one of my courses on training at the excellent TAP academy, I was taught that “Belief creates reality”. In short, I must as a trainer approach each delegate as someone who can get the material and will excel at it. As a trainer, I am blessed with a new set of delegates each week. A new course...

How healthy is your organisation?

We aren’t talking about finances. We are talking about your workforce. Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year. It affects 1 in 4 people each year...

Estimates are not reality

Estimates are not reality - no matter how much we might hope them to be. You know the scenario: Roadworks are put in place. An end date is scheduled. The end date is then missed. ‘Why can't we plan these projects so that we deliver the work on time?’ is the common cry! A number of us in the Midlands have seen this scenario with the roadworks on the M5 at Oldbury Viaduct (between Junctions 1 and 2). The project started in January 2017...

A Day In The Life Of A Quanta Delegate

Here at Quanta we pride ourselves on the learning experience that we offer our delegates when they choose to attend a course at our Worcester training centre. This is everything from having expert trainers and engaging learning material and exercises to having great coffee and a slice of toast on your arrival. We believe that if you feel relaxed and at home those pre-learning jitters will soon disappear and all you have to do is concentrate on the course as we take care of the rest. Recently Charlotte, from our Operations team, enrolled on to our HTML & CSS Fundamentals course and she wanted to give you a taste of what you can expect on a visit to our Worcester training centre…

What’s in a name?

On a recent PRINCE® course of mine, one of my delegates asked me about the Project Plan. He wanted to know if this document was the same as the Blueprint document he used at his work. However as there is no such document as the Blueprint in PRINCE® he was unable to find the relevant document when trying to translate the terminology in his workplace to that in the method.

 

Is this what's killing your business?

One the biggest killers of projects and business is the HiPPO- Highest Paid Persons Opinion. This is something that our business has witnessed over the last 30 years across many different companies in different industries and sizes. 

The HiPPO was first coined by Avinash Kaushik in his web book Web Analytics: An Hour a Day. It describes the phenomena in meetings when the highest paid person in the room makes decisions made on their own opinion and does not utilise their team and the data at their disposal.

Five tips for studying PRINCE®

Brilliant! You’ve made the decision to study and achieve a qualification in PRINCE®. There are many reasons why you might want to take a qualification – and that’s a subject for another blog article (let me know if you’d like to see that one!). But having made the decision, here are five top tips for you:

ITIL4: The wait is finally over...

The ITIL framework is changing. The last major update, ITILv3, was way back in 2007 (OK, there was the 2011 revision, but adding a couple of processes, removing a couple and tidying up the books isn't exactly a MAJOR revision). A lot has changed in the workplace and technology since then, so the update was highly anticipated. ITIL4 promises to focus on making business and IT functions work...

Quanta steal newcomer show with CompTIA training partner award

We may be a relatively new CompTIA partner, but we’re already making a big impression! We’ve not long returned from the CompTIA Conference in London, one of the biggest events in the UK tech calendar. We attended the conference because our training portfolio includes CompTIA courses. We’re also a CompTIA partner too. So far, we’ve delivered CompTIA training to more than 1,000 people, which is a huge achievement in itself. And that achievement has been officially cemented after Quanta were presented with...

Is the written word losing it's meaning?

My son, who is at University, went for an interview recently for an internship. I helped him with his preparation going over the steps that I go through when preparing for an interview. (If you are interested in this – let me know and I will make it the subject of another blog article). We discussed how to identify sensible questions he could ask and possible questions that they might ask and how he might answer those.
 

Agile - Large organisation, slow to catch on?

Most business management trends start with large businesses and filter down to smaller ones. With Agile we’ve seen quite the opposite. The movement started in small, highly innovative businesses and is now taking center stage in big organisations from large financial institutions to utilities companies, charities and local government. 

Microsoft Loves Linux

Where does Microsoft plan on making money in the next few years? It won’t be from selling desktop operating systems... Microsoft are continuing to roll with the fact that it’s too expensive for one organisation to write software. Software needs to be open source, or it can’t compete. 

Training funding for ex-forces employees

Forces leavers are given Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) that they can use to gain skills and qualifications to transition into civilian life.  This infographic gives an overview of the ELC rules and how employers can help.  Training for your ex-forces employees is available from Quanta and we have a dedicated Forces Training Team on hand should you have any questions.  Contact the team or call 0800 018 3975.