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SOS – Save Our Security

Last year 58% of companies left over 100,000 folders open for the world – and any maliciously interested parties therein – to see. The sensitivity of these folders varies, but with cyber-criminals becoming increasingly savvy in their approach to data theft it is becoming increasingly harder to protect yourself. Read on to find out how to combat this threat.

The Pickle with Procurement

When I reach any section on procurement in one of my courses, I regularly ask the question “What is procurement?”. The answer I am often given is “buying stuff”! To programmes, we often need to procure something from an external company. The more complex the programme the more likely you will need external help or materials.

Quanta now offers Scrum Alliance® Certified ScrumMaster!

We’ve made a change here at Quanta with regards to our Agile portfolio and we wanted to be open with our clients as to what those changes mean and why we have made them. Since starting our Agile offering in 2011 our Scrum courses have always been set to our own learning objectives, with an eye on helping people prepare for Scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Master I and Professional Scrum Product Owner I exams. As of June this year one of our Agile coaches, myself, has been accepted into the fold of another accrediting body, Scrum Alliance® – you can read more about Scrum Alliance® here. This is going to have some limited impact on our clients – but we hope it will offer a host of benefits too.

What's happening with ITIL4?

ITIL 4  - We haven’t had a real update from AXELOS for a while….but we expect to hear BIG news shortly so in anticipation here is a reminder of things as we see them at Quanta.

Armed Forces Day at Quanta

Yesterday marked the first day of #ArmedForcesWeek which leads up to Armed Forces Day on 29th June 2019. Here at Quanta we celebrated a little early, opting instead to celebrate it last Monday as we had a large number of Armed Forces delegates in the building.

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.