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Case study: An all-round approach to ITIL at Oxford Brookes

The Oxford Brookes IT department was in need of assistance in exploring the best ways to proceed with change management. They already had a process exercise in transition but wanted to grasp a solid understanding of what a workable change process should look like. They wanted to know what changes would arise in implementing adoption and which supporting fuctions would be required.

How Quanta helped:

COBIT 5 - IT control objectives, how to do it properly

About four years ago when I was deep in thought about the Strategy phase of ITIL®, I was pondering a question from a delegate regarding where the policies that are discussed and the principles expounded in the guidance actually come from.

The answer was relatively straightforward but, it was what came next which we are concerned with.

Cyber security savvy

In 2015, cyber security should be a business' number one priority. There are UK standards for cyber security that organisations can adhere to but they are voluntary so needless to say, they’re often forgotten.

Why I've been buying straw bales for work (and I'm no farmer)

I've been designing training courses for a number of years now and as such I have a trusty process for developing them. It usually involves reading widely around a subject, speaking to as many ‘experts’ as possible, identifying the key learning objectives, writing a trainer guide and then producing some exercises for delegates to practise each of the key points. Nothing extraordinary then, until now that is…

Do we underestimate the value of the Product Owner?

When liaising with clients about adopting Scrum or other Agile practices, they're often keen to have an army of Scrum Masters. In fact, it is not unusual that their response to my typical opening question of ‘What do you need?’ is ‘Scrum Master training, that’s what we need and lots of it’. Now, I’m not denigrating the importance of the Scrum Master role, or the development team for that matter, in any way, but why is it that the Product Owner (PO) role doesn’t seem to have gained the same traction in our industry's imagination?

Scrum and shipwrecks: simulation at its best

When we said in last month's blog article that agile thinking has many applications outside of software development, we failed to mention that you can even use it to salvage a shipwreck. This is the objective in Raise the Terror, the latest ThirdBrainTM simulation from Quanta focusing on the principles of scrum. After you've learned the theory of scrum, you might know how to be a great Product Owner or Scum Master, but there's nothing better than putting it into practice within a fun, stimulating setting.

Authenticity - why we distrust the political elite

We love authentic leaders; those who tell it like it is, who wear their hearts on their sleeves, those we don’t suspect of duplicity and insincerity, which is maybe why we have all grown to mistrust our political elite.

With ever-growing disillusionment in our political leadership and an election just around the corner, I believe that a lack of authenticity in those who ‘represent’ us, is what's currently missing.

Leadership in Action - unique four-day residential

What makes a good leader? There isn't one type of leadership style that works in all situations, successful leaders take several guises. This is why we've developed a unique four-day residential leadership course like no other you have ever experienced.

 

Planning Poker - why it's worth the gamble in Agile

'Planning Poker' as the name suggests, requires a bit of a gamble but we'd like to tell you why this sort of gambling's good.  For those not so familiar, 'Planning Poker' is a stage in Scrum (which is an Agile project management framework), also known as a 'consensus-based estimating technique' whereby team members mutually decide how long it'll take to carry out certain tasks within a certain timeframe, or what they call a 'sprint'.

Announcing Agile Week

 

The rate at which UK companies are adopting Agile continues to increase year on year. We have found that teams choose to take on this novel approach to project management to cut the time it takes to bring a product to market, incorporate a new way to manage their changing priorities and at the same time, gain increases in productivity.

 

We don't just grow skills, we grow Mo's too!

I've been thinking of writing a blog for a while now but when it came to it, I couldn't think of anything...typical! I was making a cup of tea at 9.30 in the evening and suddenly the creative juices started to flow...so let's start with Movember.

Blog Post by amyd on 28 November 2014

COBIT 5 – the process model

In this last post on the basics of COBIT, I want to address the mechanism that we have for asking the right questions and ensuring that we use the principles and enablers in the best way. This will produce a well-reasoned governance and policy framework which can be examined through audit in a robust manner. A well made framework provides assurances to the enterprise that ‘the right things are being done, in the right way, to support the aims and goals of the business’.