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Training

Accredited Agile Project Management courses, AgilePM® using the Agile Business Consortium (DSDM) methodology, plus a range of bespoke short courses. Other courses are also available, such as Scrum (Scrum Master & Product Owner), PRINCE2Agile® and AgilePgM.

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Consultancy

Supporting your organisation deliver its projects by providing additional support and consultancy services. We can provide short consultancy and coaching support - ranging from an hour (via Skype) to extended projects and interim services via our team of consultants.

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Agile

Agile methods and techniques began their life within software development teams, and in recent years their benefits have now been adopted by organisations running a whole range of development and change projects. These don't need to be software related - the approaches can be applied just as well to a marketing or transformational change project as it can to one which requires the technical development of a solution.


It's not all about Scrum - whilst it has great use at a team level for operational developments, there are other agile approaches which are worth considering too. The Agile Business Consortium (previously DSDM) have a range of business and project focussed approaches. Their approaches are sector agnostic - making them easy to apply to a range of businesses. In the software sector, many are using DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery) or SAFE (Scales Agile Framework).


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As an early signatory of Agile Agnostic, our founder Jude Paterson firmly believes in using the most appropriate tools and techniques (and therefore training) to support your business needs.


IT-Howzat pride themselves in developing a relationship with their clients that goes beyond simply attending a training course and passing the exam. We offer follow on webinars and can arrange further coaching to enable course attendees to embed their new knowledge in your business. This is where we are different from some of the larger organisations to focus primarily on getting attendees on course and through exams.


We run in-house training courses to suit your organisations needs. These can be run as a block of days, or over separate days to meet with your business need. These courses can be arranged across the UK, or at international locations to ensure that staff across all of your sites are trained in the same manner. Groups of small businesses may link together to learn collectively (and share the savings of an in-house course).

It can also be beneficial to design a combined training and coaching programme to ensure that staff make the most of the opportunity to embed their new knowledge. When organisations are transforming into an agile approach then it is worth planning a change management programme to support the adopting of agile working.


To train a group of staff then contact us now to arrange a private courses at a location to suit your company. This will enable your staff to develop together and will save you money over the cost of sending them all to a public course.


In-house courses in AgilePM® and Scrum are available now

so don’t hesitate to contact us for a quotation.

Finally, E-learning is available, providing a flexible and cost effective technique to enable you or your staff to become skilled in Agile Project Management and gain the AgilePM® certifications (both Foundation and Practitioner). This means that wherever you are in the world you can start your agile training now.

Agile Project Management Courses

AgilePM® qualifications are developed by the Agile Business Consortium and certified by APMG, have been available since 2010 and since then have been adding value to projects around the globe. It is now the leading qualification in delivering Agile projects in the world.


Agile PM Course

IT-Howzat provides a range of AgilePM® training courses, including classroom based and distance learning options. All courses are run with small class sizes to maintain good engagement with each of the candidates and provide practical examples of how the techniques covered have been used in industry. We also talk about how these approaches can be implemented into organisations that have previously used more traditional methods.


Contact us if you are interested in organising a in-house/private course so that we can provide a quote. Where a group of staff require training this will be substantially cheaper than sending them individually on public courses, where costs are in the region of £1295 +VAT per head. This doesn't need to be just one company, but could be a small group of companies that work closely together.


To see a selection of testimonials, and more details on the content of the Foundation and Practitioner course further information is available on our Agile Foundation & Practitioner Course Page.

Scrum
When working in a product development environment, it may be more applicable to use Scrum on it's own rather than within the context of Agile Project Management.

Scrum Poster

We offer a range of Scrum training options, delivering training directly ourselves or via our partners - including Scrum Master and Product Owner training, which can be delivered to enable you to achieve your certification via Scrum.org or Scrum Alliance.


These courses are provided as in-house courses, so contact us to find out more and obtain a quote.


Our Free Scrum Framework chart can be downloaded and used by your teams even if you haven't attended one of our courses.

Continuous Improvement

Looking to improve your existing product or services?

Continous Improvement
Why not contact us to run individual workshops on techniques which come from the Lean 6 Sigma approach.

Some of these include running a Kaizen rapid improvement workshop using the 5S or SIPOC approaches.

Perhaps you want to find out more about lean techniques to remove the MUDA (waste), MURI (overburden) or MURA (unevenness) from your processes.

Workshops can be tailored to meet your organisations needs. Alternatively, if you're looking for Yellow or Orange Belt accredited Lean 6 Sigma training then get in touch to schedule in-house training.
Additional Courses

Non-accredited Courses

We also provide a range of bespoke project and agile related courses. We can also offer a range of workshops from the Lean 6 Sigma methodologies.

  • Introduction to Project Management:

    Bespoke training course, tailored to suit your companies Project Management approach. Typically these can be based on a traditional (or waterfall) approach, or an iterative (agile) approach including an Introduction to Scrum. This course is ideal for junior project managers, team leaders, operational mangers taking on Project Management roles and new senior staff taking on roles such as Project Sponsor or a senior stakeholder. 1 day training course.
  • Introduction to Programme Management:

    Already working with Agile projects, and looking to scale these approaches to programme level? This short 1 day training course, will introduce you to how these practices and principles can be scaled to apply at programme level. Useful course for Programme Sponsors who are new to their role, providing a brief introduction to Programme Management and encouraging an agile mindset.
  • Agile Introduction Day:

    Heard about agile, but don't know much about it? Why not book our Agile Introduction Day course, which introduces the history of agile followed by a focus on both Agile Project Management and Scrum. Ideal for your sales team, to ensure they understand what your clients are looking for from a delivery perspective. Also ideal to introduce your team in a short period of time to a range of the approaches and techniques they can use to start their agile journey. 1 day training course.
  • Introduction to Scrum:

    Currently work in a waterfall manner? Looking to introduce your staff to scrum? This course provides a introduction to scrum - suitable for any level of staff who are likely to be working on an agile development. Includes a focus on behaviors and mindsets that change when working in a more iterative manner, along with practical exercises. 1 or 2 day course dependent upon your needs.
  • Scrum for a Scrum Master:

    In-house Scrum Master training, ideal for team leaders/scrum masters or traditional project managers taking on a scrum master role. Covers the Values, Principles, Roles, Ceremonies and Artifacts of Scrum with a focus on the Scrum Masters role within the product development. Gain hands on experience of running a small scale development during the training course to put into practice the tools and techniques covered.
  • Scrum for a Product Owner:

    In-house Product Owner training, ideal for Product Owners or traditional project managers taking on a Product Owner role. Covers the Values, Principles, Roles, Ceremonies and Artifacts of Scrum with a focus on the Product Owner role within the product development. Gain hands on experience of running a number of small scale developments during the training course to put into practice the tools and techniques covered.
  • User Stories:

    Why do stories help with requirements? Introduction to user stories with practical exercises to enable delegates to practice writing user stories, and their associated acceptance criteria. 1 day training course.
  • MoSCoW Prioritisation:

    Practical training course enabling delegates to learn about using MoSCoW prioritisation to support them when developing products (or processes) on time and in budget. Half day workshop.
  • Stakeholder engagement:

    Overview of stakeholder engagement activities, to support transformation or change projects. These skills are of particular benefit when working on Agile projects where there are multiple deliveries, and on larger programmes of change.


If you are interested in any of the above courses then Contact Us to discuss exact requirements and prices. Course costs are dependent upon the numbers of attendees and location. We can combine any of the short courses, or if you would like to discuss a particular area of development for your staff then why not call us, 0191 645 2727, to see what we can offer. To view a selection of images showing Training in Action - taken on courses delivered by our lead trainer Jude Paterson, check out our Training gallery.

Wide range of accredited project management courses

In addition to the Agile Project Management courses we can also provide a range of other accredited training courses. This includes

  • Agile Programme Management (AgilePgM®),
  • Prince2Agile®,
  • Lean Six Sigma (Yellow and Orange Belt),
  • Change Management,
  • ITIL®,
  • Management of Risk (MoR®),
  • Management of Value (MoV®).

If you don't see the course your interested in listed, please contact us as we work closely with a number of partners and may still be able to support you. Some of these courses are available as public courses, but they are predominantly available as in-house courses to meet your companies needs.

Contact us to discuss any in-house requirements and we'll provide you with a quote. Alternatively call us now on 0191 645 2727 to discuss your needs.



If you don't see the courses you're interested in here, please contact us to discuss your requirements and see how we can help you improve the delivery of your projects. We are willing to develop new bespoke courses, and can arrange any of our public courses as in-house private courses too.
Agile PMO
Agile PMO

Delivering a complex portfolio of projects and programmes is often overseen by a PMO (Portfolio Management Office). In an increasingly lean and agile world, businesses are starting to re-asses how their PMOs can support them in delivering value.

We support organisations in creating, or transforming their PMOs by creating a project center of excellence that becomes the goto place for support and information on their portfolio of projects and programmes.

This is generally done through short consultancy days, supported by follow-on training and coaching workshops to help transform your portfolio. To find out how we can work with you to tailor and trasform your PMO, phone Jude on 0191 645 2727, or email via jude.paterson@it-howzat.co.uk.



Why not watch our Introduction to Agile PMOs, filmed at a session we ran in Edinburgh.

Consultancy
Consultancy is available covering a range of Portfolio, Programme and Project Management skills.
  • part-time supporting for your projects (eg 2 days a week for an agreed period)
  • Remote PM support worldwide
  • Support establishing a Lean/Agile PMO
  • Helping develop user stories to support Change Management
  • Project Management Methodology Review
  • Support scaling your Project Management approaches to support Portfolios and Programmes
  • Project documentation reviews (charged by part-day)
  • Mentoring & Coaching (Project or skills based)
  • Interim/Contract Resources such as Scrum Masters, Agile Project Managers
To find out more about some of our previous consultancy assignments have a look at our Consultancy Testimonials and Services.
Blog

Agile Portfolios

Agile isn’t just all about teams – but why bother at a business portfolio level? Agile Business Consortium have recently launched some guidance on Agile Portfolios and held a webinar today talking about some of the key concepts. The below sketchnote summarises some of the ideas, and you’ll be able to watch a recording of…

User Persona

Digital Services need Users

Developing digital services using agile approaches need to team to consider the users (and indeed the non-users) of the service being developed. I’ve been doing some work recently with a client and the Agile Business Consortium that means we’ll need to capture a range of potential users for a digital service that is being developed.…

Thats Not How We Do It Round Here Sketchnote

That’s Not How we do it Round Here

I’ve long been a fan of John Kotter and his great change fable, My Iceberg is Melting. Today I was listening to a Change Management webinar hosted by APMG, and delivered by Cath Conway and Julie Dungate on That’s Not How we do it Round Here – his new book, also written using a story…

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Options for Agile Training

June’s Agile North East meetup was all about training. The prime topics I covered related to AgilePM and Prince2Agile, but I’ve got some references to the Scrum based training options covered by Jon and Alistair in their presentations. If you’d like to find out more about any of the options for agile training discussed then…

For more blog posts, jump to the dedicated blog pages.
Distance Learning:
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In addition to the face to face training courses we also offer options to work through the materials at your own pace via e-learning (or via hard copy/paper). This enables you to train at a pace, time and location to suit you. Expand your professional skills to support your current organisation, or to enhance your CV for future opportunities. These remote learning opportunities for both Agile Project Management and PRINCE2® can also be combined into a blended learning by attending a half day face to face session prior to sitting your exam. Speak to us, 0191 645 2727, to discuss this if you'd like further information.

AgilePM® Foundation Distance learning

£499ex VAT access valid for 12 months
  • Foundation learning support
  • Includes Book
  • Includes Practise Exam Questions
  • Includes On-line Exam Exams also available at a UK APMG exam centre (must sit within 12 months). Note: additional costs for an exam centre outside the UK.
  • E-mail tutor support

AgilePM® Practitioner Distance learning

£499ex VAT access valid for 12 months
  • Practitioner learning support
  • Does NOT include book, can be ordered seperately
  • Includes Practise Exam Questions
  • Includes Exams available at a UK APMG exam centre (must sit within 12 months). Note: additional costs for an exam centre outside the UK.
  • E-mail tutor support

AgilePM® Foundation & Practitioner Distance learning

£699ex VAT access valid for 12 months
  • Foundation & Practitioner learning support
  • Includes Book
  • Includes Practise Exam Questions
  • Includes Exams (must sit within 12 months) at an APMG exam centre. Note: additional costs for an exam centre outside the UK.
  • E-mail tutor support

PRINCE2® Foundation E-learning

£449exc VAT access valid for 12 months
  • PRINCE2® Foundation online learning support
  • Includes Book
  • Includes Practise Exam Questions
  • Includes On-line Exam Exams also available at a UK APMG exam centre (must sit within 12 months). Note: additional costs for an exam centre outside the UK.
  • E-mail tutor support

PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner E-learning

£699exc VAT access valid for 12 months
  • PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner online learning support
  • Includes Book
  • Includes Practise Exam Questions
  • Includes Exams (must sit within 12 months) On-line exams available however practitioner recommended at an exam centre. Note: additional costs for an exam centre outside the UK.
  • E-mail tutor support
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