Saturday, November 29, 2008
What The CEO Wants You To Know
At our upcoming Conference I’ll be hosting a session where I’ll review Ram Charan’s book and discuss how his guidance can be applied by managers in IT.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Foundation Certification Review - Continual Improvement In Action!
Don’t panic! There aren’t any major announcements imminent (well - at least nothing they’re telling me about).
But APM Group have established a “Project Board” - made up of representatives of various Training Companies and Exam Institutes - to consider improvements to the Foundation Certification. The Board’s goal is to evaluate how well the certification is working, and if they feel any adjustments are necessary they should submit recommendations for changes to APM Group.
Recently this Board have been soliciting feedback from Training Organizations and exam customers, and they’re now in the process of considering this data. It’s good to hear that a key component is feedback directly from the end customer. At Pink we’re in regular contact with our customers (see my previous posts from the Pink Perspectives) so I fully expect that some of the issues the Board will be considering will be the same things we’ve already heard. Things like:
- The syllabus (scope and level of detail)
- The amount of time spent teaching (contact hours) in class
- Maybe even the overall value of the Foundation Bridge (which I think should be discontinued!)
In a few weeks we’ll no doubt hear something publicly about the findings and recommendations from the Board. So watch this space!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
2009 Conference Update
As of the end of business yesterday - we have more people signed-up for the 13th Annual Conference than we had on this same date in 2007 for the 12th Annual Conference!
Considering the current economic outlook - this is hugely encouraging. I’d be surprised, however, if this keeps up. We’ve already had a few customer organizations tell us that they have to tighten their belts for the time being. Rest assured - for those of you who will be there - you can expect the same high standard that Pink has become synonymous for when it comes to conference production. The program is now complete and we’ve incorporated all the usual components; the best content, the best venue, the best hospitality - all-in all, the best value for your conference dollars.