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Date: 17/05/2019

The Eurovision Song Contest, the international song competition among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union, has reached its 64th edition.

The contest is one of the most notorious  and long-lived TV music festival in the world: every year singers from all over Europe try to catch the audience attention through music and funny performances.
But how to manage such a complex event? Thanks to a set of best practices like MSP!

Eurovision Song Contest as a Programme of Projects

Eurovision Song Contest is a big event which is being broadcast to nearly 200 million people . It requires an intensive and structurated working plan. In other words, it’s a programme, a set of projects!

A competition that involves 41 countries and each of them  has its own goals to achieve. In addition, there are also projects around hosting the event in Israel. All these factors made of the Eurovision Song Contest an effective example of programme management.

John Edmonds, PPM Portfolio Development Manager published a very interesting article on the topic (The Eurovision Song Contest – How to make it work using MSP – AXELOS). Edmonds tries to underpin  the MSP principles at work which allowed  and are still allowing the Eurovision Song Contes to be  a high-profile and successful event .

Applying MSP principles on Eurovision Song Contest

Edmonds writes that the use of three principles of MSP are able to contribute to the success of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The MSP principles taken into consideration are: Learning from Experience, Envisioning and Communicating, Designing and delivering a coherent capability.  Let’s examine  them one by one.

MSP’s principle: Learning from Experience

The Eurovision 2019 arrived at its 64th edition and Israel already hosted it twice in the past 20 years. So, the team had the opportunity to learn a lot during the years making all those lessons available for the current organizers: the ability to apply all those lessons in an effective way is foundamental for the success of the whole event.

MSP’s principle: Envisioning and Communicating

Engagement is essential for Entertainment Business. Two ways in which we can encourage engagement on a large scale are:

  • Be pragmatic: do not enable a ‘one size fits all ’ approach.
  • Work in an engaging way that involves the participation of as many stakeholders as possible.

MSP’s principle: Designing and delivering a coherent capability

Coherency and a well-designed show are essential for the overall vision of the event. For this reason, the main stage at Eurovision 2019 is being designed by the same team from the five previous years.

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Date: 09/05/2019

The summer is coming and people are planning their holidays.  Planning is an important part of various management courses.  Choose one of our confirmed courses before to leave for holidays.  Follow a course, learn new skills, get inspired and get certified in Project, Programme, Portfolio and Service Management!

Have a look at this list of confirmed courses: AgilePM, PRINCE2, ITIL 4, MoP, P3O and Scrum

Have a look at this list of confirmed courses: AgilePM, Scrum and Change Management

 CONFIRMED COURSES FOR MAY and JUNE

      • Project Management- PRINCE2 Foundation 13-14-15-May 2019 (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Project Management- PRINCE2 Practitioner 5-6-7 June (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Project Management- PRINCE2 Foundation 17-18-19 June (FR) Namur → More Info
      • Project Management AgilePM Foundation  27-28-29 May 2019  (FR) Brussels → More Info
      •  Portfolio Management  MoP Foundation 3-4-5 June 2019 (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Project Management Officer – P30 Foundation 3-4-5 June 2019 (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Project Management Officer  P30 Combi 3-4-5-6-7  June 2019 (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Programme Management- MSP Foundation: 3-4-5 June  (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Service Management- ITIL 4 Foundation: 17-18-19 June (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Scrum all the Scrum courses are confirmed, have a look for dates/language/city!  → Certified Scrum Master & Certified Scrum Product Owner

Do your organization need to train several members? 

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Change Management, AgilePM, SCRUM
Date: 21/03/2019

Wintertime comes to its end but QRP continues to spread knowledge in best practices through its accredited courses in Belgium.

Have a look at this list of confirmed courses: AgilePM, Scrum and Change Management

 CONFIRMED COURSES FOR MAY and JUNE

      • Project Management- PRINCE2 Foundation 13-14-15-May 2019 (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Project ManagementAgilePM Foundation  27-28-29 May 2019  (FR) Brussels → More Info
      • Change Management – Foundation: 6-7-8 May 2019 (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Programme Management– MSP Foundation: 3-4-5 June  (EN) Brussels → More Info
      • Scrum – all the Scrum courses are confirmed, have a look for dates/language/city!  → Certified Scrum Master & Certified Scrum Product Owner

 

 Do your organization need to train several members? 

Get in touch with us to discuss the best solution for your team!

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Date: 08/02/2019

Project Manager: perspectives and impact on project management

We live in a fast-paced environment where everything is pervaded by a constant transformation and change is the only common value. The number of organizations which are using Project Management procedures are increasing together with the spreading of tools and methods developed to help project managers and their teams to accomplish successfully their projects.
We have tried to identify the key trends in Project Management and their impact on the profession of the Project Manager, Programme and Portfolio Manager (PPM).

 

Having a strategic vision is pivotal

Project Managers are experiencing the need of having a strategic vision and this need will increase more and more. This means PMs will still need to deliver on time, on budget, within scope, but they will need to acquire that strategic vision which is  essential for the full realization of the project and of the expected outcomes. As emerged from the reports: “Project managers recognize that organizations will demand greater strategic vision and business awareness and as such will need to develop broader strategic skills to fulfil this need.”

 

Differently from the past, nowadays PMs are involved in the planning of the overall project strategy and they take directly part to all the project stages. The trend for the next years is that the strategic involvement will increase significantly and it will lead to a higher level of responsibility for the whole project: Project Managers will be responsible of the identification of the project to keep an eye on the overall organization objectives. Projects considered not strategic will be abandoned for the ones that serve the organization objectives the most.

“90% of project managers agree that they need a much stronger strategic vision that aligns with the goals of the business.”

Consequently, Project Managers have to enlarge their skills in order to include strategic and commercial competences such as the commercial analysis, change management and people management .

 

Change Management as an asset

Project Management will become more and more a basic business skill: every aspect of our roles can be considered in terms of project managing and delivering.

“Project Management will be used widely by individuals across the whole organization and will be seen as a valuable business skill. This democratization of Project Management will only enhance the value of Project Managers, setting them apart as professionals as they evolve their roles to be more strategic and affect change within the business.”

 

Acquisition of Agiles Methodologies

Past years have been characterized by the trend towards the adoption of Agile methodologies and this trend will increase during next years. Agile methodologies are recognized to fit the most the ever-changing business environment of the modern era and this has an impact also on Project Management.

“89% of project managers agree on the need of having more creativity and flexibility in Project Management”.

Working agile allows Project Managers to satisfy organization needs, needs which are in constant evolution and requires flexible, efficient and fast answers to the project execution. Real time information is getting more and more important with the consequence of making business scheduling redundant.  Working Agile allows a continuous improvement on the product/service also after the launch. This means that the initial version doesn’t need perfection: the result is a decreasing of pressure during the launching phase and an acceleration in product development.

 

The identified trends underline the strategic importance of the Project Manager role for the success of the entire organization. Their ability to deal with and enact  change will make of Project Management a unique and indispensable profession. Project Managers will be required to develop strategic competencies and skills in business analysis, change management, organizational diplomacy, leadership and communication (both internal and external).

Getting organization more and more involved with new technologies, Agile methodologies will continue to influence Project Management professionals requiring them to be more flexible and creative.

 

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QRP facilitates change for better results

QRP International helps organizations and professionals in developing their competences and in the implementation of Best Practices thanks to its tailor-made offer of Training, Certification and Consultancy in Project Management.

 

Sources:

« The future project management professional », Axelos

« Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027  », PMI

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ITIL 4, ITIL v4, ITIL 4 Foundation, ITILv4 Foundation
Date: 15/02/2019

Just few days left for the launching of the new ITIL version, ITIL 4: the Foundation module of the new certification scheme will be available from the 28 of February.

The update involved more than 2000 professionals with the aim of developing a framework which is agile and easy to apply. The ITIL version 4 framework  provides a comprehensive, practical and proven guidance expanding itself to the wider context of customer experience, value streams and digital transformation, as well as embracing new ways of working as Lean, Agile and DevOps.

The framework has been developed to guarantee a flexible, coordinated and integrated system for the effective IT services governance and management

New ITIL 4 Foundation courses

ITIL 4 Foundation will be the first module to be launched;  the release of the further modules is scheduled for Q2 2019. Currently, the updated ITIL version is available only in English and as for the ITIL v3 scheme, the achievement of the ITIL Foundation module is a prerequisite to have access to the further modules.

From February, 28, all the ITIL Foundation trainings published in the QRP 2019 classroom course calendar are updated to ITIL 4 version. The courses are available in the three languages (English, French and Dutch) but course material and the exam are in English. Here the first dates of the ITIL 4 Foundation course in Brussels, Liège and Gent:

  • Brussels, 11-12-13 March (course available both  in English and French)
  • Liège, 17-18-19 June, French course
  • Gent, 17-18-19 June, Dutch course

To know all the available dates and to discover the course objectives, click the link: ITIL 4 Foundation course

ITIL 4 webinar

The update to the ITIL 4 version brings changes to the entire ITIL framework. In order to let you know all the news of ITIL 4 and the differences with the previous ITIL v3 version, we have prepared a webinar about the ITIL update. Our ITIL trainer, Kaïs Albassir, will explain how the update will impact the ITIL framework and will clarify all the likely doubts. The free webinar From ITIL v3 to ITIL 4: everything you need to know about the update takes place on March, 12. At the end of the webinar there will be an Q&A session with the trainer but if you miss the event, you will receive an email with the link to watch the registration of the webinar.

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Date: 31/01/2019

QRP International has a core purpose: “Developing professionals to facilitate change“. We believe in change as a tool for growth and improvement, not only professionally, but also in our society. This is the reason why every year we choose to support a cause. This year we chose to support Hope and Homes for Children.

Over 8 million of children worldwide live in orphanages or other forms of institutional care. Hope and Homes for Children has a mission: to be the catalyst for the global elimination of institutional care of children and ensure that all children can grow up in lovely and safe families.

Hope and Homes for Children is working in over 30 countries to dismantle orphanage-based care systems and to find safe and loving families for children who live in orphanages. They’re also working with governments to tackle the root causes of family breakdown, and to prevent family separation. Indeed, the 80% of children confined to orphanages are not orphans: they have at least one living parent or relative but are abandoned because of poverty, disability or discrimination. With the right support, these children can join loving foster families or, if they are old enough, they can be supported to live independently.

The mission could seem impossible but it is not: since 1994, Hope and Homes for Children have transformed the lives of thousands of children by closing 109 orphanages across 9 countries.

QRP International decided to support the organization with a donation that will enable 3 vulnerable children, currently held in bleak orphanages, to start a new and better life with their birth family or with a foster family. Because all children need to live in a safe and stable environment to grow and develop their potential.

Visit their website to know their mission, stories and beautiful achievements: Hope and Homes for Children

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