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Lean Six Sigma Certification Reinforced by New Partnership



Recently – we were excited to announce our partnership with the Lean Six Sigma Academy (LSSA) and the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI) to deliver all four levels of the Lean Six Sigma certification to the highest possible standard.

Lean Six Sigma delivers a management approach to business performance improvement – with an emphasis on maximizing efficiency, effectiveness and error removal. It’s an attractive management tool for any individual or organization looking to greatly improve the organization’s ability to resolve problems, quickly and effectively.

The LSSA is responsible for developing the four syllabi that specify which of the existing Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques should be included within a certain Belt level competencies.

This partnership ensures all our ATOs can deliver LSS courses in-line with the Lean Six Sigma Academy’s syllabus – so if you’re interested in embarking on the course – you can feel assured that you’re undertaking the definitive version of the Lean Six Sigma certification.

LSS effectively blends together two of the most widely used management strategies – Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma (originally developed by Toyota and Motorola respectively), both have enjoyed significant success in a variety of industries.

The Certification will be structured into four belt levels – Yellow Belt, Orange Belt, Green Belt and the Black Belt, with the Yellow Belt being the equivalent to a Foundation Level course. Unlike other Examination Institutes – APMG will approve its Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) to provide the full suite of LSSA levels – delivering candidates the most comprehensive range of Lean Six Sigma courses.

For more information about our Lean Six Sigma Certification visit our certification page and read our press release announcing this new partnership.


Posted in Exams, Qualifications.

Partnering with APMG to Deliver Added Value to your Consulting Customers

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The demand for IT consulting services across UK and Europe are on the rise according to a report by the MCA (Management Consulting Association) which represents over 60% of the UK consulting industry. It says the sector is growing at its fastest rate since 2007.

In this competitive and fast growing industry, being able to distinguish your practice and consultants is critical in order to acquire and retain business. APMG has been actively supporting the IT consulting industry via our Accredited Consulting Organization (ACO) scheme since 1993.

APMG’s ACO scheme objectively assesses consultants and accredits them against ISO standards, a clear demonstration to their customers of their commitment to providing a quality consulting service.

APMG Registered Consultants gain access to unique benchmarking tools and high level software that make a big difference to their clients, improves clients’ efficiency and leaves a lasting and positive impression of their consulting business.

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Is the Business the Weakest Link in the IT Value Chain?

IT departments have invested – and are still investing – an enormous amount of time and money in improvement of the maturity of their capabilities to deliver the IT services to the business. But supply is only one part of the IT value chain: there’s also demand and use, without which supply is meaningless, because value is only realized when the information systems are used effectively and efficiently.

Research1) at Twente University in the Netherlands has identified that organizations lose from 3.1% to 4.1% productivity due to poor use of IT. When you reflect on your business’ capabilities to execute their demand and use responsibilities, how mature do you think they are in comparison with IT’s supply capabilities? Is the business the weakest link in the value chain? And is anybody working on getting it up to the same level as the other parts? If not, the following questions could help you generate some awareness and commitment to start rectifying the situation:


Posted in IT Service Mgmt, Mindful ITSM, Qualifications.

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Why Mistakes Are Good

At our London Showcase event this Summer, Tim Harford gave an excellent presentation on why mistakes in business are good. Here he is to explain why.

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ISO/IEC 20000 – Myths and Truths

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During my work in service and information security management training and consultancy, I come across many myths about ISO/IEC 20000. These are often used as fear factors and reasons for not implementing ISO/IEC 20000. This blog discusses those myths and what is the truth behind them.

Myth 1 – ISO/IEC 20000 is only for large commercial organizations

Truth: The standard itself says in clause 1.2,  ‘All requirements in this part of ISO/IEC 20000 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all service providers, regardless of type, size and the nature of the services delivered.’ All management system standards can be used by all organizations – large, small, private, public, not for profit. ISO/IEC 20000-1 states what is to be achieved. By varying how this is achieved, the standard can be applied to all types and sizes of organizations.


Posted in ISO Schemes, IT Service Mgmt.

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Background and Introduction to the Better Business Cases Certification

BBC hero panel_1I braved myself to undertake the foundation course for the Better Business Cases certification last week and I must say although it was a steep learning curve for me, it was interesting as well as very insightful. Remember as a marketing professional I was approaching the course not only to get a better understanding about the topic – but also understand the thoughts of ‘real candidates’ that will be using the knowledge gained from this course in their day jobs. So here are my thoughts… Continued…

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Over 1,000 Cyber Security Professionals Have Been CESG Certified

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Launched back in September 2012, the CESG Certified Professional (CCP) Scheme is a key initiative for government and industry in assuring the competence of the cyber security professionals they employ and contract with.

  • CCP is a competency based scheme where applicants are required to provide evidence of applying their cyber security skills and knowledge to real world, workplace situations.
  • The reason, to increase the UK’s ability to tackle cyber security issues head-on throughout both private and public sectors.

Appointed by CESG as a CCP Certifying Body, APMG has been instrumental in taking the CCP scheme to market. CCP has gone from strength to strength with over 1,300 certificates awarded to over 1,000 cyber security professionals to date. Continued…

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How Do You Ensure You Get An Outcome? – by Tony Mann

John Gordon (Project Technologies) and I presented a Master Class at the recent UK APMG Showcase. We prepared for it by representing the two distinct roles of the ‘Task Leader’ (John) and the ‘Facilitator’ (me). As a project manager John is regularly faced with a number of crucial instances that need resolution or examination. As a Facilitator I am faced with the responsibility of deigning a process to achieve the outcomes that will fulfill the Task Leader’s requirement.

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The design of the process is predicated on the fundamental principle that:

–       Clarity and definition of the Objective is critical

–       Identifying the (sub) tasks is critical

–       The effective use of Format is crucial to the outcomes

–       The selection of the most effective tool or technique will ensure an effective output

To this end the Process Iceberg® Meeting Model illustrates the importance of these elements and how they contribute 80% to the success of the event.


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PMPs Prior Learning Recognized for PRINCE2®

Project Management Good news for current PMP holders. From July 1st, 2014, your prior learning will be recognized by PRINCE2 and you will not have to take the PRINCE2 Foundation as a pre-requisite to taking the Practitioner test.

Why are PMPs getting recognition?

It’s pretty much accepted that PMP and PRINCE2 are complementary standards. But, around the world, there are areas where one approach is much better known than the other. One of those places is North America. In the US, PRINCE2 hardly ever appears in job ads and few organizations are demanding PRINCE2 qualifications. If this change helps get the attention of PMPs then it’s a good thing for everyone.


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IAITAM Throws Down ITAM Gauntlet Over IRS Email Scandal

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IAITAM has passionately rallied against the IRS’ explanation of events around the alleged destruction of Lois Lerner’s hard drive and emails. IT Asset Management (ITAM) bridges the gap between technology and business. This is applicable across all types of business or government, large or small. This is why IAITAM has challenged the IRS with 6 questions regarding its inability to produce the hard disk drives in question from Congress. IAITAM’s simple position is: – you cannot manage what you don’t know you have.

IAITAM originally raised grave concerns about the plausibility of the IRS story about the Lerner hard drive in June 2014, and its cause has been gaining momentum ever since. On July 24 Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, D.Litt, CEO of IAITAM – appeared as a guest on the Herman Cain show to explain IAITAM’s position:  Continued…

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