Training Delivery Vehicles


GIFPA offers a variety of delivery vehicles. Many of the courses, workshops and overviews can be tailored to suit other delivery vehciles. The supported vehicles are:

The Overview

“Overviews are tailored tutorials to arm clients with a solid understanding of specific subjects.”

Most people working with software-intensive systems find it useful to have at least a summary knowledge of subjects that are crucial to their organisation’s successful use of software. GIFPA provides overview-level tutorials to arm managers and practitioners with sufficient knowledge to understand the significance and importance of key subjects, and to know enough to know whether they need to know more. Overviews can be tailored as necessary to suit the needs of your organisation’s specific audience. A typical overview will include a brief history of the subject, but will be largely focused on the uses and benefits, and the subject’s relevance to the participants.

Overviews will provide participants with sufficient information to identify appropriate courses and vehicles for further acquisition of knowledge and training.

The Formal Classroom-based Course

“Formal classroom courses are delivered by senior GIFPA lecturers and can be specifically tailored to include client material and individual projects.”

If you choose to develop skills in-house, we recommend a formal classroom-based course led by an experienced GIFPA Lecturer, followed by a three day coached workshop, during which the participants are able to put their newly acquired skills into practice to deliver tangible benefits to the organisation. The formal course may be taken as an in-house or as a public course. Public courses provide the opportunity to share views and experiences with peer groups in other organisations whereas in-house courses can be tailored to incorporate the organisation’s own applications and/or project documentation.

The Learning Break

“Learning Breaks provide a unique approach to delivering specific messages, concepts or procedures to groups of between 20-100.”

In addition to our formal classroom-based courses, GIFPA offers an alternate and unique approach, called 'Learning Breaks'. This cost effective approach is suitable for medium to large groups of 20 to 100 staff, depending only on the capacity of the available venue.

Using learning breaks, participants are exposed to a new idea or a new way of working in short bursts, typically of around 2 hours duration at their own place of work. This approach allows participants to quickly integrate training into their usual work with minimum disruption and just-in-time. Each learning break is designed to present a specific message and to explain an explicit procedure in a manner that engages the participants and maximizes their opportunity to practice the lesson learned. Theoretical discussions and digressions are kept to a minimum. The aim is that, at the end of the learning break, individuals have absorbed the message and are able to perform the procedure, or use the new template or technique.

The Coached Workshop

“The Coached Workshop will augment the skills gained on formal classroom courses and will improve the participants capabilities as leaders in their field.”

A 'coached workshop' follows on more-or-less immediately from a formal course and consists of three or more days of coached practice for software engineers or project managers. The workshop enables the participants to put the theory gained on the formal training course into practice, with continued guidance from an experienced practitioner, using local materials and information in their natural context, to rapidly produce real, usable deliverables relevant to the job in hand.

Whenever possible, to ensure a smooth transition, the workshop should commence during the final afternoon of a formal course. Coached workshops have proved extremely successful where participants are new to the concepts, methods and skills introduced during the formal training course.

Actual practice can be reinforced, quality assured, and good performance augmented, by subsequently commissioning a healthcheck (typically after 3 or 4 months) and by supporting the group with additional coaching or a technical clinic.

The Advanced Workshop

“Advanced Workshops build on practitioners’ prior knowledge and experience in a specific subject”

Advanced Workshops are intended for practitioners who are considered, at least within their own organisation, already to be subject matter experts, process champions or value stream managers. The objective is to improve the participants’ capability as leaders in their field, to explore their subject in-depth, to discuss issues and solution options in cases where there is no absolute right or wrong answer. The workshop will consider how subject matter experts can help colleagues in their home organisations to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the area of concern. Participants will be expected to share their own experience and lessons learned and to contribute as a member of a table-team or syndicate to investigate and suggest solutions for specific examples or case studies. Individuals may suggest a particular case for consideration by the participants.

An advanced workshop offers an opportunity for subject matter experts to meet with their peers to discuss possible resolutions to hard cases.

The Technical Clinic

“Technical Clinics are tailored to meet the requirements of individual organisations by providing access to experienced GIFPA Consultants who will identify and support project teams using a hands on approach”

The Technical Clinic ensures that your project is independently assessed and any problems and subsequent remedial actions are implemented in a timely, effective manner. Clinics provide significant benefits to both healthy and unhealthy projects and are tailored to meet the requirements of individual clients. An experienced GIFPA Consultant will work with the project manager or team leader to define the objectives and the format for discussions, lectures and workshops, and following completion of the clinic, will provide a summary of what has taken place and any remedial actions required.

Clinics can either be used to respond to the symptoms exhibited by an entire project or programme, or they can focus on issues specific to a distinct subject, such as for example, requirements, stakeholder commitment and sign-off, or estimating.

Coaching and Mentoring

“Coaching and mentoring have proved exceptionally successful vehicles to deliver ongoing and tangible benefits to individuals or teams, working closely to provide support over extended periods.”

GIFPA Consultants may act as coaches or mentors to one or more individuals over an extended period of time. To be effective, the consultant and the individual or team being coached must have sufficient time to develop a working relationship. Typically, arrangements are made to include a kick-off or introductory meeting or workshop, followed by periodic, regular visits by the coach. During each visit, the coach will investigate and discuss the actual practices being used, identify possible problems and improvement opportunities, and deal with the issues raised by those being coached. The role and activities are directly comparable to those of a sports coach – the idea is to get the coached individual or team to demonstrate what they actually do (ie. to practise) and for the coach to help them recognise where adjustments to the process might lead to quicker delivery, higher quality, lower costs, less effort, and a tighter focus on delivering value for money to downstream colleagues, customers and to the business.

The Health Check

“The best managers and team leaders recognize when it has become too difficult to see the wood for the trees – an GIFPA Health Check can provide assurance that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.”

A Health-Check is conducted by a small team of experienced GIFPA consultants who visit the client site to work with a project team, departmental group, or the cross-functional group involved in a value stream. The team will carry out a review of the processes in use and review the results against industry good practice, the project plan or other appropriate material. The continued feasibility and viability of the project, and the degree to which processes are integrated, will be examined and recommendations made. The purpose of a Health-Check is to identify whether the relevant process or procedures are being adhered to, whether they conform to good practices, and most importantly, whether the results being achieved are correct. Unlike an Audit sponsored by an external party, the Health-Check is intended as a friendly aid to performance and to help ensure satisfied stakeholders. It will not be driven by a predetermined audit plan but it will address any and all areas necessary to provide the desired assurance.

GIFPA Ltd. 2016

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