How to use Agile principles to lead projects and work effectively (April 2020)

£99.00 +VAT

How to use Agile principles to lead projects and work effectively – in three lunchtime sessions from your desk.

(27th, 28th and 30th April 2020 from 13:00 – 14:00)

*Now 50% off for BookMachine members*

Are you an editor or project manager interested in working more effectively? Would you benefit from a course showing you how to translate that increased effectiveness into real project leadership?

This online course will deliver practical tools and ideas to strengthen your personal effectiveness and project management.

This includes:

  • assessing the scope, needs and risks of an editorial project
  • effectively managing and communicating within a team and with other stakeholders.
  • solving problems, especially when working under pressure
  • identifying what to do when the plan doesn’t go according to plan

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Course overview

A series of three short, interactive online courses for editorial professionals wanting to strengthen their project management skills and improve personal effectiveness. We will cover the principles of agile project management and how these can be translated into practical processes within your teams to help you lead from the front in both the management and delivery of publishing projects.

With an emphasis on problem-solving, delegates will come away with practical tools and ideas for effective project management, as well as some inspiration for further personal development.

Who should do this course

Suitable for editors or project managers interested in becoming even more effective both personally, and in relating to and leading their projects and teams.

The course will be useful to anyone in publishing who manages projects but particularly editors of all levels. The course will look at how to communicate effectively with the publishers or senior managers who are calling the shots, as well as freelancers, authors and suppliers.

Where & when

Online over three sessions with self-study exercises: 27th, 28th and 30th April from 1pm – 2pm.
Course fee: £99 +VAT (50% discount for BookMachine members)

The agenda

  • Session 1: Why personal effectiveness is the key to project leadership, and how the agile manifesto and principles can help
  • Session 2: How agile practices can be used in publishing projects, and what you need to do to implement them effectively
  • Session 3: Review, questions and answers and next steps

Your trainer

Sam Derby, Director, Oriel Square

The course is led by Sam Derby. Sam has 20 years of experience in publishing and digital content management, having worked as editor, publisher, head of department and director at Pearson and Nelson Thornes. He has written and delivered training courses regularly for senior and junior members of publishing teams over the course of his career, and developed and delivered much of Pearson’s online maths CPD for teachers and heads of department between 2006 and 2011.

“Oriel Square’s training was personal, face-to-face and, most importantly, relevant to our business and our needs. Sam is highly credible – all of my team listened carefully to him as he delivered a strategy workshop. They were respectful of his approach and his experience and fed back very positively on the whole day.” – Head of Publishing, UK EdTech company

“Very accommodating and flexible. Sam provided engaging well-run sessions and a great deal of relevant experience.” – Head of Department, UK University Press

“The course either met or surpassed delegates’ expectations. Delegates mention coming away with practical tools or ideas to improve projects within their teams, and avenues they plan to continue investigating to increase their PM skills. The course was useful to editors with different experience levels and they appreciated having the perspectives of the variety of teams represented in the group. The course developed logically and there was enough time for each exercise. They only had very positive things to say about the facilitators.” – Consolidated feedback, UK University Press