Announcing the best ITIL® training vendors in EMEA

We are excited to announce the publication of our first independent Trusted Training Radar® Report for ITIL®. You can access the full report here. Based entirely on customer reviews from companies and learners, the report enables training buyers to drastically reduce the costs of selecting ITIL® training vendors, and reduce the risk of wasting valuable resources on ineffective, low-quality training. The report is published every six months so training buyers

The best AgilePM® training vendors

We are excited to announce the publication of our first independent Trusted Training Radar® Report for AgilePM®. You can access the full report here. Based entirely on customer reviews from companies and learners, the report enables training buyers to drastically reduce the costs of selecting ITIL® training vendors, and reduce the risk of wasting valuable resources on ineffective, low-quality training. The report provides training buyers with an independent assessment of

Why 75 organizations invested in agile learning

We’ve been focusing a lot on the value of agile training.   For the first 5 years of my career now 18 years in portfolio offices, we had a training budget and our mission was to spend it.  Yes we wanted to spend it on training that was useful, but we didn’t really focus on the value and impact of that training. This mentality is similar to the way projects were

How “Trust” will help you spend $50 billion on professional training by 2023 (Part 1)

Over the next 5 years companies will invest roughly $1.7 trillion* on training their talent. However, a lot of that will be wasted because the way companies buy professional training is inefficient, biased, and fundamentally broken. This article explains two things: A) How the next generation of companies are using “Trust” to fix these problems. B) How a new methodology that measures the ‘Trustworthiness’ of training providers and their courses, will help companies make


Everyone knows PRINCE2 (owned by AXELOS) is the worlds most popular project management method, but not very many people know how it all started.  So we talked to the people that were instrumental in the development of PRINCE2, and created the below infographic to tell the story. For the first time in the project management industry, we have also included independent customer ratings about the quality of PRINCE2 trainers, as well

INFOGRAPHIC: What is the gender balance in portfolio management?

This recent Forbes article states that 50% of 21,980 companies do not employ any female executives.  We believe the executive leaders of tomorrow will be skilled in portfolio management; so we wanted to better understand the mix of men and women with portfolio management certifications today. ‘Management of Portfolios (MoP)’ is the world’s most popular standard for portfolio management.  It is globally adopted by public and private organizations because when it’s

Zimbabwe…time to train a country?

As I watched the events unfold in Zimbabwe over the weekend, I couldn’t help but think about the future. The future for Zimbabweans, the future of employment, the type of jobs available, how to fuel the economic growth and what must be a huge need for skills development across the country. I tried to imagine the challenges of working in the professional training industry when the country’s unemployment rate has

The most common men’s name in project portfolio management.

“The most common name of men certified in the project portfolio management industry is David”. Karen and David are part of something bigger. Knowing that Karen and David are the most common names in project portfolio management isn’t important. However, what is important is the journey we took to be able to confirm these statistics…this is where it gets exciting. Course Conductor has been working in partnership with AXELOS, and

Is this the worlds most certified trainer?

PRINCE2, TOGAF, ITIL and many more course are taught Krzysztof Politowicz

The most common woman’s name in project portfolio management

It’s official, Karen is the most common woman’s name in project portfolio management. This is a Course Conductor Trusted Training Statistic. and AXELOS have partnered up and we’ve analyzed almost 10,000 professionals with the Management of Portfolios (MoP) certification.  For those of you that don’t know, MoP is the world’s most popular project portfolio management certification and it’s owned by AXELOS Limited. We’ll be publishing the findings of this analysis in

Which training providers have the best trainers?

This is a question that business professionals responsible for purchasing professional training have been asking for years.   As a person that was formerly in such a role, I’m very excited to tell you that we finally have an answer that can be trusted. It turns out that the training providers with the best trainers, are the ones that look like tasty cocktails. I’ll explain this answer using data visualizations. You

Social media statistics in the project management training industry.

56% of accredited project management training providers are using social media today. We know this because we visited 1793 training provider websites, then went to each of their social media platforms and counted their followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube (yes we really did go to every site). Why did we do this research? We wanted to better understand how social media is used in the professional training

PRINCE2 2017: Who got the first customer reviews?

Good news for all you Princes and Princesses looking to get certified on the PRINCE2 2017 Foundation and Practitioner courses. The world’s first ever independent PRINCE2 2017 course reviews have been posted to and they are looking pretty awesome I must say. Here’s a peek… Why do you sound so excited about this Craig? For the remainder of 2017 training providers are transitioning their exiting PRINCE2 training material to

Finally…a female majority project management statistic!

I’ve been in the project management industry for about 19 years, and I cannot recall ever seeing a statistic that indicated a female majority… today that changes. You are most welcome to burst my happy statistical bubble if I’m wrong, but until someone does that, I shall rejoice in the following: “55% of customer reviews written about project management related courses on Course Conductor, are written by women.” Read the rest

The Great Trainer Snobbery.

I always want the best in everything I do, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m a complete snob when it comes to three things…shoes, hotels and training courses. This article is about the latter, and how great professional trainers are changing the landscape of the global training industry. What is a great trainer? When it comes to professional training (specifically courses in the classroom format) the “best course” is

20 five-star course reviews for SPOCE!

It’s impossible to know how good your project, program or portfolio management course will be…that is, until now. I’m pleased to tell you that has started to award the best project management training providers in the industry with Five-Star Course Review badges. These badges are only awarded to training providers that achieve the milestones of 10, 20, 50 and 100 five-star course reviews on For professionals and companies looking for high-quality

The future of learning: In 9 sci-fi movies.

This blog follows on from my LinkedIn article discussing 9 sci-fi films that define a potential future ‘learning-fact’. The concept is, that science fiction movies are great at forecasting science fact.  Therefore, they are also good at forecasting ‘learning-fact’. I decided on Lucy (2010) as the 9th film.  This is why… In the future, developments in nanotechnology will enable us to evolve at a molecular level using pills. The pills will enable us

Intangible Project Benefits: “Liar, liar, pants on fire”​.

If there are two words that send a shiver down people’s spine as they write (or read) a business case it “intangible benefits”. Benefits management has become the rock star of the project management world over the last few years. The needle has been moving, we’ve seen a global certification launched by APMG International in 2012, called Managing Benefits (refreshed in 2014); then in 2016 we saw more traction when PMI released some awesome thought leadership

Would you recommend your PRINCE2 / PMP Prep training course to a colleague?

I can’t remember the exact year I did my PRINCE2 Practitioner course but I do remember listening to a cassette of Oasis on the way to the course, so it must have been about 1999. I still remember the course. It was spectacular, and looking back over the last 18 years it was instrumental in my career, as well as saving my back side on a number of occasions (I will always love you product based

The Queen just made project management a chartered profession – so what?

President Obama signed into law the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA). This means the Executive Agencies of the United States federal government have to, by law, use project and program management standards. High five President Obama, and the Project Management Institute (PMI) who advised during the process (you can read Part 1 of my article about that here ). Then, as we are all standing up applauding POTUS,

Obama just legalised project management – so what?

Should we be excited that the President of the United States just formally legalized program and project management by signing the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA)? Hell yeah we should! I’ve just published the first of a two-part article on LinkedIn that explains the new law in a bit more detail (you can read the official law here), describes who is doing what, and why everyone in the project, program

PMI Montreal & are Trusted Partners.

PMI-Montreal are the most recent organisation to join our community of Trusted Partners, and I’m really proud about that. Our Trusted Partners are organizations that like us are dedicated to helping project management professionals enhance their skills and achieve their career dreams. PMI-Montreal joins our other Trusted Partners – APMG International, PMI United Kingdom and TSO. Louise Fournier, PMI-Montreal’s Executive Director says, “Listing our courses on provides participants

What to do when your good course goes bad.

Over the last few weeks five people have told me that they were very unhappy with the quality of their recent project management course. Complaints have included the inexperience of the trainer, logistical failings such as pre-read course material being delivered on the first day of the course, one 5 day classroom course was cancelled then re-scheduled over a weekend via skype. Just today, my lunch guest (a senior Program Office Manager)

Who is the best training provider at Project Challenge? took part as an exhibitor at Project Challenge this year.  We had a lot of fun talking to people about their courses and their learning experience…oh and that yellow suit was talked about a lot too! One question that I was asked a lot was “who is the best training provider”. So I showed each person the star rating for the training providers on, I showed them the

How customer reviews are taking the project management training world to the next level.

I visited the IIL HQ in NYC a few weeks ago as the team was ramping up to use Course Conductor. Here’s some interesting questions and answers between IIL CEO, E. LaVerne Johnson, and myself about the importance of unbiased customer reviews in project management training courses.

Why drowning last weekend made me think of project management training.

Last weekend I was about 10 seconds away from death.   It happened in Minneapolis after I jumped into a lake to save my fiancée’s hat. After being saved by my fiancée and driven home, I kept thinking about how this near death experience was a good analogy for project management training. This article on LinkedIn explains the experience, the similarities with project management training and the lessons I learnt. Best, Craig  

How The PMPs of Today are Helping The PMPs of Tomorrow

I’ve been a member of PMI for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never really got involved in the community as such. If I’m brutally honest, I thought it would be boring and, combined with a somewhat nomadic 15 years, various project commitments and a sprinkle of obligatory life drama… it was never really a priority, sorry to say. This year, that all changed. In May, I attended

How 5-star training providers talk to customers

User Generated Content (UGC) is content that is created by people like you and me. We are real people that have experienced a real product or service and then we share our personal opinion about that experience in some way. This is more valuable than corporate marketing materials because potential customers know it has been written by an unbiased customer.

“Sexy Stats” in the project management world

If you are the same as me and think statistics are sexy, don’t worry you’re not that weird. In fact we are in very good company because Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian once said that “the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians.”

Listen to The Lazy Project Manager and

No doubt you’ve heard of the aka Peter Taylor (PMO practitioner, speaker, blogger and author). Peter and I met earlier this year in Poland as we were both speaking at a conference. A Meeting of Project Management Minds on a Podcast It was pretty clear from the start that we both share a love of all things PMO and progressing the Project Management industry (it turns out that we both have pretty similar

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