Axelos: The biggest shake-up of project management good practice in 13 years…
The UK Cabinet Office is partially privatising its good practice guidance materials in a joint venture with Axelos.
Axe-who? You may ask?
They will be ‘gamifying’ the learning of good practice. Their theory is that Nintendo/Playstation is more fun than sitting though a Powerpoint presentation by a suit – so Capita has stumped up the £10m upfront licence fee to buy the materials (or at least a long licence for publishing rights) to turn the boring manuals into ‘interactive exploration facilities’ available by subscription.
Is this just a change of channel of publication? Or will Axelos undercut the vibrant ‘ecosystem’ that APMG has carefully cultivated since its inception 13 years ago? APMG currently accredits the very succesful PRINCE2, ITIL, MSP and Agile Project Management Practitioner examinations amonst many others.
So what is my take on Axelos’s strategy?
- Axelos’s stated strategy is to exploit “the relational aspect of play linking human activity with the activity of the world”, in other words, ‘gamifying’ learning so that it sinks into people’s brains faster.
- If they are focussed on “investing and developing new products and delivering new methods of learning” – who will be the examining body? Will APMG continue in that role? And what of the existing training providers?
- The existing international ‘ecosystem’ of training providers, with APMG as a major accrediting body since 2000, involves SMEs to a great extent. What will the impact of the Capita behemoth have on these fleet-of-foot minnows?
- Axelos have quoted some stats from a survey. I notice that:
- 78% of survey respondents saw the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) growing into a global IT service management standard. I heard complimentary comments about ITIL in the US from the NDIA in Washington DC last week – there is no US equivalent – this will be Axelos’s main target I believe.
- This sort of shakeup has happened before. Have a look at this very old blog (undated but I beleiev from Jan 27 2007) about the moving of ITIL over to APMG click here for the blog (by the way I passed my ITIL Manager’s certificate in 1996 when the BCS’s ISEB was running it…
- Contrary to that response, 74% of respondents had first heard of ITIL thru their employers (not thru word-of-mouth from their peers?)
- The majority of respondents feel that face-to-face is the best way to learn ITIL War stories are more important to service managers maybe? Perhaps service managers are less imaginative than PPM people (!)
- Mind you, Axelos state that 74% of their respondents visit their LinkedIn account at least once a week… Or is that “74% of people who like filling in on-line surveys visit their LinkedIn account at least once a week?”
Click here to read the Axelos press release and gawp at more graphs from their survey.
P.S. If you really want to know where Axelos got their name from click here