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Here's this weeks list of courses. At £750 plus VAT... I can't see how you can fail

1902: Linux Virtualisation 4 Day starting   4days 30th August
1197 Achieving ITIL Foundation Certification  30th August
450 Introduction to Networking 4 Days 30th August
2413 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services 4 Days 30th August
177 PRINCE2® Achieving Foundation & Practitioner Certification 5 Days 5th September
925 SQL Programming Language Introduction 3 days 14th September
511 .NET Best Practices and Design Patterns 4 Days 13th September
3633 .NET Best Practices and Design Patterns 5 Days 12th September
1536  Creating Dashboards with SharePoint 4 days 20th September
537 Penetration Testing: Tools and Techniques 4 Days 27th September
289 Disaster Recovery Planning: Ensuring Business Continuity 4 Days  27th September
3511 Agile Business Analysis 3 Days 5th October 
994 ITIL® Intermediate: Continual Service Improvement 3 Days  26th October

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SELECT * FROM....Writing SQL Queries...

This week is my fourth week on the spin being involved in a Learning Tree Course. This week we have double bubble. I teaching a Course today and I'm Producing a course tomorrow.
Today I will be teaching a one day course titled Writing SQL Queries. This course provides and introduction to writing queries, using the SELECT statement in SQL.

If you would like to join Learning Tree I have some great courses available at a Great price. Check out the Great Value IT Training page for this week's offers.

I'll be live blogging today's  one day virtual event.

16:25 That's a wrap - a very good, the attendees seemed to enjoy the course. They're all off to practice their new skills in the sandbox environment and I'm off too...For the producer meeting for tomorrow's 244 event. I'll see you then.

16:05 Last exercise of the day looking at SET operators

15:50 SET Operators UNION, UNION ALL, INERSECT, EXCEPT to finish the day.

15:30 Exercise on Outer Joins

15:10 Started …

Fourth Week in July

This is the fourth week of four of my July training programming and this week we have two courses that I am involved in
Tomorrow 26th July I will be teaching a one day course titled Writing SQL Queries. This course provides and introduction to writing queries, using the SELECT statement in SQL.
Following this course, from Wednesday this week I will producing the Assertiveness Skills: Communicating with Authority & Impact. I have not seen this course run before. The course page says you will learn the following
Demonstrate and model assertive behaviour for win-win outcomes Gain self-awareness of your attitudes, behaviour patterns and habits Develop a positive, proactive response to difficult behaviours Exhibit confidence in your ability to address challenging situations Enhance your skill set with proven tactics
Look like it’s going to be another busy yet interesting week. I will attempt to live blog  both events too to keep you informed on what's going on.

Day 3: Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP

It's week 3 of my jammed packed training schedule this July. This week I'm producing course 918 Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP After the pre-course meeting with Alan O'Callaghan on Tuesday evening and sitting through Day1 and Day 2 this is turning into an interesting week for me and I have already learned a great deal.

We have the links to the previous days:
Day 1
Day 2

You can keep up to date with the final day here on the live blog.

If you would like to join at Learning Tree this summer, check out the Great Value IT Training Page which was also updated yesterday with some great course offers.

15:30 That's me done...The class will be doing the exam I'm off home for the weekend. I'll be back next week.

15:07 Start of chapter 8 Agile beyond Software Development. Look at Agile fluency and role based development pathways.

15:00 Talking about continuous integration. Alan mentioned Martin Fowler  (Not the Eastenders Character) and his website

14:55 Interes…

Great Value IT Training - 21st July

As I have mentioned in previous posts, we have done a deal with Learning Tree to be able to offer you selected courses from their public course schedule at a great price. £750 plus VAT. We  have received this week’s updates and it includes some great courses. You can find these listed on the Great Value IT Training page  they are listed here too for convenience. Do check the offers page regularly as it is updated weekly.
There are no SQL Server courses on the list this week, however as a data professional I wold say the 1262 course Apache Spark Programming with Scala for Big Data Solutions would probably be my pick from the list
This week’s courses on offer along with the dates they will run are
3641   Implementing Lean-Agile for Business and Operations 16th August    
1262   Apache Spark Programming with Scala for Big Data Solutions 23rd August    
419     C# Programming        23rd August    
991     ITIL® Intermediate: Service Operation 7th September
1532   Administering S…

Day 2: Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP

It's week 3 of my jammed packed training schedule this July. This week I'm producing course 918 Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP After the pre-course meeting with Alan O'Callaghan on Tuesday evening and sitting through Day1  this is turning into an interesting week for me and I have already learned a great deal.

I will be live blogging the event this week.

You can read all about Day1 here

You can keep up to date with day 2 on here.

If you would like to join at Learning Tree this summer, check out the Great Value IT Training Page

16:30 We're wrapped up for the day. Join us tomorrow for day 3 the last day of the course.

15:50 Start again on chapter 5 Customer and user involvement.

15:40 A short break after wrapping up chapter 4.

15:20 Interesting collaboration exercise done in teams

15:00 We're not looking at the characteristics of an individual collaborator

14:50 Great discussion around navigating conflict.

14:20 Just completed another team based exercise and…

Day 1: Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP

It's week 3 of my jammed packed training schedule this July. This week I'm producing course 918 Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP After the pre-course meeting with Alan O'Callaghan last night I think this will be an interesting week for me and I will learn a great deal. I know a bit about Scrum already and this week will help reinforce and refresh my knowledge on Kanban, Lean and eXtreme Programming (XP) too.

I will be live blogging the event this week. You can keep up to date with all the goings on here. If you would like to join at Learning Tree this summer, check out the Great Value IT Training Page

16:30 See you all tomorrow morning at 9am. When we start with Chapter 3 - Value Driven Develoment

16:30 A quick debrief of the activity and that chapter 2 finished and its the end of the day.

16:20 Short group activity looking at XP

16:15 Talking about XP and we're looking at
Test-driven developmentContinuous IntegrationRefactoringPair Programming

16:05 Next up is…

What's the difference between Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP?

…I’m about to find out.
Continuing with the July training programme,  this week I producing Learning Tree course 918 Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP.
You can read about what I do as a Producer here
This course number 918,  has previously run under  a different course title so even though the course code is the same it’s a  completely new course and new material for me. The old course was related to Scrum and Project management so it was in the agile curriculum. In fact,  I know a little bit about Scrum and hopefully I’ll get my ScrumMaster certification later this year. Kanban, Lean and eXtreme Programming (XP) not as much.
I know a little bit about – Lean and Kanban from my business degree years ago but eXtreme Programming (XP) I currently know very little about so this will be good introduction for me.
Like the 294: Influence Skills course  that I was Producer  on a couple of week ago, I will Live blog from the back of the class this week.
If you want to …

TGI Friday (Live Blog Day 4)

Its been long but productive week at Tree Tech

This week I’m teaching Learning Tree’s course 2108 SQL Server Database Administration in the LEC in London. Following on from last weeks success live blogging from the back of the room whilst producing the 294 influence skills course, this week I’m in the process of trying this from the front of the class.

You can read all about the previous days here Day 1 Day 2
Day 3

Yesterday afternoon we discovered that Jason won the in-class competition, we'll find out this morning what present he selected.

We'll have a little Friday competition today - a couple of people from the class can win a copy of each of my books in the class raffle

15:15 I'm off to catch my train home. Have a good weekend everyone. Next week its

15:10 Everyone has completed the exam. I fully expect everyone to pass.

14:10 We are just starting the course exam.

13:45 Quick look at SQL Server Auditing to finish off the course

13:10 Last exercise of the course we're crea…

Live From @LearningTree London Backup and Restore - Day 3

This week I’m teaching Learning Tree’s course 2108 SQL Server Database Administration in the LEC in London. Following on from last weeks success live blogging from the back of the room whilst producing the 294 influence skills course, this week I’m in the process of trying this from the front of the class.

You can read all about the previous days here Day 1 Day 2
Day 3 three focuses on the most important area of SQL Server Database Administration in my opinion. Backup and Restore. We cover everything from restoring restoring user databases to recovering broken servers.
If you need any help with your disaster recovery planning and implmentation. Check out our SQL Server Consulting Page
You can follow how today goes here on the blog

16:30 With the backup job for Human Resources created. That's going to be it for the day. We'll start again in the morning looking database maintenance tasks.

16:05 Creating a backup job for the Human Resources database.

15:45 Started looking at agents jo…

Live from @LearningTree London - Security Day - Day 2

This week I’m teaching Learning Tree’s course 2108 SQL Server Database Administration in the LEC in London. Following on from last weeks success live blogging from the back of the room whilst producing the 294 influence skills course, this week I’m in the process of trying this from the front of the class.

Day 1 yesterday, went well. You can read the live blog from day 1 here

Today on day 2 of 2108 SQL Server Database Administration and our second day as Tree Tech's DBA we'll be focusing on security and building a robust security model for our databases. We have a little bit to discuss around moving and migrating databases first though. Last night's session ended with the an exercise where the attendees  migrated a couple of databases to our new SQL Server 2014 instance using detach and attach. This morning we'll look at backup and restore.

16:30 Drinks....

16:15 Finished up with the security exercise, and then its time for after-class drinks

15:55 In the last exercise of…

Are you a new SQL Server DBA? Live Blog @LearningTree

This week I’m teaching Learning Tree’s course 2108 SQL Server Database Administration course in LEC in London. Following on from last weeks success live blogging from the back of the room producing the 294 influence skills course, this week I’m going to try it from the front of the class.
Course 2108 SQL Server Database Administration is designed for new Database Administrators or DBAs covering: 
InstallationSecurity Backup recovery Maintenance. And everything else in-between.

I’ll keep you posted on the topics as we cover them, the hands-on exercises that we complete and any useful questions that we get. I’ll probably have enough questions for a series of blog posts by the end of the class.

16:30 The class has just wrapped up for the day. All migrated to SQL Server 2014. Tomorrow will be our security day. and we'll start checking off issues on our task list.

Tune in tomorrow to find out how it pans out.

16:10 It seems that one of the students database has got a corrupt human resour…

Influence Skills: Live from @LearningTree London Day 4

We've made it to the final day, day 4 of Learning Tree  course 294 Influence Skills: Getting Results without  Direct Authority.

Today the attendees will do a fairly comprehensive exercise putting into practice all that they have learned this week.

You can read all about the first 3 days by following the links below

Influence Skills: Day 1
Influence Skills: Day 2
Influence Skills: Day 3

If you want to join as at the LEC in London  or online why not check out the Great Value IT Training Page to see what offers you can benefit from this week.

14:00 The course exam is about to start...and that's me done. It's been a great week. I'm off home with my case.

13:15 debrief of the exercise and then we move to close the course

12:30 That's the activity complete time for lunch. Debrief after lunch.

12:10 Ideas being presented














12:00 Interesting discussions as the groups prepare and I think we have a winner for the competition too...Winner to be announced shortly.

11:25 Influence Skills …

Influence Skills: Live From London Day 3

The main news this morning: Wales' heroic efforts at the Euros came to end last night with a 2-0 defeat to Portugal. I'm feeling a little sad this morning but what a great effort in getting to the semi-final.

Anyway there'll be more great stuff on influence skills this morning as we head into day 3. You can read all about the first 2 days by following the links below

Day 1
Day 2

If you want to join as at the LEC in London  or online why not check out the Great Value IT Training Page to see what offers you can benefit from this week.

16:30 That's it for today lots of laughter and discussion about the roles being taken on for tomorrow's activity.

16:15 Finishing the day with prep for tomorrow's activity.

16:00 Chapter 6 - Multiple Perspectives

15:40 - Start again with practice on Aikido talk. I think this will be fun. No buts. No buts. Did you see what I did there?

15:20 Coffee time - double espresso for me.

15:00 We're onto Aikido talk - being in harmony with your o…

Do you have Influence? Live from London Day 2

Live from London Day 2
In the most important news of the day, Wales play Portugal in the semi-final of the Euros later….I’m so excited, I can’t wait.
Last night we asked the question do you want to retain your best employees. We in partnership with Learning Tree UK have some great offers to help you do that. Check out our Great Value IT Training page.