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New Video: Getting Things Done Through People

  • By: pcadmin on 10 Jan 2017

Virtual teams must learn to work together as if they were in the same room. The balance of any great team is dependent on the interaction of different personality types. In this one hour session, Procept Senior Associate Claire Sookman uses the DiSC Behavioral Profile to address two of the most common challenges that virtual teams face: connection and communication. Gaining insight into these elements can help us understand how to build stronger and more successful virtual teams. At the end of the session participants will be able to describe the strengths and challenges each style brings to the team and develop strategies for identifying and adapting to others’ styles.

This video was recorded by Procept Associates Ltd. at the 2016 International Project Management Day celebrations in Toronto, Canada.

 

New Video: Risks Inherent in Planning for and Delivering Promised Value and Benefits

  • By: pcadmin on 08 Jan 2017

Integrated project planning is a process- and expertise-driven approach to ensuring project success. As project managers and leaders of highly-qualified teams, you need to understand how the many elements of the product scope and project scope are connected and the risks associated with them. Through a collaborative and inclusive process, you can develop an effective, well-designed plan providing enhanced assurance of successful project completion. Furthermore, critical to the success of projects is an ongoing rigorous integrated risk assessment and management process. As not all processes, procedures, or functions perform as expected, your experience, along with a pre-defined risk assessment and management process, will enable you to factor in current possibilities and work closely with your extended team to execute a plan and utilize contingencies as necessary. Pre-defined risk assessment and management processes will greatly enhance you and your team's ability to deliver the value and benefits anticipated by your stakeholders.

In this hour-long presentation by Dr. Bud Lush, learn the PM’s key responsibilities throughout a project, how to keep key stakeholders and the team committed throughout the project, the Golden Rules of project risk management, six detailed processes critical to effective risk management, what to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of project status, and how to apply practical risk management techniques in the planning, tracking and health monitoring of your project.

This video was provided courtesy of Procept Associates Ltd. from the 2016 International Project Management Day celebrations in Toronto, Canada.

 

New Videos: 2016 PM Paper Competition Finalists

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Dec 2016

Procept would like to congratulate the finalists of the 2016 PM Paper Competition held on November 3, 2016 in conjunction with Toronto's 2016 International PM Day Celebration. Procept was again the primary sponsor of the event and has recorded the final presentations of the winners and runners up. Both are available below.

Winners (1st Place)

Runners Up (2nd Place)

New Video: Procept eLearning Experience and Offerings

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Dec 2016

Procept just released a video highlighting its approach to e-learning, its experience developing e-learning solutions, and a brief description of some of its e-learning offerings.

 

New Video: Critical Factors for Project Success

  • By: pcadmin on 08 Dec 2016

Procept has just released a video by Morley Selver, one of Procept's Senior Consultants, explaining several guidelines you need to keep in mind when working on projects. Although they seem simple enough, they can have a huge effect on any project if the team ignores them. He talks about project manager behaviors, project guidelines, and finally explains the four project constraints of scope, schedule, budget, resources and the importance of keeping them in balance as changes occur during a project. 

This is the latest in a series of short instructional videos that Procept will be releasing for free on YouTube to highlight the teaching skills of its instructors and to drive interest in Procept's offerings. Subscribe to the Procept YouTube channel to get notified of new videos as they are released.

 

FREE Webinar - Exploring Agile Contracts: Fixed Price, Time and Materials and Hybrid Options

  • By: pcadmin on 30 Nov 2016

One of the biggest challenges when starting an agile project is figuring out how to set realistic expectations with the sponsor and then creating a contract that reflects those expectations, but does so in an agile manner.

Contracts in their various forms are required when working for both external and internal clients. Join Canada's agile guru Kevin Aguanno as he explores various types of agile contracts including fixed price, time and materials and hybrid contract options. Learn how to set up a formal agreement (contract, statement of work, or document of understanding) for projects characterized by uncertainty and high levels of change.

Earn 1 PDU for attending this 2 February 2017 at Noon Eastern time event.

Register online for this free event by clicking on the button below...

FREE Webinar - All PMOs are Not the Same: Exploring the Many Functions of a PMO

  • By: pcadmin on 30 Nov 2016

Not all PMOs are created equal. Some focus on project portfolio status reporting, some on process compliance audits, others on creating methodology and other process standards. Yet even this short list does not cover ALL of the various functions that different PMOs can play in an organization.

On 11 January 2017 at Noon (Eastern time), join Kevin Aguanno as he explores the many different functions a PMO could undertake within an organization. Along the way, he'll share some interesting research about how PMOs are functioning today and some indicators about how the PMOs of the future will look.

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Western Continuing Studies Partners with Procept Associates to Stay in Tune with Emerging Trends

  • By: pcadmin on 29 Nov 2016

Many of the largest “new economy” companies (Apple, Google, etc.) are noted for their ability to adapt quickly to changing marketplace trends. As noted in The Economist (Dec. 2015), Apple sells through its inventories every four days and introduces a new product every four weeks, Facebook updates its software in real time, and fashion retailer Zara designs 40,000 new products a year and ships them to stores twice per week, creating an environment of constant change. Trying to keep pace with the speed of change in the current economy challenges all businesses, including adult education.

To help it stay in tune with emerging trends in the business world, Western Continuing Studies (WCS) has partnered with Procept Associates Ltd., Canada’s oldest and largest provider of project management and business analysis training.

“As one of Canada’s leading universities, we take pride in providing top-quality programming using the best instructors. Partnering with Procept, we can ensure that our programming evolves with the changing marketplace needs and that we can bring highly-experienced instructors who are at the top of their professions,” says Christine Wilton, Program Manager for Western Continuing Studies. “My role involves creating and implementing a strategy that helps us enrich and transform the lives of our diverse audience of adult learners in this rapidly-changing world. We believe that Procept’s exceptional instructors and industry-leading courses will help us meet our strategic goals.”

With over 200 classroom and online courses in its catalogue, Procept offers courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels in many fields. Under this new partnership, Procept will be offering several of its project management, business analysis and agile courses through WCS.

Carlo Barrettara, Procept’s president, supports the partnership, stating “We are delighted to expand our network of university partners in Canada and the USA to include Western, Canada’s leading university. We are pleased that Western Continuing Studies decided that Procept met its high standards of excellence.”

Wilton continues: “As industry standards change and business practices evolve, courses quickly become outdated. Procept’s ongoing investments in updating existing courses and developing new courses to address emerging trends frees Western Continuing Studies from having to do so ourselves. This frees up resources we can devote to other programme areas and towards maintaining our culture of customer service excellence.”

The first course of many under the partnership will run at the WCS downtown London campus starting January 25, 2017. The course, Certified Agile Project Manager, will be delivered by Kevin Aguanno, Canada’s leading agile expert and author of over 30 books and DVDs. At the completion of the three-day course, students will write the Certified Agile Project Manager exam from the Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC-AGPC.ca). For more information on the course, visit http://bit.ly/2g4aETM
 

ABOUT PROCEPT ASSOCIATES LTD.
Procept Associates Ltd. is a leader in management education with offices coast-to-coast across Canada as well as in the USA and overseas. Procept started operations in London, Ontario in 1983 and its USA-based subsidiary started in 1965. Procept provides training on behalf of several Canadian and US universities, is the official management training provider to many government bodies, and provides in-house training to many corporations and non-profit organizations. Find out more at http://www.procept.com
 

ABOUT WESTERN CONTINUING STUDIES
A division of Western University in London, Ontario, Western Continuing Studies offers courses and programs designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners – from two-day to 12-week courses, both daytime and evening classes, delivered face-to-face and online. Every year more than 3000 adult learners enroll in courses for professional development and personal enrichment at Western Continuing Studies. For every one of those students, the decision to return to the classroom can be life changing. Find out more at http://wcs.uwo.ca

Successful Completion of the 2016 PM Paper Competition

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Nov 2016

Once again, Procept sponsored a successful 6th Annual PM Paper Competition.  Founded in 2011 by Procept founder Keith Farndale, this event had students of project management courses at the post-secondary level compete in a "PM lessons learned paper competition."  This year we combined the event with our annual International Project Management Day conference in Toronto.

The 2016 event successfully concluded with the final presentations, judging, and awarding of prizes. This year, both the first place and second place teams were from Queen's University. The winning papers will be published in a forthcoming book containing finalist papers collected over the years of this competition.  For more details on the winners, visit the official web site:  www.PMPaperCompetition.com.

Finalists had to present a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation summarizing their paper's key points and answer questions for 10 minutes from the audience and the judges.  Finalists were judged both on their presentation and how well they were able to handle the audience questions.  The winning group received $1,500 in cash, with the second place team receiving $500 cash.  All finalists also received a number of books donated by our publishing partner, Multi-Media Publications Inc.

Special thanks to all those who helped out, especially Leora Stoll for her coordination of the day,  to Kevin Aguanno who was the master of ceremonies, and our distinguished judges:  Dr. Bud Lush, Dr. Vijay Verma, and Ralph Kuhn.

Procept Participates in Global Conference for Certified Management Consultants

  • By: pcadmin on 04 Nov 2016

The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) is an international body setting global standards for the management consulting profession, including the management of an international framework for certifying management consultants. In 2016, its global conference and AGM was held in Toronto, Ontario. The AGM took the first day, followed by two days of their conference where leading experts in the management consulting profession shared industry trends, techniques, and career-development strategies.

Procept was represented at this event by our Senior Consultant and Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, who holds a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the Canadian arm of this global organization.

The event attracted hundreds of the leaders in the management consulting profession from around the world. As Procept's representative, Aguanno was able to open up negotiations for a strategic partnership with two firms that offer complementary services to Procept's offerings. While discussions will continue with these firms, Procept continues to look for opportunities to expand its reach into new industries and to grow its overseas sales.

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