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Procept Course Approved for Certified Fundraising Executive Continuing Education

  • By: pcadmin on 19 Nov 2015

CFRE International has named Procept as an Approved Provider for Continuing Education. CFRE International manages the Certified Fundraising Executive program worldwide. Certification candidates would be able to earn 14 points towards initial certification or recertification for taking our Project Management Essentials for Festivals, Events & Hospitality course.

Procept plans on introducing other courses in 2016 aimed at providing additional management training to the fundraising professional community.  Procept Associate Janice Petley has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and is translating that experience into a richer curriculum of courses.  Stay tuned to www.procept.com for details on these new courses as they emerge.

Visit Procept's booth on November 23-24, 2015 at the Association for Fundraising Professionals annual conference in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Procept Associate Earns High Honours in the UK

  • By: pcadmin on 12 Nov 2015

The Association for Project Management (APM), the national project management body for the United Kingdom and the UK's representative to the International Project Management Association (IPMA) has just announced that it has bestowed one of its highest honours on Procept associate Kevin Aguanno for his pioneering work in agile project management and for his volunteer work and contributions to the project management profession overall. The APM has named Aguanno as a "Fellow" of the association, granting him the right to use the postnominals FAPM to indicate his fellowship status.

On behalf of all associates, Procept extends sincere congratulations to Kevin Aguanno.

Another Successful International PM Day Celebration

  • By: pcadmin on 06 Nov 2015

As a principal sponsor of the International PM Day celebrations in Toronto, Procept would like to thank all of those who helped make the event a success. Many in the community came out to the event, held Nov. 5, 2015 near the Pearson airport in Toronto, and all enjoyed the excellent presentations, food and beverages throughout the day-long event. Free to all attendees, participants gained valuable insight on interesting topics and earned professional development units (PDUs) for professional (re)certification.

Speakers at this year's event included:

  • Consulting Associate Amin Panjwani speaking on "The Role of the PMO in Strategy Execution"
  • Procept's Agile Practice Lead Kevin Aguanno speaking on "Choosing the Right Approach: Waterfall, Agile, or Somewhere in Between?"
  • Training Associate Hamid Faridani speaking on "Gaining Control of a Troubled Project"
  • And as a special guest, noted PM personality David Barrett speaking on the future of project management in "The New Project Manager"

These presentations were recorded and videos of the presentations will be posted on YouTube after editing is completed over the next few weeks.

Please mark your calendars for next year's International PM Day event on November 3, 2016 in Toronto. Details will be available closer to the date of the event.

Procept Partners with PMI-NB for Innovative Workshop Series

  • By: pcadmin on 26 Oct 2015

Procept Associates and PMI-NB are partnering once again to provide specialized project management training in New Brunswick. We are very pleased to have acclaimed author and international speaker, Mark Kozak-Holland, to deliver his popular Lessons from History seminars. There will be three 1-day workshops and people can select a single workshop or register for the entire program. The event will be held in Fredericton, NB, on February 17 – 19, 2016. Seating is limited and early registration is strongly advised.

Managing in the Face of Meddling Stakeholders looks at the complex process of gathering requirements from multiple stakeholders. It examines how requirements (functional and non-functional) need to be carefully balanced so that one does not overshadow the other. It juxtaposes the project that designed and built Titanic and modern projects, examining the difficulties in managing principal stakeholders and the sponsor through the requirements process.

Managing Projects in a Hostile Environment looks at how a hostile environment can hinder the initiation and execution of a project. In today’s world, executives and senior management are more worried about their projects as they become more aware of high project failure rates across industries. The workshop juxtaposes the "Great Escape" case study and modern projects by looking at common problems like the challenges of initiating a project without sponsors, and getting enough support to get it through early stage gates.

Managing Projects in a Sea of Change looks at how continuous change can hinder the initiation and execution of a project. Change can adversely impact an organization and create a chaotic environment in which it is difficult to predict and to run projects. The workshop juxtaposes the Churchill case study and modern projects and looks at the importance of dealing with volatility and change. You will see how the concepts of agile project management were used to find a resolution to seemingly unsolvable problems in a very short time frame.

Procept Associates and PMI-NB have previously partnered to provide several courses including Agile Project Management, Managing Project Risk, Defining and Managing Business Requirements, and Project Management for IT Projects.

For more information about the speaker or how you can bring this program to your organization, please contact atlantic@procept.com or sales@procept.com.

Procept and Kawartha Learning Centre Bring Agile Project Management to Peterborough, Ontario

  • By: pcadmin on 05 Oct 2015

As the first act in a new partnership, Procept Associates Ltd. has partnered with The Kawartha Learning Centre to bring Procept's project management, business analysis, IT service management and general management training courses to the Kawartha Lakes region around Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Offering public courses in these hot topics helps the high-tech, manufacturing, government and other economic sectors in the region stay current without the cost of traveling to a larger centre for training, such as Toronto.

The first such public offering will be Procept's popular Certified Agile Project Manager course, which will be held November 25-27, 2015 in Peterborough. Kevin Aguanno, Procept's Agile Practice Lead looks forward to the increased availability in the region saying "I've been guest lecturing at Trent University now for several years in a very innovative undergrad project management course combining both waterfall and agile project management. The goal is to better prepare students for the range of scenarios they will face in the workplace. The growth in the course has shown increased interest in the Kawartha region, and I am excited to be able to help companies in the area such as Siemens, GE Nuclear, and others achieve the efficiencies available through the proper application of disciplined agile management methods."

For more information on the course and online registration, please click on the button below.

Procept Now Offering Business Continuity Management Certification (ISO 22301)

  • By: pcadmin on 05 Oct 2015

In a world plagued by natural and man-made disasters, businesses are threatened like never before. While insurance may cover some of the losses, how would one go about rebuilding a business when all of its records, systems, and assets are gone? Catastrophes like the 2001 collapse of the World Trade Centre or the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans highlight the fragility of many businesses. The new area of business continuity management helps organizations plan for disasters, mitigate their impacts, and plan for a quick, orderly recovery, ensuring the survival of the business.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) committees have developed best practices in the area of business continuity management. Most notably, ISO 22301.

Procept is pleased to offer a new 5-day course called Comprehensive Business Continuity Management that leads to the ISO 22301 Practitioner certification exam held on the last day of the course.

The course is immediately available as an in-house training session for corporate clients, and the first public session has been scheduled in Toronto for May 2016.

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Course

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Sep 2015

Procept and its partner, PMI Lakeshore Chapter, announce the availability of seats for a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam preparation course from October 5-7, 2015 in Mississauga, ON. For details and registration, please see the chapter web site by clicking the button below:

Procept Congratulates 2015 PM Paper Competition Winners

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Sep 2015

Procept would like to extend its congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Project Management Paper Competition, sponsored by Procept Associates Ltd.  This year, the competition was expanded to more universities and added a new "professional" category for those who have left university and are now working in the field.

The 2015 winners are:


University Team Topic Status
Trent University Karina Sarsenbayeva and Alaadin Adda
Karina Sarsenbayeva and Alaadin Adda with Kevin Aguanno
Berlin Brandenburg Airport WINNER !
($1,500 grand prize + $250 finalist award) + T-Shirts and two books.


Team Topic Status
Peter Stumpf (Siemens Canada Ltd.) and Peter Northrop (Trent University) Three Lessons Learned: Techniques for Developing Highly-Efficient Project Management in an Ever-Changing Business Environment
Peter Stumpf and Peter Northrop with Kevin Aguanno
$500 grand prize + T-Shirts + 2 books.

Congratulations to the winners!

Successful Completion of 2015 PM Paper Competition

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Sep 2015

This year Procept successfully hosted the 5th 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."  In past, contestants were primarily from University of Toronto, Queens, and Western.

The 2015 event successfully concluded on Saturday, September 12 with the final presentations, judging, and awarding of prizes. For a list of contestants and details of who won, go to the competition web site at www.PMPaperCompetition.com.  This year's event included entries from an expanded list of five universities plus an entry in the newly-formed "professional" category for those who have completed school and have been in the workforce for at least two years.  The quality of the submitted papers was excellent.  Thank you to the volunteers who helped read through the papers to select the finalists who were invited to attend the second stage (presentation portion) of the competition.


Although audience attendance was low this year, feedback was very positive and many plan on coming back in 2016.

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.  All finalists received $250 cash plus a "5th PM Paper Competition Finalist" T-shirt and two books "Project Lessons from the Great Escape" by Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland (a new Procept associate) and "Titanic Lessons in Project Leadership: Effective Communication and Team Building" by Ranjit Sidhu. The winning group in the academic category additionally received $1,500 in cash, with the second place team receiving $500 cash plus $25 Chapters gift certificates for each team member.  The winners of the new professional category received $500 cash.  In all, Procept gave out $4,250 in cash plus other prizes.

Special thanks to all those who helped out, especially Alana Hughes with the web site and marketing materials, Kevin Aguanno for managing much of the logistics and facilitating the day, Darya Duma for providing some prizes and helping out at the registration table, and Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland for providing an inspiring and engaging lunch-time presentation on using project lessons learned to foster project innovation.

Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland gave a lunch-time presentation



Simon Baker (our videographer) recorded the day and he will be preparing a highlight reel and videos of each individual presentation so that those of you who could not attend can still get a bit of the experience. The videos should be available in about two to three weeks. Our publishing partner, Multi-Media Publications Inc. will be publishing the student papers in a book to be released later this year.  And Procept will publish summaries of many of the paper submissions on our Farndale's Lessons Learned blog.

Perhaps we can close with a comment from one of the university professors who came to cheer on his students:

"I especially wanted to congratulate [Kevin], [his] family [who helped at the event], the people at Procept, the judges, Mark, and those others who contributed to make the day the complete success that it was. Everything was perfect - the venue, food, organization, awards, and especially the outstanding opportunity for all of the students from each of the institutions. If I may say, I am truly impressed with the interest that Procept Associates has taken with what we do in our various classrooms and the way in which you have helped students to leverage and build on the PM fundamentals that they have come to learn through this competition." — Peter Northrop, Trent University

Congratulations to the Finalists of the 5th Annual PM Paper Competition!

  • By: pcadmin on 02 Sep 2015

As a major sponsor and organizer of the 5th Annual PM Paper Competition, Procept would like to congratulate the finalists (and two honorable mentions) who made it through the first round of judging.  The first round consisted of judging papers on project management lessons learned from a real-world project. All finalists and honorable mentions win cash prizes just for making it this far in the competition.


University Team Topic Status
Queen's University Jamie-Lee Freeston, Alexandra Rauseo, Alexander Le Floch, Cordelia Staffieri Burj Khalifa Finalist
Queen's University Madeline Van Der Paelt, Haley Miller, Vanessa Lim, William Li Novopay Payroll System Finalist
Trent University Karina Sarsenbayeva, Alaadin Adda Berlin Brandenburg Airport Finalist
University of Toronto Zhamak Abdi Dezfooli, Ying Ling Lin, Sheng Xu, Jay Yerrapragada, Yifan Zhang McGill University Health Centre Finalist
Western University Rohit S Kulkarni, Yuyang Wang, Ziyu Zhang Millau Viaduct Finalist
University of Toronto Manvir Dulai, Kyle DuPont, Jennifer Eversley, Hardik Patel Sydney Opera House Honorable Mention
McMaster University (UNENE) Michael Sim, Emily Porter Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2 Completion Honorable Mention



Team Topic Status
Peter Stumpf (Siemens Canada Ltd.), Peter Northrop (Trent University) Three Lessons Learned: Techniques for Developing Highly-Efficient Project Management in an Ever-Changing Business Environment Finalist

On Saturday, September 12th, finalists will give a short 15-minute on their paper followed by 10 minutes of questions from the audience and judges.  The teams will be judged on their presentation and how well they address the questions.  The winning team earns the grand prize and bragging rights!

Come watch the event and earn FREE PDUs while supporting your favourite team.  The event is free to attend.

Location: University of Toronto, downtown campus, Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street, Room BA1190, Toronto, ON.

A schedule for the event plus further details is at www.PMPaperCompetition.com.