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Procept Holiday Hours

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Dec 2015

Below are Procept's business hours for the upcoming holiday season.

Date Hours
Dec. 24, 2015 Open 09:00 to 12:00
Dec. 25, 2015 CLOSED
Dec. 28, 2015 CLOSED
Dec. 29, 2015 Admin Office Only Open 09:00 to 16:30
Dec. 30, 2015 Admin Office Only Open 09:00 to 16:30
Dec. 31, 2015 Admin Office Only Open 09:00 to 12:00
Jan. 1, 2016 CLOSED
Jan. 4, 2016 CLOSED

Procept opens up again for regular business hours starting on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Winner of 2015 AFP Conference Draw Announced

  • By: pcadmin on 14 Dec 2015

Procept is pleased to announce that Katherine Maddox from the Canadian Red Cross is the winner of our draw at the 2015 Association for Fundraising Professionals Conference in Toronto. As the draw winner, Katherine receives an Amazon Kindle.

From all of us at Procept, congratulations, Katherine!

Procept Supports U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Via GPM Alliance

  • By: pcadmin on 04 Dec 2015

Procept Associates Ltd. announced today that it is now supporting the GPM Alliance for Sustainability in Project Management.

The GPM Sustainability Alliance is a platform for project management organizations, associations, communities of practice, and other groups to pledge their support to advance sustainability in project management. This green project management initiative is a member of the UN Global Compact who has put in place a policy framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability principles and practices, related human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. The U.N. officially launched their sustainable development goals on 25 September 2015. The GPM Sustainability Alliance applies this UN framework within a project management context. More details on this initiative are available at http://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/affiliated-organizations/support-sustainability-in-project-management

In support of the UN Global Compact, we support the following ten principles:

  • Human Rights (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
    • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
    • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • Labour (The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work)
    • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
    • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
    • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
    • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Environment (The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development)
    • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
    • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
    • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Anti-Corruption (The United Nations Convention Against Corruption)
    • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Sustainability is now included in IPMA's International Competence Baseline v4, released in early October 2015.  PMI's PMBoK Guide only mentions sustainability vaguely in one place in the book, but expectations are that the next edition will have a more pronounced treatment of sustainability. 

Procept will be incorporating sustainability materials into our project management training in early 2016.

FREE Webinar on Understanding the PMI Talent Triangle and the New PDU Requirements

  • By: pcadmin on 30 Nov 2015

Procept Associate Kevin Aguanno is offering a FREE one-hour webinar to anyone who wishes to register on PMI's new PDU reporting requirements and processes.

On December 1, 2015 the Project Management Institute (PMI) changed the way that project managers must accumulate and claim professional development units (PDUs) for recertification. The new model encourages a more well-rounded view of project management knowledge and skills by having project managers claim PDUs in three separate areas, with new ways of earning PDUs. In addition, PMI has introduced restrictions on how many PDUs you need to collect at a minimum in each category.

Claiming PDUs has always been an administrative chore that few looked forwards to; however, with the confusion caused by the new model, project managers are concerned about how the new process works. Join project management expert Kevin Aguanno as he explains the new PMI Talent Triangle model, the new minimum requirements for PDUs in various categories, the new ways of earning PDUs, and how a project manager should go about claiming them in the new model.

More information and a sign-up form are available by clicking the button below.

Procept Announces CFRE Accreditation at 2015 AFP Conference

  • By: pcadmin on 29 Nov 2015

At the 2015 Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) annual conference, Procept announced that its Project Management for Festivals, Events & Conferences course has been accredited by CFRE International for individuals seeking Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification or recertification. Find out more about this in the video below.


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.


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