It is with very sad hearts we announce that one of our long-time BA instructors, Hans Aggarwal, passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. There is an obituary listing in the Ottawa Citizen. Hans was a very special person, always bringing her uplifting spirit to every conversation. She was an engaging instructor and always was well-loved by her students. She will be truly missed by many.
As one of her final wishes, Hans asked that those who felt touched by her spend time with someone with a mental illness. She felt that they are an under-served population in our society.
Procept will be announcing shortly something else we will do to honour her memory.
The management team of Procept Associates Ltd. is pleased to announce the hiring of a new salesperson to join our team. Rico Asta, formerly Director of Business Development for 2080 Strategy Execution (a.k.a. ESI International) has now come on board to handle sales to new accounts west of Ontario, plus Quebec and the USA. Accounts in the far North, plus existing corporate and partner accounts will still be handled by their existing salesperson. Rico brings long experience in working with clients to provide training and consulting solutions, particularly in Procept's core areas of project management, business analysis, IT service management, and general management.
"We are excited to have him aboard," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "His experience and client relationships will help us reach new accounts, expanding the number of organizations that see Procept as their go to partner for training and consulting services. Personally, I am thrilled to have him on our team."
"Good things come in threes," people say, and Procept is pleased to announce its third expansion to its university partnerships in the past month. The result of an almost year-long effort, Procept has signed an agreement with Laurentian University to provide its project management courses to the Sudbury, Ontario marketplace.
"For years, Procept has been serving corporate and government clients in Sudbury with private in-house courses. Now we can expand our offerings to the public through our partnership with Laurentian," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "Sudbury has been under serviced in the availability of public courses. With the new project management course offerings from Laurentian, the Sudbury market finally has access to high-quality, public courses."
The first scheduled courses under the new partnership include an introductory-level and an advanced-level project management course.
Procept's flagship Project Management Essentials course has been offered since the 1990s, with regular updates throughout the years. The base course is highly interactive, based upon case studies taken from real-world projects. Versions are also available tailored for construction, mechanical and electrical contractors, land surveyors, and for planning fundraising, festivals and events. For this first offering through Laurentian, Procept will offer its course in a hybrid of both online and classroom delivery. To help those who have trouble taking three consecutive days off work to attend training, and to reduce travel costs for those coming from afar, the first day of the course will be offered as a self-directed online module that students will complete before the two-day classroom portion of the course begins on March 27 and 28, 2017. This innovative hybrid delivery approach ensures that both experienced and inexperienced students can achieve a minimum knowledge level prior to the classroom courses, ensuring that they get the maximum benefit from their classroom interactions. The Laurentian-Procept partnership expects to offer more hybrid courses in the near future.
Among a series of advanced course offerings, the Project Closeout Best Practices course covers the processes needed to prepare for project closeout, as well as the practices needed to close a project including administrative, legal and financial closure. Special emphasis is put on post-closeout items such as document retention and dealing with ongoing legal matters such as claims and other disputes. The course uses case study examples of multiple project types including construction, information technology, marketing, and business process change initiatives. The variety of project types used helps to make the material relevant for all attendees. The first offering of this course is scheduled for March 29, 2017.
Other basic and advanced-level courses are planned for the new school year starting later in 2017.
Laurentian will host the courses at its new Goodman School of Mines facility in Sudbury. The new facility offers state-of-the-art learning technologies in the classrooms and a relaxing environment offering spaces for student collaboration. The school is providing discounts for Laurentian alumni and staff, as well as local PMI chapter members,
Barrettara concludes: "We are thrilled to welcome Laurentian University to our network of university partners. I am sure that this will be a long and fruitful relationship, bringing Procept's innovative courses and award-winning instructors to the Sudbury public."
"Excellence is the standard we measure ourselves against here at Procept," says Carlo Barrettara, President of Procept Associates Ltd. "Excellence in our course offerings, excellence in our consulting and training staff, and excellence in our customer service. Excellence is why customers choose Procept."
One way of measuring excellence is to see whether or not clients are expanding their relationship with a company. Procept management is pleased to announce that the Professional Development arm of the University of Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning has expanded its relationship with Procept. In addition to the existing business analysis courses that Procept provides currently, the university has now expanded the relationship to include the delivery of its Agile Project Management course.
"We are thrilled that the university has selected us as their training provider for this course. Our continued investments in course updates and expanding course accreditations and certifications are clearly paying off," notes Barrettara.
PMI's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) — after taking this course, those who meet additional requirements can apply for this certification through PMI.
Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM) — this exam is available immediately upon completion of this course, often offered in-class on the last day.
Scrum Master Certification (SMC) — this exam is available online immediately upon completion of this course.
Called "Canada's leading agile expert" by CBS, Procept's Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, notes that "the latest changes to the long-running course, plus the new certification exams offered at the end of the course make it the most sought-after agile project management course in the country. Procept first delivered an earlier version of this course through another university during the 2003/2004 school year and has been offering updated versions of this course ever since. No other agile project management course in Canada has trained — and certified — more people than this one."
Procept's first delivery of the course for the University of Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning will be in February 2017.
A study jointly sponsored by Maxus Global and the Financial Times in early 2015 noted that change is “the number one challenge businesses are facing today.” The survey of 152 c-level executives plus 56 senior and middle managers, identified a wide range of change drivers that are disrupting entire industries and economies. The study concluded that “existing protocols are gone and businesses have to constantly re-write the rules to remain relevant.”
Business leaders must deal with the pressure to change and the increasing pace of change; yet, many do not have the skills to do so. The Economist (March 16, 2016) notes that “while change is positively embraced as a cause for excitement […] only 2 percent of our business leaders currently feel personally prepared for change.” Given this situation, how can business professionals better prepare to meet this growing challenge?
Western Continuing Studies in London, Ontario can help. It has launched a new course titled “Business Analysis: Planning and Communication.” The course focuses on a relatively new profession that has emerged over the past two decades: business analysis. “A business analyst is part of a transformation team responsible for identifying and explaining the business’ requirements to those responsible for building solutions that will meet the transformational goals,” says Christine Wilton, Program Manager for Western Continuing Studies. “This course explains the role of the business analyst and teaches some of the foundational skills such as stakeholder analysis, requirements gathering, and (most importantly) managing the requirements changes that will emerge during the life of the transformation project.”
Western Continuing Studies offers the course in partnership with Procept Associates Ltd., one of Canada’s leading corporate training and consulting firms, whose business analysis practice was honoured with the “Chartered Endorsed Education Provider” designation by the International Institute for Business Analysis, the premiere global standards setting organization for the new profession.
The first offering of this new course starts on February 16, 2017 at the downtown London, Ontario location of Western Continuing Studies. The instructor for this session, Kathleen Gillis, is known for her pioneering business analysis work at the Bank of Montreal, Consumers Gas and several other Canadian companies. For more information on the course, visit http://bit.ly/2kjUk2B.
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
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
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.
Join Procept Senior Associate 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.
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.
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.
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.