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Why Do We Do It?

  • By: robin on 16 Mar 2018

Why Do We Do It?
As project managers, when we start a project, it is usually just a concept. To get from this concept to the finish, we need procedures, methods, and tools. However, there is more to project management than this. I’ve always considered myself to one who got things done and from my experience, project management also involves:
Technology. You’re starting with a blank piece of paper and developing what you think someone else wants. New technologies and materials allow you to be even more creative. By using technologies like 3D printing, you can physically show the stakeholders what you are planning. You need to be aware of new advances in technology and have your team apply them to the project. 

Daily problems. You need to be able to solve problems, which occur daily. Following a systematic approach rather than trial and error will result in better solutions. Be prepared to think outside the box. Look ahead; what can you do now to prevent a problem in the future? 

Getting what you need. Since all your resources are limited (labour, equipment, material, and funding) you must work at acquiring what you need. You must anticipate what you need in advance and get commitments for the resources. If you have a history of delivering what you promised, this makes getting resources easier. If people want to work for you, even better. 

Your team. You should know your team. Take every opportunity to train the junior members of the team. Use your projects to improve their skills. Understand what motivates each member and change your style to match theirs.

Being honest. Projects go through highs and lows. There are always good and bad rumours and it is up to you to be honest about them. The team needs to stay focused through the ups and downs.  

In the end, we do it all because projects are fun and can take from six months to up to two years or more to do, so your team becomes important to you. When the design, construction and startup come together and everything performs as designed, there is a “rush” of satisfaction and achievement. A high or an emotional release. You can get the “rush” on small projects that work out, as it depends on your skill level. This is the joy of working on projects, being a project manager, and what keeps us going. 

Watch the following video to the end which illustrates the “rush”, the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment better than I can explain it in words:

I hope you are lucky enough in your career to experience this.


Morley Selver

NEW VIDEO: Choosing the Right Iteration Length

  • By: pcadmin on 16 Jan 2018

Join Procept's Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, as he answers common questions all new agile practitioners ask such as how do you choose the right iteration (or sprint) length for your project? Should you always choose the same length? And can you vary them?

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NEW VIDEO: Bimodal Delivery Explained

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Jan 2018

JJoin Procept's Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, as he explains "bimodal delivery" in simple, everyday terms.

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NEW VIDEO: Change is the New Norm

  • By: pcadmin on 10 Nov 2017

View this video recording of Sandra Reimer's presentation titled "Change is the New Norm: How to use Change Management Techniques in your Projects" from the International Project Management Day celebrations in Toronto on 2 November 2017.

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NEW VIDEO: Exploring the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

  • By: pcadmin on 20 Oct 2017

Today, Procept published a video to YouTube that is a recording of yesterday's webinar by associate Don Wallar titled Exploring the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. The content is based on Patrick Lencioni’s bestselling book, used with his permission.

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FREE WEBINAR - The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

  • By: cprior on 12 Oct 2017

Join Don Wallar on October 18, 2017, at 12:00 pm, as he explores the challenges that teams face today. Why do some teams succeed and others fail? Are there any hallmarks that define high-performing teams? Based on Patrick Lencioni’s bestselling book, “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team”, we will examine the foundations to build a successful team.


NEW VIDEO: PMBoK Guide 6th Edition - What Changed?

  • By: pcadmin on 06 Oct 2017

PMI has just released the new sixth edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide). Join Procept's Project Management Practice Lead Darya Duma as she explains the differences between the 5th and 6th editions.

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International Project Management Day

  • By: cprior on 05 Oct 2017

Join other PMs in Ontario to network, get PDU's, prizes, food and more.

Procept Associates Ltd. is the primary sponsor and organizer of the International PM Day celebrations in Toronto. This 1-day mini-conference takes place on the first Thursday of November each year. It is just one way that Procept gives back to the PM community in gratitude for helping to make Procept a success.

The event will be held on November 2nd at North York Memorial Community Hall located at 5110 Yonge St., just steps away from North York Civic Centre and North York Centre subway station on the Yonge line. Admission is a nominal $25 to cover catering -- mention it to your friends. (And, yes, you get PDUs, CEUs and other professional recertification credits for attending.)


For session abstracts click here

Conflict on Projects: Please Tell Me Why? by Janice Petley

Using a Capability Lens to Identify Project and Program Delivery Risks by Mark Peco

Change is the New Norm: How to use Change Management Techniques in your Projects by Sandra Reimer

Do You Know What Should Be on Your PM Radar: Key Trends in Project Management by Sylvie Edwards

Hidden Agile Benefits Revealed by Kevin Aguanno

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FREE WEBINAR - PMBOK 6th Edition: What's Changed?

  • By: cprior on 03 Oct 2017

Join Darya Duma on October 5th at 12:00pm as she reviews the changes to PMBOK v6. It is important to stay current within the industry and be aware of the latest PMI standards. Darya is well versed in the new PMBOK and will highlight the changes. For those thinking of writing the PMP Exam and are deciding between version 5 or 6, participating in this Webinar is a MUST.


PMI Exam Updates

  • By: pcadmin on 28 Sep 2017

PMI has announced changes to their certification exams based upon the release of the 6th edition of the PMBoK Guide. In their own words:

"Beginning 26 March 2018, the PMP® exam will reflect content from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Exams administered before 26 March 2018 reflect PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. On 26 March 2018, the PMI-ACP exam will also change to reflect the new Agile Practice Guide."


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