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PMP Exam Changes Jan. 11, 2016

  • By: pcadmin on 14 Aug 2015

PMI is making changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.  The last day to take the current exam will be 11 January 2016 (which is a change from the earlier-announced date of 1 November 2015). After this date, the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content. Procept is in the process of updating our PMP Preparation Course to be in line with the new exam requirements and our course will provide both the old and new content -- plus guidelines on the exam changes as of fall 2015.  That way, participants have the choice of writing the old exam before the deadline, or waiting to schedule the exam later in January. 

At Procept, we pride ourselves in keeping our courses in synch with the latest changes in standards and examination processes, whether it be for PM, BA, or ITIL training.  You can rely on Procept to always have the most up-to-date courses and support materials.

Free PDUs at the Annual PM Paper Competition - 2015

  • By: pcadmin on 12 Aug 2015

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 the finalists in the 5th Annual PM Paper Competition will face off in a judged event.  Each team of university students will give a short presentation on a past high-profile project, extracting lessons learned that can be applied to future projects. The teams will then answer questions from the audience and judges about the project, the lessons, and how they came up with them.  Responses from the teams will be judged along with the presentations.  The winning teams will earn cash prizes.

This year, for the first time, there will be a second category for professional project managers working in the field for 2+ years.

In between these two groups will be a featured keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland, who will present on how to properly take advantage of lessons learned to improve our project management practice.  Filled with fascinating stories, Dr. Kozak-Holland will show how lessons learned were captured in the past and used to improve success through innovations on later projects.  Best known for his "Lessons from History" presentations and books where he examines historical projects using modern project management and business analysis tools, Dr. Kozak-Holland always entertains with engaging stories and unique views on how to improve the success of today's projects.

So, why not take advantage of this opportunity?  Come on out and root for the team from your favourite university.  Hear about some interesting projects, ask questions to satisfy your curiosity, and earn some FREE PDUs along the way.  Refreshments will be provided.

Remember, there is NO COST for this event.

Procept Partners to Launch New EPC Project Management Certification eCourse

  • By: pcadmin on 20 May 2015

Procept training and consulting associate Morley H. Selver has worked with Procept and its e-learning course development partner GenXus Corporation to convert his popular Certified EPC Project Manager classroom-based course into an online learning option containing over 17 hours of streaming video, an electronic copy of his popular textbook, many EPC project management templates and tools, and much more. The new e-course offers four full days of training (28 PDUs) that can be taken all at once or spread out in bite-sized pieces over several days or weeks.

 

Government Training Grants Help Procept Clients

  • By: pcadmin on 04 May 2015

Has your employer cut their professional development budget this year? Are you an employer who wants to offer training opportunities for your employees but just can’t cover the cost? The Canada Job Grant and Procept can help!

Having the right skills helps employees excel and succeed in today’s fast-paced labour market. The Canada Job Grant helps employers train new and existing employees for jobs that need to be filled. This program is flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions across Canada.

Through The Canada Job Grant, the Government of Canada could provide 67% of the cost of training, up to a maximum of $10,000 per grant. Employers will be required to contribute the remaining one-third of the training costs.

Don’t let this amazing opportunity pass you by; contact Procept today for more information.

Procept Launches New eLearning Course: Managing Large Project Teams - Modern Lessons from the Giza Pyramid Project (20 PDUs)

  • By: pcadmin on 02 Apr 2015

Procept Associates and its partner GenXus Corporation are pleased to announce the release of a new self-directed online e-learning course called "Managing Large Project Teams: Modern Lessons from the Giza Pyramid Project." Developed by Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland, a world-renowned author, speaker, and researcher who investigates historical projects to extract lessons learned that can be applied in today's business scenarios.

During this course, participants will take on the role of the project manager for the construction of the Giza Pyramid. People commonly believe this project was delivered with a workforce made up primarily of slaves controlled through threats and violence; however, the latest archaeological research proves this to be not true. While some slaves were undoubtedly used, the bulk of the workforce was made up of craftsmen, farmers, and other skilled workers who were managed using rewards and other motivation techniques. Using the latest available archaeological evidence, the course puts learners into project simulations where they must make a complex series of decisions that could mean the difference between life and death for the workers and that illustrate key techniques in managing large workforces on complex projects that can be applied in modern projects..

Click on the button below to view a more detailed course description including a short illustrative video.

 

 

FREE EVENT: Managing Strategic Programs: Discovering the Structural and Governance Differences Between Projects and Strategic Programs

  • By: Alana Hughes on 27 Mar 2015

Join us on April 27th from 10:00am - noon in Toronto for a free session on managing strategic programs led by Rajiv Khanna.

In the world of management, people use the terms project and program freely, many without a solid understanding of the differences between the two. Project management and program management are distinct frameworks, each with its own practices. Using the wrong framework to manage a new initiative could mean the difference between success and failure.

Join UK-based expert Rajiv Khanna in this 2-hour seminar as he brings his deep expertise on project and program management to Canada. During this session, participants will:

  • Identify the key differences between portfolios, programs, and projects
  • Identify the differences between outputs, outcomes, and benefits
  • Discuss the different types of programs
  • Discuss the key roles and responsibilities of program and project management teams
  • Discuss the key elements an organization must have in place in order to increase its chances of project and program success and minimize the level of risk

 

 

WEBINAR: Governance of Projects, or is it Project Governance?

  • By: Alana Hughes on 18 Mar 2015

Join us on April 15th from 8:00-9:00pm for a webinar on project governance led by Darya Duma.

Most organizations have strong corporate governance, but often those governance policies and procedures do not apply to projects or at the very least prove to be a poor fit in matrix organizations. Project governance provides the link between the project manager and the executive management of the organization. All the project management processes in the world cannot help if your project does not have the right framework for executive involvement, decision-making and risk management. In this short talk, we will discuss the essential principles of governance for projects, programs and portfolios.

As a member of ISO/TC258 on projects, programs and portfolios, Darya has shared thoughts on this topic with some of the leading minds in project management on the international stage. She will discuss the most recent views as proposed in international standards and how those principles translated to application in a recent case study.

At this session, participants will:

  • Develop a definition for governance of projects, programs and portfolios for their environment
  • Discuss recent developments in international standards with respect to governance of projects
  • See how the principles of governance translate to a live environment

 

 

Free PM Training - International PM Day (Nov 5, 2015)

  • By: pcadmin on 16 Mar 2015

To celebrate International Project Management Day (Nov. 5, 2015), Procept Associates Ltd. is going to host a free day-long event in Toronto, Ontario where people can attend a series of 90-minute presentations on project management-related topics and earn free PDUs. Similar to the Professional Development Days held by many PMI chapters, this event will allow participants to learn from some of the best project management trainers in North America, while earning 8 PDUs at no cost to the participant.  A small $20 booking fee will be charged at the time of registration that will be refunded in cash at the door the day of the event. This booking fee has been put in place to reduce the number of people booking but not showing up for the event.

International PM Day is an international movement started in 2004 by Frank Saladis, a U.S.-based project management trainer, consultant, and author. The goal of the movement is to recognize the efforts of project managers who are striving daily to improve people's lives.

New Video: Defined vs. Empirical Management Explained

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Mar 2015

Procept has just released a short video of Kevin Aguanno, one of Procept's Senior Consultants, explaining the difference between defined and empirical management methods.  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.

Procept Launches New Online Risk Management Course

  • By: pcadmin on 04 Mar 2015

Procept Associates Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of a new online self-directed e-learning course titled "Introduction to Risk Management." This new course includes nearly three hours of video, a 50-page workbook, and an online test at the completion of the e-course.

Darya DumaThe e-course is based on a video recording of a classroom session hosted by Senior Consultant Darya Duma, Procept's Project Management Practice Lead and a member of Procept's Management Advisory Board. The course is hosted by Procept's strategic partner, GenXus Corporation on its e-learning portal (http://learn.genxus.com) and is available for licensing to our corporate and university clients.

For more information, contact sales@procept.com.

 

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