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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:

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

 

 

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