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FREE Webinar April 7 - Leading A Quality-Driven Project Management Office: Honour the Past, Treasure the Present, Shape the Future

  • By: pcadmin on 01 Mar 2016

Operating a successful PMO requires leadership, vision, and insight. It also requires that your team buys in to your vision and works towards your common goals. This is really a cultural challenge: so can you create a culture where your PMO will thrive and continually improve?

In this case-based presentation, Procept associate Jonathan Nituch explores one company’s journey to create a PMO by focusing on quality first. How did this approach affect the creation of the PMO? What role did the team members play? How did the team’s attitude towards the PMO change over time?

You can’t create quality without managing quality. There is a tendency for quality to be associated with clipboards, inspections, and additional compliance burdens. Sadly, this perception is a reality when quality initiatives fail to recognize the critical role of culture. Through a culture of engagement, team members develop a sense of ownership for not only their projects, but for the PMO as a whole. As a result:

  • The PMO continually improves, along with the associated projects
  • The PMO maintains relevance amidst changing environmental conditions
  • The cost of quality continues to decrease
  • The ease of future changes increase dramatically

On April 7, 2016 at Noon Eastern time, attend this compelling presentation to learn how a quality-driven PMO honours the past by ensuring the necessary records are created; treasures the present by leveraging all opportunities for learning, growth, and improvement; and shapes the future by correcting past mistakes and preventing future errors.

Free Webinar - Innovative Lean Management Case Study: Implementing Lean in an Airline Cabin

  • By: pcadmin on 01 Mar 2016

While lean thinking and management techniques first began in the Japanese manufacturing sector, they have spread throughout many different industries (e.g. healthcare, distribution, and IT operations) and project types. Lean concepts are now popular with senior executives who want to improve results while reducing costs in these tight economic times.

Join us on March 11, 2016 at Noon Eastern time for this fascinating and unique 1-hour webinar presented by Þórdís V Þórhallsdóttir who applied her lean and project management training to her job as an airline flight attendant. Learn how she improved service delivery in an airline cabin challenged with turbulence, tight space restrictions, and short timelines. Don't miss this chance to learn from a unique case study with haunting similarities to problems we face in our business situations every day.

New Video - The Role of the PMO in Strategy Execution

  • By: pcadmin on 27 Feb 2016

Procept associate Amin Panjwani speaks on how a Project Management Office (PMO) can support business strategy execution. In particular, this presentation discusses the role of the PMO in strategy, from strategy development to execution. The speaker will share real-life case studies and lessons learned. This presentation will be useful for individuals who lead and direct projects and programs both in lines of business and within an EPMO, PMO leaders, business leaders and anyone interested in knowing more about how PMOs can contribute to strategy execution.

This is a recording of a live presentation at the 2015 International PM Day celebration in Toronto hosted by Procept.

New Video - Choosing the Right Approach

  • By: pcadmin on 25 Feb 2016

Kevin Aguanno, one of Procept's senior trainers and consultants, gives one of his most popular presentations titled "Choosing the Right Approach" in this 90-minute video published by Procept for free on YouTube. This presentation has been delivered at conferences and private corporate events around the world to tens of thousands of attendees. Learn the four different ways of structuring a project (waterfall, iterative, incremental, and IID/agile), the differences and benefits of the four approaches, and a decision-making framework to help you choose the right structural approach for any project. Examples are used from many different industries and many different project types to help clarify key points and ensure that all viewers can relate to the content.  This video was recorded live at the Procept-sponsored International Project Management Day celebration in November 2015 in Toronto.

Viewers of this video can claim 1.5 PDUs under Self-Directed Learning.

New Video - Understanding the PMI Talent Triangle

  • By: pcadmin on 12 Feb 2016

The Project Management Institute recently changed the way project managers claim recertification credits. They now require project managers to meet a minimum number of credits in each of the three areas of the PMI Talent Triangle. Take a half hour of your time to watch this video by Procept associate Kevin Aguanno wherein he explains why PMI needed to change the system, what is the Talent Triangle, how it affects the way we claim our professional development units (PDUs), and where one can go for more information. This change has already taken affect and you may already be impacted. Watch now to learn how to adjust to the changes.

New Video of Procept Associate Hamid Faridani Speaking on Troubled Project Identification and Recovery

  • By: pcadmin on 06 Feb 2016

Have you ever wondered how to tell if a project is headed in the wrong direction? Troubled projects can sneak up on project managers who don't know the early warning signs. Procept associate Dr. Hamid Faridani brings decades of experience identifying, assessing and helping to turn around troubled projects to this free 45-minute video of a live presentation at the Procept-sponsored International Project Management Day celebration in November 2015 in Toronto.

Procept Launches Free Instructional Video Series

  • By: pcadmin on 01 Jan 2016

In celebration of the new year, Procept is releasing a series of free instructional videos teaching topics from the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) from the IIBA and the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) from the PMI.

There will be ten new videos in the series, featuring Procept associate Jonathan Nituch. The videos will be released on Procept’s YouTube channel early in 2016. The videos will also be featured in the “BA Resources” section of Procept’s new training site to be launched in January 2016.

New Course: Contract Management for Field Personnel

  • By: pcadmin on 16 Dec 2015

Continuing the expansion of our courses focused on industrial project management, Procept has just released a new course: Contract Management for Field Personnel. This two day workshop will look at 16 different activities associated with managing a field contract. Each of the 16 activities is important to the whole effort of managing the contract. If you leave out one, the whole contract management effort falls apart.

Each project is different in the way field contracts are managed. Sometimes there is a dedicated contract administrator, other times it is a field engineer who has to manage the contract and still others it is the construction manager or the project manager. On a daily basis they have to make decisions to act or not to act. These decisions could materially affect the Contractor, the Owner, and others.

In the end, no matter who is managing the contract the same contract management activities apply and the field personnel require knowledge of these activities. Knowing these activities will go a long way in minimizing claims during the contract management process as well as lessening problems in the field

Procept Publishes Legacy Videos to YouTube

  • By: pcadmin on 16 Dec 2015

Procept is pleased to announce that it has released a number of educational videos from its archives to be available publicly on YouTube.com. The videos were created by Procept between 2008 and 2011 and cover both project management and business analysis topics.

The titles of the videos are:

  • Back to Basics: Project Management and Business Analysis — Procept associate Janice Petley explains the similarities and differences between project management and business analysis activities within an organization.
  • Procept's Certificate in Project Scheduling and Controls — A recording of a 30 September 2009 webinar wherein Procept associate Darya Duma discusses the newly announced Procept Certificate in Project Scheduling and Controls.
  • Procept's Certificate in Business Analysis — A recording of a 28 September 2009 webinar by Procept associate Terry Aldebert on the business analysis career and certification options including Procept's Certificate in Business Analysis.

To view the videos, please visit Procept's YouTube channel by clicking on the button below.

Trends in Business Analysis

  • By: terrya.mclean on 08 Dec 2015

I just returned from the Building Business Capabilities (BBC) conference at the beginning of November and wanted to share some themes I saw from the conference.

First, the BBC conference is the official conference of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and the premier conference for Business Analysis, Business Architecture, Business Process, Business Rules, and Business Strategy & Transformation, so it is a jam packed conference. There were over 100 conference sessions over three days and I focused on the Business Analysis, Architecture and Strategy streams since it is of most interest to me and my employer.

I noticed three trends in the presentations that I attended:

  • Increased focus on BAs being involved with any change in an organization not with just technical projects
  • New roles are emerging in the BA career path such as Enterprise BA, Business Relationship Manager and BA Practice Lead
  • Maturing the BA practice is on many organizations’ agenda

I’ll elaborate on each of these a bit.

  • Increased focus on BAs being involved with any change in an organization, not with just technical projects — Thought leaders in the profession and forward thinking organizations have seen the value of having an analytical, solution agnostic, strategic thinker (aka the Business Analyst) involved in discussions about a wide variety of change planned within an organization. As keen stakeholder managers, BAs can bring a multitude of perspectives to the discussion and suggest a wide variety of solutions that can meet the needs of the organization while being financially viable. BAs encourage the development of creative, innovative solution options, and insist on thoughtful, evidence based decision making. This is always valuable.
  • New roles are emerging in the BA career path such as Enterprise BA, Business Relationship Manager and BA Practice Lead — A challenge that has plagued the profession for years is the belief that the only path to promotion was to become a Project Manager. Many many BAs I have encountered did not have any desire to become a Project Manager, because they really enjoyed being in a role where they could impact business directly by understanding business needs and solutions to meet those needs. Now those roles are emerging. At a high level, the Enterprise BA is a business analyst who tackles enterprise level needs and opportunities. They are seen as trusted advisors to the executive level; able to make not only technical solution recommendations, but also organizational, process and product solution recommendations. A Business Relationship Manager is much like an enterprise BA except they service clients and ensure that the client’s needs are understood and met. Interestingly, the IIBA recently announced a partnership between themselves and the BRMI (Business Relationship Management Institute) likely because of the perceived synergies between the disciplines. For the BA Practice Lead the main responsibilities include developing and maintaining the BA processes and artefacts that exist within an organization, coaching and mentoring (maybe training) BAs new to the organization or methodology and ensuring quality is delivered by the organization’s BA practitioners, which leads to my last point…
  • Maturing the BA practice is on many organization’s agenda — For the last 5 years the focus, for organizations, has been on creating a Centre of Excellence (BA CoE) for business analysis. At the BBC, this year, I noticed a broadening of the goal to “Maturing the Practice” within organizations. I completely support this because a CoE may not work for every organization, for example a small one like mine. By starting by focusing on the opportunity, like all BA assignments should, organizations can creatively design custom solutions that with address their specific concerns, and develop those solutions that deliver true value to the BA practice. I saw presentations from big retail organizations, consulting companies and insurance businesses that all understood that investing in maturing the BA practice within their organization would bring value.


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