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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has just released the latest version (v4)of its International Competence Baseline for Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. All project managers should be familiar with this important global standard and should be referencing it when planning their own professional development.
The IPMA Individual Competence Baseline 4th Version (ICB4) delivers a comprehensive inventory of competences for individuals to use in career development, certification, training, education, consulting, research, and more. The standard is designed to help individuals find the correct path to achieve their goals. IPMA envisions that organizations, teams, and individuals will use this standard as an everyday tool for success.
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Procept Associate Kevin Aguanno is offering a FREE one-hour webinar to anyone who wishes to register on PMI's new PDU reporting requirements and processes.
On December 1, 2015 the Project Management Institute (PMI) changed the way that project managers must accumulate and claim professional development units (PDUs) for recertification. The new model encourages a more well-rounded view of project management knowledge and skills by having project managers claim PDUs in three separate areas, with new ways of earning PDUs. In addition, PMI has introduced restrictions on how many PDUs you need to collect at a minimum in each category.
Claiming PDUs has always been an administrative chore that few looked forwards to; however, with the confusion caused by the new model, project managers are concerned about how the new process works. Join project management expert Kevin Aguanno as he explains the new PMI Talent Triangle model, the new minimum requirements for PDUs in various categories, the new ways of earning PDUs, and how a project manager should go about claiming them in the new model.
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At the 2015 Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) annual conference, Procept announced that its Project Management for Festivals, Events & Conferences course has been accredited by CFRE International for individuals seeking Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification or recertification. Find out more about this in the video below.
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."
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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.