With long and rich history giving back to the project management profession, Procept Associates Ltd. has created the following educational videos for the project management community.
Why are PMOs Failing? by David Donaldson
25% of PMOs fail in their first year. This rate of failure continues in years two and three, leaving 75% of PMOs closed after just three years (Duddy & Perry, 2010). Too often, PMOs focus on process, defining success as on-time and on-budget. By so doing, they become regulators, enforcing strict methodologies and reporting, a tactic that continues to prove itself ineffective. If we want to improve our track record, we need to shift our focus to providing value. When a project is delivered on time, on budget and to spec, but the resulting product or process is not embraced by its users, the project has failed to deliver value. This interactive session will look at change management strategies that can be employed, at both the PMO and PM levels, to help ensure that value is delivered and projects are successful.
Presented by David Donaldson, Procept's Change Management Practice Lead, at the 2018 International PM Day conference in Toronto, Ontario. This event was organized and sponsored by Procept Associates Ltd.
Start with Success! by Reginald Scotland
In the project initiation phase, perils and pitfalls can lead to downstream difficulties as a project progresses. Learn how to avoid these and how effective initiation can set up your project for overall success. Initiation is an opportunity to confirm a project is ready to move forward, including: ensuring that the business case is still valid; identifying the sponsors, both formal and informal; confirming the project manager’s roles and responsibilities; identifying and engaging stakeholders; and obtaining approval of the project charter.
Presented by Reginald Scotland, Senior Instructor, at the 2018 International PM Day conference in Toronto, Ontario. This event was organized and sponsored by Procept Associates Ltd.
Project InfoBursts by Ralph Kuhn
In this information economy, projects and programs often succeed – or fail – due to how information is communicated between multiple groups. With the fast pace of workplace change, what worked last time may no longer be relevant. The risks inherent in reusing the communications plan from a past project may be too great to ignore.
In this video, Procept associate Ralph Kuhn examines the common points of miscommunication at various points along the project lifecycle. Along the way, he’ll show how project and program managers must spend time validating – and reinventing – previously-reliable communications channels.
Using a Capability Lens to Identify Project and Program Delivery Risks by Mark Peco
Project managers working within larger programs deliver cross-functional projects and services that must be aligned with broader organization goals to be successful. New opportunities available to organizations from advances in analytics are offering the promise of data-driven success. Achieving this potential is risky. Risks exist in each implementation project, in the dependencies between projects and in the operational environment that follows implementation. Assuming an overall program leadership team is accountable for success as defined by business impact, a capability lens provides a useful framework for exploring and identifying risks within and across projects that need to be managed.
This presentation, by Procept associate Mark Peco, frames the data-driven journey as a series of linked projects and services that build new capabilities for the organization. The resulting framework shows capability areas that can be used to assess strengths and weaknesses. The areas of weakness expose areas of risk that need to be addressed by the leadership team.
Do You Know What Should Be on Your PM Radar? Key Trends in Project Management by Sylvie Edwards
Are you prepared for what’s coming up in the PM profession? It is expected that by 2020, 1.57 million new project management-related jobs will be created. At the same time, the requirements for PM candidates are constantly shifting. Smart businesses have to pay attention to these trends in order to keep ahead of the pack.
This presentation by senior Procept associate Sylvie Edwards will cover some of the key trends on our radar, many of which are starting to appear now. By the end of this video, you will be able to map our your career path and position yourself for success. Give yourself a competitive advantage by being at the forefront of new trends, ideas, and opportunities!
Conflict on Projects: Please Tell Me Why? by Janice Petley
Project Managers must have strong conflict resolutions skills because all projects have conflict. Based on the results of her research, Procept Senior Associate Janice Petley discusses the types of conflicts that are most likely to occur during various project phases and presents models that can be used to resolve those conflicts.
Conflicts on projects occur because of differences of opinion or different levels of understanding regarding specific issues. Area of conflict could include: goals, schedules, budgets, requirements, deliverables, methodologies, changes, risks, and resources. There are also personality conflicts. Unresolved conflicts typically intensify and become increasingly difficult to resolve. If substantive conflicts remain unsettled, they are more likely to turn into personality conflicts; the most problematic type of conflict. Although conflicts are by nature unpredictable, there are some patterns that help us predict the type of conflicts we might experience. There are several models that can be used to resolve conflicts and the skilled project manager should have a variety of conflict resolution tools in his or her tool kit. The ability to successfully manage conflict in a professional, timely manner distinguishes an average project manager from a great project manager.
Exploring the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Don Wallar
Building a high-performing team is difficult if you don't know the right management techniques. Join Procept associate Don Wallar as he answers questions such as why do some teams succeed while others fail? And, are there any hallmarks that define high-performing teams and how do we achieve them?
Based on Patrick Lencioni’s bestselling book, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Wallar reveals what you need to know to build a successful team.
PMBoK Guide 6th Edition — What's Changed? by Darya Duma
Join Procept senior associate Darya Duma as she reviews the changes to the new 6th edition of PMI's PMBOK Guide. It is important to stay current within the industry and be aware of the latest PMI standards. Duma is well versed in the new standard and will highlight the changes. For those thinking of writing the PMP exam and are deciding whether to write the exam based on version 5 or 6, this video is a MUST.
All PMOs Are Not The Same: Exploring the Many Functions of a PMO by Kevin Aguanno
Not all PMOs are created equal. Some focus on project portfolio status reporting, some on process compliance audits, others on creating methodology and other process standards. Yet even this short list does not cover ALL of the various functions that different PMOs can play in an organization.
Join Procept Senior Associate Kevin Aguanno as he explores the many different functions a PMO could undertake within an organization. Along the way, he'll share some interesting research about how PMOs are functioning today and some indicators about how the PMOs of the future will look.
Risks Inherent in Planning for and Delivering Promised Value & Benefits by Dr. Bud Lush
Integrated project planning is a process- and expertise-driven approach to ensuring project success. As project managers and leaders of highly-qualified teams, you need to understand how the many elements of the product scope and project scope are connected and the risks associated with them. Through a collaborative and inclusive process, you can develop an effective, well-designed plan providing enhanced assurance of successful project completion. Furthermore, critical to the success of projects is an ongoing rigorous integrated risk assessment and management process. As not all processes, procedures, or functions perform as expected, your experience, along with a pre-defined risk assessment and management process, will enable you to factor in current possibilities and work closely with your extended team to execute a plan and utilize contingencies as necessary. Pre-defined risk assessment and management processes will greatly enhance you and your team's ability to deliver the value and benefits anticipated by your stakeholders.
In this hour-long presentation by Dr. Bud Lush, learn the PM’s key responsibilities throughout a project, how to keep key stakeholders and the team committed throughout the project, the Golden Rules of project risk management, six detailed processes critical to effective risk management, what to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of project status, and how to apply practical risk management techniques in the planning, tracking and health monitoring of your project.
Getting Things Done Through People by Claire Sookman
Virtual teams must learn to work together as if they were in the same room. The balance of any great team is dependent on the interaction of different personality types. In this one hour session, Procept Senior Associate Claire Sookman uses the DiSC Behavioral Profile to address two of the most common challenges that virtual teams face: connection and communication. Gaining insight into these elements can help us understand how to build stronger and more successful virtual teams. At the end of the session participants will be able to describe the strengths and challenges each style brings to the team and develop strategies for identifying and adapting to others’ styles.
Critical Factors for Project Success by Morley Selver
Join Procept instructor Morley Selver for this recorded webinar where he looks at several guidelines you need to keep in mind when working on projects. Although they seem simple enough, they can have a huge effect on any project if the team ignores them. He talks about project manager behaviors, project guidelines, and finally explains the four project constraints of scope, schedule, budget, resources and the importance of keeping them in balance as changes occur during a project.
Evaluating Project Management as a Discipline by Mark Kozak-Holland
Procept associate Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland discusses the theoretical frameworks underlying the discipline of project management and reveals the inherent weaknesses and biases we often overlook in our models. A fascinating topic for project management professionals and students of the subject.
Recorded at the 5th Annual PM Paper Competition in Toronto, Canada in September 2015.
Contract Management for Field Personnel (Webinar) by Morley Selver
Procept Associates senior consultant Morley Selver provides an overview of contract management for field personnel on construction/engineering projects in this one-hour webinar. This webinar is an overview of the concepts, taken from Procept's 2-day course of the same title, available in classroom and self-paced online format.
Strategic Career Planning for PMs: Position Yourself to be Tomorrow's Leader by Kevin Aguanno
Recent changes to PMI's standards and certification paths mirror changes business leaders want to see in their project managers. These changes are not random, however, they fit along an evolutionary roadmap. Supported by compelling research, this presentation will show you the emerging pattern and projects it forward to show you what skills project managers will need to get ahead of the crowd and position themselves to be the the leaders of tomorrow.
Presented by Procept senior consultant Kevin Aguanno during the first ProjectTalks event in Toronto, April 5, 2016.
Choosing the Right Approach by Kevin Aguanno
Procept Associates senior consultant Kevin Aguanno presents four different ways of structuring a project (waterfall, iterative, incremental, and 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.
Understanding the PMI Talent Triangle by Kevin Aguanno
Procept senior consultant Kevin Aguanno explains the 1 Dec 2015 changes to PMI's recertification process, including: why PMI is making the changes, what is the new PMI Talent Triangle, what are the new PDU claiming rules, and where one can find more information.
Gaining Control of a Troubled Project by Hamid Faridani
Based on years of experience as a troubled project specialist, Procept associate Hamid Faridani explains the root causes of troubled projects and an approach to taking control of such projects and turning them around to be successful again.
Stakeholder Management (PMBOK Guide, Ch. 13) by Jonathan Nituch
This is an introduction to the new knowledge area called Stakeholder Management as described in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) chapter 13. Narrated by Jonathan Nituch of Procept Associates Ltd. a PMI Global Charter Registered Education Provider.
Stakeholder Engagement Assessment (PMBOK Guide, 13.2) by Jonathan Nituch
This is an introduction to Stakeholder Engagement Assessment as described in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) section 13.2. Narrated by Jonathan Nituch of Procept Associates Ltd. a PMI Global Charter Registered Education Provider.
Managing Stakeholder Engagement (PMBOK Guide, 13.3) by Jonathan Nituch
This is an introduction to Managing Stakeholder Engagement as described in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) section 13.3. Narrated by Jonathan Nituch of Procept Associates Ltd. a PMI Global Charter Registered Education Provider.
Managing Project Risk by Keith Farndale
Procept founder Keith Farndale shares an interesting way to understand project risk.
Project Governance 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. As a member of ISO/TC258 on projects, programs and portfolios, Procept associate Darya Duma has shared thoughts on this topic with some of the leading minds in project management on the international stage.
Lessons Learned: Project Management Case Study by Keith Farndale
Procept associate and founder Keith Farndale presents an interesting case study and conducts a lessons learned exercise.
Project Scheduling Using Float by Darya Duma
Procept associate Darya Duma teaches how to build a project schedule using float.
The Big Picture: Balancing Scope, Schedule, Cost, and Resources by Morley Selver
Morley Selver of Procept Associates Ltd. shows how the four constraints relate in "The Big Picture: Balancing Scope, Schedule, Cost, and Resources."
Defined vs. Empirical Management by Kevin Aguanno
Procept Senior Associate, Kevin Aguanno, explains the difference between defined and empirical management methods.
Back to Basics: Project Management and Business Analysis by Janice Petley
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 by Darya Duma
A recording of a 30 September 2009 webinar wherein Procept associate Darya Duma discusses the newly announced Procept Certificate in Project Scheduling and Controls.