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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 17 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 05 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.

 

22nd Edition of "Farndale's PMP and CAPM Preparation Guide" Now Available

  • By: pcadmin on 10 Feb 2015

Now in its 21st year in print, Procept's popular Farndale's PMP and CAPM Preparation Guide has been recently updated and has just been released in its 22nd edition.

This book describes the PMP and CAPM examinations and suggests a study process. The 250+ question practice exam is organized according to the knowledge areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition. Countless exam writers have verified that these practice questions are similar to those used in the actual PMP exam. This guide has helped prepare more Canadians for the PMP exam than any other sample test.

Stakeholder Mapping Explained

  • By: pcadmin on 07 Feb 2015

Procept associate Kevin Aguanno is delivering a webinar titled "Stakeholder Mapping Explained" which will teach participants how to build and use a stakeholder map to help understand a project's stakeholders, their interrelationships, and the "office politics" that affect their priorities and decisions. This advanced technique is suited to project and program managers as well as business analysts. The webinar will be held on April 17, 2015 at Noon Eastern (Toronto) time. PMPs will earn 1 PDU and CBAPs will earn 1 CEU for attending this event. There is a nominal fee to participate in this 60-minute webinar and just for visiting the Procept web site, you can get get 50% off (and pay only $5) by using discount code 17APRWEBINAR when registering — just another reason why Procept clients keep returning time and time again.

Launch of New Innovation Strategy Consulting Practice

  • By: pcadmin on 01 Feb 2015

Procept Associates is proud to extend its consulting offerings to include a new Innovation Strategy Consulting practice designed by Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland, a leader in helping companies learn from the past to help them more effectively plan, execute, and manage their innovation efforts. He notes that most new innovations don't come out of nowhere; rather, they are evolutionary in nature. Innovations tend to leverage or extend past innovations.  Often, studying the process used and the lessons learned from those past innovation projects can help guide executives and senior managers today through difficult decisions by learning from what worked and what failed. This approach also allows one to look at them with perfect hindsight, rather than being clouded by personal connections to the project political environments.

Procept has gathered together several consultants who are experts in helping companies better understand the innovation process so they can gain a competitive edge. Supporting skillsets include problem analysis and problem-solving techniques that foster creative solutions, identifying and applying novel approaches from other industries, and learning what approaches succeed and fail from historically-removed examples to reduce conceptual resistance.

Announcing - Methodology-in-a-Box :: Disciplined Agile Edition

  • By: pcadmin on 23 Jan 2015

Methodology in a Box :: Disciplined Agile EditionProcept's new agile consulting practice would like to announce the availability of a complete methodology for agile project management now available for licensing.  Called Methodology-in-a-Box :: Disciplined Agile Edition, the methodology contains over 150 pages of content including process descriptions, roles & responsibilities, "how-to" guidance documents, template, sample deliverables, and much more.  The methodology is available as a series of digital files optimized for delivery on both computers and hand-held devices ranging from tablets to smart phones.  Interested clients may license the methodology for far less than the cost of developing their own, customize it as required, and upload it to their intranet.

 

Procept Opens European and Middle Eastern Sales Offices

  • By: pcadmin on 19 Jan 2015

Alex Jalalian, Sales Manager - Middle East RegionToday, Procept Associates Ltd. is proud to announce the closing of a deal to open a regional sales office in Switzerland to service Europe and another in Tehran to service clients throughout the Middle East.  The new regional sales manager for thess two offices will be Alex Jalalian, who has won past business for the company in these regions. He is also involved with the International Project Management Association through two of its national member associations.  Jalalian is the current president of one IPMA member association, the Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC).  Jalalian can be reached at middleeast@procept.com.

 

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