In honour of the life and contributions of past Procept Associate Hans Aggarwal, Procept announces today the launch of the Hans Aggarwal Memorial Scholarship. This $500 cash award will be issued annually to a Canadian resident who has completed a business analysis certificate program.
For further eligibility details and the full application process, please visit the scholarship's web page.
Earlier this week, Procept attended the 2017 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) conference in Ottawa. This year's conference was successful with attendees from across Canada. Procept had a booth at the event, representing our consulting and training offerings to the attendees. Many thanks to our own Enrico Asta, Western Region Sales Lead, for manning the booth and answering lots of questions about our organizations and its offerings.
Attendees of the event were able to enter into a draw to win an Amazon Kindle, sponsored by Procept. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the draw is Nicole Lerat, Chief Administrative Officer for Rosthern, Saskatchewan who received the prize at the event. We thank everyone who entered the draw and wish them the best of luck next time.
Join Procept's Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, as he explains why agile approaches are needed, what are the benefits and risks of taking an agile approach, and how to tell if agile may be the right approach for your own project.
This is the latest in a series of short instructional videos released by Procept to showcase our instructors and to give back to the agile community. Subscribe to the Procept YouTube channel to get notified of new videos as they are released.
Join Senior Procept Associate Kevin Aguanno in a free webinar on April 28, 2017 at noon Eastern (Toronto) time, as he explains why agile delivery methods have grown in popularity so quickly, what are the benefits and risk of using them, and how do you know when agile techniques are appropriate for your project.
New associate Prem Selver delivers an interesting look at the role of mindfulness meditation in helping manage stress, remove distractions and provide focus. He discusses this interesting leadership development tool in a new 1-hour video made available for free by Procept Associates Ltd.
This is the latest in a series of short instructional videos released by Procept 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.
Join Procept Associate Prem Selver in a free webinar on April 6, 2017 at noon Eastern (Toronto) time, as he explains the role that mindfulness can play in developing leadership skills. Prem has combined his work experience, his personal use of meditation to achieve focus and awareness, and extensive research in preparing his MBA thesis to uncover how simple meditation techniques can be used to improve our leadership skills in the workplace.
It is with very sad hearts we announce that one of our long-time BA instructors, Hans Aggarwal, passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. There is an obituary listing in the Ottawa Citizen. Hans was a very special person, always bringing her uplifting spirit to every conversation. She was an engaging instructor and always was well-loved by her students. She will be truly missed by many.
As one of her final wishes, Hans asked that those who felt touched by her spend time with someone with a mental illness. She felt that they are an under-served population in our society.
Procept will be announcing shortly something else we will do to honour her memory.
The management team of Procept Associates Ltd. is pleased to announce the hiring of a new salesperson to join our team. Rico Asta, formerly Director of Business Development for 2080 Strategy Execution (a.k.a. ESI International) has now come on board to handle sales to new accounts west of Ontario, plus Quebec and the USA. Accounts in the far North, plus existing corporate and partner accounts will still be handled by their existing salesperson. Rico brings long experience in working with clients to provide training and consulting solutions, particularly in Procept's core areas of project management, business analysis, IT service management, and general management.
"We are excited to have him aboard," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "His experience and client relationships will help us reach new accounts, expanding the number of organizations that see Procept as their go to partner for training and consulting services. Personally, I am thrilled to have him on our team."
"Good things come in threes," people say, and Procept is pleased to announce its third expansion to its university partnerships in the past month. The result of an almost year-long effort, Procept has signed an agreement with Laurentian University to provide its project management courses to the Sudbury, Ontario marketplace.
"For years, Procept has been serving corporate and government clients in Sudbury with private in-house courses. Now we can expand our offerings to the public through our partnership with Laurentian," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "Sudbury has been under serviced in the availability of public courses. With the new project management course offerings from Laurentian, the Sudbury market finally has access to high-quality, public courses."
The first scheduled courses under the new partnership include an introductory-level and an advanced-level project management course.
Procept's flagship Project Management Essentials course has been offered since the 1990s, with regular updates throughout the years. The base course is highly interactive, based upon case studies taken from real-world projects. Versions are also available tailored for construction, mechanical and electrical contractors, land surveyors, and for planning fundraising, festivals and events. For this first offering through Laurentian, Procept will offer its course in a hybrid of both online and classroom delivery. To help those who have trouble taking three consecutive days off work to attend training, and to reduce travel costs for those coming from afar, the first day of the course will be offered as a self-directed online module that students will complete before the two-day classroom portion of the course begins on March 27 and 28, 2017. This innovative hybrid delivery approach ensures that both experienced and inexperienced students can achieve a minimum knowledge level prior to the classroom courses, ensuring that they get the maximum benefit from their classroom interactions. The Laurentian-Procept partnership expects to offer more hybrid courses in the near future.
Among a series of advanced course offerings, the Project Closeout Best Practices course covers the processes needed to prepare for project closeout, as well as the practices needed to close a project including administrative, legal and financial closure. Special emphasis is put on post-closeout items such as document retention and dealing with ongoing legal matters such as claims and other disputes. The course uses case study examples of multiple project types including construction, information technology, marketing, and business process change initiatives. The variety of project types used helps to make the material relevant for all attendees. The first offering of this course is scheduled for March 29, 2017.
Other basic and advanced-level courses are planned for the new school year starting later in 2017.
Laurentian will host the courses at its new Goodman School of Mines facility in Sudbury. The new facility offers state-of-the-art learning technologies in the classrooms and a relaxing environment offering spaces for student collaboration. The school is providing discounts for Laurentian alumni and staff, as well as local PMI chapter members,
Barrettara concludes: "We are thrilled to welcome Laurentian University to our network of university partners. I am sure that this will be a long and fruitful relationship, bringing Procept's innovative courses and award-winning instructors to the Sudbury public."
"Excellence is the standard we measure ourselves against here at Procept," says Carlo Barrettara, President of Procept Associates Ltd. "Excellence in our course offerings, excellence in our consulting and training staff, and excellence in our customer service. Excellence is why customers choose Procept."
One way of measuring excellence is to see whether or not clients are expanding their relationship with a company. Procept management is pleased to announce that the Professional Development arm of the University of Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning has expanded its relationship with Procept. In addition to the existing business analysis courses that Procept provides currently, the university has now expanded the relationship to include the delivery of its Agile Project Management course.
"We are thrilled that the university has selected us as their training provider for this course. Our continued investments in course updates and expanding course accreditations and certifications are clearly paying off," notes Barrettara.
PMI's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) — after taking this course, those who meet additional requirements can apply for this certification through PMI.
Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM) — this exam is available immediately upon completion of this course, often offered in-class on the last day.
Scrum Master Certification (SMC) — this exam is available online immediately upon completion of this course.
Called "Canada's leading agile expert" by CBS, Procept's Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, notes that "the latest changes to the long-running course, plus the new certification exams offered at the end of the course make it the most sought-after agile project management course in the country. Procept first delivered an earlier version of this course through another university during the 2003/2004 school year and has been offering updated versions of this course ever since. No other agile project management course in Canada has trained — and certified — more people than this one."
Procept's first delivery of the course for the University of Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning will be in February 2017.