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Procept Acquires PMI

  • By: pcadmin on 31 Jul 2016

Carlo Barrettara, president of Procept Associates Ltd., is pleased to announce that Procept Associates Ltd. has purchased the business operations and assets of Practical Management Instruction (PMI) in an all-cash deal. PMI is one of the oldest management training companies in the USA, starting its operations in California in 1965.

PMI is well known in the training industry for pioneering work in the field of androgogy — the study of how adults learn. PMI has certified thousands of trainers over the years in training needs analysis, instructional design, and effective classroom delivery. PMI's other main line of business is training managers and supervisors how to perform their critical role.

Over 50 years, PMI has taught more than 1,000,000 adult learners for more than 17,000 corporate, non-profit, and government clients. Procept is pleased to add PMI's stable of talent and time-tested courses to its lineup. "The new courses," says Barrettara, "are complementary to our existing catalog with very little overlap. We expect great synergies and look forward to the higher profile this will give to Procept's offerings in the USA market."

Procept acquired PMI on July 1, 2016 and expects to have the business fully integrated into Procept's operations by the end of the year. The PMI brand will continue as an operating division of Procept USA LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Procept Associates Ltd.

For more details, visit Procept's information on its new Practical Management Instruction business.

Procept Renews Sponsorship of 4th Annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament

  • By: pcadmin on 02 Jun 2016

The Knights of Columbus Council 8951 Annual Charity Golf Tournament was started in 2013 in Port Perry, Ontario. Since its inception, Procept has been involved in this event. For the first two years, one of Procept's associates was on the organizing committee for the event and a company related to Procept provided many prizes for the fundraising event.

Starting in the 4th annual event, Procept sponsored the event directly, and has done so ever since. If you are interested in supporting a good cause and enjoying a round of golf, please visit the Knights of Columbus web site to find out how to get tickets.

The event raises money for the Knights of Columbus, a charitable fraternal organization who contributes money to many local, regional, and national causes including the local food bank, the local hospital, and various other charities, and the sponsorship of a family of Syrian refugees.

New Video - Evaluating Project Management as a Discipline

  • By: pcadmin on 02 Jun 2016

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.

New Video - Contract Management for Field Engineers

  • By: pcadmin on 09 May 2016

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.

Procept Partners with University of PEI

  • By: pcadmin on 26 Apr 2016

Eager anticipation is in the air as Procept Associates Ltd. proudly announces a new partnership with the University of Prince Edward Island to deliver Procept's project management courses through the university.

With the first course delivery in May 2016 of Procept's popular Project Management Essentials course, the new partnership extends Procept's courses to another university. Further courses are scheduled for fall 2016 and into spring 2017.

Special thanks go out to Procept's Atlantic Region Lead, Janice Petley, for her tireless efforts to maintain Procept's lead position in the Atlantic provinces.

New Online Course: Operators as Part of the Project Team

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Apr 2016

Your Operators are the life blood of your project. For a project manager caught up in the frenzied bustle of his or her work, this can be an easy fact to overlook. However, the Operator has tremendous influence over project success. The PM who has a deep understanding of the role is in an excellent position to create an effective ally.

In order to protect the Owner's investment, Operators must provide input into the design, construction, startup and operation of a project. Engineers, vendors and contractors all rely on Operator feedback and so the PM needs to take steps to reliably document and record Operator input.

In this short, e-learning course, participants learn about the role of the operator and how to effectively incorporate them into the project team without leading to disruption.

New Online Course: Introduction to Agile Requirements Using User Stories

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Apr 2016

Agile teams use Use Cases and User Stories to define requirements, but what other… Wait a minute... What’s a User Story?

Not everyone has heard of them but even those who have may benefit from complimentary tools that highlight patterns in the roles of stakeholders, putting a face on the users with personas.

This 1-hour e-learning course will provide an introduction to user stories, highlight what is a terribly-written user story, and how to fix it. Don’t do a perfect job of building the wrong thing; use these agile tools to ensure that you build the right thing.

New Online Course: Fundamentals of Capital Project Cost Control

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Apr 2016

Project budgets can vary from $5,000 to whatever size a company can handle. The problem companies have with capital projects is how to allocate the scarce resource (money) to the maximum benefit of the company. Some factors that go into choosing which projects get done include what the competition is doing, the company’s long-range plans, return on investment (ROI), and risk. ROI is critical to making a decision, as a company is only going to undertake a project if it can make a return on its money by doing it. Think of all the projects you know about that were over budget. What affect did that have on the ROI and did it add value, or cost the company money?

As you know, it is very important to keep a project on track and within budget. It is imperative that costs be controlled during all phases of a project, and you can only control costs if you know what goes into making up the total project budget. You have to set up a project so that costs can be easily identified and controlled.

Project cost control is a lot of work and requires a team effort. In theory, project cost control sounds easy but it is a lot more difficult to put into practice, especially if basic financial information is not correct.

Sign up for this course today and learn the fundamentals of capital cost control for your project.

New Video - Strategic Career Planning for PMs: Position Yourself to be Tomorrow's Leader

  • By: pcadmin on 13 Apr 2016

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.

This new video is presented by Procept senior consultant Kevin Aguanno during the first ProjectTalks event in Toronto, April 5, 2016.

New Online Course: Entrepreneurial Thinking and Customer Management

  • By: pcadmin on 13 Apr 2016

Entrepreneurs naturally tend to gravitate to product development and in the process can overlook the benefits and minimize the challenges of consistent and comprehensive customer management. This new self-paced e-learning course looks to apply to the discipline of customer management the same elements of entrepreneurial thinking that are commonly applied to product innovation.

This unique course examines the benefits of comprehensive customer management through the use of five case studies involving ancient Roman entrepreneurs. Four of the five entrepreneurs achieved great success by focusing their talents for innovation on the customer more so than their products. Each case study presented will analyze the ancient businessperson’s approach to dealing with their customers and insights gained will be extrapolated to the modern business world. At the conclusion of every module, participants will be tasked with applying the lessons learned to a modern market situation.

Customer management demands much more than a tweet, an apologetic email, text, or a posted press release on the home page of a supplier’s website – good customer management requires the ongoing application of entrepreneurial thinking. Study this course to learn ancient techniques that can be applied to today's business world.

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