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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This new 12-hour self-paced e-learning course looks 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.
Procept is please to announce that a webinar we hosted on March 11, 2016 by Thordis Thorhallsdottir titled "Innovative Lean Management Case Study: Implementing Lean in an Airline Cabin" was successfully completed and a recording of it is now available for viewing on YouTube.
We are planning to host monthly free webinars throughout the year. Please keep coming back to www.procept.com to find out more as they are announced.
On Saturday, June 18, 2016 Procept associate Dr. Mark Kozak-Holland will be presenting a half-day workshop titled "The future is in the past - The History of Project Management."
Taking content from his popular "Lessons from History" series of books and DVDs, Dr. Kozak-Holland explores emerging trends in project management and how they can be harnessed by savvy project managers who look to similar changes in the past for relevant lessons learned.
The event is open to both PMI members and the general public. It will be held at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.
At the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Continuing Education's first annual professional development event, Procept associate Morley Selver, who also serves the Director of Certification for the Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC), explained the organization and how it offers the International Project Management Association's (IPMA's) 4-level certification program in Canada. The keynote speaker and panel discussion on the Vancouver project management job market were also recorded, courtesy of Procept, and posted on Procept's YouTube channel. Watch Morley's overview below.
Operating a successful PMO requires leadership, vision, and insight. It also requires that your team buys in to your vision and works towards your common goals. This is really a cultural challenge: so can you create a culture where your PMO will thrive and continually improve?
In this case-based presentation, Procept associate Jonathan Nituch explores one company’s journey to create a PMO by focusing on quality first. How did this approach affect the creation of the PMO? What role did the team members play? How did the team’s attitude towards the PMO change over time?
You can’t create quality without managing quality. There is a tendency for quality to be associated with clipboards, inspections, and additional compliance burdens. Sadly, this perception is a reality when quality initiatives fail to recognize the critical role of culture. Through a culture of engagement, team members develop a sense of ownership for not only their projects, but for the PMO as a whole. As a result:
The PMO continually improves, along with the associated projects
The PMO maintains relevance amidst changing environmental conditions
The cost of quality continues to decrease
The ease of future changes increase dramatically
On April 7, 2016 at Noon Eastern time, attend this compelling presentation to learn how a quality-driven PMO honours the past by ensuring the necessary records are created; treasures the present by leveraging all opportunities for learning, growth, and improvement; and shapes the future by correcting past mistakes and preventing future errors.
While lean thinking and management techniques first began in the Japanese manufacturing sector, they have spread throughout many different industries (e.g. healthcare, distribution, and IT operations) and project types. Lean concepts are now popular with senior executives who want to improve results while reducing costs in these tight economic times.
Join us on March 11, 2016 at Noon Eastern time for this fascinating and unique 1-hour webinar presented by Þórdís V Þórhallsdóttir who applied her lean and project management training to her job as an airline flight attendant. Learn how she improved service delivery in an airline cabin challenged with turbulence, tight space restrictions, and short timelines. Don't miss this chance to learn from a unique case study with haunting similarities to problems we face in our business situations every day.