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FREE Webinar - All PMOs are Not the Same: Exploring the Many Functions of a PMO

  • By: pcadmin on 30 Nov 2016

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.

On 11 January 2017 at Noon (Eastern time), join 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.

Register online for this free event by clicking on the button below.

Western Continuing Studies Partners with Procept Associates to Stay in Tune with Emerging Trends

  • By: pcadmin on 29 Nov 2016

Many of the largest “new economy” companies (Apple, Google, etc.) are noted for their ability to adapt quickly to changing marketplace trends. As noted in The Economist (Dec. 2015), Apple sells through its inventories every four days and introduces a new product every four weeks, Facebook updates its software in real time, and fashion retailer Zara designs 40,000 new products a year and ships them to stores twice per week, creating an environment of constant change. Trying to keep pace with the speed of change in the current economy challenges all businesses, including adult education.

To help it stay in tune with emerging trends in the business world, Western Continuing Studies (WCS) has partnered with Procept Associates Ltd., Canada’s oldest and largest provider of project management and business analysis training.

“As one of Canada’s leading universities, we take pride in providing top-quality programming using the best instructors. Partnering with Procept, we can ensure that our programming evolves with the changing marketplace needs and that we can bring highly-experienced instructors who are at the top of their professions,” says Christine Wilton, Program Manager for Western Continuing Studies. “My role involves creating and implementing a strategy that helps us enrich and transform the lives of our diverse audience of adult learners in this rapidly-changing world. We believe that Procept’s exceptional instructors and industry-leading courses will help us meet our strategic goals.”

With over 200 classroom and online courses in its catalogue, Procept offers courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels in many fields. Under this new partnership, Procept will be offering several of its project management, business analysis and agile courses through WCS.

Carlo Barrettara, Procept’s president, supports the partnership, stating “We are delighted to expand our network of university partners in Canada and the USA to include Western, Canada’s leading university. We are pleased that Western Continuing Studies decided that Procept met its high standards of excellence.”

Wilton continues: “As industry standards change and business practices evolve, courses quickly become outdated. Procept’s ongoing investments in updating existing courses and developing new courses to address emerging trends frees Western Continuing Studies from having to do so ourselves. This frees up resources we can devote to other programme areas and towards maintaining our culture of customer service excellence.”

The first course of many under the partnership will run at the WCS downtown London campus starting January 25, 2017. The course, Certified Agile Project Manager, will be delivered by Kevin Aguanno, Canada’s leading agile expert and author of over 30 books and DVDs. At the completion of the three-day course, students will write the Certified Agile Project Manager exam from the Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC-AGPC.ca). For more information on the course, visit http://bit.ly/2g4aETM

Procept Associates Ltd. is a leader in management education with offices coast-to-coast across Canada as well as in the USA and overseas. Procept started operations in London, Ontario in 1983 and its USA-based subsidiary started in 1965. Procept provides training on behalf of several Canadian and US universities, is the official management training provider to many government bodies, and provides in-house training to many corporations and non-profit organizations. Find out more at http://www.procept.com

A division of Western University in London, Ontario, Western Continuing Studies offers courses and programs designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners – from two-day to 12-week courses, both daytime and evening classes, delivered face-to-face and online. Every year more than 3000 adult learners enroll in courses for professional development and personal enrichment at Western Continuing Studies. For every one of those students, the decision to return to the classroom can be life changing. Find out more at http://wcs.uwo.ca

Successful Completion of the 2016 PM Paper Competition

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Nov 2016

Once again, Procept sponsored a successful 6th Annual PM Paper Competition.  Founded in 2011 by Procept founder Keith Farndale, this event had students of project management courses at the post-secondary level compete in a "PM lessons learned paper competition."  This year we combined the event with our annual International Project Management Day conference in Toronto.

The 2016 event successfully concluded with the final presentations, judging, and awarding of prizes. This year, both the first place and second place teams were from Queen's University. The winning papers will be published in a forthcoming book containing finalist papers collected over the years of this competition.  For more details on the winners, visit the official web site:  www.PMPaperCompetition.com.

Finalists had to present a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation summarizing their paper's key points and answer questions for 10 minutes from the audience and the judges.  Finalists were judged both on their presentation and how well they were able to handle the audience questions.  The winning group received $1,500 in cash, with the second place team receiving $500 cash.  All finalists also received a number of books donated by our publishing partner, Multi-Media Publications Inc.

Special thanks to all those who helped out, especially Leora Stoll for her coordination of the day,  to Kevin Aguanno who was the master of ceremonies, and our distinguished judges:  Dr. Bud Lush, Dr. Vijay Verma, and Ralph Kuhn.

Procept Participates in Global Conference for Certified Management Consultants

  • By: pcadmin on 04 Nov 2016

The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) is an international body setting global standards for the management consulting profession, including the management of an international framework for certifying management consultants. In 2016, its global conference and AGM was held in Toronto, Ontario. The AGM took the first day, followed by two days of their conference where leading experts in the management consulting profession shared industry trends, techniques, and career-development strategies.

Procept was represented at this event by our Senior Consultant and Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, who holds a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the Canadian arm of this global organization.

The event attracted hundreds of the leaders in the management consulting profession from around the world. As Procept's representative, Aguanno was able to open up negotiations for a strategic partnership with two firms that offer complementary services to Procept's offerings. While discussions will continue with these firms, Procept continues to look for opportunities to expand its reach into new industries and to grow its overseas sales.

For more information on Procept's management consulting offerings, please click on the Consulting tab on the top of this web page.

Procept Congratulates 2016 PM Paper Competition Winners

  • By: pcadmin on 03 Nov 2016

Procept would like to extend its congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Project Management Paper Competition, sponsored by Procept Associates Ltd.  This year, the final stage of the competition was held during the 2016 International PM Day celebration in Toronto.

The 2016 winners are:

University Team Topic Status
Queen's University Jessica Kelly, Daniel Tamming, Alison Harrod and Samantha Zareski
Calgary Peace Bridge WINNER !
($1,500 grand prize) +  books and bragging rights.
Queen's University

Ashish Das, Ishmeet Singh Sethi, Jeena George, Morounfolu Alabi, Tanmeet Kaur

XIX Commonwealth Games (Delhi, 2010) Runner Up
($500 prize) +  books.


Congratulations to all the finalists!

FREE Webinar - Critical Factors for Project Management Success (Dec. 6, 2016)

  • By: pcadmin on 07 Sep 2016

As part of our ongoing series of webinars, join host Morley Selver on this webinar where you will discover the critical factors you need to keep in mind to improve your chances of project success. Although they seem simple enough, they can have a huge effect on any project if the team ignores them.

The webinar will examine the most important project manager behaviours, project guidelines, and the critical relationship between the four most important project constraints of scope, schedule, budget, and resources.

Register online for this free event by clicking on the button below.

Darya Duma to Speak at Construct Canada 2016

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Aug 2016

Returning to speak at Construct Canada 2016, North America's largest conference for design, construction and real estate, Procept senior consultant Darya Duma will present "Managing Project Challenges Successfully: Building Risk Responses in Your Execution Plan" on November 30, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Presentation Description

Once you have identified a project’s risks, what to do about them? The default response to project challenges for most organizations is to build in bottom line contingency in the schedule and budget. This is often proven to be an inadequate and sometimes expensive response. The presentation will offer a process for identifying and discussing project challenges as risks, conducting an objective analysis, and choosing appropriate responses, which may include a measured and defendable contingency amount. The concepts will be illustrated and supported with case studies.

For more information, go to the official conference web site by clicking on the button below.

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.


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