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University of Waterloo Expands Relationship with Procept

  • By: pcadmin on 25 Jan 2017

"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.

Procept's continually-evolving flagship 3-day agile course now meets the educational requirements for three certifications:

  • 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.

Western Continuing Studies Helps Students Prepare for Working in Today’s Global Economy

  • By: pcadmin on 23 Jan 2017

A study jointly sponsored by Maxus Global and the Financial Times in early 2015 noted that change is “the number one challenge businesses are facing today.” The survey of 152 c-level executives plus 56 senior and middle managers, identified a wide range of change drivers that are disrupting entire industries and economies. The study concluded that “existing protocols are gone and businesses have to constantly re-write the rules to remain relevant.”

Business leaders must deal with the pressure to change and the increasing pace of change; yet, many do not have the skills to do so. The Economist (March 16, 2016) notes that “while change is positively embraced as a cause for excitement […] only 2 percent of our business leaders currently feel personally prepared for change.” Given this situation, how can business professionals better prepare to meet this growing challenge?

Western Continuing Studies in London, Ontario can help. It has launched a new course titled “Business Analysis: Planning and Communication.” The course focuses on a relatively new profession that has emerged over the past two decades: business analysis. “A business analyst is part of a transformation team responsible for identifying and explaining the business’ requirements to those responsible for building solutions that will meet the transformational goals,” says Christine Wilton, Program Manager for Western Continuing Studies. “This course explains the role of the business analyst and teaches some of the foundational skills such as stakeholder analysis, requirements gathering, and (most importantly) managing the requirements changes that will emerge during the life of the transformation project.”

Western Continuing Studies offers the course in partnership with Procept Associates Ltd., one of Canada’s leading corporate training and consulting firms, whose business analysis practice was honoured with the “Chartered Endorsed Education Provider” designation by the International Institute for Business Analysis, the premiere global standards setting organization for the new profession.

The first offering of this new course starts on February 16, 2017 at the downtown London, Ontario location of Western Continuing Studies. The instructor for this session, Kathleen Gillis, is known for her pioneering business analysis work at the Bank of Montreal, Consumers Gas and several other Canadian companies. For more information on the course, visit http://bit.ly/2kjUk2B.


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

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

Procept Sponsors PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter

  • By: pcadmin on 16 Jan 2017

Continuing Procept's long-standing program of supporting Canada's PMI chapters, Procept is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring the PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter in 2017.

For a list of other sponsorships that Procept has given to various PMI chapters over the years, please see our PMI Chapter Sponsorships page.

New Video: All PMOs Are Not The Same: Exploring the Many Functions of a PMO

  • By: pcadmin on 11 Jan 2017

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.

Join Procept Senior Associate 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.


New Video: Getting Things Done Through People

  • By: pcadmin on 10 Jan 2017

Virtual teams must learn to work together as if they were in the same room. The balance of any great team is dependent on the interaction of different personality types. In this one hour session, Procept Senior Associate Claire Sookman uses the DiSC Behavioral Profile to address two of the most common challenges that virtual teams face: connection and communication. Gaining insight into these elements can help us understand how to build stronger and more successful virtual teams. At the end of the session participants will be able to describe the strengths and challenges each style brings to the team and develop strategies for identifying and adapting to others’ styles.

This video was recorded by Procept Associates Ltd. at the 2016 International Project Management Day celebrations in Toronto, Canada.


New Video: Risks Inherent in Planning for and Delivering Promised Value and Benefits

  • By: pcadmin on 08 Jan 2017

Integrated project planning is a process- and expertise-driven approach to ensuring project success. As project managers and leaders of highly-qualified teams, you need to understand how the many elements of the product scope and project scope are connected and the risks associated with them. Through a collaborative and inclusive process, you can develop an effective, well-designed plan providing enhanced assurance of successful project completion. Furthermore, critical to the success of projects is an ongoing rigorous integrated risk assessment and management process. As not all processes, procedures, or functions perform as expected, your experience, along with a pre-defined risk assessment and management process, will enable you to factor in current possibilities and work closely with your extended team to execute a plan and utilize contingencies as necessary. Pre-defined risk assessment and management processes will greatly enhance you and your team's ability to deliver the value and benefits anticipated by your stakeholders.

In this hour-long presentation by Dr. Bud Lush, learn the PM’s key responsibilities throughout a project, how to keep key stakeholders and the team committed throughout the project, the Golden Rules of project risk management, six detailed processes critical to effective risk management, what to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of project status, and how to apply practical risk management techniques in the planning, tracking and health monitoring of your project.

This video was provided courtesy of Procept Associates Ltd. from the 2016 International Project Management Day celebrations in Toronto, Canada.


New Videos: 2016 PM Paper Competition Finalists

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Dec 2016

Procept would like to congratulate the finalists of the 2016 PM Paper Competition held on November 3, 2016 in conjunction with Toronto's 2016 International PM Day Celebration. Procept was again the primary sponsor of the event and has recorded the final presentations of the winners and runners up. Both are available below.

Winners (1st Place)

Runners Up (2nd Place)

New Video: Procept eLearning Experience and Offerings

  • By: pcadmin on 09 Dec 2016

Procept just released a video highlighting its approach to e-learning, its experience developing e-learning solutions, and a brief description of some of its e-learning offerings.


New Video: Critical Factors for Project Success

  • By: pcadmin on 08 Dec 2016

Procept has just released a video by Morley Selver, one of Procept's Senior Consultants, explaining several guidelines you need to keep in mind when working on projects. Although they seem simple enough, they can have a huge effect on any project if the team ignores them. He talks about project manager behaviors, project guidelines, and finally explains the four project constraints of scope, schedule, budget, resources and the importance of keeping them in balance as changes occur during a project. 

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.


FREE Webinar - Exploring Agile Contracts: Fixed Price, Time and Materials and Hybrid Options

  • By: pcadmin on 30 Nov 2016

One of the biggest challenges when starting an agile project is figuring out how to set realistic expectations with the sponsor and then creating a contract that reflects those expectations, but does so in an agile manner.

Contracts in their various forms are required when working for both external and internal clients. Join Canada's agile guru Kevin Aguanno as he explores various types of agile contracts including fixed price, time and materials and hybrid contract options. Learn how to set up a formal agreement (contract, statement of work, or document of understanding) for projects characterized by uncertainty and high levels of change.

Earn 1 PDU for attending this 2 February 2017 at Noon Eastern time event.

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