Our First PRAXIS Framework Course

On the 14th of May we held our first PRAXIS Framework Bridging Course and are delighted that every student successfully passed their final exam. The course was run by one of our trainers, Martin Aitken, for a Government organisation and we will also be offering the training publicly in Wellington throughout the year and across New Zealand on an in-house basis

PRAXIS is a free, community driven framework which can help you and your organisation realise the intended benefits of projects, programmes and portfolios. The bridging course takes place over three days and is designed for those who have previously undertaken project and programme training and would prefer to use a more integrated framework going forward. The bridging course allows participants to become certified at a Practitioner Level without having to sit the Foundation exam. The course covers the similarities and differences between Praxis and other prominent frameworks; PRINCE2 and MSP – as well as the APM qualifications, PFQ and PMQ. The exam consists of complex multiple-choice questions, is open book and has a two and a half hour duration.

Other options for PRAXIS Framework training include the Foundation & Practitioner courses. These two courses combined take 5 days to complete and equip participants with an understanding of project, programme and portfolio management functions as well as the ability to apply and tailor this information for their own organisation.

For more information on PRAXIS Framework get in touch with us at info@projectplus.co.nz or 04 495 9100.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Training

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. Essentially, the GDPR seeks to give all EU residents the right to know and control the use, storage, transfer, and deletion of their personal data. This regulation comes into force on the 25th of May 2018 and includes any New Zealand organisation that sells goods or services to citizens of the EU, and any organisation that processes or monitors the personal data of EU residents.

The introduction of the GDPR could hold implications for many organisations, in the EU and abroad. Many companies will have to undergo a cultural change to ensure everyone is aware of their new responsibilities and compliant with specified regulations. We are now offering an online GDPR Awareness Training course to assist organisations with this transition. This course will explain the reasons for the new regulation, and the scope of its application, and identify the key participants in the processing of personal data and their responsibilities. Key principles are covered, and the risks and opportunities that arrive, complete with examples. Gaining this certification from APMG will show that organisations have taken the steps to educate their teams, and that a minimum level of knowledge is in place across the business.

This online course takes approximately 4 hours to complete and is followed by a multiple choice exam.

There is only one week until the GDPR is enforced, so if you feel you or your team may need to develop your understanding and ensure your processes are compliant, consider investing in this training.

The New Zealand privacy regulations are also being reviewed and there is a chance New Zealand could adopt similar provisions to those in the GDPR.

Additional MSP Course beginning on the 11th of June

We have added an additional Managing Successful Programmes course on the 11th of June. This Foundation & Practitioner course will run for 5 days in Wellington.

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)® is a proven framework which will allow you to successfully deliver change through the application of programme management. As programme management is increasingly recognised as key to enable organisations to manage change MSP is being used and adopted more and more within both public and private sectors.

In this course, participants can expect to learn about and become certified in:

  • MSP Principles – Common factors that will strengthen the success of any change management programme
  • MSP Governance Themes – The defined approach to programme management an organisation is going to undertake from leadership and delivery team placement to organisational structures and information control.
  • MSP Transformational Flow: – The pathway used to deliver and achieve the transformational change. This is a series of steps, structure and documents from the initial vision through to the delivery of the programme, corroboration of the outcomes and benefit realisation to the close of the programme

Book now at http://www.projectplus.co.nz/courses/27-managing-successful-programmes-foundation-practitioner/ or get in touch with us at info@projectplus.co.nz or 04 495 9100

The Importance of Professional Development

“The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not training them and keeping them.” – Zig Ziglar

It is no secret that employees are a hugely important factor in the success of any organisation. In his recent article for Forbes, Kevin Lynch argues that employees are ‘the key to taking any organisation from the ordinary to the extraordinary’ and thus investing in their development is paramount to success.

Kevin Lynch is President and CEO at National Industries for the Blind in the USA and, like many other executives, has recognised the value of professional development for both companies and for employees. Lynch argues that there are four key ways to utilise professional development:

1.) Invest In Your Best Resource — Your Employees.
Employees are in a unique position when it comes to institutional knowledge and experience of the organisation they work for and can be a valuable resource in learning where the company can improve. Gaining feedback can help in the creation of a professional development plan that accurately responds to employee needs.

2.) Create An Environment For Employee Growth.
A combination of professional training and on the job learning experiences can help employees achieve their full potential and find professional fulfilment.

3.) Expand Employee Development As Part Of The Overall Culture.
Investing in professional development is a great way of showing employees you value them and creating a culture of learning.

4.) Remember Organizations Succeed When Employees Succeed.
In their 9th Global Project Management Survey, PMI found that organisations that prioritise the development of technical skills are 20% more like to complete projects on time and on budget, and meet original goals and business intent.

Knowing where to begin can be difficult. Project Plus offer specialised training in project and change management, with public courses in Wellington, online courses and in-house training delivered at a location to suit you. Please get in touch with us at info@projectplus.co.nz or on 04 495 9100 to discuss how we can help you develop your people.

Nominations for the PMINZ Awards

The annual PMINZ (Project Management Institute of New Zealand) Awards are coming up soon.

2018 is the tenth year of the PMINZ awards, where project management professionals are recognized and celebrated for their outstanding achievements. There are seven different award categories, including the PMO of the year award. Project Plus has proudly sponsored the “PMO of the year” award since it was founded six years ago. This award recognises a Project, Programme or Portfolio Management Office (PMO) that has increased the success of their company’s projects/programmes.

Nominations for the PMINZ awards close on the 15th of June and finalists will be announced on the 9th of August. The awards will be presented on the 21st of September at the Project Management Conference in Auckland. If you know of an excellent Project Management office, we encourage you to nominate them for this prestigious award.

The PMINZ Awards play a valuable and important part in recognizing exceptional project management work and we look forward to celebrating the recipients.

Happy Easter from Project Plus

Our Easter indulgence has started early here at Project Plus! This morning our new intern, Pierre, kindly brought in a freshly baked ‘Galette des Rois’, which is a French specialty.

The Galette des Rois (King’s Cake) is usually made with frangipane (almond based mixture) with a bean hidden inside (which is like a little figurine). The person who finds the bean in their slice becomes the “king” and gets a crown.

Pierre definitely has some hidden skills as a baker because it was delicious!

We also celebrated Easter with the other companies in Digital Nomad, with a hot cross bun feast, an Easter Egg hunt and a team attempt at the daily Stuff quiz. On the whole, it has been a very indulgent morning.

We hope you all have a happy Easter and enjoy plenty of treats!

 

 

The Benefits of Shared Office Spaces

Shared office spaces are rising in popularity, with Small Business Labs predicting that by 2020 more than 26000 co-working spaces will be in use globally. There are several reasons for this trend, including; flexibility, a positive culture and greater connection to others. In a survey conducted by Harvard Business Review, it was found that people who work in shared spaces see their work as meaningful, feel they have increased job control and feel part of a community. These benefits are not only great for the individual, but also for companies as employees may feel a renewed sense of energy and purpose.

We have discovered all this for ourselves in our new home at Digital Nomad. Digital Nomad is a boutique, premium quality coworking space right in the heart of Wellington on Lombard Street. We share our office space with several other companies and individual professionals, meaning we get to meet all sorts of different people on a daily basis. We are thoroughly enjoying the highly social and community driven nature of sharing an office and can definitely relate to the benefits outlined above. We especially enjoy the daily office attempt at the Stuff quiz.

For more about Digital Nomad, visit: http://www.digitalnomadnz.co.nz/

PMO of the Year Award

The NZ Project Management Awards, run by the Project Management Institute of New Zealand (PMINZ), are coming into their tenth year in 2018. The Project Management Office (PMO) of the year award has been sponsored by Project Plus ever since it was founded six years ago. This award recognises excellence by a Project, Programme or Portfolio Management Office in achieving higher project management success and adding value to their organisation, with a clear and beneficial impact on business results.

The 2017 winner of the Project Plus PMO of the year award was Foodstuffs North Island, which was presented at the PMINZ Annual Conference held in Christchurch. This year the conference will be held in Auckland. The other awards that PMINZ host are Project Manager of the Year, Emerging Project Manager of the Year, Project of the Year, Public Sector Project of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Research Achievement Award.

These awards aim to celebrate the outstanding achievements of project management organisations throughout New Zealand, while also increasing recognition for the project management profession itself.

Portfolio Management Training

The AXELOS Management of Portfolio training course provides a framework to align and prioritise your projects and programmes.

The portfolio framework enables Portfolio Managers and analysts to assist the leadership team to decide which projects will help them deliver their strategic goals. The regular reporting also gives them the appropriate level of oversight on progress or issues.

Our next training course in Wellington for the Management of Portfolios starts on the 19th of March or 19th of June. The foundation course takes three days and the practitioner course takes a further two days. Participants will learn how to structure and manage portfolios in their organisation and understand the key requirements of engagement with their senior managers.

Both courses are facilitated by Martin Aitken, who is very experienced in P3M. Successful participants will gain the international AXELOS Management of Portfolios (MoP) certification.

We can also deliver this course to your team at your own location.

Please get in touch at 04 495 9100 for further information.

The Importance of Professional Development

The Importance Of Professional Development

“The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not training them and keeping them.” – Zig Ziglar

It is no secret that employees are a hugely important factor in the success of any organisation. In his recent article for Forbes, Kevin Lynch argues that employees are ‘the key to taking any organisation from the ordinary to the extraordinary’ and thus investing in their development is paramount to success.

Kevin Lynch is President and CEO at National Industries for the Blind in the USA and, like many other executives, has recognised the value of professional development for both companies and for employees. Lynch argues that there are four key ways to utilise professional development:

1.) Invest In Your Best Resource — Your Employees.
Employees are in a unique position when it comes to institutional knowledge and experience of the organisation they work for and can be a valuable resource in learning where the company can improve. Gaining feedback can help in the creation of a professional development plan that accurately responds to employee needs.

2.) Create An Environment For Employee Growth.
A combination of professional training and on the job learning experiences can help employees achieve their full potential and find professional fulfilment.

3.) Expand Employee Development As Part Of The Overall Culture.
Investing in professional development is a great way of showing employees you value them and creating a culture of learning.

4.) Remember Organizations Succeed When Employees Succeed.
In their 9th Global Project Management Survey, PMI found that organisations that prioritise the development of technical skills are 20% more like to complete projects on time and on budget, and meet original goals and business intent.

Knowing where to begin can be difficult. Project Plus offer specialised training in project and change management, with public courses in Wellington, online courses and in-house training delivered at a location to suit you. Please get in touch with us at info@projectplus.co.nz or on 04 495 9100 to discuss training opportunities.

Coming up soon we have Managing Multiple Priorities on the 26th of March and Prince 2 Foundation & Practitioner beginning on the 4th of April.

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