Sponsoring the Project Management Awards 2019

The annual PMINZ (Project Management Institute of New Zealand) Awards will be announced at the Project Management conference in September. It is being held at Te Papa this year.

2019 is the eleventh year that PMINZ has recognised good professional project management, and professionals who are recognised 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 each year since it was established seven years ago. This award recognises a Project, Programme or Portfolio Management Office (PMO) that has improved the success of their company’s projects/programmes.

The PMINZ Awards play a valuable and important part in recognising exceptional project management professionals.

Managing Successful Programmes© Training Course

The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP©) training course is ideal for programme managers and budding programme managers to upskill and improve your programme management capabilities  – and career opportunities.

The next MSP course in Wellington starts on 2 September 2019.

MSP is a proven framework and the use of programme management is increasingly recognised as a key enabler for organisations to manage transformation initiatives. MSP is being used and adopted more and more within both public and private sectors.

Project Plus is accredited by Peoplecert on behalf of AXELOS to deliver the MSP course and exams.

Our Managing Successful Programmes® Certification training course prices are:

  • MSP Foundation – $2195 plus GST
    Three day course (Monday to Wednesday)
  • MSP Foundation and Practitioner – $3295 plus GST
    Five day course (Monday to Friday)
  • MSP Practitioner only – $1795 plus GST (contact us for this option)
    Two day course (Thursday and Friday)

Our prices include the official manual and the exams as well as making sure you don’t go hungry during the course.

The venue is on The Terrace, Wellington. If you have any questions about the course or wish to book, please contact us on 04 495 9100 or email us at info@projectplus.co.nz

 

Managing Successful Programmes and MSP are registered trade mark of AXELOS. All rights reserved.

Management of Portfolios (MoP)® Foundation and Practitioner

The MoP® (Management of Portfolios) guidance developed by AXELOS provides a set of principles, techniques and practices to introduce or re-energise portfolio management. MoP helps organisations consistently answer the fundamental question: Are we sure these investments are the best for us and will they help us achieve our strategic objectives?

Portfolio management helps organisations make decisions about which are the most efficient projects and programmes to take the organization forward to deliver their strategies. While project and programme management is concerned with managing  projects well, portfolio management is concerned with choosing to implement the right projects.

The MoP® (Management of Portfolios) guidance developed by AXELOS provides a set of principles, techniques and practices to introduce or re-energise portfolio management. MoP helps organisations consistently answer the fundamental question: Are we sure these investments are the best for us and will they help us achieve our strategic objectives?

MoP defines portfolio management as: “A coordinated collection of strategic processes and decisions that together enable the most effective balance of organisational change and business as usual.” MoP is a good framework that enables organisations to allocate budgets when there are competing demands.

Rather than representing a new discipline, portfolio management builds on, and better coordinates, existing processes such as strategic planning, investment appraisal and project and programme management. Portfolio management is not concerned with the detailed management of these projects and programmes; rather, it’s value is in helping organisations to choose which projects and programmes to select and support to deliver the organisational objectives.

Unlike most methods, all portfolio management principles, cycles and practices are used at the same time, though at varying levels of intensity, depending on the organisation and the environment in which it works.

Our next Management of Portfolio certification courses starts on Monday 18 November 2019 in our Wellington training centre.

 

 

Management of Portfolios is a registered trade mark of AXELOS. All rights reserved.

 

Project Management Training Courses – Skills & Knowledge

Join our two day Project Management Skills & Knowledge training course to understand and develop your project skills.

The next dates for these courses are:

1 and 2 August, and 3 and 4 September and 1 and 2 October in Central Wellington

12 and 13 September in Newmarket, Auckland

This training course is our most popular course and participants really enjoy and value the learning.

One comment we received after a recent course was that the person learned more than from when they attended a PRINCE2 course. It is a full on learning experience.

The content is suitable for people new to project management as well as those with some experience – everyone will learn and understand the content.

The price for the two days is $1425 plus GST.

For full details and to register, please click here.

 

Other Skills & Knowledge project management training courses are available every second month in our Wellington training centre in Radio New Zealand House on The Terrace in Wellington.

 

‘Better Business Cases’ Foundation Online Training Certification

This course is  ideal for anyone responsible for influencing or making investment decisions and will help attendees understand an established and proven methodology which can be applied at both strategic and tactical levels.

The course embraces the Five Case model to enable effective decision making when scoping and planning proposals in a robust and thorough manner. The Better Business Cases™ course looks at this model to consider:

  • The strategic case – the investment objectives and strategic fit
  • The economic case – optimising for value for money
  • The commercial case
  • The financial case – affordability
  • The management case – deliverability and plans for delivery

With the online package, you will receive:

  • 12 months access to the Better Business Cases™ Foundation course
  • Interactive quizzes and access to the mock exam simulator
  • Access to tutor support
  • The Better Business Cases™ Foundation exam

The course manual is not required but may be useful and can be downloaded for free on our website. This course is offered by Training ByteSize, an Accredited Training Organisation of The APM Group. Better Business Cases is a trade mark of Her Majesty’s Treasury. All rights reserved.

Click on the link below for more information:

http://www.projectplus.co.nz/courses/46-better-business-cases-foundation/

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.

 

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Get accredited with PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner

We offer PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training courses in Wellington, we offer an online option and we can deliver this course in-house anywhere in New Zealand.

You can also join our PRINCE2 Agile classroom courses.  Full details of our training courses can be found by clicking here.

PRINCE2 is a process-based methodology for effective project management. PRINCE2 contains a complete set of concepts and project management processes, including:

  • Starting up a Project
  • Directing a Project
  • Initiating a Project
  • Controlling a Stage
  • Managing Product Delivery
  • Managing a Stage Boundary
  • Closing a Project

A PRINCE2 qualification is a great asset to you and will help gain recognition of your CV. The knowledge you gain studying for the certification exams will provide you with the skills to work on any project that uses the PRINCE2 framework. A 2016 AXELOS PRINCE2 survey found that 88% of certificate holders consider PRINCE2 to have been valuable to their career.

All PRINCE2 certification holders are entered in the official PRINCE2 Successful Candidate Register by PeopleCert, the sole provider of AXELOS examination and accreditation services. This register can be accessed online, making it easy to confirm the validity of your qualification. Project Plus is an Accredited Training Organisation. We are accredited by Peoplecert on behalf of AXELOS.

Our prices for online and classroom courses include all materials and the AXELOS exams which are managed by PeopleCert. Our classroom courses are fully catered with morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch to let you focus on your learning and understanding.

PRINCE2 is a registered trade mark of AXELOS. All rights reserved.

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 came into force on the 25th of May 2018 and applies to 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.

GDPR has implications for many organisations, in the EU and abroad. We offer an online GDPR Awareness Training course to assist organisations develop your compliance. This course explains the reasons for the regulation, and the scope of its application, and identifies the key participants in the processing of personal data and their responsibilities. Key principles are covered, and the risks and opportunities, complete with examples. Gaining this certification from APMG will help indicate that you have taken the steps to understand the implications and that a minimum level of knowledge is in place across the business.

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

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.

Project Management Training Courses in Wellington

 

Our project management training courses will help you to improve your project management skills and obtain certification. You can undertake your professional development throughout the year with courses and workshops in our Wellington training centre in our office on The Terrace. The training courses cover the PRINCE2 waterfall and PRINCE2Agile agile project management certifications. We offer the main Managing Successful Programmes programme management and Better Business Cases business case writing certification courses as well as Management of Portfolios .

Certificate in Project Coordination.

We continue to offer our Certificate in Project Coordination. This series of training workshops is appropriate for those new to project management as well as people with some experience.

In-house project management training.

We can deliver all of our courses and workshop for your teams in your own office and can tailor our delivery to include your own policies and procedures when appropriate. Our in-house workshops include our Project Governance Workshop which is really useful for leaders with little prior exposure to project management.

Further details can be found in the training section of this website. You can book our courses and workshops online. If you want more information please call us on 04 495 9100 or 09 524 2336. We would love to talk to you and answer any of your questions and help you to find out what training would best suit you.

Introduction to Praxis Framework™

Praxis is the first framework to integrate projects, programmes and portfolios (P3). Praxis is a free, community driven framework which can help you and your organisation realise the intended benefits of P3 management.

You would need to take at least three separate project or programme management certifications to equal the breadth of guidance covered in a Praxis Course. Contents of certifications often overlap – forcing you to study duplicated themes and terminologies, risk management for example is covered by many certifications. Being completely comprehensive, the Praxis Framework removes repetition by covering all the key areas – combining the value of three introductory certifications into one.

Want to build on your knowledge of best practice?

PRAXIS offers a free common use licence for you to download and use the framework and templates. The Praxis Framework Certifications combine and build on existing best practice. Find more here.