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 a self paced online option and we can deliver this course in-house anywhere in New Zealand.

You can also join our PRINCE2 Agile™ classroom courses in Wellington.  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.

AXELOS, PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile are trade marks of Axelos Limited. 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. 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.

Project Management Training Courses in New Zealand

 

You can join our project management training courses in Wellington to improve your project management skills and obtain certification. We provide professional development throughout the year with courses in our Wellington office on The Terrace. We offer a wide choice of certification courses. These include PRINCE2™,  PRINCE2 Agile ™,  Managing Successful Programmes MSP™,  Better Business Cases ™ and  Management of Portfolios (MoP™).

New courses include:

APMG International Change Management™

APMG International Stakeholder Engagement™

AgilePM™

AgileSHIFT™

Certificate in Project Coordination.

Our Certificate in Project Coordination is well regarded by many people who have gone on to develop a strong career in projects. The training courses which make up the Certificate will suit you if you are new to project management of if you already have some experience.

Project management training in your premises across New Zealand.

We can deliver all of our courses and workshop for your teams in your premises and we can tailor our delivery to include your own policies and procedures when appropriate. We also offer Project SRO training.

If you want more information please call us on 04 495 9100 or 09 415 1035. 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.

PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, MSP, MoP and AgileSHIFT are trade marks of Axelos Limited. All rights reserved. Better Business Cases is a trade mark of Her Majesty’s Treasury. All rights reserved. APMG International Change Management and APMG International Stakeholder Engagement are trade marks of the APM Group. All rights reserved. AgilePM is a trade mark of  the Agile Business Consortium Ltd. All rights reserved.

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. It is a great source of guidance and resources.

 

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 is a trade mark of APMG. All rights reserved.

 

Managing Successful Programmes® Training Course

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) is the most popular programme management training course.

MSP helps with the successful delivery of transformational change. It is recognised as key to enabling organisations to manage change, MSP is being used and adopted more and more within both public and private sectors.

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:
MSP Principles. These are derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any transformational change.
MSP Governance Themes. These define an organisation’s approach to programme management. The help an organisation to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organisation structures and controls, giving the best chance for success.
MSP Transformational Flow. This provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.

The MSP framework is especially useful in today’s climate where organisations are constantly adapting to or leading change. Organisations must learn how to adapt and transform themselves through effective leadership and strategic control in order to survive and prosper. Programme management enables organisations to manage that transformation. Where there is major change there will be complexity, risk, many interdependencies to manage and conflicting priorities to resolve. MSP provides a structured framework and approach to programme management that can help organisations avoid pitfalls and achieve their goals.

Gaining a certification in Managing Successful Programmes at Foundation level can be achieved in three days, with Practitioner being able to be gained in a further two days. We deliver MSP training courses in our Wellington training centre throughout the year. For more information and to register for our training course click here

We also deliver this course for clients on your premises. To discuss this option please get in touch with us at info@projectplus.co.nz or telephone 04 495 9100.

 

Managing Successful Programmes is a registered trade mark of AXELOS. All rights reserved.

Project Plus now offer PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner Certification

We are pleased to announce that we have already trained our first group of people and helped them pass the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner certification. PRINCE2 Agile is a forward-thinking certification blending the flexibility and responsiveness of agile with the defined governance of PRINCE2. Designed to help professionals tailor management controls when working in an agile environment, this certification will help you to understand PRINCE2 governance requirements, agile concepts and techniques and the interface between them. This course is certified through AXELOS.

PRINCE2 Agile is the perfect certification for anyone who delivers projects in an agile context. The certification will help any project staff member combine agile concepts with one of the world’s most popular approaches to project management, PRINCE2.

The PRINCE2 Agile certification follows the same structure as PRINCE2, with Foundation being completed over three days and Practitioner being completed over two days – each with an exam upon conclusion. PRINCE2 Agile Foundation has no prerequisites so is perfect for any member of a project team wishing to tailor PRINCE2 to an agile work environment. In order to sit PRINCE2 Practitioner with Project plus you must gain the Foundation certification.

To discuss in-house delivery options or any queries please get in touch with us at info@projectplus.co.nz or 04 495 9100.

Book now here: http://www.projectplus.co.nz/courses/39-agilepm-foundation-practitioner/

 

PRINCE2 Agile is a registered Trade Mark of AXELOS. All rights reserved.

Praxis Framework

What is the Praxis Framework?
Praxis is an entirely free, community driven, open source framework which can help organisations realise the intended benefits of projects, programmes and portfolios. The Praxis Framework™ is a combination of four types of best practice guidance; Knowledge, Method, Competency and Capability and is the first framework to integrate projects, programmes and portfolios in a single guide.

What are the benefits of Praxis?
Praxis is available on the Internet, making it easily accessible.
The Praxis Framework recognises one size does not fit all and can be easily tailored. Organisations can insert their own process model, templates and content into the framework.
The framework is community driven, users can suggest improvements or extensions to any page and these will be considered for inclusion.
Praxis is supported by a wealth of free resources. An encyclopaedia of tools and techniques, templates, articles, a 360° capability maturity assessment tool, a glossary of project management terminology and much more is available on the Praxis website.

Praxis Framework Certifications
Enhance your knowledge, ensure you are using the framework effectively or simply assess your capability with the Praxis Certifications. The certifications currently available are:
• Foundation: Praxis Foundation equips you with an understanding of project and programme functions – in addition to the processes and documentation used to manage lifecycle phases. Foundation enables you to work effectively as part of any project or programme management team. It is a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification.
• Practitioner: Praxis Practitioner builds on the understanding developed at Foundation level, providing you with the knowledge to apply and tailor Praxis to your organisation’s projects or programmes.
• Bridging Course: The Bridging Course is for those who have previously undertaken project and programme training and would prefer to use a more integrated framework going forward. 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.

Project Plus PMO of the Year 2017 – Foodstuffs North Island

The winner of the 2017 Project Plus PMO of the Year Award is Foodstuffs North Island. The award was announced and presented at the PMINZ Annual Conference which was held in Christchurch on 21 September. This followed a detailed evaluation by an independent panel of judges.

The PMO at Foodstuffs, North Island, has increased the success of their company’s projects and programmes. The PMO is the custodian of the strategic agenda of Foodstuffs and supports the execution of Foodstuffs’ strategy by increasing the visibility of their project portfolio, by effective prioritisation and by enabling robust decision making around their investments. They are accountable.

The Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year award recognises a Project, Programme or Portfolio Management Office that has increased the success of their organisation’s projects or programmes.

This year the three finalists were ACC, Foodstuffs North Island and Safe Roads PMO, NZTA.

Project Plus has already signed up to be the sponsor of the 2018 PMO of the Year Award. We have sponsored this award since it’s inception five years ago.

The PMINZ Annual Conference is the highlight of the year for project professional in New Zealand. In 2018 the conference will be held in Auckland.

More about the PRINCE2 2017 refresh