Education & Training

Precise Solutions and Elite Project Professionals Since 1989™

Atocrates Partners University logosASSESSING & DEVELOPING ELITE PROJECT PROFESSIONALS

A multi-level program of education, training, and research delivered throughout North America and Europe focused on Project Professionals is offered privately in-house, in partnership with the many first tier Universities, or with major Colleges that have partnered exclusively with our centre of excellence in project education & research, the “Atocrates Institute for Project Sciences”.

  • Organizational Culture & Human PerformanceAtocrates @ Durham & St. Clair Website Logo
  • Project Management
  • Program Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Systems Engineering
  • General Contractors

Contact “Atocrates” today to discuss how we can assist you in Certifying and Developing Your Project Professionals to new and higher levels of Performance.


ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION OF PROJECT TALENTinsights logo

Generated by a powerful expert computer system, our Insights Discovery Reports chart new waters in the voyage of self-discovery. Personal and Team Evaluator questionnaires form the basis of extensive reports containing information on personal style, communication, value to the team, management style, blind spots and development areas. Insights Discovery reports are written and presented in a practical and easily understood way.

The reports not only provide for individual feedback and personal growth, but when their data is collated they also give an overview of team or organizational strengths and weaknesses. Using that information we can establish strategies for development unique to your organization.

Petrides TEIQ.Our Atocrates Knowledge, Applied Skills and Leadership capability assessment reports called the “Atocrates Assessment Profile Index” utilize the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide developed by the Project Management Institute, the Project Manager Applied Skills & Techniques and Leadership Behavioural competency measurement criteria developed with the National Society for Performance and Instruction (NSPI). A typical full assessment program requires 1 full day with 3 sections to cover Knowledge, Skills and Leadership. Each project manager’s performance is measured against an appropriate level baseline (Fundamental, Advanced or Master), composed of 24 major categories, 8 each for knowledge, skills and leadership, representing 144 specific competencies.

If requested by the customer a Corporate Capability Assessment Summary report outlining not just individual project manager but, group or corporate strengths and weaknesses. As well, a full pre-assessment – curriculum development – education & training, and post-assessment program can be delivered.


ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE & TEAM PERFORMANCE

Cultures & OrgsThese partnerships incorporate the theories and teachings of both Swiss psychologist, Dr. Carl Gustav Jung (Psychological Type), and influential Dutch organizational sociologist, Dr. Geert Hofstede (Cultural Dimensions) and blends them with our award winning Personal and Organizational Dynamics series developed by our CEO Tena Lush Hofstede to assist individuals and companies function more effectively in a global project environment, and the Project Stakeholder Engagement Management in compliance with PMI®’s 5th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide for Project Managers and Project Teams in their interfacing with key project stakeholders.

Organizational & Team Performance Education and Training:

  • Courses: (duration)
    • The Rational & The Innovative Mind (3)
    • Maximizing Team Effectiveness (2)
    • The Power of Non-Verbal Communication (2)
    • Effective Communication, Collaboration & Conflict Management (3)
    • Effective Presentation & Facilitation Skills (2)
    • Awesome Teams – Awesome Results! (2)
    • Am I in My Right Mind? (2)

For those who work in international business, it is sometimes amazing how different people in other cultures behave. We tend to have a human instinct that ‘deep inside’ all people are the same – but they are not. Therefore, if we go into another country and make decisions based on how we operate in our own home country – the chances are we’ll make some very bad decisions.

Dr. Hofstede’s research gives us insight into other cultures so that we can be more effective when interacting with people in other countries. If understood and applied properly, this information should reduce your level of frustration, anxiety, and concern. But most important, will give you the ‘edge of understanding’ which translates to more successful results.


PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Regardless of your industry or mission, project management is the value driver that helps your organization get the most out of its performance.

When tailored, or “fit”, to an organization’s culture, project management brings value by improving:

  • The execution of strategy, through repeatable, reliable performance and standardization;
  • The integration within the organization, through elimination of “silos” and better communication and collaboration;
  • The learning that a projectized organization undergoes as it explores new products, processes and markets.

Learn more about the talent management (people), organization project management (processes) and global standards (information) that make these opportunities possible, and see how Atocrates can support your organization to take to advantage of them.

Hone your project management skills. Professional development doesn’t just take place at your job or inside a classroom. You can turn to PMI®-approved R.E.P’s, or Registered Education Providers such as Atocrates. Our training courses improve your knowledge base and, if you hold a certification, earn you critical contact hours and PDUs.

Atocrates Project Sciences is also the best source for Project Managers seeking their Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or more senior certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Project Management Education and Training:

  • Individual Courses: (duration)
    • ESSENTIALS of Strategy Execution 2015 (3) “NEW”
    • ESSENTIALS of Agile & Scrum 2015 (3) “NEW”
    • ESSENTIALS of System and Software Testing 2015 (3) “NEW”
    • ADVANCED Risk Assessment & Management 2015 (3) “NEW”
    • Introduction to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide (3)
    • Project Economics & Politics (3)
    • Project Leadership & Team Development (3)
    • Professional Performance & Responsibility (3)
    • 12 Steps to Ensure Success & Avoid Project Disputes (3)
    • PMP® Exam Cram (The Preparation Course) (5)
    • Introduction to MindManager™ (1)
    • Advanced MindManager™ with Catalyst™ (1)
    • Introduction to WBS Chart Pro (1)
    • Introduction to PERT Chart EXPERT (1)
    • Introduction to RiskyProject™ (1)
    • Advanced RiskyProject™ (1)
    • Project Risks: Identifying Early Warning Signals & How to Respond (1)
    • Why Projects Fail! … How to Succeed! (1)
    • The Use & Abuse of Project Software Tools (Small-Medium-Simpler) (2+1)
    • The Use & Abuse of Project Software Tools (Larger-Complex) (2+1)
    • Project Cost & Schedule Management (2)
    • Estimating & Earned Value Analysis (2)
    • Project Procurement & Contract Management (2)
    • Strategic Project Management Efficiencies (1)
    • Project Portfolio Management: Tools & Techniques (1)
    • The Art & Science of Project Management (3)
    • Advising & Consulting for Project Managers (2)

BUSINESS ANALYSIS: PMI-PBA® and CBAP®

There are many opportunities for Business Analysts within an organization. These can range from entry-level positions for new graduates to senior roles requiring several years of experience within an industry. A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information system

The role of Business Analyst is best filled by individuals with a broad skill set. Academic qualifications are important, but so are communication, leadership and the ability to see the big picture.

It is the job of the Business Analyst to bridge the gap of understanding between the business needs and the technology. For this reason, the successful Business Analyst needs to be business savvy and have a very good understanding of technology. While it is helpful for a Business Analyst to be familiar with the industry in which they are working, industry specific information can generally be acquired while working on a project.

Depending on their years of experience, Senior Business Analysts may play a lead role in the strategic evaluation of an organization’s current systems and processes. In addition, they work at a high level to analyze a client’s business, then recommend and develop solutions to address their business challenge.

This Business Analyst must be able to build a cohesive team and possess a strong customer focus. On a project, Business Analysts work closely with the Project Manager and assist with the project planning. They are responsible for the requirements planning and with the gathering and analysis of information. The Business Analyst documents the business requirements which express what actions the business must take in order to resolve a business issue and deliver work products through the project lifecycle.

The Business Analyst will collaborate with business stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure high quality, on-time deliverables and seamless communication. They usually work across a wide variety of roles, developing a diversified skill set which can lead to high level positions within a company.

Business Analysis Education and Training:

  • Individual Courses: (duration)
    • PMI-PBA® Business Analysis for Practitioners 2015 (5) “NEW”
    • ESSENTIALS of Agile & Scrum 2015 (3) “NEW”
    • ADVANCED Risk Assessment & Management 2015 (3) “NEW”
    • The Business Analyst’s Course (3) @ SEEC, YorkU, USask, MUN, U of Victoria.
    • Creativity & Critical Thinking (2)
    • Introduction to MindManager™ (1)
    • Advanced MindManager™ with Catalyst™ (1)
    • Enterprise Analysis (1)
    • Planning, Verifying/Validating, & Managing for User Requirements (2)
    • Eliciting User Requirements (3)
    • Introduction to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge: BABOK Guide® (3)
    • Requirements for Business Analysts (3)
    • Communication & Relationships for Business Analysts (3)
    • Modeling & Capstone Simulation for Business Analysts (3)
    • CBAP® Exam Cram (The Preparation Course) (5)
    • The Art & Science of Business Analysis (3)
    • The Art & Science of Testing for Business Analysts (3)
    • Advising & Consulting for Business Analysts (2)

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Programs in the private and public sectors represent investments that can range from tens of millions to hundreds of billions of dollars. Programs that are poorly managed have led to the decline of many organizations”. For these reasons and others, program managers and their organizations are seeking to better manage their portfolios by standardizing the selection and management of programs.

Aligned with PMI®’s Standard for Program Management, and the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® Examination Specification, our seminar / workshops will provide new knowledge and skills that enable you to improve your competency and productivity as a Program Manager, and prepare you for the Program Management Certification Exam.

Program Management Education and Training:

  • Major Programs:
    • Master Certificate in Program Management (12)
  • Individual Courses: (duration)
    • The Program Manager’s Course & The PgMP® (5)
    • Strategic Project Management Efficiencies (1)
    • Project Portfolio Management: Tools & Techniques (1)
    • Program Leadership & Team Performance (2)
    • Program Stakeholder Engagement & Management (2)
    • Program Procurement & Contract Management (2)
    • Advising & Consulting for Program Managers (2)

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the management and technical efforts to evolve and verify an integrated, holistic and life-cycle balanced system solution that satisfies requirements and maximises effectiveness according to the values of the stakeholders. Stakeholder measures of effectiveness could include, for example and depending on the system “the system”, measures of end use capability, ease of use, maintainability, safety, fashion appeal… and programmatic measures such as investment cost, unit cost of production, recurring cost, National Industry content, time to market…, as applicable. Systems engineering is NOT a rule book. It IS a set of principles, supported by methods, to deliver maximum benefits to stakeholders.

Systems Engineers seeking their Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP)® or more senior Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)® or very specialized US DOD Acquisition Extension (CSEP-Acq)® or most senior Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP)® designation from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)®.

Systems Engineering Education and Training:

  • Majors Programs:
    • Master Certificate in Systems Engineering (12)
  • Individual Courses: (duration)
    • The Systems Engineering Management Course (5)
    • CSEP® / ASEP® Exam Cram (The Preparation Course) (5)
    • Enterprise Architecture (1)
    • Requirements Analysis & Engineering (3)
    • Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis: Judgement and Decision Making for Engineering Management (3)
    • The Art & Science of Testing for Systems Engineers (3)
    • Test & Evaluation of Complex Systems & Software (3)
    • Advising & Consulting for Systems Engineers (2)

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

General Contractors seeking their Gold Seal Certification from the Canadian Construction Association.

Canada’s Atocrates Institute for Project Sciences is thrilled to launch the revised Master Certificate in Project Management for General Contractors (MC4GC)® for early-career project managers or those looking to move into such a role. The five-course program covers the essentials of project management and provides a solid foundation for long-term career development. The curriculum is offered in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Windsor and Calgary or can be brought in-house to construction firms and educational institutions in order to teach a new generation of project managers the essential skills to ensure project success.

The MC4GC® is a set of five highly interactive modules that include discussions, class activities and presentations, and provide participants the skills essential to their careers as project managers. The MC4GC® is compliant with the Construction Extension of the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and is Gold Seal certified through the Canadian Construction Association. The Atocrates Project Management for General Contractors program is led by Tina Vigneux, BArch, MCPM, PMP.

General Contractors Education and Training:

  • Major Programs:
    • Atocrates Master Certificate in Project Management for General Contractors (MC4GC)®
  • Individual Courses: (duration)
    • Estimating and Job Costing (2)
    • Procurement & Contracts Administration (2)
    • Project Administration (2)
    • Risk Management (2)
    • Leadership & Team Development (2)

 


NOTICE: PMI, CAPM, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute. INCOSE, ASEP, CSEP, and ESEP are registered marks of the International Council on Systems Engineering. CSM is a registered mark of the Scrum Alliance. IIBA, CCBA and CBAP are registered marks of the International Institute for Business Analysis.


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