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Agile Business Consortium appoints new Chair

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

21 August 2017 – Ashford, Kent, UK – The Agile Business Consortium, the not-for-profit body that champions Agile business thinking, has appointed Geof (correct spelling) Ellingham as its new Chair. He takes over from Steve Messenger who, alongside Chief Executive Mary Henson and the board, has overseen the growth of the Consortium, and the birth of the Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) training course and qualification.

Commenting on his appointment, Geof Ellingham said: “Businesses face an unparalleled period of change, so this is the right time for us to bring business agility to more organisations. This means both developing innovative new products and services, and building new relationships with like-minded individuals and groups in the business agility arena.

“Organisations, whether in the private or public sector, need to have access to a comprehensive toolkit of Agile products and guidance that can help them transform how they operate, and respond to the day-to-day changes they are experiencing.

“A huge thank you must go to Steve Messenger whose stewardship and guidance has helped lay such solid foundations for the Agile Business Consortium, and who was instrumental in the creation of AgilePM, the world’s most popular Agile project management framework. His legacy to the Agile community is enormous, and it’s a privilege for me to follow him and champion the take-up of business agility globally.”

Geof is currently leading the development of a new Agile and Digital Services qualification, which integrates the world-leading AgilePM approach with Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance and will shortly move to its beta phase to be tested more widely.

Based in Newcastle, Geof has spent 30 years in technology and education, and now runs his own Agile business consultancy. Prior to this he was Head of IT at Your Homes Newcastle, who are responsible for managing council homes for Newcastle City Council. An early convert to Agile as a developer in the 1990s, he rediscovered this enthusiasm acting as Agile coach for the Council’s digital transformation programme.

One of Geof’s first official engagements in his new role will be to lead workshops at the Agile Business Conference, 4 & 5 October in London, and spaces can be booked via http://www.agileconference.org/.

Agile Business Consortium is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to provide global leadership in promoting, supporting and enabling the adoption of Agile at all levels. It focuses on enabling effective business change and transformation, and in particular on improving culture, structure and leadership to deliver strategic goals. Based in Ashford, Kent, the Agile Business Consortium offers advice, guidance and accredited products and services across a wide range of industries, government organisations and charities through an international network of Agile practitioners and partners. For more information, visit http://www.agilebusiness.org/

 

 

27 new works by 33 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2285 project management articles, papers & other works by 968 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 August 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 27 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 33 different authors in 14 different countries were published in the August 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2285 original works by 968 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by around 30 new works from many different authors; of the 33 authors this month, 18 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “I think this was the first month that we published more works by new authors than by those whose works we have published previously. We want to continue attracting articles and papers by new authors around the world, while still receiving new articles and papers by colleagues and well known experts.”

New authors in August include Lillian Agu (Nigeria), Abeer Al Nuaimi (UAE), Joanna Cewinska (Poland), Jesus Flores (USA), Wade Hawkins (Canada), Ndidi Blessing Iheama (Nigeria), Darryl John (USA), John Johnson (USA), Anna Krasnova (Poland), Olga Mikhieieva (Ukraine), Shahab Moeini (Canada), Yolanda Morgan-Davis (USA), Azzeddine Oudjehane (Canada), Stephen J.C. Paterson (Thailand), Martin Samphire (UK), Susan Slawson (USA) and Matthias Waidmann (Germany). New works from 15 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We’re also excited to launch another new series this month, on the topic of Project Business Management by Oliver Lehmann in Germany,” Pells added. “The series articles are important content each month. This month Prof Darren Dalcher again facilitated another great contribution by another Routledge author, Martin Samphire; articles by both Darren and Martin are included. And Neil Robinson contributed another interesting article in his Life is a Project series, based on his teaching program for people undergoing serious life changes.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,200 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications. Comments or questions can be emailed to info@pmworldlibrary.net

 

 

 

Law school student tackles project management

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Graduate student at Bocconi University joins PM World Library project management research internship program

13 August 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a graduate student at Bocconi University in Italy, has joined the PM World Library’s project management research internship program. Stefano is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Law and Business Administration (CLELI) at Bocconi University in Milan. He is also a candidate to the LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York, USA.

Stefano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University. During his studies and work abroad, he has worked in the field of transfer pricing and international transactions, and has written in international arbitration and tax. His studies during his MSc degree led him to gain an interest in project management and valuation connected to law-related issues, such as optimisation of time and resources in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and project management of international law and treaty making.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “I’m very happy to welcome Stefano to the internship program. There are two important aspects of project management that are related to laws and the legal profession. First are the legal issues that many projects and project managers must worry about, such as contracts, claims, litigation, copyrights, joint venture agreements, regulatory compliance and others. If a project crosses borders in any way, those legal issues become more complicated.”

“The second area of interest to attorneys and law firms,” Pells continues, “is related to the planning and management of major legal ‘projects’. For example, international litigation or arbitration cases, multi-party joint ventures, public-private partnerships, international regulatory compliance, etc. Stefano understands the relevance of project management to his professional plans in the legal field. Based on his research, we will be adding access to legal resources in the PMWL over the next few months.”

According to Stefano, “I was in Vienna in July representing the American Society of International Law as a delegate to the 50th meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. My participation reinforced my interest in the library internship, since the Commission has crafted several tools that at least in part deal with project management aspects in international trade. My current interests are related to contract negotiation and commercial litigation/arbitration in an international setting, and it will be quite interesting to see how these topics interact with project management.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain visibility, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

Follow Stefano’s research at https://pmworldlibrary.net/stefano-castagna/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is administered by PM World, which also produces the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Nigerian oil projects get big boost

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

NNPC, Shell, Chevron Sign Agreements to Boost FG Revenues by $16 billion

10 August 2017 – London, UK and Port Harcourt, Nigeria – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the signing of two sets of alternative financing agreements on Joint Venture (JV) projects to boost reserves and production in line with government’s aspirations. The agreements were executed in London on Monday between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and two of its JV partners: NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) JV and NNPC/Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) JV.

The two projects are expected to generate incremental revenues of about $16 billion within the assets’ life cycle including a flurry of exploratory activities that would generate employment opportunities in the industry, boost gas supply to power and rejuvenate Nigeria’s industrial capacity utilization.

The agreement with Chevron would see the development of the NNPC/CNL JV Sonam Project (Project Falcon), hitherto financed through cash calls, to incremental proven and probable oil/liquids reserves of 211 million barrels and proven and probable gas reserves of 1.9 trillion cubic feet within in Oil Mining Licences (OMLs) 90 and 91.

The project is expected to begin to bear fruits in next three and six months.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the project is envisaged to achieve an incremental peak production of about 39,000 barrels per day of liquids and 283 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d) of gas respectively over the life cycle of the asset.   (Photo courtesy of NNPC)

The Joint Venture partner, he said, had already expended $1.5 billion representing 97 per cent of project completion costs, adding that the agreement would cover the remaining $780 million to complete the project’s scope.

Providing a breakdown of the expected funding requirements of the Sonam Project, Dr. Baru said $400 million is to fund the development of seven wells in the Sonam field (OML 91), the Okan 30E Non-Associated Gas (NAG) well (OML 90), and associated facilities including completion of Sonam NAG Well Platform.

The GMD added that $380 million would also be required to reimburse the JV partners for the 2016 portion of the funds committed to lenders that had been cashed and paid for.

He stated that the Sonam Project alone, on fruition, would net the Federal Government cumulative incremental earnings of $7.3 billion over the project’s life.

The agreement with SPDC, on the other hand, would facilitate the development of the NNPC/SPDC JV Project Santolina which comprised of 156 development activities across 12 OMLs and 30 different fields in the Niger Delta.

For more on this important development, click here.

 

 

Full Program for 2017 UT Dallas PM Symposium revealed

 

Five keynotes, 33 professional presentations, 3 panels and networking to highlight 11th annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

9 August 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The full program can now be viewed for the 11th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) Project Management Symposium taking place during 17-18 August. The two and half day event will feature five keynote presentations, 33 paper presentations, three panels, a half day of Agile discussions and multiple networking opportunities. Attendance this year is expected to exceed 400. To visit the symposium website, click here.

Keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include:

Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Projekt 202, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. A UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. His presentation is titled “The Empathetic Project Manager.” He will show how empathy can help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? Peter will discuss how you can successfully leverage already well-established techniques out of the cognitive science toolbox to develop empathy and have teams perform at a higher level.

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon and the Director of the Maritime & Littoral Systems portfolio in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems where she manages ~$300M of development, production and sustainment & support activities. A 20+ year veteran of Raytheon, Anne has managed a variety of large complex manufacturing & program leadership challenges ‐ including two assignments as an expatriate on an international joint venture where she managed a large complex software development initiative (14M lines of code!). Ms. Guevara will share her reflections regarding large scale change leadership: How does the Platinum Rule apply? What does Cultural Intelligence look like? What to do if your plan does not work? Disruption is the easy part; leading thru the chaos of uncertainty to achieve a noble purpose is the rewarding challenge!

Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, on “Defeating the Status quo…Why leaders matter!” As the speed of business accelerates, organizations must be agile, adaptable and actively engaged in disruptive innovation, and that type of innovation is driven by disruptive leadership. Dr. Thurgood brings a unique perspective on healthcare, operations management and leadership having served at senior level leadership positions in for‐profit and not‐for‐profit organizations. Most recently Dr. Thurgood was President, Spend and Clinical Management, MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement company. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club. He previously served as CEO of The Exchange (formerly the Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the United States Department of Defense’s $10 billion global for‐profit retail enterprise and he has also held executive positions with Frito‐Lay and PepsiCo. In addition to his civilian job, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve. Major General Thurgood served as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve in Washington, D.C. His last assignment prior to his retirement was the Deputy, Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors, is academic dean and chief academic officer at the 6,000‐student University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Virginia, USA. He will present PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession® research that reveals for the first time in five years, more projects are meeting original goals and business intent and being completed within budget. Organizations are becoming “champions” of project management by investing in talent, benefits realization management, PMOs and EPMOs, executive sponsors, and agile approaches. He will discuss two case studies, one providing an overview of why a project went wrong and the second illustrating how an organization did a project right.

Dr. Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA – Intentional or Accidental Disruption: Are You Ready to Navigate the Choppy Waters? Meg E. Infiorati is an organizational psychologist with a private practice aiding individuals and organizations as they navigate through choppy waters of their own. With more than 30 years managing projects, programs, portfolios, and product lines, she has always focused on the human consequences for success or failure. Dr. Infiorati introduces the human assessments necessary for ‘what if’’ conversations for individuals and teams as they maneuver though today’s problems and tomorrow’s likely outcomes. Dr. Infiorati is a founding member of the Project Management Association of Nepal (PMAN‐2008) and has designed project planning approaches for international NGOs devoid of project knowledge as well as non‐profit organizations and charitable/volunteer programs in the USA. Dr. Infiorati holds degrees in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Management and Business Management and currently is a professor at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. Special pricing and group discounts are still available. To access conference website, click here.

The 2.5-day project management conference will include 33 presentations on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications and others. This is a traditional conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and for professionals to learn from their peers. Saturday’s half-day will include an interactive Agile workshop. Participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

The Business of Portfolio Management

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Boosting Organizational Value through Portfolio Management – New book by Iain Fraser published by PMI

7 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has a new book, The Business of Portfolio Management: Boosting Organizational Value Through Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser. Iain Fraser, Dip PPC, PMP, MoP, P3M3, PMI Fellow, Fellow PMINZ is a former Chair of the PMI Board of Directors and a well-known international project management expert and professional leader.

According to the PMI summary:

Today there is a gap between organizational strategy and day-to-day management activities. To capitalize on new opportunities, or “getting ahead” rather than just “staying in business,” most workplaces need a radical transformation. This transformation can begin with how organizations devise and manage their portfolios. Long underutilized as a mechanism to provide value, portfolio management is now being recognized as an effective approach to bridging these critical business elements.

The Business of Portfolio Management offers keys to adopting a new approach to portfolio management that boosts organizational value. A veteran in the field, author Iain Fraser proposes a solution that lies in using the value management framework to link organizational strategy to portfolio content and to delivery mechanisms.

In this expansive guide, case study examples illuminate in-depth discussions explaining the value management framework, implementation and delivery techniques, portfolio leadership qualities, key roles and professional development, and change management. Also included is an overview of organizational maturity models to evaluate project, program, and portfolio performance as well as tools and techniques to implement, execute, and measure their benefits and value contribution.

The Business of Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser, published by PMI in the USA; ©2017, 166 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781628253726; List price = US$44.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101599501

PMI members receive discounted pricing.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest project management member association, representing a million practitioners in more than 200 countries. PMI advances the profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. To see the latest books from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

APM Announces Charter Consultation

 

PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

3 August 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the launch of charter consultation to develop the “standard” required of all chartered bodies in the United Kingdom.

In October 2016, the Privy Council, the body that advises HM The Queen on variety of constitutional matters, announced that the Association for Project Management (APM) would receive a Royal Charter. The Charter became effective in April 2017 when APM joined the unique group of professional bodies, learned societies and world-class institutions that represent the values of trust, respect and reliability by becoming the Chartered body for the project profession.

Becoming a Chartered body is not simply a matter of receiving a formal Charter (see picture). APM is required to develop a Standard that governs conditions of entry. It is not sufficient to use existing entry requirements as Chartered bodies are required to comply with a number of conditions set by the Privy Council.

Work on the Standard could only begin once the formal award had been made so APM have been hard at work since April developing the standards and values that will become the benchmark for professional project management through a Register of Chartered Project Professionals.

The proposed Chartered standard presents what APM considers the public and industry will need and expect in the future from project professionals.

This reflects the technical knowledge and professional experience that project professionals must demonstrate along with a commitment to continued professional development and ethical behaviour to achieve the internationally recognised standard of a chartered professional.

APM is now consulting on its proposed Chartered standard and is seeking informed feedback from interested parties, employers and stakeholders. Note that you do not need to be a member of APM to comment.

The consultation document is available from APM at:

https://www.apm.org.uk/media/6340/chartered_consultation_2017_final.pdf

You can access the consultation from the website or use the YouGov link:.

https://start.yougov.com/refer/vSG8D8hgWgpBQY

For any technical queries, or if you have a need to respond by email or letter, please contact: darren.yaxley@yougov.com.

Consultation deadline

Responses must be received by 22 September 2017.

Response to the consultation 

Please note APM does not intend to respond individually to responses received. We will publish a summary of consultation responses. Unattributed excerpts from some responses may be used as examples.

APM’s overall timeline for the Charter process is illustrated below.

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

 

 

How does the Platinum Rule apply?

 

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon, to share lessons on large scale change leadership at 11th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

2 August 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon, will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium during 17-18 August. Anne Guevara is also presently the Director of the Maritime & Littoral Systems portfolio in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems where she manages ~$300M of development, production, and sustainment & support activities. To visit the symposium website, click here.

Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa and an American Program Manager in Paris all walk into a bistro… What could they possibly have in common? What strategies might they discuss for shaking things up in ways never before heard of … with laser light focus on a noble purpose? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a change leader at one of America’s leading defense technology companies.

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon, will share her reflections regarding large scale change leadership: How does the Platinum Rule apply when influencing outcomes, large and small, in the Global Economy? What does Cultural Intelligence look like? What do you do if your plan does not work? Disruption is the easy part. Leading thru the chaos of uncertainty to achieve a noble purpose is the rewarding challenge!

A 20+ year veteran of Raytheon, Anne has managed a variety of large complex manufacturing & program leadership challenges ‐ including two assignments as an expatriate as part of an international joint venture where she managed a large complex software development initiative (14M lines of code!). She is a Raytheon Certified Program Manager as well as a Raytheon Six Sigma Expert (Black Belt) and was awarded the distinction of Program Manager of the Year in 2015. In addition to her Raytheon career, Anne is a retired Colonel from the US Army with over 25 years of experience leading tactical and domestic health care operations, at home and abroad.

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. Special pricing and group discounts are still available. To access conference website, click here.

Other keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors; Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management; and Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA.

The 2.5-day project management conference will focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications, local government and others. This is a traditional conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and for professionals to learn from their peers. Saturday’s half-day will include an interactive Agile workshop. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Wideman Website updates for August 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 August 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and very educational project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/.

According to Max this month:

Does Project Risk Management receive the attention it should in your organization? This Paper explains when it doesn’t need to, but also how to develop a thorough project risk management strategy for a large infrastructure development when it is really important to manage big risks well.

Our second Paper reiews the book Delivering Successful PMOs by Peter Taylor and Ray Mead who provide a very thorough and easy-to-follow journey towards designing and succeeding in establishing a PMO. In particular they point out: “Success needs to be planned up front” and “There must be a strong and clear business case“.

This month, our Guest is Sharon Schweitzer who draws our attention to an aspect of the project management environment that we don’t often think about. That is The Essentials of Business Etiquette. Poor etiquette in the rough and tumble of a project is one thing, but if your aim is to climb up the organizational ladder, then you’d better mind your manners.

We regularly read Best Group for Project Management on LinkedIn and pick out insightful comments. In Going from Public to Private Project Management, Keri Z. has observed: “[The] lesson I’ve learned is that in the private sector the direction is to meet goals, make things happen and produce results. … [However] In the government sector … whether you actually produce anything significant is immaterial!” Read the rest in Musings to learn why.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

AfDB to invest US$24 billion in agriculture in next 10 years

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Announcement to stimulate investment in food and agriculture programmes and projects in multiple African countries

28 July 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it will invest US $24 billion dollars in agriculture as part of its Feed Africa programme- a strategy for agricultural development in Africa.

President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said this in a speech he delivered at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Adesina emphasized that the goal of the Bank is to “ensure that Africa feeds itself within ten years, and unlocks the full potential of its agriculture.”

The IITA hosted a series of events to celebrate 50 years of excellence in research. Dignitaries attended the event from across the continent.

The Institute recognized Adesina’s immense contributions to improving agriculture and named a newly constructed building after him. The US $700,000 Akinwumi Adesina Youth Agripreneurs Building is a new Training Facility for Capacity Development for Youth Agripreneurs funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and IITA. The training facility comprises two major training rooms that can conveniently accommodate 50 trainees each, two big offices for 30 interns each, and 20 standard sized offices.

“I am humbled, and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to lend my name to this well-equipped building which will be used by young Agripreneurs to learn, set up and launch their own businesses, and create a prosperous living for themselves, their families and those they will employ,” Adesina said.

Adesina re-affirmed his conviction that the future millionaires and billionaires of Africa will emerge from the agriculture sector. “Africa is today spending $35 billion a year importing food. That is US$35 billion that should be kept on the continent. This is a US$35 billion market that young people can tap into to create new wealth each year. To do that requires totally changing the lenses with which we look at agriculture. Agriculture should no longer be seen as a way of life or a development sector, but rather as a business for wealth creation,” he emphasized.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent. For more information, visit http://www.adbg.org/.

Source: African Development Bank

 

 

Next Gen Project Management: Agile and Beyond

 

Interactive Saturday workshops added to August UT Dallas PM Symposium

27 July 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is offering a unique opportunity to learn a more about Agile project management and to share experiences about partnering with, coaching and developing young professionals. The two sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, following the two-day 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas in Richardson, Texas during August 17th-18th. Lunch and networking opportunities are included.

Product Release Story Mapping Workshop, to be presented by Sogeti USA – 10-12:00 on Saturday, August 19, 2017

This will be an interactive presentation and hands-on workshop focused on building on the vision of a product or idea. Ensure a shared understanding of the product’s vision and develop the product’s roadmap that will serve as the basis for development as you progressively solve the problems for the users of the product. Identify what is needed by the users of your product. Develop its backlog in the form of a story map. Define and plan the initial and subsequent releases of your product. Participants will gain valuable insight into a product’s story mapping and release planning using an example.

Sogeti USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capgemini, operates in over 20 cities across the country. Sogeti’s business model is built on providing customers with local accountability and vast, flexible delivery capabilities. Sogeti is a leader in helping clients develop, implement and manage practical IT and engineering services to help run their business better. With 50 years of experience, Sogeti offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including Applications & New Technologies, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Cloud, Digital Assurance & Testing, Digital Manufacturing, and Digital Transformation.

Partnering with the Next Generation, to be presented by Sherry James, PMP – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Join Sherry James, PMP for a discussion about how to partner with, coach, and develop the next generation of project managers. It will be an interactive and fun engagement.

Sherry James, PMP is currently building an EMPO at HollyFrontier Corp. in Dallas, Texas. She has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of industries, which include: retail, telecommunications, business intelligence/big data, software development, and healthcare. Since 2000, she has worked as an executive coach and consultant creating leadership curriculum for organizations, large and small. Her passion for mentoring Millennials has taken her around the country in the last few years, speaking on topics that bring together multiple generations around projects and programs that are beneficial to all involved.

Registration for the Saturday workshops is separate from the UT Dallas Symposium. For more info or to register for the August 19 workshops, click here.

11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium – Thursday/Friday, August 17-18, 2017

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The annual symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available. To access conference website, click here.

Keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202; J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors; Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas; and Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA. In addition, approximately 40 high quality paper presentations will be delivered via six streams over two days by program/project management experts and experienced professionals.

The UT Dallas PM Symposium is the premier project management conference serving organizations and professionals in North Texas and beyond. This is a traditional conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and for professionals to learn from their peers. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management event. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Law for Project Managers

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge provides guidance on many legal matters confronting projects and project managers

27 July 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Law for Project Managers, Second Edition, by David Wright. Published in July, this updated book provides an easily understandable and practical guide to the laws of contract, liability, intellectual property and so on, all from the perspective of the project manager.

According to the Routledge release, the book covers everything from intellectual property disputes with the client organisation about who actually ‘owns’ the outcome, to confusion arising during an international project from the different legal systems and their approach to contracts and health and safety problems in the management of contractors. Most importantly, it explains everything in very straightforward terms; legal jargon is either avoided altogether or defined with its relevance to the project manager explained.

Law for Project Managers is a clear, readable and expert guide on this and many other important legal matters for the practising project manager as well as a supplementary text for post- or undergraduate students studying the commercial aspects of law, contracting and project management.

David Wright is an independent consultant, specialising in project management and engineering. He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in the process industry and has authored and contributed to a number of books, including The Purple Book, the standard guide to the ICHEME conditions of contract.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Law-for-Project-Managers/Wright/p/book/9781138063907

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

Two major conferences about management simulations

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Reported by Rüdiger Geist in Zurich

24 July 2017 – Zurich, Switzerland – Two major conferences have occurred in Europe related to management simulations, including many project management simulations, which might be of interest to those involved with management training services and technologies.

48th ISAGA world conference July 2017 in Delft, The Netherlands

ISAGA is the International Simulation and Gaming Association, founded in 1970. The primary mission of ISAGA is to establish a serious and fruitful scientific discussion and to prove that gaming simulation is effective. Later, several additional associations were founded that cooperate closely with ISAGA (e.g. Japan-based JASAG; SAGANET in the Netherlands; SAGSAGA in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, etc.).


Five days
full of keynotes, workshops, gaming sessions and social activities, where participants from all over the world gave insight to their work, also related to project management topics.

 




31st European Simulation and Gaming Forum in June 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany on “Simulation Games – Designing Interaction”

This forum is the largest manufacturers’ independent conference for Simulation and Gaming. Taking place every two years, this forum wants to show the variety of simulation games methodology and future developments. Also, the forum wants to get gamers an opportunity to meet and talk about possible further applications.

Together with the conference, the “German Simulation And Gaming Award” is presented for outstanding final theses on the subject of simulation games. This year a thesis about project management simulations won the second price. Bettina Schedler from the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria developed a criteria catalogue for the selection of project management simulations.

 

 

Jacobs to manage wind farm project in Australia


P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

20 July 2017 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering has announced that it has been appointed by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) to carry out the project management and owners engineers’ roles for a proposed 200 Megawatt wind farm in Western New South Wales, Australia.

The AUD$450 million (US$356 million) Silverton Wind Farm will produce approximately 780,000 Megawatt hours of renewable energy annually, enough to power more than 137,000 average Australian homes. The energy produced from the wind farm’s 58 turbines is predicted to reduce CO2 emissions by 655,000 tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking 192,000 cars off the road each year.

PARF is a partnership created by Australian energy company AGL Energy Limited (AGL) to develop, own and manage approximately 1,000 Megawatts of large-scale renewable energy infrastructure assets and projects. The PARF’s equity partners include AGL and QIC, on behalf of its clients the Future Fund and those invested in the QIC Global Infrastructure Fund. The Future Fund is a sovereign wealth fund which aims to invest in projects that benefit future generations of Australians.

“Jacobs has a proven history in successfully delivering all types of renewable power generation projects,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Patrick Hill. “In wind, we have completed hundreds of projects globally and we have an extensive history in this market in Australia, especially working with AGL.

“This project builds on the support we have provided AGL in the renewables market, delivering two of Australia’s largest solar power plants at Nyngan and Broken Hill. Jacobs will provide leading edge project management capabilities combined with our engineering skills to help AGL deliver this landmark project,” added Hill.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $10 billion, Jacobs serves industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, the company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries. For more, visit http://www.jacobs.com

Source: Jacobs Engineering Group

 

 

The Growing Significance of Continuing Professional Development

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Road to Chartered: APM announces 4th Thought Leadership paper

13 July 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has launched its fourth thought leadership paper as part of its Road to Chartered series.

Focusing on continuing professional development (CPD), the paper provides insight into how your professional body will develop, what this means for you and how you can be involved in this evolution.

Written by Professor Andrew Friedman of the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN), this paper sets the context for APM and the profession’s future journey, concluding with initial thoughts of how APM as a Chartered body needs to adapt and support members – both corporate and individual – in their journey to professionalism using CPD. As the foreword by Dr Paul Chapman states:

Professional bodies have a crucial role to play in enabling and supporting CPD. This relates to the vital role that professional bodies play in underpinning and justifying public confidence and ensuring when the public deals with a professional that they can trust and have confidence in the skills of the professional, and that their organisation/firm is at the cutting edge of their profession in terms of the latest knowledge. Commitment to CPD is not only the best way to maintain professional standards but also to signal a commitment to them too. 

“In ensuring professional standards, the role of a professional body is vital for a number of different reasons, and first and foremost is in supporting the individual professional’s own self–development. It is also important as a component for organisations and firms ensuring their people are aware of developments both relevant to their specific work but also wider training needs and ensuring their organisation or firm is investing in the skills of its people.

“APM, like other professional bodies, is keen to benchmark the journey we need to take to ensure our CPD content and systems are fit for purpose for our future plans as the Chartered body for the project profession. This paper on best practice and developments in other professional bodies is therefore of great help to us, as I am sure it is for others”.

In April 2017 APM became a Chartered body. As part of becoming the Chartered body for the project profession, APM is publishing a series of thought-leadership papers over the next 12 months until April 2018. To access this and previous papers in this series, visit the Road to Chartered resource page

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

Hill International to Support Major Expansion Program at the Port of Piraeus in Greece

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

7 July 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Athens, Greece – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract to provide construction supervision services in support of a €350 million ($399 million) Capital Expenditure Program for the Piraeus Port Authority in Greece.  The four-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately €2.4 million ($2.7 million).

The Port of Piraeus is the largest port in Greece, the largest passenger port in Europe and the third busiest port in the world.  Spanning more than 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) along the coast, it has an aggregate area exceeding 5 million square meters (53.8 million square feet).  The Capital Expenditure Program entails upgrading and expanding the port’s infrastructure, including a new cruise terminal, dredging projects and facilities improvements.

The Program, expected to be complete by August 2021, will elevate the Port’s status as a key transportation hub in Europe, triggering further investments into other sectors of the economy. Hill was appointed as the Port Authority’s Independent Engineer, monitoring all aspects of the implementation of the Capital Expenditure Program.

“This is a major foreign direct investment and a project of national significance for Greece,” said Emmanouil Sigalas, Vice President with Hill International. “We are honored by this appointment and we look forward to supporting its delivery,” added Sigalas.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth largest construction management firm in the United States.  For more information on Hill, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International

 

 

Wideman Website updates announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 July 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

As promised last month, we have followed up with a Paper on the challenge and justification for the structure we have chosen to represent the large array of project management Areas of Application in Product Development management.

We have made a minor update to Issacon iac1432c to offer advice on structuring project Emails for efficiency and clarity, and hence more effective communications leading to a more successful project.

Our Guest author this month is Sarah Jones advocating for Sound Sleep as an Essential Habit for PMs.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

Project to power Manu River Union countries

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project to support regional economic and social development

29 June 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with her counterparts from Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea, broke ground for the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project, on the sideline of the high-level ECOWAS Heads of State summit in Liberia, held Sunday 4 June 2017.

Photo: Liberian President Sirleaf and Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara after launching the AfDB funded power grid project. Courtesy AfDB

The launch kick-started physical construction activities of the 1,303 km transmission line and substations in the four Mano River Union (MRU) countries that constitute the CLSG. The CLSG interconnection is part of the backbone of the MRU countries and a priority project of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Master Plan.

“As ECOWAS proceeds for transformation of our economies, power has been identified as one of our major constraints. Power supports education, security, health, industry, and the comfort of life. The project will enable our nations move at a faster pace in the achievement of our Sustainable development Goals. We, the Heads of state of the beneficiary countries commit our full support to the success of this project,” President Sirleaf underscored.

Speaking on the occasion, the Bank’s Chief Power Engineer, Amadou Diallo Bassirou explained that the project was in line with the New Deal on Energy for Africa as implementation of the transmission line will support the development of the hydroelectric power potential of the MRU countries in pooling the different energy sources.

“The project will allow the exchange of electricity among West African countries and beyond. It will help establish a dynamic electric power market in the West African sub-region and secure power supply for participating countries which have a comparative advantage in importing power rather than producing it at high costs using their national systems”, he added

About the CLSG Project

The project consists of three components: (i) the construction of the 225 kV transmission line of 1303 km in length; (ii) the strengthening of the capacities of the secretariat of the WAPP and national electricity utilities of the beneficiary countries; and (iii) the electrification of rural communities located along the line. Feasibility studies of a few hydroelectric power plants intended to develop the hydroelectric potential are also planned.

The project will cost 331.51 million UA, and is co-financed by the African Development Bank Group (128.15 MUA), World Bank (88.57 MUA), the European Investment Bank (61.98 MUA), KfW (26.27 MUA), the EU/Africa (8.55 MUA) and Governments (17.99 MUA). The works are expected to be completed in December 2019.

Governance and operations

Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea agreed to establish, a Special Purpose Company (SPC) for the financing, construction, operation, development and ownership of the electric interconnection line (CLSG). The SPC, TRANSCO CLSG was established and has been operational since end of 2015. The share capital is owned equally by the national power corporations of the four countries.

About the AfDB’s New Deal of Energy for Africa

The New Deal on Energy for Africa, together with the inter-connected flagship programs is a top initiative of The Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Sector Complex (PEVP). The New Deal on Energy for Africa aims to light up and power Africa. Launched in 2016, the New Deal has the aspirational objective of achieving universal energy access in Africa by 2025.

The Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Sector Complex (PEVP), was created to fulfill the objectives of “Light Up and Power Africa” – principally achieving universal access to electricity by 2025. The Complex will accomplish this by building Africa’s energy systems while ensuring green growth. The entire development ecosystem for operational effectiveness, scale, socio- economic, and environmental impact will be taken into account.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent. For more information, visit http://www.adbg.org/.

Source: African Development Bank

 

 

U.S. notes Zimbabwe progress in combatting trafficking in persons

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

29 June 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has shared news from a United States government report that says Zimbabwe made notable progress to strengthen its capacity and to respond to cases of trafficking in persons in the past year.  This is positive news about an important regional programme.

“The (Zimbabwe) government made key achievements during the reporting period (2016- 17)… these achievements included increased efforts to investigate and prosecute alleged trafficking crimes,” according to the State Department Trafficking in Persons Report (June 2017). “The government coordinated with Kuwait to repatriate and refer to care 121 female trafficking victims, and also repatriated five victims from Sudan.”

The report commends Zimbabwe for launching its first national action plan and implementing several key activities in the plan. Among these was the Anti-Trafficking Inter-Ministerial committee which developed terms of reference to guide front-line responders in a victim-centered approach and established two provincial taskforces to implement the national action plan at the provincial level. It also conducted training-of-trainers for police on victim identification interview procedures.

Briefing journalists, government officials and representatives of nongovernmental organisations on Wednesday morning, an official from the United States Embassy said as a result of these actions, Zimbabwe was upgraded to Tier 2 Watch List.

“Any country determined to be a country of origin, transit, or destination for at least two victims of trafficking in persons must be included in the TIP Report and assigned to one of four tiers,” said Embassy Political Officer Krista Fisher (pictured right). “Countries assessed as fully meeting the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking are classified as Tier 1 and countries assessed as not fully meeting the minimum standards, but making significant efforts to meet them, are classified as Tier 2.”

Previously Zimbabwe was ranked Tier 3, among countries assessed as not meeting the minimum standards nor making significant efforts to meet them.

“This is definitely an achievement and we hope that it will motivate the government and others involved in combating trafficking in persons in Zimbabwe to continue to make strides in protecting vulnerable people from trafficking,” said Fisher.

The report acknowledges that Zimbabwe is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor—as is the United States.  Women and girls from Zimbabwean towns bordering South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia are subjected to forced labor, including domestic servitude, and sex trafficking in brothels catering to long-distance truck drivers on both sides of the borders. Reports indicate that adults have recruited girls for child sex trafficking in Victoria Falls. Children are subjected to forced labor in the agricultural and mining sectors and are forced to carry out illegal activities, including drug smuggling. There were increased reports of children from Mozambique being subjected to forced labor in street vending in Zimbabwe, including in Mbare.

Each year, since 2001, the U.S. government has produced the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to encourage global efforts to end human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it.

The U.S. Government uses the TIP Report to engage foreign governments in dialogues to advance anti-trafficking reforms and to combat trafficking and to target resources on prevention, protection and prosecution programs. “The introduction of this year’s report focuses on the responsibility of governments to criminalize human trafficking and hold offenders accountable,” noted Secretary Rex Tillerson in the foreword to the report. “To that end, this report is intended to assist governments in identifying threats so law enforcement agencies around the world can respond effectively and gain insight into where human trafficking remains most severe. The Report will also equip local and sub-national law enforcement agencies to better assist in efforts to target and prosecute those who commit these terrible crimes.”

Worldwide, the report is used by international organizations, foreign governments, and nongovernmental organizations alike as a tool to examine where resources are most needed. Freeing victims, preventing trafficking, and bringing traffickers to justice are the ultimate goals of the report and of the U.S Government’s anti-human trafficking policy.

The full report is available on https://www.state.gov/j/tip/

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. PMZ  is registered and accredited by the Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education Zimbabwe. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: info@pmiz.org.zw.

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

NASA Completes Milestone toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

26 June 2017 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced the achievement of a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.

Senior experts and engineers from across the agency and the Lockheed Martin Corporation concluded Friday that the QueSST design is capable of fulfilling the LBFD aircraft’s mission objectives, which are to fly at supersonic speeds, but create a soft “thump” instead of the disruptive sonic boom associated with supersonic flight today. The LBFD X-plane will be flown over communities to collect data necessary for regulators to enable supersonic flight over land in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Illustration of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft as outlined during the project’s Preliminary Design Review last week. Image courtesy of NASA and Lockheed Martin.

NASA partnered with lead contractor, Lockheed Martin, in February 2016 for the QueSST preliminary design. Last month, a scale model of the QueSST design completed testing in the 8-by 6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

“Managing a project like this is all about moving from one milestone to the next,” said David Richwine, manager for the preliminary design effort under NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project. “Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin helped get us to this point. We’re now one step closer to building an actual X-plane.”

After the success of completing the PDR, NASA’s project team can start the process of soliciting proposals later this year and awarding a contract early next year to build the piloted, single-engine X-plane. The acquisition for the LBFD X-plane contract will be fully open and competitive, with the QueSST preliminary design data being made available to qualified bidders. Flight testing of an LBFD X-plane could begin as early as 2021.

Over the next few months, NASA will work with Lockheed on finalizing the QueSST preliminary design effort. This includes a static inlet performance test and a low-speed wind tunnel test at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

For more information about QueSST and LBFD, visit: https://go.nasa.gov/2tdiNif

For more information about NASA’s aeronautics work, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/aeronautics

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA