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$1bln Zimbabwe Road Rehabilitation project Launched

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare
Project Management Zimbabwe

21 June 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Works on the US$1billion rehabilitation and dualisation of the 580 km Beitbridge-Harare Road has started. Zimbabwe President His Excellency Robert Mugabe officially commissioned the start of the project at the beginning of May 2017 with a ground breaking ceremony that was attended by key stakeholders from the public and private sector. Work on the Beitbridge-Harare Rd is a sub-project and phase 1 of the major project to rehabilitate the entire Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu Road (see map image below) which has an estimated total project cost of $2,3billion according to reports from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development.

The Zimbabwe government has awarded the tender for the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) project to Austrian contractor Geiger International and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and agreements were signed in November 2016.

The project is expected to take up to three years and will be carried out in two phases. The first section will be from Beitbridge to Harare, which will be done under a Public Private Partnership/ Build Operate and Transfer model. The second phase covering Harare-Chirundu section will be done through a loan facility.

The Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway is Zimbabwe’s busiest and most economically significant, and is part of the North-South Corridor that directly links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia with access to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa.

Speaking at the May 2017 ground breaking ceremony, Zimbabwe Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said Government signed a memorandum of understanding for the contract with Geiger International (GI) in 2012 but the absence of a legal framework until 2016 delayed the deal.

This is despite the deal being officially announced in June last year, when Government named GI and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) as the tender winners for the Harare-Beitbridge and Harare-Chirundu roads. GI Vice-President Eric Geiger said the negotiations for the deal had taken six years, ‘punctuated by tenders and legal issues.’

“Geiger International has mobilised resources for the design and construction of the road and will be responsible for collecting and maintaining the toll plazas during the concession period, through a company in which Government will have shares,” said Geiger.

“Proceeds from toll operations will be used to meet operating costs, loan repayments, interest, dividend payments to investors, and shareholders including the government. At the end of the concession period, Geiger will hand over the road to government, which would have to be responsible for its maintenance.”

Actual work on the road will start after three months if the designs are approved, he said.

Local companies will participate in the construction project to the tune of 40 percent of contract value. Geiger said the government had guaranteed the safety of its investment. The road was the beginning of more business deals with government, with more to follow, he added.

Gumbo said more toll plazas will be added on the route as Geiger seeks to recoup their investment.

The Beitbridge highway has been in use for over 56 years, way beyond its design life of 20 years. Efforts to rehabilitate the highway, whose state of disrepair has cost many lives in traffic accidents, have been held back by claims of corruption and bribery. Government initially awarded the contract to ZimHighways, a consortium of 14 firms that included Murray & Roberts, Costain Africa, Kuchi Building Construction, Tarcon, Bitcon, Joina Development Company and Southland Engineers back in 2003. However, the project never took off as bickering erupted between the government and the consortium. Government accused the contractors of failing to put up the money for the project, while ZimHighways accused government officials of demanding bribes.

In 2013, after government announced plans to hand the project to a new contractor, citing ZimHighways’ failure to start the project, the consortium took the government to court. It only dropped its lawsuit in 2015, on condition that the consortium members would be sub-contracted for the project, allowing government to float a new tender.

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, membership services and programmes. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: info@pmiz.org.zw.

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

Tech Entrepreneur Channels Empathy

 

Projekt202 Co-Founder Peter Eckert to keynote 11th UT Dallas PM Symposium with presentation on “The Empathetic Project Manager”

20 June 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Peter Eckert, co-founder of the successful tech company Projekt202 will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. Eckert is the Chief Experience Officer for projekt202, a software design and development company that provides digital transformation solutions for some of America’s top corporations. Named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc., projekt202’s revenue has grown 214% over the past three years. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Seattle, projekt202 harnesses the strengths and talents of more than 160 researchers, designers, developers and digital marketing strategists.

How can empathy help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? What is empathy and how can it be leveraged to make sense of project teams, motivate members of your teams, deliver better results and disrupt the way how things are done today? 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.

Peter Eckert is a UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world. As Chief Experience Officer and Co‐Founder of projekt202, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. Under Peter’s guidance, projekt202 builds emotionally rich and intuitive solutions that enable customers and end‐users to access the full potential of technology in today’s connected world.

Peter has helped Fortune 500 companies implement user experience strategies, changing the way products are envisioned, designed and built. He has directed projekt202’s efforts for SAP, Charles Schwab, PayPal, Sabre, Motorola, Dell, Samsung, Crossmark, Microsoft, Agresso, Thomson Financials, The Tribune Company, LeGrand, Logitech, Deloitte, Mercedes, Capital One, Amazon, Expedia, AT&T, Cognizant, eBay, Southwest Airlines, Kronos, Teleflora, TicketNetwork and more. A graduate of Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany, Peter also studied design at Arizona State University and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He has authored articles featured in Fast Company, UX Magazine, E‐Commerce Times and other publications.

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 University of Texas at Dallas (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. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also 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; 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.

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 PM 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 http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

 

Call for Papers for PM World Journal 60th Edition

 

Articles and papers for 5th year anniversary edition invited

18 June 2017 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The July 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ) will be the 60th consecutive monthly edition, marking the five year anniversary of the digital publication. Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PMWJ related to any aspect of program or project management.   Questions or original works can be emailed to editor@pmworldjournal.net.

Since August 2012, more than 2200 original works by 939 different authors in 65+ countries have been published in the PMWJ. Those works are now contained in the “PM World Collection” in the PM World Library (PMWL) at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. All authors whose work appears in the PMWJ receive an author page in the PMWL Author Showcase where their works can be found and easily accessed. Each month’s new works are featured on the PMWL home page.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “July represents a significant milestone for the journal, our five year anniversary. We’ve tried to publish articles and papers in formats that can be useful for people and organizations in many industries and locations around the world. Based on feedback from authors and readers, it seems to be working.”

“Just as importantly, we offer professionals and experts a vehicle for sharing knowledge and receiving recognition,” Pells adds. “Too many websites publish good content but don’t identify the authors, which I don’t think is right. The creators of new knowledge should be duly recognized for their contributions. I also don’t think content should be separated from the authors, whose backgrounds and experience often provide important context for whatever is written.”

Researchers and practicing professionals are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. For author guidelines, visit http://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Team Serbia wins IPMA Young Crew 2017 PM Championship

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Young Crew teams from Spain and Italy also recognized

Reported by Gundars Strazdins, Marketing & PR Manager for IPMA Young Crew Project Management Championships 2017

16 June 2017 – Brijuni, Croatia – In the 2016/2017 academic year 209 teams, 750 students from 7 countries – Spain, Finland, Serbia, Lithuania, Germany, Croatia, and Italy – competed in the Project Management Championship. The International Final of Project Management Championship final took place in Brijuni, Croatia on June 10, 2017, and gathered the best student teams from all participating countries. The assessment tool was a project simulation KINSHASA provided by OMEC, and teams needed to plan and execute a project in Africa in challenging and changing conditions.

The winners – Team Serbia (Anja Spasojević, Miloš Milosavljević, Velizar Stefanović and Nemanja Jevtić)

Piotr Bogobowicz, Member of the Board, OMEC, shares his insights: “The simulation game KINSHASA, performed during the International Final of the PMC, is usually organized to be executed within two days. Yet, the requirements of the Final made it even challenging as the full game should have been done in just six hours. Needless to say – this is a huge task for young project managers to do it. I noticed that the main issues for the young project managers this year are the level of detail in communication with the sponsor, difficulties to have a general overall view of the project and transfer of project priorities to teamwork priorities. However, the team spirit and the attention and the quality of the reporting were a huge advantage to all of the teams. The simulation providers and assessors were astonished to see the results teams delivered.”

For the first time since the International Finals have been organized, it was decided to award the 2nd and the 3rd place as well.

The 2nd Place was awarded to the Team Spain (Raico Álvarez Feijoo, Ivan Adrio Muñiz, Patricia Fernández Fernández, Joaquín Abadín Mayo).

The 3rd Place was awarded to the Team Italy (Veronica Bertolotti, Barbara Bianchi, Marta Bindi).

The Project Management Championship is organized by International Project Management Association (IPMA) Young Crew. The PMC is kindly supported by STS – the project management training company. Main sponsor – OMEC. Supporting Sponsor – Opera Opus.

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew provides experiential learning through interaction and information exchange among young project managers. For more information visit http://www.ipma.ch/young-crew/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of 60+ national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For further information navigate to http://www.ipma.world/

 

 

34 new works by 42 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2223 project management articles, papers & other works by 939 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 June 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 34 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 42 different authors in 19 different countries were published in the June 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 over 2200 original works by 939 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by 30-40 new works from many different authors; of the 42 authors this month, 16 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, “We again had some outstanding new contributions this month. Everyone needs to read the featured paper titled ‘Gender Issues in Project Planning and Management’ from four researchers in Uganda. I’ve never seen the issue of gender equality addressed in this way before; it’s outstanding and breaks important new ground.”

New authors in June include Ksige Abdu (Uganda), Tony Bendell (UK), Alma Contreras (USA), Britta Eremit (Germany), Rizwan Hasnie (Pakistan/USA), Rick Kimball (USA), Nabunya Kulthum (Uganda), Jessica Kunkle (USA), Jim Miller (USA), Massimo Pirozzi (Italy), Mikal Raczka (Poland), Neil Robinson (UK/Australia), Rudy Rodriguez (USA), Ujeyo Margaret Stella (Uganda), Priti Vaid (India) and Timothy Wilson (USA/Sweden). New works from 26 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The papers by Stretton, Pirozzi, Olugboyega and Abu Dief are also excellent and on important topics,” Pells adds. “The other articles, reports and second edition papers are all worth reading, in my opinion. I also want to welcome our new authors this month. I hope more readers will share their experience, research and knowledge.”

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

 

 

Study reveals main causes of project management issues in UK

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Nation-wide study of 500 professionals within the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors, shows rate of overrunning projects.

13 June 2017 – London, UK – A new study of 500 professionals companies in the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors conducted for software provider Access Group, reveals that more than 75% of projects overrun due to ‘a lack of resource’ and ‘poor time management.’

Access Group commissioned One Poll to survey 500 professionals within the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors who manage projects on a daily basis. The online survey was completed during 5-9 May 2017.

Among the key findings:

  • Only 25 respondents were able to say that less than 10% of their projects stayed on schedule
  • 15% of respondents claimed that a lack of tools was the main reason for projects overrunning
  • The East of England was found to be the least efficient amongst the regions, with their projects overrunning between 91%-100% of the time

Steve Berridge, Director, Access Group commented: “Utilisation is a key metric within any project based company. It’s important to understand the individuals within the organisation and where they’re spending their time to make sure their time is focussed on fee related activity rather than non-fee related activity, such as internal meetings and proposal writing. Too many organisations can recruit more than they need, therefore bringing in more cost to a business without considering utilisation first.”

Access Group is a business software provider headquartered in London with over 900 staff across 14 offices in the UK. Learn more at http://www.theaccessgroup.com/

For further information contact Saima.zulkernain@tugagency.com

 

 

AIPM announces changes to RegPM Certification

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

9 June 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced process improvements to their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program intended to streamline the recertification process for RegPMs. As a result of feedback received during their annual Member Satisfaction Survey, they looked for ways to make it easier for certified project professionals to log and maintain their CPD points.

As of 1 July 2017 certified members will be self-managing their own CPDs through a personal CPD log. Random audits will take place to ensure the profession continues to enjoy the reputation from which all Members benefit. RegPMs will still be required to attain 70 CPD points over the course of three years to maintain their certification.

Attendance at any AIPM events (such as Chapter Events, PM Webinars or the National Conference) will still have the allocated CDP points automatically credited to your MyAIPM profile on the AIPM website.

Benefits of AIPM Certification include:

For more information on becoming a certified project manager today, please visit the certification page on the AIPM website, or contact the AIPM Certification team at mailto:regpm@aipm.com.auor on (02) 8288 8700.

Since 1976 AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia. AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors. AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More about AIPM can be found at http://www.aipm.com.au/.

Source: AIPM

 

 

Six New Project Management Research Interns

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Graduate students at three universities begin research internships with PM World Library

8 June 2017 – Almaty, Dallas, Milan, Rome – PM World has announced that six new university graduate students have recently begun research internships through the PM World Library. The students are currently studying in Italy and in Kazakhstan and include the following:

Domenico Moccia, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, began his internship in late April 2017. Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. To learn more about Domenico and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

Aizhan Aliakbarova is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Project Management and Supply Chain at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Aizhan holds a Bachelor’s in Philology and advanced program in Finance. She began her internship in early May 2017. To learn more about Aizhan and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/aizhan-aliakbarova/

Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (The State University of Rome) in Rome, Lazio, Italy, began his internship in late May 2017. Venkata holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed a three year university level certification program in Computer Science. To learn more about Srikanth and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/venkata-srikanth-varma-datla/

Faith Onwunalu, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University in Rome, Lazio, ITALY, already holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Nigeria. She began her internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Faith and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/faith-onwunalu/

Livinus O. Nweke is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and a MicroMasters in Cybersecurity at EDx/RITx. Livinus holds a BS degree in Computer Science from University of the People, Pasadena, CA, USA and a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Electronics Engineering from Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria. He began his internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Livinus and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/livinus-nweke/

Vishwanath Prasad Guduguntla is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University (The State University of Rome) In Italy. Vishwanath, who already holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, began his internship in early June. To learn more about Vishwanath and to follow his research, visit is intern page at http://pmworldlibrary.net/vishwanath-guduguntla/

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We welcome these dynamic graduate students to our research internship program. Each student was referred to us by a sponsoring professor; they already understand the likelihood of encountering project work during their careers and the need for more project management knowledge. I think they will gain some useful information during their internships.”

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

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is grown and maintained by PM World, which also produced 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/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

 

New NASA Experiments, Research Headed to International Space Station

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PRORAMS & PROJECTS

3 June 2017 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that major experiments that will look into the human body and out into the galaxy are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following its 5:07 p.m. EDT launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About 6,000 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the cargo craft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the station.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:07 p.m. June 3. About 6,000 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the cargo craft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the International Space Station. Credits: NASA TV

Research materials flying inside the Dragon’s pressurized area include an experiment studying fruit flies to better understand the effects on the heart of prolonged exposure to microgravity. Because they’re small, age rapidly, and have a well-known genetic make-up, they are good models for heart function studies. This experiment could significantly advance understanding of how spaceflight affects the cardiovascular system and could aid in the development of countermeasures to help astronauts.

The Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for osteoporosis investigation tests a new drug that can rebuild bone and block further bone loss, improving crew health. When people and animals spend extended periods of time in space, they experience bone density loss, or osteoporosis. In-flight countermeasures, such as exercise, prevent it from getting worse, but there isn’t a therapy on Earth or in space that can restore bone. The results from this ISS National Laboratory-sponsored investigation build on previous research also supported by the National Institutes for Health and could lead to new drugs for treating bone density loss in millions of people on Earth.

Three payloads inside Dragon’s unpressurized area will demonstrate new solar panel technologies, study the physics of neutron stars, and host an array of Earth-viewing instruments.

This mission is SpaceX’s eleventh cargo flight to the station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon’s cargo will support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations during the station’s Expeditions 52 and 53.

The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to depart the space station in early July, returning with more than 3,400 pounds of science, hardware and crew supplies.

For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Keep up with the International Space Station, and its research and crews, at http://www.nasa.gov/station

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For nearly 60 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates for June 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

Good news about the Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms! After several years of dedicated effort, we have finally assembled a new collection of project management and product development terms, presented in a number of distinct domains. For more information, see our latest Paper titled: What’s new in Glossary v6.1? This is an exciting change in direction.

In Part 6 of his Guest paper, Mark Seely concludes with three further valuable appendices. In Appx B: The Performance Dashboard designed to fully inform both decision-makers as well as the project team; Appx C: Human Characteristics provides a 5-step ladder of characteristics suited to each of his five organizational levels; and Appx D: Contracting Considerations appropriate to each of the five levels.

Visitors to this web site should note that Mark Seely’s whole series provides bold insights into project management, and valuable guidance on how to confront different levels of maturity or complexity in the whole domain of project management activity.

This month, Darya Duma contributes to our Musings with her “Daydreams” on Sustainability in Project Management.

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://pmworldjournal.net/beating-odds-tips-jump-starting-developing-countries/.

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 scales up to a record US $11 billion for projects & programs

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Growth propelled by the High 5s and New Development and Business Delivery Model

24 May 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Ahmedabad, India – With the roll-out of its High 5s priorities and a new Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM) in 2016, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), delivered a record US $11 billion worth of projects and programs during the year, targeting creation of 630,000 jobs mainly for youths and women, according to the Bank Group’s 2016 Annual Report released at its Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

In real terms, the 305 operations approved during the year will bring electricity to some of the darkest parts of the continent, unlock growth potential for small businesses, nourish thousands of children, empower young entrepreneurs, and strengthen connectivity between African regions and cities. These are located in the realm of the Bank’s High 5 priorities (Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa) and the Bank’s agenda to “transform the Bank to transform Africa.”

According to the Report, actual disbursements on these approvals reached US $6.3 billion, a 55% increase over the figures for 2015 when approvals and disbursements stood at US $8.78 billion and US $4.20 billion, respectively.

“The mixed economic performance among African countries underscores the urgency for structural economic transformation on the continent – to build resilience and drive sustainable, inclusive growth. Fulfilling its role and mandate, the Bank stepped up its support to Regional Member Countries (RMCs) through higher levels of lending and more policy-relevant knowledge,” said AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina.

The Bank’s “High 5s” serve as vehicles for the delivery of its Ten Year Strategy 2013–2022, which aims to foster inclusive growth, and transition to green growth.

Approvals for Light up and power Africa increased 72.8% to US $ 2.0 billion; operations in the Feed Africa priority rose by 66% to US $1.2 billion; approvals for Industrialize Africa were up 43.5% to US $1.3 billion. The highest approval of US $5.6 billion went to Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa, representing a 52.3% of the total approvals for Integrate Africa fell 18% to US $661.9 million.

Viewed from the sectoral angle, approvals to infrastructure (comprising water and sanitation, energy, communication, and transport), went up by 43.7% to US $4.72 billion in 2016. The financial sector came second with 23.3%, while projects grouped under multisector activities received 17% of the investments. Agriculture and rural development and the social sector received 9.3% and 6.7% of the total investments, respectively.

In terms of financing windows, loans and grants were the key financing instruments, accounting for 92.1% of total approvals in 2016, followed by guarantees (3.3%), equity participation (2.6%), and special funds (2%). The substantial (55%) increase in disbursements are attributable to a range of systemic changes and institutional reforms launched in late 2015, which effectively slashed the time between approval and first disbursement by 96 days.

“Strong impacts, both from projects completed during the year and ongoing ones, have been registered in all areas of the High 5s, confirming that the Ten Year Strategy, the strategic priorities, and the new business model, are all delivering for Africa’s transformation,” the report says.

The Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Bank’s operations in its 54 Regional Member Countries during financial year (1 January to 31 December 2016). It describes various reforms of the Bank Group to improve its business delivery, effectiveness, corporate management, and highlights the Group’s financial performance.

Read the full report

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/.

Photo: Courtesy of the African Development Bank

Source: African Development Bank

 

 

Beating the odds – tips for jump-starting developing countries

 

PUBLISHING NEWS

Important new book for project sponsors in developing economies launched at AfDB annual meeting in India

22 May 2017 – Ahmedabad, India – A book, highlighting pragmatic tips that “developing countries can follow to spark economic growth, without waiting for global actions”, was launched Monday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

Titled “Beating the Odds : Jump-Starting Developing Countries”, the book is co-authored by two development economists – AfDB’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, Célestin Monga and the Director of the Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University, Professor Justin Yifu Lin.

According to the AfDB release, the book will undoubtedly contribute to the history of Africa’s development. It is a detailed strategy that comes as “tips for jump-starting developing countries”, at a time think-tanks from around the globe and key policy-makers, businesses, academia, civil society as well as media representatives are reflecting on a new paradigm that will effectively help create wealth in the continent, through agricultural transformation. The book demonstrates how African countries would aptly move their development agenda “out of the low-income trap regardless of their circumstances.”

Why was the book written? The authors affirmed that poverty is not predestined: it can be changed, provided the right policy is implemented. For them, there is a good window of opportunity for African countries to transform. There is a for countries to be pragmatic in the choice of policies, the authors argued, adding that growth always starts from a poor business environment.

Building on the successful experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the authors said, “By attracting foreign investments, poor countries would improve their trade logistics and increase the knowledge and skills of local entrepreneurs. That would also help gain the confidence of international buyers, and gradually make local firms competitive.” They also underscored that the strategy needs not be limited to traditional manufacturing, but can also include agriculture, the service sector, and other activities.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, congratulated the authors for producing a comprehensive and pragmatic book that encourages less privileged nations “to swiftly jump directly into the global economy.” She also said she was attracted by the content and the fundamental lessons learned from the book. However, she pointed out that institutions are the missing links in Africa’s development. “Our countries need strong institutions,” she said.

The book is published by Princeton University Press in the United States. For more about the book, go to http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10931.html

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

Photo courtesy of AfDB

 

 

Commercial Project Management

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge aimed at companies selling project services

21 May 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Commercial Project Management: A Guide for Selling and Delivering Professional Services, by Robin Hornby. Officially published in early May 2017, this new book is available in hard cover, paperback and eBook versions – see more on the book’s webpage.

According to Routledge: Selling and delivering a project to a satisfied client, and making a profit, is a complex task. Project manager and author Robin Hornby believes this has been neglected by current standards and is poorly understood by professionals in the field. Commercial Project Management aims to rectify this deficiency. As a unique ‘how-to’ guide for project and business managers, it offers practical guidance, and a wealth of explanatory illustrations, useful techniques, proven checklists, real life examples, and case stories. It will give project managers a needed confidence boost and a head start in their demanding role as they go ‘on contract’.

At the heart of Robin’s approach is a vendor sales and delivery lifecycle that provides a framework for business control of projects. Unique elements include the integration of buyer and vendor project lifecycles, the recasting of project management as a cyclic set of functions to lead the work of the project, and the elevation of risk assessment from a project toolkit to a fundamental control process.

Beyond project management, the book proposes a comprehensive template for the firm whose business is delivering projects. This is a how-to book for project and business managers working in a commercial environment looking for practical guidance on conducting their projects and organizing their firm.

Robin Hornby worked in the information technology industry for over 35 years, migrating from systems engineering to project and then delivery management. He taught project management at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada, for 10 years and currently writes, consults, and conducts seminars. He pioneered many of the delivery practices described in this book.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Commercial-Project-Management-A-Guide-for-Selling-and-Delivering-Professional/Hornby/p/book/9781138237681

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

 

 

Early Registration Open for August UT Dallas PM Symposium

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Early bird discount pricing now available – don’t wait!

20 May 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that early registration is now open for the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium. The 2017 symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is organized by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Disruptive Leadership”. Abstracts were received, keynote speakers have been identified and the full program is now set. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202, on the topic of “The Empathetic PM”
  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors, on the topic of “PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession®”
  • Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company, on the topic of “Disruptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Reflections of an Expatriate Program Manager”
  • Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas, on the topic of “Defeating the Status Quo…Why Leaders Matter”
  • Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA, on the topic of “Intentional or Accidental Disruption: Are you Ready to Navigate the Choppy Waters?”

This annual project management conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others. This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM professionals, experts and researchers to share their experience and knowledge with their peers. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs, with plenty of networking opportunities. 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 provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis. UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the 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. With more than 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. 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 a web-based 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) and is 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/.

 

 

Aerospace Project Management Handbook

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from CRC Press describes project management for complex air and space programs

18 May 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Aerospace Project Management Handbook, edited by author name. Just published in May, this new 423-page book covers aerospace project development topics; project management processes and control topics; project technical implementation aspects; project communications, leadership and other special topics; and emerging project management topics, including agile. For more, visit the book’s webpage here.

According to the CRC release: The Aerospace Project Management Handbook focuses on space systems, exploring intricacies rarely seen in land-based projects. These range from additional compliance requirements from Earned Value Management requirements and regulations (ESA, NASA, FAA), to criticality and risk factors for systems where repair is impossible. Aerospace project management has become a pathway for success in harsh space environments, as the Handbook demonstrates. With chapters written by experts, this comprehensive book offers a step-by-step approach emphasizing the applied techniques and tools, and is a prime resource for program managers, technical leads, systems engineers, and principle payload leads.

Ann Garrison Darrin has an extensive background in technology and engineering management in government (NASA and DOD), academia and industry, and has worked at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for more than 17 years. She is the Managing Executive of the Space Exploration Sector at the Laboratory. Ann is a member of the principal staff and previously was in the research center and manufacturing areas. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Ann worked at NASA Goddard Space Center in aerospace engineering and was the Division Chief for Assurance Technologies which includes electronic components and packaging and material science. She is the author/co-author of over 60 papers, and an author and editor of the three books published by CRC Press. As a technologist, Ann has participated in numerous exciting technology “firsts” in space. Ann is the founder and co-chair of the MEMS Alliance Mid-Atlantic and holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland, University College. Ann sits on the board of the Maryland Space Business Round Table and the Science Council of the Maryland Science Center. Ms. Darrin is the 2005 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award the Johns Hopkins University Women’s Network.

Dr. Patrick A. Stadter has more than twenty-five years of system engineering and program management experience in space, air, and undersea domains. He has successfully led staff in expanding The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s cross-enterprise ability to contribute in new technical areas, providing opportunities to apply and improve staff cross-domain knowledge, developing new program focus areas, and effectively engaging complex sponsor organizations. He is recognized for leadership and development of line and program organizations, including complex, multidisciplinary teams established across APL sectors, government, laboratory, and industry contributors. Dr. Stadter’s technical focus includes system engineering, distributed, autonomous systems control, data fusion, and information theory. He has over 50 publications, two patents, has held a review panel appointment to the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council and is an active member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Stadter’s degrees are in Electrical Engineering and include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Aerospace-Project-Management-Handbook/Darrin-Stadter/p/book/9781498776523

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm ; to learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

Source: CRC Press

 

 

Participants needed for Survey on Project Management Software

 

P/PM RESEARCH NEWS

17 May 2017 – Palermo, Italy – PM World has received a request from a managerial engineer who is working on an experimental thesis to achieve a master’s degree at the University of Palermo (Italy) as part of project management. His study is related to the classification of project management software.

The study will end in the next two months, and it aims to evaluate project management software. To do this, a decision-making method will be applied to classify the major software on the market. The classification will be based on how each software tool addresses the features identified. The objective of the survey is to determine the weights for these functions (in order to determine which are most important for project management software).

For any further clarification, please contact Massimo Castiglione at castiglione.massimo@yahoo.it

Access the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCdB_FPvunV0DLvEdbEf4AkAUkRl2nmSpMNkFlj7QgJYxYNA/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

Hill International Receives Project Management Contract from the University of Texas System

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

15 May 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction of the University of Texas System to provide project management services during the construction of various higher education and healthcare capital projects.

Services to be provided by Hill under the contract are expected to include staff augmentation in the areas of project management, construction management, construction inspection, cost and schedule control, administration, construction project auditing and other areas associated with design and construction of the university’s capital projects.

“We are proud to have supported the University of Texas System on their capital program since 2007,” said Robert A. Ferguson, CCPM, LEED AP, Senior Vice President and Southern Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are confident that our team will continue to deliver exceptional service to our client,” added Ferguson.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 professionals in more than 70 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

 

 

It’s not too late to register for EVM World 2017

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

15 May 2017 – Virginia, USA – Organized by the College of Performance Management (CPM) in the United States each year, EVM World 2017 will be held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana during 31 May through 2 June. Registration to this major earned value management event is still open. To access program information – click here

CPM is offering the following latest information.

The Program Schedule is final – click here

This year’s list of education sessions is filled with dynamic topics presented by industry leaders and current article authors from publications such as Defense AT&L and CrossTalk.

EVM Past, Present and Future – come see the development of our EVM History Timeline – a living document that you can help to populate during WS01 “On the Shoulders of Giants: Talking about Key Historical Moments in the Development of EVM”.

NEW to EVM World is our Pro Tools Training Sessions – innovative opportunities to network with industry leaders in products and services and talk about what is on the horizon in EVM all during non-compete times.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with people who have been instrumental in the growth of EVM over the past 50 years. EVM World is where stakeholders from across the enterprise come to learn, network, address challenges and find opportunities with integrated program performance management.

Come for the wide range of educational sessions like this:

PS-20 “Variance Analysis Report (VAR) and Knowing your Audience”

  • The Best EVM Training in the World. Expert instructors with years of experience provide a solid foundation in the principles of EVM and a thorough understanding of EVM data analysis techniques.
  • Exploration of hot topics. Leading edge professional development with practitioners and world leaders in integrated program performance management.
  • Workshops from Thought Leaders showcasing emerging techniques.
  • Practice Symposia tracks in Science & Integrated Program Management (IPM), Contracts & Implementation, IPM System Definition, Project Scheduling, Agile Integration, Data Analysis & Reporting, System Validation, IBRs and Surveillance
  • Network and Experience a Welcoming Community of dedicated integrated program performance management professionals
  • Earn up to 15 PDUs!

Keynotes

Wednesday Keynote Stephen Shinn, CFO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Thursday Keynote Gary Bliss, Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses, PARCA

Friday Keynote Sandra Fairchild, Project Services Support Director, Savannah River Remediation

Click here for keynote biographies

For workshop registration – click here

CPM Members save $100 on the event. Join CPM now for $85 [click here] to receive a discounted registration and all of the benefits of being a CPM member

For more information about EVM World, call +1-703-234-4147 or visit www.evmworld.org

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management (EVM) and other performance management techniques. For more information, visit http://www.mycpm.org/.

Source: College of Performance Management

 

 

U.S. to maintain HIV programme funding in Zimbabwe

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

11 May 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has shared a recent announcement from the U.S. embassy in Harare. The United States Ambassador says his country will maintain, and even increase, HIV funding levels in Zimbabwe despite a change in administration.

“We are very heartened that our Congress just passed the budget within the last few days and our President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding is remaining constant. In fact it will likely grow to almost $150 million next year,” said Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. “This means we are able to continue saving lives through PEPFAR as well as feed about 2.4 million people a day in Zimbabwe through other assistance programs.”

“International aid has not been affected. Congress did not cut international aid,” said Ambassador Thomas.

In picture: Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. with members of the U.S. based acapella group, Street Corner Symphony at the OK- PEPFAR First Street Stage on Friday.

The top U.S. diplomat was addressing journalists during a tour of the OK- PEPFAR First Street Stage during the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) which ended on Sunday. With support from his Embassy, several organizations working on HIV and related health services showcased their work along First Street as well as provided HIV-related services to members of the public. Musical and other entertainment groups, including the visiting U.S. a capella group- the Street Corner Symphony- provided entertainment.

“We think music, education, fun saves lives,” said the U.S. Ambassador. “Despite tremendous success in reducing HIV incidence in Zimbabwe from 2.63 per cent to 0.48 per cent since 2000, we still need to educate people – especially the young.  And the way to reach the young is through music. You are not just preaching to them, you are helping them to have a good time and see that, like the young people who I just met who were born with HIV, what vibrant lives they live.”

Since 2006, PEPFAR has provided nearly US$800 million to Zimbabwe for HIV interventions.  Over the past two years, PEPFAR’s allocation of resources have been focused on achieving the greatest impact to reach epidemic control in a short space of time by focusing new and renewed efforts in geographic areas with the highest burden of disease.

“These areas are home to at least 80% of Zimbabweans living with HIV, and receive a comprehensive package of HIV services tailored by age, sex and risk for their populations. In 2016, PEPFAR reached over 1.9 million individuals with HIV testing and counseling services and expects to reach over 2.5 million individuals in 2017 through revised strategies such as index testing (contact tracing), innovative interventions such as HIV self-testing to reach older men and young adults, and a short-term surge in human resources to increase provider-initiated testing and counseling in facilities in 2017,” explained Mark Troger, PEPFAR Zimbabwe Coordinator.

The USG remains a leading provider of bilateral HIV assistance to Zimbabwe. It was the first, and remains the largest contributor to the Global Fund by contributing over $7 billion dollars to date.

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. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: info@pmiz.org.zw

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

May PM Summit by PMI Turkey Chapter in Ankara

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Major project management conference on Human Factors in Project Management to feature global PMI leaders and industry executives

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

10 May 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – PMI Turkey Chapter organizes two Project Management Summits every year, one in Ankara and one in İstanbul. This year the Summit taking place in Ankara, Turkey, on the 23rd and 24th of May, puts emphasis on the Human Factor in Project Management and bring the project management professionals to discuss and share experiences on human-focused topics such as Talent Management, Teamwork, Motivation, Communication, Stakeholder Management, Coaching, Leadership, Delegation, Human Resources Management and so on.

People play a very important role in project management. Regardless of the kind of project or the sector; the team, the leader and the stakeholders together determine the destination of the project. Without a great team or a leader, a successful project can never take place and without determined and dedicated stakeholders, the right environment for the project cannot be provided.

Similarly, one of the biggest challenges in the timely completion of a project with a limited amount of budget and resources is to manage the development of the project team in the right direction.

Working with a team of people with different backgrounds, experiences and expectations results in conflicting agendas, personal conflicts and unresolved issues. When it happens, the situation may delay the progress of the project or even suspend or halt the project. Thus, we cannot ignore the importance of the human factor in successful project management. Paul C. Dinsmore, the author of the book Human Factors in Project Management also emphasize this factor as

“Getting things done through people is project management’s main goal. For a project to be successful, people must work together. Team building, conflict management, and communication skills are people-related abilities needed to make a project activities work. Everything on a project starts with people. And a project progresses as a result of human interaction“.

7 international speakers will include PMI’s Immediate Past Chair Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, PMI’s past board members Steve DelGrosso and Deena Gordon Parla, president of the PMI-Metrolina chapter Jennifer Baker, international speakers Kevin Ciccotti and Dave Harbath; top executives like Microsoft Turkey’s Deputy General Manager Levent Erkan, CEO of CCN Investment Holding Murad Bayar, CEO of Selex Turkey Sinan Senol, CEO of Meteksan Defence Co. Tunc Batum, Business Development and Project Management Director of Turksat Co. Omer Faruk Colluoglu and 20 other valuable speakers.

For more information or to register, go to http://pmi.org.tr/summit/ankara/en/