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EBRD approves financing for Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

Bank investment to strengthen Europe’s energy security

18 October 2017 – London, UK – The EBRD Board of Directors has approved a US$ 500 million regional project today that will help finance the delivery of crucial energy supplies from the Caspian Sea through to Europe along the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) and make an important contribution to energy security and diversification.

The EBRD financing will fund the completion of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) that passes through Turkey. TANAP is a key part of the SGC which will strengthen Europe’s energy security, promote interconnectivity and open gas markets. It will also help provide a better energy supply mix for consumers in the Balkans and south-eastern Europe as well as achieve significant CO2 reductions through the substitution of obsolete coal-fired power plants.

The Bank’s engagement in the project will ensure adherence to the highest environmental standards and allow continuing extensive dialogue with all stakeholders of SGC.

The Southern Gas Corridor includes gas infrastructure investments into a 3,500-kilometre pipeline running through six countries with a total cost of US$ 40 billion. The key components are the Shah Deniz offshore gas field in Azerbaijan, the Southern Caucasus Pipeline in Azerbaijan and Georgia, TANAP in Turkey and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) through Greece, Albania and Italy. The initial annual throughput capacity will be up to 16 billion cubic metres, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of more than 10 million households in the region.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  For more information, visit www.ebrd.com

Source: EBRD

 

Earned Benefit Program Management

 

PM PUBLISHING NEW

New book by Kik Piney provides new benefits-based model for program managemen

15 October 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Earned Benefit Program Management, authored by Crispin Piney. Published in October 2017, this new book describes how Earned Benefit Program Management techniques provide an innovative, all-inclusive model and set of tools developed specifically to answer critical program management questions.

The model described in this book consolidates the key concepts of project, program, and portfolio management and ensures that all program and portfolio management steps are carried out based on a single, signed-off model in a consistent, verifiable manner within a consolidated life cycle. This approach guarantees alignment with strategic goals and constraints through every stage of a program.

Case studies highlight the key features of the approach and provide important lessons and insights for managing programs. Although the ideas and concepts for each topic are fully consistent with existing standards and other published material, they are based on new thinking and go beyond current practice. They provide a set of original and powerful techniques that are applicable to both programs and portfolios in a wide range of business environments.

Crispin “Kik” Piney, PMP, PgMP, PfMP has been involved in the project world since joining the IT Group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in the 1970s, working on cutting-edge development projects. He later moved to the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), initially in England, before relocating to DEC’s European technical centre in the south of France. While he was with DEC, Kik gained a deeper understanding of the importance of methodology, business alignment, and stakeholder relationship management.

After the acquisition of DEC by Compaq, Kik left in 2000 and set up as an independent consultant and trainer in project management. He invested enthusiasm, time, and effort working as a volunteer with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) on the majority of their standardization efforts, from the Organizational Project Development Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) through their standards for projects, for programs, and for portfolio management. He also contributed actively to the PMI competency development framework, the lexicon, and the Practice Guide for Scheduling. He is one of the three authors of PMI®’s Practice Guide for Project Risk Management.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Earned-Benefit-Program-Management-Aligning-Realizing-and-Sustaining/Piney/p/book/9781138033122

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

 

 

Law school student completes PMWL internship in record time

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Stefano Castagna completes 16 week project management research internship in under 12 weeks

14 October 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a law school graduate of Bocconi University in Italy, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship program in less than 12 weeks. Stefano is currently pursuing his 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, “Our library intern program is designed to require 16 weekly submissions of research results. Stefano completed the program in four sprints, delivering four research results together every two or three weeks. He mastered the template and process quickly, focused on project management for attorneys and law firms, and delivered great new resources for the library.”

According to Stefano, “I started the internship program in Milano, but have been in New York for the last eight weeks.  I really liked researching project management related to the legal field, found some interesting resources online, and delivered them as quickly as possible. Some legal cases are big projects and need more formal project management. I now feel better prepared to discuss this topic with other attorneys and potential employers.”

Pells added, “Stefano helped us create an entirely new section in the PMWL devoted to project management in the legal profession, an industry that has recently been embracing professional PM.  I hope our readers will visit the library and find PM in Law in the Industries and Organizations section. Or you can visit Stefano’s intern page in the library to see all his work for us.”

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/

See Stefano’s research results 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 www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net

 

University of Maryland 5th Annual PM Symposium

 

CALL FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS

Share your Project Management Experiences at UMD’s 5th Annual Symposium – Abstract Deadline is November 19th

13 October 2017 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has issued their call for papers and presentations for the 5th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium.  The conference will take place 10-11 May 2018 at the University of Maryland campus in College Park.

Are you ready to share your project management experiences with your peers and participate in the University of Maryland’s Fifth Annual Project Management Symposium as a speaker?

Supporting the theme, “Turning Knowledge into Practice,” project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington area and abroad will come together to share best practices and lessons learned, plus discover the latest advances in project management.  The 2017 Symposium welcomed its largest-ever audience with more than 330 experts from industry, government, and academe from all areas of the world. The 2018 event should be larger yet.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts of papers or presentations to be featured in program sessions for the 2018 symposium. These papers and presentations can be case studies, lessons learned, best practices, research findings or the latest advances in project management.

Requested topics include:

  • Agile/IT
  • Complex Projects
  • Construction Management (including BIM)
  • Disaster Management
  • Education
  • Federal Programs
  • Integrated Program Management
  • People in Projects (Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Motivation, Negotiation)
  • Risk & Big Data
  • Stakeholders
  • Technology in Project Management

If speaking at the event is not of interest, you are encouraged to attend the Symposium instead.  Registration for the event is now open.  For more information on the 2018 event, please visit the University of Maryland’s Project Management Symposium website.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development services to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Their academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center. Visit www.pm.umd.edu.

Editor’s note: The UMD campus can be reached by Metro from Washington, DC.  This is a good conference with world-class presentations, educational content and networking opportunities.  The PM World Journal endorses and acts as media partner for this event.

 

 

20 new works by 22 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2332 project management articles, papers & other works by 986 different authors in more than 60 countries

11 October 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 20 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 22 different authors in 12 different countries were published in the October 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2332 original works by 986 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 22 authors this month, 6 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 published fewer works this month than most months.  Nevertheless, some of the articles and paper in the October PMWJ were significant.  The articles by Dalcher, Lehmann, Stretton and Winston are especially important; these are globally respected experts, so don’t bypass their writings.”

New authors in August include Carlie Cornell (USA), Mohaed Ghattas (Egypt/KSA), Robin Hornby (Canada), David Miller (USA), Zakari Tsiga (UK) and Vince Yauger (USA). New works from 16 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The featured papers each month are major works, normally based on significant research,” Pells adds.  “That is true again this month.  We also continue to republish conference papers in the Second Editions category; these are also major works supported by footnotes and references.  Everything in the PMWJ each month, and now in the PMWL, contribute to the global PM body of knowledge.”

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 www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/

Editor’s note: Access to the PM World Collection, Author Showcase and many other resources 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 [email protected]

 

 

A systematic look at major programmes in UK

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

National Audit Office highlights new framework to review major programmes in latest blog post

10 October 2017 – London, UK – The UK’s National Audit Office has featured its new “Framework to review programmes” in its latest blog post.  According to the NAO post:

“Major programmes are expensive, high profile and carry great uncertainties and risks. For most government bodies, undertaking a major programme will involve doing something new, with relatively little organisational experience. Many fall short of their objectives, in terms of cost and/or outcomes. So it’s not surprising that they are the focus of many NAO reports – about 100 since 2010.

Our new Framework to review programmes shows the questions we typically ask, and brings together many of our recent findings. We hope it will show what we are looking for and what we expect to see when we examine major programmes.

Our reports illustrate how risky programmes can be. If they’re innovative, those risks are higher, and it’s harder to learn from past experience. If they’re complex they are affected by many unpredictable factors. And the scale of challenge is increasing as government bodies support major new infrastructure projects, introduce new technology and reorganise to make the most of scarce resources as well as implementing the changes necessary as a result of leaving the European Union.

We tend to look at the biggest and riskiest programmes at key points during their life, or when a particular event prompts a review. Our examinations may seek to address different questions depending on the context, but our Framework to review programmes sets out 18 key questions that are likely to be important, with links to examples from our past work and to further more detailed guidance on specific issues.”

Much more at https://www.nao.org.uk/naoblog/a-systematic-look-at-major-programmes/

The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for the UK Parliament and is independent of government. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) is an Officer of the House of Commons and leads the NAO, which employs some 860 staff. NAO studies evaluate the value for money of public spending, nationally and locally. Our recommendations and reports on good practice help government improve public services. More at http://www.nao.org.uk/

Source: National Audit Office

 

 

Free PMWL membership for residents of The Philippines

 

Free full access to PM World Library available to residents of the Philippines and other low income countries around the world

7 October 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Manila, Philippines – Residents of the Philippines are offered free memberships in the PM World Library.  Residents of all low income countries, as listed in the World Bank’s listing of low and low middle income countries, can now gain free full access to the PM World Library (PMWL).  See the list of countries for Free Library Access at http://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries.  We previously announced free memberships for residents of several low income countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America hoping to offer a new resource for project managers in countries under stress or in transition.  We are offering the same opportunity for residents of the Philippines and many other countries.”

The PM World Library contains all original articles, papers and other works published in the PM World Journal since August 2012, along with profiles of all authors of those works.  The library also contains access to professional information, books, journals, websites, public information and many other resources related to projects and project management.  Access to several major EBSCO databases of business books and publications is also provided, which will be of interest to students and researchers in low income countries where access to those databases is either expensive or unavailable.  Visit www.pmworldlibrary.net to learn more.

“While we recognize that project managers and project management professionals are often some of the most educated and highest paid professionals in every country,” Pells continues, “we are committed to global knowledge transfer and have established a policy of offering free memberships to residents of low income countries. We hope the library can provide a useful resource for those working on projects, teaching or learning project management, or growing the PM profession in those countries.”

Those working or living in the Philippines can register for FREE ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/.  Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries.  If any problems are encountered, contact [email protected]

 

 

MOOS Project Viewer 3.2 Released

 

PM INDUSTRY & PEOPLE NEWS

New version of Microsoft Project tool supports use of Estonian and Turkish characters

5 October 2017 – Dolj, Romania – Stand By Soft has announced the release of MOOS Project Viewer 3.2. MOOS Project Viewer version 3.2. adds support for opening Microsoft Project 2016 files. Furthermore the application now also supports files containing Estonian or Turkish characters.

After several months of development a major version was released that adds support for reading Microsoft Project 2016 files. Users can now open .mpp files generated with any version of MS Project including the latest one.

For those users that need to open .mpp files and see their content in a graphical way – just like in MS Project – then MOOS Project Viewer is the right solution. If no editing is needed then the price of a Microsoft Project license is not justified. Even more users will have the possibility to open the files on any operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) as the product is platform independent.

Multiple views are available and the files can be opened from external storage services as MOOS Project Viewer is integrated with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. This way users can access the projects from any location and at any time. Printing is also available allowing users to generate customized reports.

MOOS Project Viewer is available at http://www.moosprojectviewer.com/ and can be downloaded from http://www.moosprojectviewer.com/download.php.

Stand By Soft is a software company founded in 1997 that activates in the project management area. Its main product RationalPlan is a project management software that follows the general recommended guidelines from project management domain. It has been developed to help small and middle sized companies to plan and manage their projects. For more, visit https://www.rationalplan.com/

 

 

IPM Day 2017: People, Passion, and Purpose in a Digital Age

 

PM EVENT NEWS

14th IIL Virtual Conference set for 2 November 2017

3 October 2017 – New York, USA – The International Institute for Learning (IIL) will host their 14th International Project Management Day (IPM Day) virtual conference on November 2nd, 2017. Gain insights from Project Management experts, practitioners, and influencers around the globe, from the comfort of your desk. Go to https://www.iil.com/international-project-management-day/ for more information or to register.

The theme for this year’s IPM Day is “People, Passion and Purpose in a Digital Age”. Today’s organizations need the right people to lead the charge into the digital frontier. Those people are project managers whose passion and sense of purpose galvanize their teams and stakeholders to bring their very best to every project, every day in pursuit of major change.

IPM Day 2017, IIL’s 14th annual event, encourages attendees to rise to the occasion and make things happen, regardless of their industry. Join other professionals around the globe to learn and share knowledge that will help you advance your career and manage game-changing projects that improve our lives.

IIL is offering a $10 discount for readers of the PM World Journal or members of the PM World Library. Just use discount code “PMWL” when registering. The discount code will be effective for 60 days after the event.

Participants can receive up to 26 PDUs for the low registration fee. Visit the conference website to learn about topics, speakers and benefits.

The International Institute for Learning (IIL) is a global leader in training, consulting, coaching and customized course development, and is proud to be the educational provider of choice for many top global companies. IIL’s core competencies include Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Microsoft® Project and Project Server, Lean Six Sigma, PRINCE2®, ITIL®, Agile, Leadership and Interpersonal Skills, Corporate Consciousness and Sustainability. For more, visit www.iil.com.

 

 

Wideman Website updates for October 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 October 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  

According to Max this month:

Our Paper this month reviews Tom Kendrick‘s book on How to manage large complex programs. Tom reveals fundamental concepts and proven approaches to mastering program management from initiation through execution and successful closure.

Ever been tempted to ask: How big is your project? See a number of responses from LinkedIn found on the Internet. It could be you are asking the wrong question. You will find the discussion in Musings.

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.

 

 

Spring 2018, not hot August


PM EVENT NEWS

Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium moves to May in 2018

24 September 2017 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that the Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be in May next year rather than in August, historically the hottest month in north Texas.  The 12th UT Dallas PM Symposium will instead be held during 17-18 May 2018 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  Mark your calendars.

The two-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.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others.  To access conference website, click here.

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM professionals, experts and academic researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free and can receive PDUs for PMP recertification. It’s also reasonably priced. The symposium theme and call for papers will be announced soon, but you can see keynote presentations and papers from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2018 symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.  Attendees can receive up to 16 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, you should plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website 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 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 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 of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Organizational Agility Increases Project Success Rates

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Two new PMI 2017 Pulse of the Profession in-Depth Reports released

18 September 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) today unveiled its Pulse of the Profession in-depth reports: Achieving Greater Agility and The Drivers of Agility. The latest research demonstrates that an organization’s agility level helps determine the success rate of its projects in today’s complex and disruptive global marketplace. While all project management approaches help support successful outcomes, the study found that organizations with higher agility reported more projects successfully meeting original goals and business intent – whether they use hybrid (72 percent), predictive (71 percent) and agile (68 percent) approaches – than those with low agility using the same methods.

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession in-depth reports also revealed that:

  • People and Processes are Key: Organizations with higher levels of agility place a significant focus on building diverse skill sets and process capabilities.
  • Revenue Growth is Greater: 75 percent of organizations with high agility report a minimum of 5 percent year-over-year revenue growth last year, compared to only 29 percent of organizations with low agility.
  • The Project Management Office (PMO) could be a Beacon: Organizations with high agility recognize the value of having some form of project governing body, as 94 percent report having a PMO, an agile work group, or another type of formal governance board – versus 81 percent of organizations with low agility.

“Each day, organizations face heightened competition and ongoing disruptions from new technology, market shifts and social change,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. “Given these challenges, it did not surprise us to find that a large majority of organizations indicated greater agility over the last five years. In today’s market, successful organizations must be able to react and adapt to unexpected roadblocks and market changes. Organizations with high agility can switch priorities quickly without losing momentum.”

Based on its two most recent in-depth reports, PMI recommends organizations recognize:

  • Agility is a Balance – Not a Battle of Choices: Seek a balance of speed and flexibility, stability and scale.
  • Adaptability is Key: Include all approaches to project delivery in your organization’s project management toolkit.
  • Drivers of Agility include People and Processes: Encourage open thinking and commit to talent development to accelerate results. Build effective processes to achieve high performance.
  • Agility Levels can determine the Success of an Organization: To achieve maximum business value, react with flexibility, respond to change, and engage employees and customers.

Earlier this month, PMI launched the first-ever bundle of its Agile Practice Guide and PMBOK® Guide â€“ Sixth Edition to reinforce its position that industry professionals should consider the full range of project management approaches in determining which method will deliver the best project outcomes. PMI has provided practitioners with critical information spanning many approaches to ensure industry professionals can select the method that is best suited to an individual project.

“As organizations strive to be more nimble and respond faster, they recognize there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to delivering successful projects,” Langley said. “Having a diverse toolkit for project managers enables them to contribute to the overall agility of an organization.”

The 2017 Pulse of the Profession in-depth reports features feedback and insights from 1,469 project management practitioners and leaders that use predictive and agile project management approaches in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States.

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than three million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the project management profession through globally-recognized standards, certifications, communities, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, ProjectManagement.com creates online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives. Visit PMI at www.PMI.orgwww.projectmanagement.com, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

AACE 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego

 

FUTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVENT

Date and location announced, program still under development

18 September 2017 – Morgantown, WV, USA – The 2018 AACE International Annual Meeting will be held at the Grand Manchester Hyatt hotel in San Diego, California during June 24-27.  This is AACE’s largest international event over four days and is now one of the largest project management conferences in the world. To visit the conference website, click here.

The technical program at AACE’s Annual Meeting often represents the best and most current tools and techniques used in industry today covering a wide range of programs and projects. There will be over 100 hours of presentations to choose from over a four day period, organized in a variety of tracks such as: building information modeling; claims and dispute resolution; cost and schedule control; professional development; estimating; earned value management; global projects; IT/IM in project and cost management; owner issues; project management; planning and scheduling; decision and risk management; skills and knowledge of cost engineering; and total cost management.

Founded in 1956, AACE International is a professional society for cost estimators, cost engineers, schedulers, project managers, and project control specialists. AACE International is industry independent, and has members in 78 countries and 71 local sections.  AACE offers a monthly journal, online bookstore, education, library, certification, annual conference, professional development opportunities, employment information, executive search services, member discounts and other benefits.  For more information, visit http://www.aacei.org/.

 

 

33 new works by 44 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2312 project management articles, papers & other works by 980 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 September 2017 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 33 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 44 different authors in 20 different countries were published in the September 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2312 original works by 980 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by around 30 new works from many different authors; of the 44 authors this month, 12 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, “This month we added nine ‘featured’ research papers and seven second editions, papers presented at three recent project management conferences.These are all serious papers, fully referenced and all digging into serious topics.  Many are by authors who have never been published in the journal or library before, from many countries.  We are happy to provide them with more well-deserved recognition.”

New authors in August include Adriano Barbosa (Brazil), Nicola Busby (UK), Dale Cooper (Australia), Ahmed Taha abd Elhameed (Egypt), Raghuveer Gadiraju (India/USA), Ahmed Ismail (Turkey), Abdu Kisige (Uganda), Philipp Rosenberger (Austria), Joanna Sadkowska (Poland), Katharine Struzl (Austria) and John Walsh (USA). New works from 32 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The series articles continue to offer some of our most popular reads,” Pells adds.  “This month we added five series articles, two advisories, a commentary by Alan Stretton and four great reports from correspondents in Argentina, Finland, Spain and UK. We welcome similar short articles by project management practitioners and experts every month.”

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 www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

Editor’s note: Access to the PM World Collection, Author Showcase and many other resources 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 [email protected].

 

 

U.S. backs Zim TB infection control program

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

14 September 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – A senior official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a United States government health agency, has called for increased collaboration among private and public health organisations in Zimbabwe to sustain efforts that accelerate progress in preventing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) among health care workers.

“It is paramount that we implement measures to keep health care workers safe, healthy and productive,” said Shirish Balachandra, Branch Chief for HIV Services at CDC-Zimbabwe (pictured).”We are excited to support integrated surveillance of anti-microbial resistance across the disease spectrum through our partnership with Zimbabwe, working to strengthen the laboratory system.”

Balachandra was addressing delegates gathered in Harare for the National Infection Prevention and Control Conference on Wednesday. His remarks in the wake of a recent announcement by the United States government that it is committing $130 million towards Zimbabwe’s response to HIV. Part of the funding, drawn from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will be channelled towards disease surveillance and prevention of TB infection programs.

According to the Infection Control Association in Zimbabwe (ICAZ), the conference, attended by representatives of various health organisations, focused on the role of health care workers in TB infection control and anti-microbial resistance.

The ICAZ President Mrs. Phyllis Manungo said “The objective of the conference is to bring together partners from both the private and public health and related sectors and other stakeholders interested in preventing TB and other infections and fight Antimicrobial resistance   so that we can share experiences and learn from each other.”

According to CDC-Zimbabwe, TB is a public health problem in Zimbabwe which causes significant morbidity and mortality. Zimbabwe is one of the eight countries in Africa designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being “high burden” for TB, TB/HIV co-infection, and multi-drug resistant TB.

The conference discussed strategies to contain the rise of antimicrobial resistance, which has significant overlap with the issue of infection prevention and control. “Given the increasing resistance to first-line antibiotics,” noted Balachandra, “a broad range of common infections are now much more difficult to treat. Second- and third-line regimens are proving to be costly, more likely to have side-effects, and require much longer durations of treatment.”

Speakers at the conference noted that the risk of TB transmission at healthcare facilities is significant, both among patients, and from patients to health care workers. This risk is greater with increasing volumes of contagious (smear-positive) TB patients.  The implementation of effective infection control measures can significantly reduce the risk of TB transmission.

Sydney Makarawo, chairperson of the National Infection Prevention and Control Committee, said the health ministry was working on a health worker TB policy. “It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that we are screened for TB and that we work in a safe environment, taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others from getting healthcare associated TB,” he said.

The United States, with funding support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CDC-Zimbabwe, has supported Zimbabwe’s health ministry to strengthen infection prevention and control in health facilities throughout the country. The support started in 2011 through the Zimbabwe Infection Prevention and Control Project, or ZIPCOP. In October, the U.S. health agency partnered the health ministry to support the Healthcare Associated TB Infection Prevention Program (HATIPP-Zim). The central focus of HATIPP-Zim is to support health care worker TB screening and treatment.


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 www.pmiz.org.zw or email: [email protected].

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe

 

$5 Billion NNSA Contract Award Announced

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

U.S. Department of Energy’s NNSA Awards Jacobs Joint Venture management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site

6 September 2017 – Jacobs Engineering Group has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded the management and operating (M&O) contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas to Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS), a joint venture led by Honeywell. MSTS is a limited liability company including Honeywell International Inc., and equity partners Jacobs and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. The award is valued at $5 billion over 10 years if all options are exercised.

 “Jacobs is pleased to directly support the NNSA in their critical mission to enhance and ensure the future of the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” said Jacobs Aerospace and Technology Senior Vice President Ward Johnson. “This contract builds on our successful track record for design and construction of DOE nuclear facilities and our status as a major provider of management and operations of nationally critical infrastructure, and furthers our position as a premier global provider of nuclear life-cycle solutions.”

The NNSS testing facility and training ground supports a variety of national security experiments that promote the security of the U.S. and its allies through the development of nuclear deterrent and critical emergency response capabilities. A former nuclear test site, the 1,360-square mile NNSS serves as a major center for research and development advancing international nuclear monitoring and verification capabilities, as well as radiological/nuclear emergency response capabilities and training.

MSTS’ mission is to manage and operate the NNSS contract safely, securely, effectively and efficiently while adhering to impeccable ethical standards. MSTS is committed to be the high- hazard experimentation and mission-service provider of choice for U.S. National Security customers. Phase-in of the NNSS M&O contract began August 1, 2017, and is on track for successful conclusion in November.

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 offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Irving, Texas, USA, Jacobs has more than 200 offices in over 25 countries. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering

 

Call for Authors from Business Expert Press

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

5 September 2017 – New York, USA – Business Expert Press is a leading publisher of concise, applied books on business. Their readership includes executives, middle managers, MBA and executive education students. Business Expert Press has recently launched a new, online database series of articles, available through subscription, called Expert Insights.

Expert Insights are short articles designed to provide readers with a professional “tune-up” no matter what their job might be. Whether in need of learning how to use social media, deliver better presentations, or improve skills in managing time, risk, customers, employees, technology, or projects, instruction and guidance is likely to be found in our series.

Business Expert Press are looking for articles in all areas of business including (but not limited to) management and organizational behavior, marketing, accounting and finance, information systems, and operations. Any articles on portfolio and project management will be especially welcome for consideration. Articles should be anywhere from 15 to 40 pages in length or 3,000 to 20,000 words.

Your proposal should include the following information:

Your Name, and Affiliation:
Article Title and Description:
Subject Area (s):
Abstract (no more than one paragraph):
Key Words (6 to 12):
Approximate manuscript page length: (Between 10 to 15 manuscript pages, calculated based on a Word document, 12 point font, double-spaced)
Article Delivery date:
Author Contact Information (address, email, telephone):

Please submit PROPOSALS ONLY (no inquiries) in Word and send to:
[email protected]

Established in 2008, Business Expert Press is now used by thousands of faculty, students and practitioners around the world. BEP is dedicated to developing collections of complementary titles within specific business disciplines and across topics of interest, now up to some 26 different business topics. BEP provides applied and concise books, eBooks and digital collections written by experts, partnering with dozens of course pack companies, digital platform providers, and eBook readers. More information at http://www.businessexpertpress.com/.

Source: Business Expert Press

 

 

Wideman Website updates announced for September 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

According to Max this month:

In Papers this month, we review Peter Taylor‘s book The Social Project Manager in which he describes a non-traditional way of managing projects, project performance, and progress by harnessing the performance advantages of a collaborative community. This specifically applies to in-house projects in a corporate environment.

For fun in Musings, we’ve included a short tale of a real Simple Stairway project that saved a significant amount of money by circumventing local bureaucracy.

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.

 

Project Management Journal (PMJ) Call for Submissions

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

28 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is now accepting submissions for upcoming Special Editions of the Project Management Journalâ (PMJ) and a new section on Cases.

Process Studies of Project Organizing

PMJ seeks submissions inspired by the premises of process ontology that apply process thinking to documents and reveal the intricacies of project management and organizing as they unfold over time—editors are not looking for models reducing processes to sequences of stable stages. Inspiration for this special issue can be found in organization studies, where process ontology has, in recent years, gained prominence, turning upside down how phenomena are conceived. The submission deadline is 31 August 2017.

Exploratory Projects

With this special issue, PMJ welcomes contributions in the following areas: 1) research that sheds new light on the actor’s practices in exploratory projects, 2) the validity of the management principles proposed in the literature, 3) the functions and roles of the actors in teams involved in exploratory projects, 4) the relationship between the project and its parent organization, 5) the role of exploratory projects in creation of the ecosystem, 6) the type of cognitive process used during these types of projects. Deadline for paper submissions: 28 February 2018

Teaching Cases

PMJ is also now accepting teaching cases for publication consideration. With the rise of experiential learning, case studies have gained traction as a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area, and they have proven to be the most requested instructional resource by project management faculty internationally. PMJ is responding to the needs of instructors by launching a new section that provides full-length cases and instructor’s manuals for classroom or consulting use. PMJ invites submissions of cases designed for classroom use. Cases from all business disciplines related to projects will be considered. Submit your case now. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

Free project management library access in Afghanistan

 

Free PM World Library memberships available to residents of Afghanistan and other low income countries

25 August 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Kabul, Afghanistan – Residents of Afghanistan are offered free memberships in the PM World Library. Residents of all low income countries, as listed in the World Bank’s listing of low and low middle income countries, can gain free full access to the PM World Library (PMWL).

See the list of countries for Free Library Access at https://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries. We previously announced free memberships for residents of several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America hoping to offer a resource for project managers in countries under stress or in transition. We are offering the same opportunity for residents of Afghanistan and many other countries.”

The PM World Library contains all original articles, papers and other works published in the PM World Journal since August 2012, along with profiles of all authors of those works. The library also contains access to professional information, books, journals, websites, public information and many other resources related to projects and project management. Access to several major EBSCO databases of business books and publications is also provided, which will be of interest to students and researchers in low income countries where access to those databases is either expensive or unavailable. Visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ to learn more.

“While we recognize that project managers and project management professionals are often some of the most educated and highest paid professionals in every country,” Pells continues, “we are committed to global knowledge transfer and have established a policy of offering free memberships to residents of low income countries. We hope the library can provide a useful resource for those working on projects, teaching or learning project management, or growing the PM profession in those countries.”

Those working or living in Afghanistan can register for FREE ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/. Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries. If any problems are encountered, contact [email protected].