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Call for Papers on Agility in Project Management

 

P/PM CALLS FOR PAPERS

PM World Journal invites articles and papers about agile program and project management processes and experience

26 April 2017 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PM World Journal related to agility in program or project management.   Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to managing projects with agility, or using agile techniques.

Since the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001 for managing software projects, Agile project management has grown in popularity around the world, not only for software development but across most information systems/technology and many other industries. While Agile PM generally remains most useful for relatively small teams, and sometimes multiple small teams, it has stimulated widespread interest in the broader use of more “agility” in program and project management.

What does agility really mean in the program/project management context?  What are some examples of agile decision making, organizations where it has been employed, or successful agile project management?  What are the trade-offs, the risks or rewards?  When or where should agility be increased or too much agility be avoided?  Answers to these and many other questions are welcome.

Submitted works for publication can be in any of the following categories:

  • Featured Papers – research based, conference quality, professional papers
  • Student Papers – research reports or papers created for university courses
  • Case Studies – descriptions of real world applications of Agile or agility
  • Advisory Articles – how to implement agile or improve agility
  • Commentaries – short opinion pieces on any related topic
  • Personal Story – discussion of personal experience
  • Creative Works – art, fiction, play, poetry or other imaginative creation
  • Second Edition – previously published paper, if author retains copyright

Questions or original works can be submitted to editor@pmworldjournal.net.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “There remains quite a lot of debate about the applicability of Agile project management for many industries and types of projects.  The concept of agility, however, would seem to be widely useful.  Maybe we can attract some knowledge or perspective on this topic.”

“Many traditional project management models and standards are based on well-established project lifecycle models and systematic approaches,” Pells adds.  “For some projects and organizations, agility and/or agile project management might then carry more risks. So what does experience show?”

Researchers, practitioners and experts 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 a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, 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 for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Editor’s note: We do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal.  Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider emailing an article or paper on this topic now or later to editor@pmworldjournal.net

 

 

Major Projects Association launches Knowledge Hub

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Gower’s former chief editor joins MPA in UK to manage Major Projects Knowledge Hub

24 April 2017 – Oxford, UK – The Major Projects Association (MPA) has announced the launch of their Major Projects Knowledge Hub. The Hub consists of two elements: a knowledge repository, where users can access and add insight from their own major projects in a way that allows the material to be freely used, modified and further shared; and a major projects community, where they can communicate, interact and connect directly with their peers.  The following is based on the MPA news release.

This is a substantial undertaking. MPA is connecting users not only with their own content but also with insight drawn from as many learning legacy and other knowledge hubs that are happy to collaborate. The development site isn’t yet complete but already contains abstracts and links into the material in the Crossrail and London 2012 Learning Legacies. MPA is endeavouring to encourage and facilitate a community of practice to model and share the behaviour associated with social learning.

The speed of change, complexity and uncertainty associated with major projects such as large infrastructure, social, government or business transformation requires an ability to draw on the data, techniques and lessons of every major project as it happens and to problem solve, learn and collaborate in real time.

Whilst organizations espouse the idea of continuous, work-based learning, few have yet built the requirement or the processes into their projects. And there are plenty of questions we need to answer if we are to be successful: how can we attract and motivate sufficient people from all levels within organizations? How can we encourage their organizations to provide them with the time and support to look up from the pressure of day-to-day processes? How can we overcome a natural risk aversion and reticence to share amongst businesses, large and small? How do we help all those involved to identify and realise the often apparently, intangible value associated with working collaboratively?

On the other hand, the benefits, if we can realise them, are substantial. Faster problem solving; access to pertinent data and experience for any organization trying something for the first time; a culture of sharing and collaboration that will break down siloes inside the business; employees who are instilled with an understanding of risk and opportunity and motivated to continually question and improve. And the benefits should extend to the UK PLC; with better projects; improved return on investment and the growth of the kind of skills that both industry and government require for us to succeed post-Brexit.

Given the complex challenge we have set ourselves, we are keen to build on any insight and prior knowledge we can find. Do you already have experience in solving some of these obstacles to collaboration? Have you been involved in the development of knowledge sharing or community of practice activities? If you are willing to share your advice and experience with us, then please contact Jonathan Norman, Major Projects Knowledge Hub Manager (knowledgehub@majorprojects.org or Tel: 07387 268596).

The Major Projects Association (MPA) is a member association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios.  Established in 1981 and based in Oxford, England, MPA was founded specifically for sharing experience, knowledge and ideas about major projects – both successes and failures – to help others avoid mistakes and to incorporate good practice, in order that future projects would be better initiated and delivered.  Membership comprises organisations engaged in a wide range of commercial and public enterprises, operating in a wide variety of fields.  For more information, visit www.majorprojects.org.

 

 

18 new works by 24 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2074 project management articles, papers & other works by 900 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 April 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 18 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 24 different authors in 14 different countries were published in the April 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 over 2070 original works by 900 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 24 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, but several of those included are really worth reading. The letters to the editor are also interesting, and Kik Piney’s ‘Devil’s Dictionary of Project Management Terms’ is very entertaining.”

New authors in February include Rasoul Abdolmohammadi (Iran), Ian Brooks (UK), Catherine Cockrell (USA), Jean-Pierre Debourse (France), Mats Ragnarsson (Sweden) and Fred Vokoboynikov (USA). New works from 18 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The reports from Argentina, Finland, Spain and UK are again really interesting,” Pells adds.  “The second edition papers this month are by pioneers in the project management field, Russ Archibald and Bob Youker.  And I hope I did not offend too many with my editorial, ‘Agile from a Distance’, about which I would welcome feedback.”

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, the world’s largest provider 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.

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.

 

 

June PMO Conference 2017 in London

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

11 April 2017 – London, UK – London’s PMO conference returns for a third year and takes place in Central London on the 7th June 2017. The event has been specifically curated for people who are currently managing and leading PMO functions within their organisations today.

The one day conference brings together expert speakers from the US, Europe and the UK, presenting 19 sessions all focused on current challenges PMOs are facing today.

The event kicks off with the leading PMO thought-leader, author and speaker, Mark Price Perry – the opening keynote The Business Driven PMO – Testing Your Convictions, followed by sessions that cover the latest thinking in PMO, practical skill topic areas for PMO practitioners and case studies from leading organisations on their own PMO successes.

Presentations will include:

  • Involving the PMO in Project Stakeholder Engagement
  • Governance and Governmentality in Projects – The Role of the PMO
  • Knowledge Management and the PMO
  • The Agile PMO
  • Beyond the Tricky Third Year
  • The Top 10 Drivers for PMO Change
  • Planning and Delivering Value with an Agile PMO
  • The Future of the PMO – The Chief Change Officer

Event Date: Wednesday 7th June 2017 8.00am – 6.00pm
Location: etc venues, St Paul’s, Central London

For further information and registration details please visit www.pmoconference.co.uk

 

 

Participants needed for Research Survey on Project Success Factors

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

9 April 2017- Madrid, Spain – Project managers worldwide are invited to help with research related to project success factors.  The research is in support of a PhD thesis at MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY in Spain being undertaken by well-known project management professional leader Alfonso Bucero.

The target audience for the research includes project managers, managers of project managers, project sponsors and functional managers, associated with various project types and sizes in all industries worldwide.  Participants are asked to complete a simple survey on an Excel spreadsheet, which should only take a few minutes.  Link to survey here.

Please return completed surveys to alfonso.bucero@abucero.com no later than 30 April 2017.

Background

Project success has been and still is a researched subject in literature. It is obvious that some projects are successful and other projects unexpectedly fail. When organizations are initiating and managing projects they are looking for project and organizational success, but even when extensive research has been done in the field of project management, organizations have invested a huge amount of money educating their professionals in project management, and professional project management practices have been implemented over last decade, a number of projects are still failing.

On the other hand, professionals and organizations can learn from failure, gaining better understanding and knowledge that may contribute to the success of future projects. Every organization is different and has a different environment but in this research the author wants to demonstrate that there are several factors that contribute most to project success.  After reading and reviewing project management literature, no general consensus has been reached on the factors that contribute to project success. This research will explore what are the right factors to create a better environment for project success.

Research Aims

The objectives of this research are:

  • To identify most common project success factors
  • To determine what factors contribute most to project success

For information about Mondragon University, visit http://www.mondragon.edu/en

For more information about the research, contact alfonso.bucero@abucero.com

 

 

Art and Health projects in Zimbabwe

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

PEPFAR HIV, AIDS and TB prevention film and treatment services included in major Zimbabwe arts festival this year

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

7 April 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has forwarded recent news related to an important health program included in the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). According to news released from the US embassy in Harare, the United States will continue its partnership with the HIFA program with a feature film as well as musical and health infotainment in Harare’s First Street.

“We are excited to be part of this year’s edition of HIFA,” says David McGuire, Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy. “We see the Festival as an opportunity to learn more about Zimbabwean art and culture as well as sharing American art forms and our commitment to a healthy Zimbabwe.”  The United States will provide a platform for its partners to reach out to the public at the HIFA’s PEPFAR First Street Stage at the junction of First Street and George Silundika Avenue.

The PEPFAR First Street Stage will provide free shows during the duration of the festival under the theme “Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free.” In addition, the public will receive health information as well as access services from U.S. Embassy partners supported through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In Zimbabwe, PEPFAR has committed $135 million in 2017, and the initiative supports the Government of Zimbabwe’s National response to HIV and AIDS by providing high-impact prevention, care, and treatment interventions.

Among the performances at the PEPFAR First Street Stage will be the visiting a capella musical group, Street Corner Symphony. The five member Nashville, Tennessee- based group was established in 2010 and has made their mark on the music world, recording albums and performing around the world, working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and Take 6’s Claude McKnight.

The feature film, Lucky Specials, will also be part of the HIFA 2017 schedule which brings together local and international and art forms to Harare. The film was produced with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PEPFAR in partnership with Discovery Learning Alliance, Quizzical Pictures, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to produce the film which premiered in Harare on March 9. In this “edutainment” film, both plot twists and scientific video animations tell individuals what they need to know about TB disease, TB treatment, and TB prevention.  Audiences were enchanted by the music and storyline, and armed with facts to replace myths and misinformation about TB.

The PEPFAR First Street Stage will be the second time the United States is partnering HIFA in infotainment. The 2014 PEPFAR First Street Stage was popular with young people. PEPFAR partners provided HIV testing and counseling services; conducted blood collection and a donor recruitment and retention exercise; distributed condoms; taught young people how to prevent HIV infection as well as how to access antiretroviral therapy and other crucial information services.

For more about HIFA 2017, go to http://www.hifa.co.zw/

For more about PEPFAR, visit https://www.pepfar.gov/

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) 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: info@pmiz.org.zw.

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

Upcoming April Event ‘Dynamics2017’


FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Project management conference in Istanbul next week, don’t miss it

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

7 April 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – At its 20th anniversary of establishment, Istanbul Project Management Association is organizing Dynamics 2017 for the 18th time at Hilton Kozyatağı İstanbul on April 13-14, 2017.

Dynamics, the International Project Management Congress is a well-known brand name among the Project Management Professionals from different sectors. This year, Dynamics 2017 Organization Team who are all volunteer members of Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD) is extremely proud with the program they prepared for the Congress.

During the 2 days, there will be 6 interactive panels on different topics such as Agile, Industry 4.0, Innovation, Coaching and Leadership, Technology Support for Mega Projects as well as the individual speakers at parallel sessions. Please see the detailed program attached here below.

Among the Keynote Speakers of this year;

  • Şerif KAYNAR – CEO / Korn Fery
  • Celal CÜNDOĞLU – Executive Vice President / BKM
  • Cavit YANTAÇ – Executive Vice President / Microsoft
  • Cahit ERDOĞAN – Executive Vice President / Yapı Kredi
  • Serkan SİYASAL – Product Management & Development Manager/ KKB
  • Baran KORKUT- Product Owner / Betakorp

The Congress will end at the second day with CHROMAS Choir and Conductor Ms. Başak DOĞAN who will be on stage to tell her Chromas Project with examples of their performance.

This year, there will be a workshop for the Construction Professionals as a part of Dynamics 2017. On 15th April 2017, Saturday at Hilton Kozyatağı, ISTANBUL. A full day workshop will host the international and local valuable respected speakers from the sector. You can see the program and sign up for the workshop.

For more or to register, go to www.dinamikler.org.

 

 

Green Climate Fund approves EBRD projects in Tajikistan and Morocco

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

Large infrastructure projects to strengthen climate resilience

6 April 2017 – London, UK – Two EBRD climate resilience project proposals for the modernisation of a hydropower plant in Tajikistan and an irrigation scheme in Morocco have been approved for co-financing by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today.

The total project volume for the two projects is US$ 415 million, of which US$ 81 million will be provided by the GCF in the form of concessional loans and grants:

  • In Tajikistan the EBRD and other co-lenders are providing US$ 158 million for the climate-resilient upgrade of Qairokkum hydropower plant, with co-financing of US$ 50 million from the GCF.
  • Under the Morocco Saïss Water Conservation Project the EBRD and partners are extending US$ 207 million for irrigation infrastructure that will protect agricultural production from the impacts of climate change with a co-financing grant contribution of €32 million from the GCF, together with a further €54 million contribution from the Kingdom of Morocco.

Craig Davies, EBRD Head of Climate Resilience Investments, said: “These investments will strengthen the climate resilience of critical infrastructure in both countries, foster greater private sector involvement and benefit key sectors in both countries. The EBRD believes that successful economies should be competitive, green, well-governed, inclusive, resilient and integrated.”

In Tajikistan, the modernisation of the Qairokkum hydropower plant will address the energy security needs of 2.4 million people in the northern Sughd region in the face of increasing climatic variability. GCF support will enable best international practices on climate risk management to be introduced to the Tajik hydropower sector.

In Morocco, extreme water scarcity is being exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, and unsustainable groundwater use is leading to diminishing groundwater reserves. This poses a severe threat to agricultural production and rural livelihoods as more than 80 per cent of abstracted water is used for agricultural irrigation. Of the total agricultural land, only 15 per cent is irrigated, often with inefficient water use and management practices.

In response to climate change, the Morocco Saïss Water Conservation Project will improve the climate resilience of the country’s highly vulnerable agriculture sector. This will be achieved with a transformative water transfer scheme that will deliver more than 100 million cubic metres of irrigation water to the Saïss plain each year, thus enabling a switch from highly unsustainable groundwater to the use of sustainable surface water resources, as well as improving access to best-practice and efficient irrigation techniques.

To read full news release, click here.

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. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD

 

 

APM’s Project journal wins top prize in UK’s 2017 Association Excellence Awards

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

5 April 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that APM’s Project journal was awarded top prize at this year’s Association Excellence Awards 2017. Project, which relaunched as a quarterly journal in 2015, was named ‘Best Association Magazine or Newsletter – Over 18,500 circulation’ at the ceremony at London’s Hurlingham Club on Friday 1 April.

Reflecting on the success, James Simons, APM publishing manager, (centre left) said: “We’re delighted with the award; it’s a real team effort and everyone involved with Project is rightly proud of the achievement.”

Scott Walkinshaw (centre right), APM head of marketing and communications, added: “We were able to tell a really positive story about how we used customer data and feedback to change Project from being a monthly magazine to an in-depth quarterly journal. We showed how the printed journal still plays an important role in both our membership packages and member communications.”

Project saw off tough competition from some of the UK’s most respected professional bodies to scoop the award. Finalists in the category included the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant’s publication Accounting and Business and The Royal Town Planning Institute’s magazine The Planner. All entries were assessed by a panel of judges made up of chief executives from leading member associations.

Comments from the judges reflected the hard work and commitment to identify the key needs of Project Journal readers:

“The judges felt that Project was an excellent advancement of APM’s aims as an association.  It met a clear business need to regain readers and advertisers and very successfully addressed this – improving member engagement, increasing readership, reducing costs, gaining excellent member feedback and improving the quality of content and information provided.  A fantastic entry!”

Project journal was relaunched in March 2015, following a redesign with Think Publishing, as well as a new editorial approach. Since the relaunch, Project’s annual readership survey has seen the highest rating for editorial since the survey began 10 years ago. Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they read all or most issues – over 30 percent  higher than the result two years earlier. In addition the new design and format has been very well received with 88 per cent of readers rating the overall quality as very good or excellent.

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

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

PM Solutions’ CEO and Founder J. Kent Crawford Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 

4 April 2017 – Chadds Ford, PA, USA — PM Solutions, a project management consulting and training firm dedicated to helping organizations drive performance and operational efficiency, has announced that its president and founder, J. Kent Crawford, is the recipient of the 2017 PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors those who have made significant and continuous contributions over the entirety of their career to the field of project management.

This year’s award will be presented at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at JACK Casino in Cincinnati as part of the 2017 Mega Event: Navigating Projects in Turbulent Times. As the 2017 recipient, Kent Crawford will be presenting a session titled, “Four Keys for Life, Love, and Profession,” focusing on combining his passion for project management with helping organizations achieve their own strategic goals.

“I’m flattered to be recognized by PMI’s Southwest Ohio Chapter as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Crawford. “It has been wonderful to help organizations implement project management in a way that has significantly impacted their bottom line and changed the way they do business. Being a part of this PM community for more than 35 years has been invaluable in so many ways, but none more important than the relationships I have been fortunate enough to develop and cherish along the way.”

With a well-established career of notable successes and accomplishments, Crawford has been a consistently influential member of the project management community and highly respected as a thought leader. He is the former President and Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, an honored PMI Fellow. He was also a founding officer of PMI’s Southwest Ohio Chapter and led the chapter during one of its fastest growing and most innovative times. As a business leader, Crawford established PM Solutions in 1996 and has sustained the successful consultancy, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. PM Solutions continues to deliver expert project management services to help organizations and their people perform to maximum potential. He is also an award-winning author of The Strategic Project Office, as well as many other book publications, and a sought-after speaker at business conferences worldwide.

To register for the full two-day mega event, visit the event page. To contact Kent Crawford for speaking engagements, email PM Solutions at pmexperts@pmsolutions.com.

About PM Solutions
For more than 20 years, PM Solutions has been helping clients drive business value through improved project management capability. Comprehensive offerings provided by PM Solutions include PPM process improvement, PMO transformation, program and project management resources, and corporate training and competency development delivered through its training division, PM College®. PM Solutions serves a diverse client base that includes some of the world’s leading organizations in industries such as manufacturing, IT, energy, insurance and financial services. For more information, visit www.pmsolutions.com.

 

 

Free Seminar in April on Best Practices in Capital Projects Management in Lagos

 

EDUCATION AND FUTURE EVENT NEWS

Oracle Construction and Engineering to host educational event on 26 April for professionals in construction, oil and gas, and other Nigerian industries

3 April 2017 – Lagos, Nigeria – Oracle is offering a free seminar on the topic of Best Practices of Capital Project Management.  The event is organized by Oracle Construction & Engineering and will be held in Lagos on April 26, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel on Victoria Island.

Leading the seminar will be Geoff Roberts and Sherief Elabd, Oracle Primavera’s experts in enterprise project portfolio management in asset intensive industries. As an advisor to Oracle Primavera, Geoff Roberts has many years of experience in full capital project portfolio management systems for construction projects and asset management in the world’s largest oil and gas and energy companies.

Many are familiar with Oracle Primavera solutions as they are generally considered a global standard for corporate project portfolio management in the oil & gas, engineering and construction industries.

The seminar will focus on best practices and modern approaches in the field of building management systems for project portfolios, as well as the real experience of implementing a project to create an enterprise portfolio management system in the world’s largest oil & gas company using Oracle Primavera software.

You can find the full seminar agenda when you click on this link.

Oracle is offering to discuss the issues most interesting for representatives of any company beforehand to make sure you maximize the value of attending the seminar. Contact  raphael.demiray@oracle.com  to get in touch.

For more about the seminar or to register, click here.

For more about Oracle Primavera, visit https://www.oracle.com/applications/primavera/index.html

Participation in the seminar is FREE, subject to prior registration.

 

 

Wideman Website updates for April 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 April 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max (pictured):

This month Guest author Mark Seely continues with Part 4 in which he details Levels 3, 4 and 5 of his organizational ladder. Note that levels 4 and 5 include a reference to “Governance“. In Public Governance, he includes two major project examples of misaligned strategies, one from the US and the other from Canada.

You’ve got a large project and you want to know the signs of probably or even imminent Project Failure? Read up Craig Imlach‘s article on My five Leading Indicators.

In Musings, see what Rob Bronson has to say about Max’s website.

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.

For information about Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm.

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

 

 

 

Wicresoft announces Acquisition of Tivitie

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

30 March 2017 – Bellevue, WA, USA – Wicresoft, a strategic Microsoft Partner and leading global professional services company with North American headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, announced the acquisition of Tivitie, a leading provider of Project and Business Productivity Management solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud. Tivitie’s San Diego, California headquarters will expand Wicresoft’s footprint to provide services coast to coast, across the United States, and abroad.

Tivitie, with their innovative, client-focused Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) products and solutions, including Tivitie Connect, Dynamics 365 PSA, Tivitie Insights, their family of Planner products, and an outstanding team of delivery professionals, expands Wicresoft’s capabilities and offerings in the Microsoft Cloud Productivity Suite. Tivitie’s industry focused solutions, such as Scaled Agile Management, will allow Wicresoft to capitalize on a tremendous growth opportunity spawned by the trend of more and more organizations incorporating agile methodologies within their PMO.

Tivitie’s customer-centric philosophy, innovative breadth of products, and Microsoft certified professionals are a natural complement to Wicresoft’s existing portfolio of solutions. This acquisition, along with the existing investment in the PPM space, positions Wicresoft as one of the nation’s strongest leaders in the Microsoft PPM and Business Productivity Suite while providing Tivitie’s customers with a larger global footprint.

“We are excited to team up with a company that shares our vision to revolutionize project and business productivity in the market, and most importantly, our commitment to investing in Tivitie’s products and customers,” said Joe Larscheid, CEO of Tivitie LLC.

Wicresoft offers consulting services, managed services and IT staffing throughout North America and around the globe with offices in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States. With over 6,500 employees, Wicresoft provides services to many of the largest Fortune 500 companies that includes over 2,700 Microsoft dedicated resources. Wicresoft North America offices are in Bellevue, WA (HQ), Chicago, New Jersey and North Carolina with sales, recruiting, operational and delivery staff located throughout the U.S.

Tivitie connects teams with Project and Business Productivity Management Applications built on the Microsoft Cloud.  Through automation, centralization, and an enriched user experience, Tivitie’s solutions drive productivity that increases revenue, reduces employee inefficiencies and delivers business value consistently – every time. Tivitie specializes in a “people first” approach, believing that the innovation, creativity and power needed to transform your business lies within your people, not within technology alone.  Tivitie’s team has been empowering organizations to engage and connect through Microsoft technology for more than 17 years.

For more info. go to wsna.io

Source: Wicresoft and PRNewswire

 

 

14 Greek Airports receive funding for modernization projects

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

€968.4 million to Fraport Greece for infrastructure upgrades

27 March 2017 – London, UK and Athens, Greece – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that, together with a consortium of lenders, it is supporting the modernisation of 14 regional airports in Greece. The EBRD is providing €186.73 million in long-term funds to Fraport Greece, the holder of a 40-year operating concession for the facilities.

The 14 airports include Aktio, Chania (Crete), Kavala, Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki (Greece’s second largest city) and Zakynthos. Combined, these airports served a total of about 25.2 million passengers in 2016.

Total financing provided by the EBRD, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Alpha Bank amounts to €968.4 million. €280.4 million will be used for the financing of development works at the 14 airports. The modernisation and upgrading of the airport infrastructure will support the growth of Greece’s regions. The investments will promote the development of the tourism industry, a key driver of the Greek economy.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the loan will be used as part of the upfront concession payment of €1.234 billion to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) paid by Fraport Greece as the concessionaire. Fraport Greece is a joint venture formed by Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and its partner Copelouzos Group.

Fraport AG is one of the leading companies in the international airport business, active on four continents through investments and subsidiaries. With Frankfurt Airport its home base, the company operates one of the world’s most important air transportation hubs. In total, Fraport employs around 21,000 people worldwide.

Copelouzos Group is a leading Greek industrial conglomerate with a wide range of portfolio activities, with core sectors being energy, airports and real estate.

Phil Bennett, EBRD First Vice President and Head of Client Services Group, said: “We are delighted to participate in this landmark transaction, which we expect to provide a much-needed boost to the Greek economy and to Greece’s regional development. The modernisation of this key infrastructure, supporting tourism in particular, will improve access, exchange and integration. The EBRD is especially pleased to support strategic partners who will bring private funding and expertise to regional airports in Greece and could provide an important model for future infrastructure development projects.”

Integration is one of the six transition qualities the EBRD sees as key elements of well-functioning market economies, with the remaining being competitiveness, inclusion, good-governance, green and resilience. These qualities are implicit in the EBRD’s founding articles.

The EBRD started investing in Greece on a temporary basis in 2015 to support the country’s economic recovery. The Bank’s priorities there include strengthening private companies and the financial sector, support for privatisation, infrastructure development and regional integration of the Greek economy. To date, the EBRD has invested almost €850 million in 17 projects in Greece. For more about EBRD projects in Greece, go to http://www.ebrd.com/greece.html

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. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD

 

 

Zuma calls on Africans to prioritize water and sanitation projects

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

24 March 2017 – Durban, South Africa – South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma has called on his fellow African and world leaders “to prioritize access to water and sanitation.” Speaking in Durban, South Africa during a joint event to commemorate World Water Day and launch the 2017 World Water Development Report, Zuma said: “the bleak global picture presented in the 2017 World Water Development Report requires world leaders to urgently prioritize the improvement of access to essential water and sanitation services.”

Hundreds of local and international delegates including the African Development Bank (AfDB) gathered at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Center in Durban on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to commemorate World Water Day and launch the 2017 World Water Development Report.

Produced yearly since 2014, the World Water Development Report presents an exhaustive review of the state of global water resources and provide additional evidence for decision making. This year, the report focused on “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource.”

While acknowledging the distressing state of world water resources, Zuma said “we have the potential to create a new and more positive economic and social developmental pathway through water infrastructure investments, valuing water, catalyzing change, building partnerships and international cooperation, as well as creating better human settlements and data.”

The African Development has been at the forefront of financing water and sanitation programs in regional member countries since 1968. As a leader in water and sanitation services in Africa, the Bank was invited to provide its perspectives on how to accelerate the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 on water and sanitation.

“The momentum generated by the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Change Agreement combined with the high-level political commitment presents an opportunity to re-invigorate development,” said Oswald Chanda, Officer-In-Charge of the Water Development and Sanitation Department of the AfDB.

Rapid urbanization, population growth, dwindling freshwater resources, climate change, weak institutions, and sector capacity, Chanda said, are some of the challenges in achieving SDG 6.

In addition to fostering greater collaboration with partners, and adopting a new business model that takes the Bank closer to regional member countries, the AfDB has also approved a new set of focused strategic priorities (High 5s) to ensure pressing challenges on the continent are addressed. The AfDB’s High 5s include Light Up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa and Improve the quality of life of Africans.

Highlights of this year’s World Development Report include:

  • 80% of the wastewater is disposed of without treatment with potentially negative impact on the environment and people;
  • Affordable treatment options are available;
  • Wastewater is a reliable and sustainable source of water; energy, nutrient, and other recoverable by-products.

The Durban event ended with the adoption of a political declaration. The declaration signals a global commitment to: (a) continue to support and strengthen implementation of the SDG 6; (b) support and share best practices; (c) request the African Union Commission to prioritize water and sanitation; (d) increase budgetary allocations to match central role of water security for agenda 2030; (e) and strengthen transboundary cooperation and collaboration.

For more information about the AfDBs activities related to water and sanitation projects, go to https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/water-supply-sanitation/

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       

 

 

Keynote Speakers announced for EVM World 2017

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

22 March 2017 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced keynote speakers for its 3-day EVM World 2017 event in June. The event being held during May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency hotle in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA has the theme “EVM at 50: Our Past, Present and Future”.

Keynote speakers this year will include the following:

Steve A. Shinn, CFO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Steve is responsible for overseeing the entire range of budget planning and execution, financial management, and financial system activities at the Center. He manages GSFC’s budget and financial operations, directs the preparation and submission of annual financial and budgetary reports, and coordinates agency financial management activities with other federal agencies.

Before accepting this position in 2016, Mr. Shinn served as Deputy Director for Planning & Business Management for the Flight Projects Directorate at GSFC, a position he held beginning May 2011. He managed all matters related to business, project planning and control, resource management, organizational staffing, workforce development, diversity and equal opportunity, and physical assets.

Prior to beginning his career in the federal government, Mr. Shinn worked in industry where he developed integrated cost and schedule control systems for over 30 programs. He worked in the capacity of Group Supervisor for the Space Operations Management Group at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, managing individuals in financial management, parametric modeling, hardware production engineering, pricing, project control, cost engineering, earned value management, scheduling, and capital planning.

Mr. Shinn has held various management positions in pricing, cost management, estimating, operations management, software management, earned value management, and scheduling. In those positions, he was responsible for planning, managing, and controlling complex systems development, system integration, and infrastructure engineering programs.

He is also an instructor in Project Planning and Control at The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Mr. Shinn earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in Technical Management from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.

Gary Bliss, Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. PARCA carries out performance assessments of Major Defense Acquisitions Programs (MDAPs) and conducts root cause analyses for MDAPs with Nunn-McCurdy breach status or when requested by senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials.  Mr. Bliss previously held the position of Deputy Director, Enterprise Information and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Studies in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). His responsibilities included oversight of the five OSD-funded Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, the OSD’s university research program, as well as review and development of innovations to overhaul the AT&L enterprise management systems.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Bliss served 13 years as the Director of Office of the Director, Program Analysis & Evaluation Weapon System Cost Analysis Division (WSCAD). WSCAD’s ten staff members constitute one of the two offices dedicated to OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) functions, and is responsible for the preparation of independent development and procurement cost estimates for major systems that range from munitions (e.g. tactical missiles) through platforms (e.g. helicopters, submarines, fighter aircraft, tanks, etc.). As such, Mr. Bliss has been a key player in DoD’s most important system decisions by the Services, OSD and the Congress.

Generally recognized in both industry and government as a leading authority on the economics of defense procurement, Mr. Bliss has an established track record in institutional reform and enterprise reengineering. He is an experienced lecturer, often speaking to varied audiences on such topics as: Management information system governance and reengineering; Manufacturing enterprise reengineering; and Acquisition institutional reform. Owing to this expertise, Mr. Bliss has been hosted by the governments of Australia, Taiwan, Japan, and the United Kingdom to lecture their staffs on matters of defense acquisition. Mr. Bliss has a BA, Mathematics and Economics (Highest Honors in Economics) from College of William and Mary.

Sandra Fairchild, Project Services Support Director, Savannah River Remediation (SRR), is responsible for all aspects of Financial, Supply Chain Management, Contract Management, Information Technology, Cyber Security, Project Controls, and Budget management affecting SRR, the Liquid Waste Contractor located at the Savannah River Site (SRS). The current contract value is $4.1 billion.

Ms. Fairchild has over 31 years of diversified financial experience in the fields of technical planning and controls management, procurement, contracts administration, accounting, earned value management, pension and benefits administration, information technology including cyber security and governmental negotiations. She is certified by the state of South Carolina as a certified public accountant.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Fairchild was chief financial officer for Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) Liquid Waste contract and Management and Operations organizations. In these positions, her responsibilities involved the oversight of $1 billion annual operating programs with highly diverse missions. During her career, she has held positions of increasing financial management responsibilities, including WSRC Operations Business Unit controller, with responsibilities for financial oversight of $500 million construction projects, and WSRC Closure Business Unit controller, where she had responsibilities for financial oversight of Environmental Management and National Nuclear Security Administration programs.

Prior to working at SRS, Ms. Fairchild was senior auditor for the South Carolina State Auditor’s Office. In that capacity, she had responsibility for oversight of companies receiving federal or state funding. Ms. Fairchild is an honorary lifetime member of the Aiken Junior Women’s Club and serves as Treasurer for the Aiken Technical College Foundation. She, and her husband, Pete, have two children and live in Aiken, South Carolina.

The EVM World 2017 Workshop is a chance to learn about project performance techniques, including earned value management (EVM). The workshop provides training, current topics from practicing professionals, access to world leaders in project performance management, networking, and the latest in software and consulting to make your program successful.

If you are new to the field, these sessions will help you gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of earned value management (EVM) and its practical applications and benefits.  If you are an experienced veteran, the conference will help you stay abreast of new developments and give you a chance to impact evolving trends–your input just might make the difference.  Join us to …

  • Update your skills with the latest earned value management (EVM) trends, tools, and techniques
  • Learn through training, practice symposia, as well as workshops
  • Earn PDUs (for PMPs)
  • Network with earned value professionals from around the world

For more or to register, visit http://evmworld.org/

CPM is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management. Headquartered in Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management and other performance management techniques. For decades, the CPM Community has been responsible for leading, developing, promulgating and training people on the program management techniques used by the private sector, the U.S. Federal Government and around the world for successful program performance management. For more information, visit http://www.mycpm.org/.

Source: College of Performance Management

 

 

 

World TB Day in Zimbabwe

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

USAID announces continuing support for programs fighting Tuberculosis

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

22 March 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The United States Government stands with the people of Zimbabwe in commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (March 24).  Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has contributed long-term and substantial investments to the fight against TB in Zimbabwe, reaching hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans with life-saving health services.

USAID started its TB program in Zimbabwe in 2008, partnering with Zimbabwe’s National TB Control Programme and a non-governmental organization called The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to increase the availability of TB services and strengthen TB case detection and management.  USAID provides hospital laboratories with Gene Xpert equipment for fast and accurate diagnosis of TB, particularly drug-resistant TB, as well as training for health care workers to properly use the equipment.

USAID supports 45 integrated TB-HIV care sites to improve TB diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV.  USAID also supports a motorbike specimen transport system called Riders for Health that carries approximately 150,000 specimens per year, 40,000 of which are sputa for TB diagnosis.  This transport system has dramatically reduced the time it takes for patients to receive TB test results – from weeks or even months, down to one week in rural areas and one day in urban areas.

In addition, through USAID support, The Union has developed and distributed a TB screening tool that reaches over 500,000 patients per year, provided training and supervision assistance for health care workers on TB prevention and care information, and supported the National TB Reference Laboratory to process TB cultures from specimens from all provinces in the country.

“The United States is proud to stand with the people of Zimbabwe to address the issue of TB,” stated USAID Mission Director Stephanie Funk.  “Together with our partners, USAID is working hard to ensure that TB patients can start treatment earlier, recover more quickly, and not spread the disease to others.”

CDC also provides financial and technical support for TB through HealthCare Associated Tuberculosis Infection Prevention Project – Zimbabwe (HATIPP-Zim), which will develop a TB screening policy for health care workers and standardize implementation at health facilities.  Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), HATIPP-Zim is implemented by a consortium comprised of the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI); Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe (ICAZ); and The Union.

“CDC’s efforts to fight TB will ultimately help Zimbabwe meet critical AIDS treatment targets, as this program will ensure that health care workers are protected from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis,” stated CDC Zimbabwe Country Director Dr. Beth Barr.

USAID and PEPFAR have partnered with Discovery Learning Alliance, Quizzical Pictures, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to produce a new feature-length film, The Lucky Specials, which premiered in Zimbabwe on March 9 at Ster-Kinekor Movie Theatre in Harare.  In this “edutainment” film, both plot twists and scientific video animations tell individuals what they need to know about TB disease, treatment, and prevention.  Audiences walked away enchanted by the music and storyline, simultaneously armed with facts to replace long held myths and misinformation about TB.

Last year alone approximately 30,000 Zimbabweans were diagnosed with TB.  TB continues to be the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, and approximately 70 percent of Zimbabweans suffering from TB are co-infected with HIV.  Zimbabwe is one of only 14 countries around the world designated as ‘high burden’ by the World Health Organization for TB, multi-drug-resistant TB, and TB/HIV co-infection.

To learn more about the U.S. Government’s contribution to fighting TB in Zimbabwe, please visit: https://youtube/QTNTz7Gzc0o

For more than 30 years, the American people, through USAID, have contributed over $3 billion in assistance to Zimbabwe.  Current projects include initiatives to increase food security, support economic resilience, improve health systems and services, and promote a more democratic system of governance.


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, based on press release from U.S. Embassy in Harare

 

 

AACE Launches eLearning

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

Pricing and Costing Model Now Available

22 March 2017 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE has announced the launch of its new eLearning series. The first module, Pricing and Costing, was released in February 2017.

This module explains the difference between pricing and costing. It is important to distinguish between the terms “price” and “cost”. There is a very fine line separating them which is why people often use the terms interchangeably. This module highlights the concepts of pricing and costing of a project, illustrates the variances, and helps the learner identify the inputs, transforming mechanisms (tools and techniques), and outputs related to the cost and pricing process.

The module can be utilized as a study aid for the CCP Certification Exam. It is interactive with questions posed intermittently to assess knowledge gained by the viewer.  There is also a test at the end requiring a 70% score to earn 0.1 CEUs.

Go here to purchase.

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/.

Source: AACE International

 

 

Calls for stronger action against human trafficking in Zimbabwe

 

OTHER NEWS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

16 March 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – A senior United States Embassy official has called for sterner reaction by individuals to individuals and companies involved in human trafficking, among other measures to stamp the scourge that has plagued humanity.

“We as individuals can make a difference by being aware of our own habits, by understanding the background and practices of the companies we use when we purchase our clothing, our food…” said Jenifer Savage, Charge d’ Affaires at the United States Embassy in Harare. “When profits stop, so will the practice of trafficking in persons,” she added.

Savage, a career foreign service officer, was giving a keynote address during a Food for Thought discussion session on trafficking in persons at her Embassy’s Eastgate auditorium on Tuesday. The public discussion included presentations from the United Nations Office of Migration (IOM) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“Human trafficking is a $150 billion illicit industry and it touches millions of lives across, not just the United States, not just Zimbabwe but across every country in the world,” she said. “We must treat this as a problem not to be managed but as a crime that has to be stopped.”

Savage, whose career as a diplomat saw her serve in Mexico and Vietnam, narrated two classic examples of human trafficking, the first involving a veterinary student in Mexico, and the second involving a budding female musician in Vietnam. Both were lured to the United States with a promise for lucrative incentives- internship and a musical contract respectively, but later found they were surviving in unimaginable conditions with little to no pay, sexual exploitation and dependence on traffickers with no hope of getting out of their situations.

Broadly defined, human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.

“It is a form of modern day slavery and constitute human rights violations against the individual and the State,” said Daniel Sam of IOM. He told the audience that there is exploitation in all stages of the process- from recruitment to destination. “It is an abusive process; that is why we need to counter it.”

He, like the United States, and his organization are working with other international partners at every level to attack the root causes of trafficking; to alert potential victims to lurking dangers, to take perpetrators off the streets and to empower the survivors as they rebuild their lives.

Savage said the United States was exploring ways of working with Zimbabwean authorities to eliminate trafficking in persons citing “amazing” meetings between Ambassador Harry Thomas and Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo.

“Our countries agreed to work together to combat trafficking in persons in Zimbabwe,” she said. “This is an important development in our diplomatic relationship and one we hope will lead to greater mutual trust and dialogue.”

According to IOM, there are about 250 million international migrants globally while 760 million people migrate within countries and at any one point in time there are 1 billion individuals on the move.

Samantha Munodawafa, a crime prevention and criminal justice officer at UNODC told the audience that more cases of trafficking in persons crimes were being prosecuted as 13 out of 15 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region had legislation on the crime.

She said the region had to contend with unique cases such as trafficking in body parts for albinos, girls being trafficked as a result of cultural beliefs, child labor and child marriages. “No sector has been spared,” she said citing the case of a church musical group that was trafficked in one of the SADC countries.

According to the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons report, 55 per cent of trafficked people are women or girls, and 26 per cent of trafficked people are children. The report notes that “Zimbabwe is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Women and girls from Zimbabwean towns bordering South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia are subjected to forced labor, including domestic servitude, and sex trafficking in brothels catering to long-distance truck drivers on both sides of the borders.”

The report also notes that “there are continuous reports of Zimbabwean women lured to China and the Middle East for work where they are vulnerable to trafficking.” – ZimPAS © March 16th 2017. ZimPAS is a product of the United States Embassy Public Affairs Section: http://zw.usembassy.gov/


Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. PMZ also follows and reports on significant developments in Zimbabwe.  For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: info@pmiz.org.zw

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

32 new works by 43 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2056 project management articles, papers & other works by 900 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 March 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 32 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 43 different authors in 21 different countries were published in the March 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 2050 original works by 900 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works from many different authors; of the 43 authors this month, 13 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, “The range of topics addressed in articles and papers this month was fascinating. We seem to be attracting more research-based papers by academic researchers, while the articles are by very knowledgeable project management professionals and leaders. It’s becoming a good mix each month.”

New authors in February include Ibrahim Abdlrashid (Egypt), Priti Asthana (USA), Khlood Elsayed (Egypt/USA), Eric Gitta (Uganda), Ngaire Hunt (Australia/New Zealand), Prof Douglas Long (Australia), Jyoti Madabhushi (India), Prof Peter Neema-Abooki (Uganda), Art Pratt (USA), Rex B. Reagan (USA), Alan Shefveland (USA), Prof Jörg Sydow (Germany) and Zeta Yarwood (UAE). New works from 30 authors already included in the library were also added.

“I appreciated Russ Archibald’s letter to the editor in response to my February editorial about ‘the big revers’, the apparent lack of ethics in the Trump administration,” Pells adds. “We will have two more next month on the same topic, as it seems to have struck a chord. Of course, not everyone agrees with me so that too is interesting, and raises more important questions for the PM profession.”

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, the world’s largest provider 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.

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