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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

 

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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

 

 

Tomorrow will be Better

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Alfonso Bucero promotes a positive attitude for project success

12 March 2017 – Madrid, Spain – A new book has been published by Alfonso Bucero, a well-known project management leader based in Madrid who has long been an advocate of a positive attitude. His new book is titled “Tomorrow will be Better: Maintaining a Positive Attitude for Project Success”.

Several authors have written about positive attitude as a key ingredient for personal and professional success but few have described, suggested and detailed some best practices for how to maintain and sustain a positive attitude. This book is about maintaining and sustaining a positive attitude so you will build a better tomorrow. You are great but you can be EXECELLENT. You have a lot of possibilities to improve, to use your enthusiasm, to use your courage, to coach people on their positive attitude for personal and professional success.

According to Alfonso, “I always try to have a positive attitude but I am a human being who makes a lot of mistakes, so from time to time I need an attitude check. My book has plenty of real case studies as a person and as a project manager, which is my profession, that illustrates practical things that I learned and I’d like to share with my readers. By the end of every chapter I’m proposing a form, template or exercise to apply, to put into practice what you read or learn. Do not lose your time, be positive because every day is a good day but tomorrow will be even better if you are focused on how to improve your attitude.”

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting. Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group). He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011. To see articles and papers by Mr. Bucero, go to  http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

To see the book on Amazon, click here.

 

 

Hill International to Manage Construction of the Überseequartier Süd Development in Hamburg

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

1 March 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Hamburg, Germany – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from Unibail-Rodamco to provide project management and site supervision services in connection with the Überseequartier Süd mixed-use development in Hamburg, Germany.

The €960 million ($1.02 billion) Überseequartier Süd development will be the centerpiece of HafenCity in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany.  With 3.5 million residents within an hour’s driving time, HafenCity is considered to be one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in Europe with a land mass of approximately 2.2 square kilometers (0.85 square miles).

The Überseequartier Süd development will comprise 14 iconic buildings including 1150 hotel rooms, residential, entertainment and office facilities.  It will also feature a cruise terminal, a below grade light rail metro and, an interconnected retail space with 200 stores.  All buildings will be Gold BREEAM certified, the European standard for sustainable building.

“This is one of the largest developments in Europe and a landmark project in Germany,” said Jeffrey Sújar Blanco, Vice President with Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are extremely excited to be part of such an iconic project,” added Sújar.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,300 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International

 

 

Diversity in Project Management Conference in The Netherlands

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

First ever conference on diversity scheduled for 10-11 April 2017 in Hertogenbosch

2 March 2017 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) and CKC Seminars introduce the first International Conference on Diversity in Project Management, (DiPM) on April 10 and 11 in the Netherlands. The conference will be held in Conference Centre 1931 at Oude Engelenseweg 1, 5222 AA ‘s-Hertogenbosch,The Netherlands.

This conference aims to be the first in a long series of DiPM Conferences initiated by IPMA. For 2017 the focus will be on Gender, being the biggest challenge in the male dominated profession of PM.

Projects are everywhere; in all industries, in private and public companies, in organizations and institutions, in all countries and for all types of products to be produced. This means that project conditions and frameworks are very different. Therefore the world also needs multiple diverse skills and personality profiles to manage projects. Diversity in project teams is key for improving project results and achieving increase in project success as many studies and best practices show. It is also crucial for the future of the profession to broaden and improve the project management recruitment pool. Finally diversity should be part of the social responsibility policy of every organization.

For information about the program, sponsors, registration and more, go to http://dipm.ipma.world/

 

 

Wideman Website updates announced for March 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

This month in this Part 3, Guest author Mark Seely digs into the details of Levels 1 and 2 of the project management organizational ladder, namely Process Management and [single] Project Management. At this point he introduces Sociolytic Mindscaping.

Our Musings this month takes a peek at a simple LinkedIn request: “Can someone explain The Waterfall technique to me?” Several responses come as a surprise, and a lesson to learn.

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.

 

 

Andrew Osayande in Nigeria completes research internship

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Project management student at the Federal University of Technology Akure completes research internship for PM World Library

23 February 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria – PM World has announced that Mr Andrew Shadrach Osayande has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Andrew began his internship in September 2016 and completed the program on January 9, 2017. See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/andrew-shadrach-osayande/.

 Andrew Shadrach Osayande is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. Shadrach is an active member of the International Project Management Association Young Crew (IPMA YC Nigeria) and is currently the education and training officer of IPMA YC FUTA. During four years of his academic pursuit, Shadrach has held titles such as Judge of the FUTA Students’ Union (FUTASU). His primary subject of research interest is ICT project management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the everything in the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Andrew did excellent work for us, identifying interesting and useful project management resources for the library. His identification of professional bodies in Nigeria was especially helpful, as well as his links to useful project management tools and solutions.”

Andrew stated, “The internship was interesting and useful for my studies. Finding good project management resources online helped reinforce some of the topics we studied in PM courses. I appreciated this opportunity and have recommended the library to some of my friends.”

Pells added, “Andrew delivered his final research results on 9 January, so we are a little late in recognizing his achievement. Nevertheless, we really appreciate his efforts and very useful research. We now wish him every success as he continues his studies and begins his project management career.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

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

 

 

Call for Papers for 30th Anniversary IPMA World Congress in Astana

 

IPMA WC2017 congress program committee issues call for papers on breakthrough competencies for managing change

22 February 2015 – Zurich, Switzerland and Astana, Kazakhstan – The call for papers for the 30th IPMA World Congress has been issued and is open through 30 April 2017. IPMA’s 30th Anniversary World Congress under the theme of “Breakthrough Competencies for Managing Change” will be held on the campus of Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan during 5-7 September 2017. Visit the IPMA World Congress website here for more information.

The IPMA World Congress has for several decades been one of the world’s leading conferences on project, program and portfolio management, bringing together business professionals, practitioners, managers and representatives of global companies, leading scientists, educators, professors and students, representatives of various sectors and occupations, NGOs and the media. The congress includes three inspiring days with a comprehensive program of best practices, new insights and academic findings combined with world class awards, book launches, networking opportunities, site visits, the renowned IPMA Awards Gala, social events and more.

Kazakhstan Project Management Association and Nursultan Nazarbayev Educational Foundation act as organizers of this Congress. Nazarbayev University acts as a General partner of the Congress. The Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Akimat of Astana serve as Coordinators for the Congress organization.

About 1,000 national and foreign participants from over 60 countries plan to take part in the Congress. In the light of the future work the Kazakhstan is given a unique opportunity to obtain and study the world’s best practices of project management application in various fields of human activity and submit the best Kazakh projects to the world project management community.

Project management researchers, professors, students and teachers, as well as executives, practicing professionals and professional leaders are now invited to submit abstracts for scientific papers, professional presentations, panel discussions, workshops and special sessions for the congress. Program topics are expected to be as follows:

Block 1 (Academic):

  • Methodologies for the development of personnel competence in PM
  • Global challenges, trends and models for the development of organizational competence in PM
  • Development of knowledge systems and formation of competences in PM
  • Cognitive modeling in organizations’ competence development in PM
  • Development of competences in PM based on scientific research and educational programs

Block 2 (Practitioners):

  • Innovative development of PM competences in the real economy sectors: I. Energy II. Mechanical engineering III. Information and communication technologies IV. Space research V. Environmental and natural studies
  • Breakthrough technologies for creation and migration of values in PM of organization
  • Development Breakthrough technologies and competence development of high-tech Companies

Block 3 (Government bodies):

  • Competence development of public sector (public administration) in program management
  • Europe-China “Silk Way” stream
  • Green Technologies (EXPO 2017)

Those papers with the best rating will be selected to present at the WC2017. Conference language is English. For more information, contact aliya.myrzaliyeva@nu.edu.kz

See full Congress Call for Papers here.

Plan to visit beautiful Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan and host city for EXPO2017 to attend the 30th Anniversary IPMA World Congress.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest international project management professional organization. IPMA is a federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit http://www.ipma.world/.

Source: IPMA

 

 

40 new works by 48 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2024 project management articles, papers & other works by 890 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 February 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 40 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 48 different authors in 20 different countries were published in the February 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 2020 original works by 890 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works from many different authors; of the 48 authors this month, 19 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 was one of our most productive months, with 17 featured papers and many articles contributed by authors in 20 different countries. While some of the research papers deal with issues in particular countries, all of the works are worth reading. We can learn a lot from others’ experiences; that’s the value of sharing information and knowledge through publications like the PMWJ.”

New authors in February include Emmanuel T. Adu (Nigeria); Manjit Aerry (USA); Dr Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu (Ghana); Tukur Al-Mustapha (Nigeria); Denis Bushuyev, PhD (Ukraine); Leonardo Grandinetti Chaves (Brazil), Lyubaba Chernova (Ukraine); Samuel Ekung (Nigeria); Andrew Hudson (UK); Ahmed Saad M. Kafafi (Saudi Arabia); Rejoice Mandizvidza (Zimbabwe); Phillip Martin (Ireland); John McGrath (Ireand); Tafadzwa Mudzvokorwa (Zambia); Ogaga Linus Okorie (Nigeria); Jeff Moses Ogbu (Nigeria); Kenneth Perry (USA); Sam Varghese (USA); and Ruslan Yaroshenko, PhD (Ukraine). New works from 29 authors already included in the library were also added.

“I’m afraid I may have gone overboard with my editorial this month,” Pells added. “I just could not help but comment on the seemingly unethical attitudes and behavior in the new U.S. administration. While none of us may be perfect, I believe honesty underlies all good leadership and is absolutely necessary for anyone working on a project to be successful. Our teammates, customers, sponsors and other stakeholders depend on it. Why should we require anything less of our political leaders?”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,100 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. 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 http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

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

 

 

UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference in Turkey

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

8th UPMK’17 will be held at Mövempick Hotel, Ankara, 9 March 2017

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

7 February 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference is the annually professional gathering and networking activity for Turkish project managers, aiming to create/enhance recognition of the profession, while also establishing and declaring the project managers’ position and opinion on current national issues, as a prominent stakeholder. The scope of the converence includes a discussion panel, delivered talks, posters and a series of achievement awards. UPMK, is the yearly physical meeting venue for the TPPMI, a social media platform (see below).

8th UPMK’17 will be held at Mövempick Hotel, Ankara, 9 March 2017. Main theme is “Spoken word, Left a Mark” for UPMK’17.

Links:

http://www.tpyme.org/

http://www.tpyme.org/cetin-ceviz-oeduelleri

http://www.tpyme.org/ulusal-proje-yoenetim-meslek-konfer

UPMK is held yearly with the purpose of creating solidarity among Turkish project managers and project management team members, sharing professional issues and suggestions and compiling project management approaches, methods, knowledge, culture and a common language.

The conference focuses on current, national project managers’ and team members’ issues, rather than only project management methodologies. The main theme emphasizes the persons, working conditions, professional hardships, related original solutions and expectations.

The conference has been held yearly since 2010. The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards” in the categories of, Best Project Manager – Woman and Men, Best Assistant Project Manager – Woman and Men, Best Project Team Member – Woman and Men, Best Young Project Manager – Woman and Men, Best Project and Contributors to The Profession are given to winners from among nominees, since 2014.

TPPMI Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute (http://www.tpyme.org/), is a Social Media and Solidarity Platform. It is also a program running under NORM, Association for Training and Consultancy (http://www.norm.org.tr/).

TPPMI was established unanimously during the convention of the National Project Professionals’ Conference (UPMK) (http://www.upmk.org/), first held on May 2010. The institute is composed of professionals and peers, building recognition and reputation, collaborating, researching and creating awareness/standards and training, all based on qualification and volunteering. The institute aims to: determine project management techniques and approaches suitable to the Turkish culture and traditions, validate and determine the reliability of global applications, support, defend and network for the establishment of legal frameworks for project management applications, support the development of project team members and companies in terms of project knowledge areas, determine professional principles and standards, and prepare, monitor and update certificates of recognition and reputation.

MEMBERS: Persons and institutions wishing to become members of the institute are required to be nominated by the existing members and approved by the honorary chair. Membership requires no fees or payments. A new member receives his/her charter certificate signed by the Honorary Chair and a few additional members. Any person may leave membership upon their will. Members are endorsed/recognized by other existing peer members through signing their certificates. The more signature on the certificate, the more reputable the member. The UPMK held every year is the venue for the convention and mutual endorsement of all TPPMI members.

Project Manager Occupational StandardS

We developed the project managers’ occupational standard based on European Qualifications Framework (EQF) based on the UPMK 2012 Conference Output.

We led the study of definition ‘Project Manager Occupational Standards’ and specification of ‘National Qualifications for the Project Manager Occupation’ as NORM and TPPMI. This study completed, approved and published on Official Gazzette. The defined standard and qualifications are independent both from the business areas and methodologies used in some sectors.

The next step is the certification and we already announced the training towards the occupational certification based on the approved standard and qualifications.

 

 

Washington, DC Area Nonprofits tap into Local Expertise at Project Management Day of Service

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

45 nonprofits get help from project management experts at January event

3 February 2017 – College Park, Maryland USA – Representatives from 45 nonprofits teamed up with 220 project management experts January 16 to write and codify strategic goals, create fundraising plans, or take additional steps towards boosting worthy projects. Hosted by the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland (UMD), the 2017 Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS™) provided an estimated $550,000 value to Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits.

“The impact is not just that my job is easier,” said Adrienne Fikes, executive director of the Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria, who worked with a team of volunteer project managers to develop a fundraising strategy. “It’s all the parents and kids who will be able to join our program in the years to come because we have an effective fundraising strategy.”

The event was led by Project Management for Change (PM4Change) in partnership with five D.C.-area Project Management Institute chapters. For the second consecutive year, UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence was the host and leading sponsor of PMDoS.

“We are very pleased to be able to support this event in which project managers help the nonprofit community” said John Cable, the center’s director.

“Today was such a rewarding experience,” said Ivonne Fuller Cameron, CEO of Hepatitis Foundation International, one of 20 Maryland nonprofits represented at the event. “My team took the ocean and helped me boil it down into a single project that I know we can implement this year.”

In each consultation session, project management subject matter experts met with representatives of the participating nonprofits to review prepared problem statements, identify potential roadblocks, develop clearly defined scope statements, and create actionable, customized project plans that serve as blueprints for business sustainability.

“This is our third year participating in this event, and each year we’ve had fabulous results,” said Mana McNeill, executive director and cofounder of Career Catchers.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence provides high quality, challenging education in project management preparing graduates to be proficient members of project teams and excellent project managers, maintains a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and provides project management training and development services to the University, profession, and community at large. Their academic program was the first in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center; the center is also a “Global Registered Educational Provider” by PMI. Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence

 

 

Call for Short Papers for 5th IPMA Research Conference in November

 

CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

Research conference in Incheon, Korea on theme: “Project, Management and Success – do we need a wider understanding?

1 February 2017 – Zurich, Switzerland – The Research Board of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) has issued a call for short papers for the 5th IPMA Research Conference being held in Incheon, Korea during 2-3 November 2017. The theme for the conference is “Projects, Management and Success – do we need a wider understanding?”

The IPMA Research Conference was founded in 2013, and as a Think Tank it aims to bring researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners in project management together who share a common passion for their discipline. During the conference, they will discuss and exchange research ideas and achievements on the topic of projects and its management. The distinctive feature of this small in size conference is the intense dialogue between practitioners and academics which can neither be found at scientific or professional conferences.

The annual International Conference has been held in Germany, China, South Africa and Iceland since its beginning and aims to bring together experts from all countries worldwide to increase the mutual understanding of the global challenges of project managers in various environments and industries. The special spirit of the IPMA Research Conferences can be particularly felt in the World Café sessions where the participants can gain new insight perspectives for today´s challenges in project management.

5th IPMA Research Conference 2017

The theme of the 2017 IPMA Research Conference is “Projects, Management and Success – do we need a wider understanding?” Project management has continuously developed in the last decades like no other management discipline. But although the requirements towards project managers further developed, the definition of success in projects and in project management has remained stable during this time.

Project Management distinguishes between project success (measured against the overall objectives of the project, and a high level of satisfaction concerning the project outcome among the key stakeholders) and project management success (measured against the measures of performance as scope, time and budget).

However success has different meanings to the people as it is linked to culture and values. Success is perceived differently by different stakeholders, or in the different sciences: the macro-economic meaning of success differs from the micro-economic, success in sociology is perceived differently than in psychology, and an individual perceives success differently than a group, an organisation or a society.

The 5th IPMA Research Conference is an opportunity to examine if our understanding of successful projects and their management needs to be worked over. Projects are the means for delivering and implementing strategic beneficial change in organisations and societies. Is the current success definition broad enough to reflect this thinking? As most projects today are part of programs and portfolios, the definition of Project Management success is also to be reflected in a wider sense. Project management success can be considered from input and output oriented perspective, concerning the success criteria and success factors. Do the different stakeholder groups (e.g. the individual project manager, the project team members, the organisation and the whole society) have a different understanding of success?

The 4th IPMA Research Conference 2016 on “Project Management and Sustainability” showed that we need to define success in a more sustainable way to achieve a new way of thinking. Sustainability defined by the UN as “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” forces us to re-think success, both for projects, project managers, organisations and societies. The scope of the 5th IPMA Research Conference 2017 is therefore to explore if the current definition of project and project management success sufficiently reflects the needs of future generations.

This call for short papers is meant to encourage a broad range of submissions. The authors are encouraged to reach beyond the usual boundaries of the project domain, and to embrace innovative approaches to defining and developing our understanding of projects and their management.

Subtopics

  • Sustainability and success
  • Ethics and success
  • Culture and success
  • Value/contribution to society and success
  • Others

Submission guidelines

Authors are invited to submit proposals for short presentations of their work in progress, new ideas or recent results. We encourage submissions from all areas related to project management. Short papers should be of no more than 500 words. Authors of accepted short papers will be expected to provide a full paper by May 31, 2017 and to present their ideas in a presentation at the Research Conference.

The short papers should be formatted according to APA/Harvard guidelines and include:

  • Title
  • Abstract (maximum of 200 words)
  • Short presentations of the content
  • References
  • Biographical details of the author

Please submit a pdf of your short paper by March 31, 2017 to: research@ipma.world

Notification of the outcome of the review process will be on April 19, 2017.

For further information please contact: research@ipma.world

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest international project management professional organization. IPMA is a federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit http://www.ipma.world/.

Source: IPMA

 

 

Wideman Website updates announced for February 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

This month Part 2 of the series of articles by Guest author Mark Seely titled When It Is Not Project Management describes Deconstructing the project management paradigm and then Reconstructing it using the Dynamic Baseline Model.

In Papers we have also reviewed Paul Barshop‘s book Capital Projects: What every executive needs to know to avoid costly mistakes and make major investments pay off. This is a dissertation on the application of the Stage-Gate concept to a major project’s primary technological life span.

This month our Musings instructs readers on the Importance of Reading Body Language and how much such information is lost in virtual team meetings.

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.

 

 

Jacobs Acquires Aquenta Consulting in Australia

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Acquisition positions company as leading integrated project services provider in Asia Pacific

29 January 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced that it has acquired Aquenta Consulting, a leading provider of integrated project services to public and private sector clients in Australia. Aquenta helps owners, operators and investors in infrastructure and property assets achieve their objectives at a strategic, portfolio, program and project level. The 220-person business has been acquired from Amec Foster Wheeler, which has owned Aquenta, formerly known as Currie & Brown, since 2010.

For more than 60 years, Aquenta has been providing services on multi-billion dollar projects spanning multiple market segments. Projects have been carried out across Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Europe. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Aquenta brings leading edge skills in cost management, project planning and controls, project and risk management, contract, commercial and dispute services, along with asset and facilities management. This comprehensive suite of services significantly complements the existing capability which Jacobs provides its clients.

“The acquisition of Aquenta further strengthens our Asia Pacific Buildings and Infrastructure business, expands our global capability in integrated project services, and is in line with the strategic plan we announced late last year at our Investor Day,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Buildings and Infrastructure Patrick Hill. “This is particularly important as we continue to build our reputation for the delivery of high value project management services across the growing Asia Pacific Buildings and Infrastructure market. The integration of Aquenta with Jacobs will serve to strengthen the value proposition we have been jointly providing to clients on more than 50 projects over the past ten years. We welcome the Aquenta team into Jacobs.”

“Joining Jacobs provides a tremendous business opportunity for our people and our clients through expanded services, capability, resources and geographic reach,” said Managing Director of Aquenta, Mike McCloskey. “Together, our complementary skills will help to build on the excellent track record of success that Jacobs has established in the delivery of multi-disciplinary services to clients across the globe.”

The joint Jacobs and Aquenta offering is highly relevant to the particularly buoyant Australian transport infrastructure market where ongoing work will continue for clients such as Transport for New South Wales and Public Transport Victoria. In addition, the high-end expertise will underpin further growth in integrated project services in other sectors and geographies with immediate opportunities for growth in New Zealand and the Middle East, supporting Jacobs’ projects on both client-side roles and the construction contractor community.

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 Dallas, Texas, USA, Jacobs employs more than 54,000 people and operates in over 25 countries. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering

 

 

SmallGEO’s first flight reaches orbit

 

PROGRAMME / PROJECT NEWS

ESA’s new small telecom platform successfully launched on first mission

28 January 2017 – Paris, France – The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite, based on the SmallGEO platform, successfully lifted off on a Soyuz rocket at 01:03 GMT this morning from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. SmallGEO is Europe’s response to the market demand for more flexible, modular telecommunications platforms. It marks the first time the German satellite manufacturing company OHB System AG have been the prime contractor for a telecommunications satellite mission. Its Hispasat payload marks the first ESA partnership with a Spanish operator.

170128-pmwj55-esa-SmallGEO-IMAGEThe three-tonne satellite was released by Soyuz into its transfer orbit 29 minutes after liftoff this morning. It will now use its own thrusters to make its way to its final destination over the course of the next few weeks.

It is heading towards ‘geostationary’ orbit at an altitude of 36 000 km over the equator, where it will take a day to circle Earth and therefore appear to hang over the same point, in this case at 36°W over the Atlantic Ocean. OHB will test the satellite’s health and performance, making sure the sensitive technology made it unscathed through the violence of the launch. After all is deemed well, they will hand the control over to Hispasat and the satellite will begin providing broadband services to Europe, South America and the Canary Islands.

“The launch of this first SmallGEO platform marks another major success for ESA’s programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems, known as ARTES, which aims to boost the competitiveness of its Member State industry through innovation,” noted Magali Vaissiere, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications. “SmallGEO is part of our continuous efforts to strengthen the position of European and Canadian industry in the commercial telecommunications market, expanding the current range of available products. The next satellite based on SmallGEO will be EDRS-C, as the second node to the European Data Relay System.”

Carlos Espinós Gómez, CEO of Hispasat, said: “For Hispasat, this new satellite represents an important step forward in its innovation strategy. Hispasat 36W-1 is not only the first mission of the new SmallGEO platform, but also incorporates an advanced regenerative payload that will provide the satellite with greater flexibility and signal quality thanks to its reconfigurable antenna and onboard processor, thus improving the telecommunications services it will provide to our clients. We are very satisfied with our collaboration with ESA, which has allowed us to participate in a leading technological project to which they have added significant value with their knowledge and experience in the space sector.”

Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB System AG, commented: “The launch is a major milestone in the history of OHB. Hispasat 36W-1 proves that OHB’s concept of a modular and flexible SmallGEO platform fits into the market. SmallGEO is destined to build a cornerstone for Europe’s future activities in the segment of geostationary satellites in the three-tonne class. For OHB, Hispasat 36W-1 is the first project of a wide scope of future missions based on the SmallGEO platform, including a revolution in satellite technology: the full electric propulsion mission Electra.”

To learn more about the SmallGEO programme, click here.

The European Space Agency (ESA), Europe’s gateway to space, is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA has 20 Member States, of whom 18 are members of the EU. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other EU Member States and with Canada, and works with the EU on the Galileo and Copernicus programmes. ESA develops launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities, and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

Source: European Space Agency