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The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned published by CRC Press

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

25 August 2014 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book by Willis H. Thomas, PhD  titled The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, Second Edition.

140825-pmwj26-Thomas-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: For some organizations, Lessons Learned (LL) is an informal process of discussing and recording project experiences during the closure phase. For others, LL is a formal process that occurs at the end of each phase of a project. Regardless of when they are performed, if you are a project team member, chances are you will soon be required to present an evaluation of your project using Lessons Learned.

Presenting new information that updates the award-winning first edition, The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, Second Edition supplies practical guidance on conducting project Lessons Learned. The first edition won the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award.

Following in the footsteps of its popular predecessor, this second edition provides an easy-to-follow, systematic approach to conducting Lessons Learned on a project.

  • Updated to align with the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition
  • Includes three new chapters—PRINCE2®, Agile Retrospectives, and Knowledge Transfer— in response to information requests from readers of the first edition from around the world
  • Enhanced with valuable new resources in the Project Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) found on the free CD included in the back of the book, including a fully functional MS Access Lessons Learned Database

The research in this book is based on four years of doctoral dissertation research and is supported by renowned experts in the field of evaluation. The concepts covered are applicable to all types of organizations that implement projects and need to conduct Lessons Learned.

Providing tools and techniques for active engagement, the text is founded on the principles of conducting project evaluations as recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, and PRINCE2® (Project in Controlled Environments version 2), a major governing body of project management.

Simplifying and formalizing the methodology of conducting LL in projects, the contents of this book will help organizations, large and small, more effectively implement processes and systems to support effective LL. The text is supported by a Project Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK), which is found in CD format at the back of the book.

Willis H. Thomas, PhD, PMP, CPT, has been involved in training and development, organizational effectiveness, and quality operations in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and information technology industries. As an employee, he has worked for large companies such as Xerox, Ameritech, Brinks, and Pfizer. As a consultant, he has serviced companies across many different industries around the globe, specifically in the areas of project management and evaluation.

He maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) certification from the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Willis is the author of a book published in November of 2011 entitled The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, New York, NY: Productivity Press. His book was recognized as Best of the Best publications by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in October of 2012 and received the coveted Cleland award at the PMI Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on October 20, 2012. He is also the author of The Basics of Achieving Professional Certification: Enhancing Your Credentials, published in November of 2013. In this book, ASTD was recognized as a best practice.

He has been a guest speaker for numerous educational institutions (i.e., Western Michigan University and University of South Florida) and professional associations (i.e., AEA, ASTD, PMI, APICS, and IVT). He has authored a variety of articles on project management and evaluation in recognized journals and publications. In the area of project management, he has taught many courses worldwide for the International Institute for Learning.

Willis holds a PhD in Evaluation from Western Michigan University. The title of his dissertation was “A Metaevaluation of Lessons Learned Repositories: Evaluative Knowledge Management Practices in Project Management.” In line with his extensive research, he has developed a comprehensive website on project management that focuses specifically on lessons learned at www.lessonslearned.info

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/?category=BUS14A

 

Source: CRC Press

 

Changepoint Acquires Daptiv

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Market Leaders in Project Portfolio Management Join Forces 

21 August 2014 – Toronto, Canada – Changepoint, a privately held company backed by Marlin Equity Partners and a leading provider of on-premise and hosted professional services automation (PSA) and project portfolio management (PPM) software, announced today it has acquired Daptiv Solutions, LLC, the leading provider of pure SaaS-based PPM software.

140821-pmwj26-daptiv-IMAGE“Changepoint and Daptiv have both been recognized as industry leaders by analyst firms including Gartner, Forrester and TSIA,” said Jim Byrnes, president and CEO of Changepoint.  “The combination of Changepoint and Daptiv provides customers with the most comprehensive and flexible PPM and PSA solutions from the respective market leaders and is part of an aggressive growth strategy.”

The acquisition gives Changepoint a broader reach of world-class solutions, making it the only company to have recognized market leading solutions in both PSA and PPM with complete customer delivery flexibility, including on-premise, hosted and pure SaaS. With the combined resources, expertise and intellectual property, the company will be well-positioned to meet the diverse needs of customers of all sizes, from small installations up to the largest and most complex enterprises.

The two companies combined will:

  • Maintain, support and evolve both leading product lines to offer the most robust, end-to-end and scalable services and work management solutions on the market.
  • Preserve and extend the value of customers’ investments by incorporating the best of both technology platforms to deliver valuable and pioneering advancements in both product lines.
  • Leverage the respective operational and technological strengths of both companies to substantially increase revenues, profit, growth and customer reach/retention.
  • Serve an even larger base of over 900 customers and an extended user community. The company will also have an increased global presence with 300 employees and operations across six continents.

“Together, we will maintain, support and advance both product lines,” said Brandon Evans, Changepoint Vice President of Technology. “Changepoint is now in the enviable position of having proven world-class software solutions that span across varying delivery methodology requirements of customers, and will continue aggressive development to meet and stay ahead of the ever-changing needs of our markets.”

News of the acquisition is being lauded by experts close to the industry.

“While traditional on-premise software providers, such as Changepoint still dominate the PPM and PSA market, the fastest growing market segment is SaaS, on-demand software,” said John Ragsdale, Vice President of Technology Research, TSIA. “Changepoint’s addition of Daptiv allows it to address both traditional and emerging market segments with leading solutions. Changepoint customers can now choose between on-premise, hosted and pure on-demand solutions.”

Changepoint manages critical customer business processes allowing technology services and IT teams to deliver more customer value, make smarter business decisions, and achieve new efficiencies, while operating with strong financial acumen.  Recognized year over year as a market leader, Changepoint’s professional services automation and project portfolio management software is relied upon by leading technology companies, and service focused IT organizations worldwide. Changepoint is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For more information visit www.changepoint.com.

Source: Changepoint

GPM Global Introduces the World’s First Sustainability Assessment Model for Change Delivery, PSM3™

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

20 August 2014 – Fort Wayne, London, Brisbane, Mendoza, Beijing – GPM Global has announced that the world’s first organizational assessment model designed to assess an organization’s Portfolio, Program and Project Management practices against international standards for sustainability.

140820-pmwj26-sustainability-IMAGEPSM3™ or Portfolio, Program and Project Sustainability Model is a value based, principle-focused process that assesses organizational capacity, culture and competence for integrated green and sustainable change delivery. The model is designed to enhance factors that drive business performance while meeting the needs of consumers, investors, stakeholders, and the natural environment.

PSM3™ differs from other types of assessments by focusing on the systems and governance principles that drive change delivery from a sustainability (social, environmental, and fiscal) point of view and can be used in conjunction with existing assessment models such as PMI’s OPM3®, Axelos’s P3M3® or IPMA Delta®.

According to GPM® Centre of Excellence Director Peter Milsom, “For the first time, organizations will be able to quantifiably evaluate their ability to deliver cradle to cradle solutions based on sustainable change delivery enhancements that reduce costs and enhance the benefits surrounding the asset’s life-cycle, demonstrating their organization’s commitment to sustainability.”

“PSM3™ essentially provides a clear baseline of where you are against where you want to be, so you can make the most sustainable decisions to move forward.”

The first assessment will be conducted for Australia’s National Affordable Housing Consortium in conjunction with the livable housing design competition that is using a customized version of the assessment model as the sustainability criteria.

To learn more about PSM3™ visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org/psm3

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic growth. Their professional accreditations, training and three time award winning project delivery method PRiSM™ are based on GPM’s P5 Standard™ and offered in more than 130 countries around the world through accredited training partners and Universities. To learn more about GPM® visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org.

P3M3® is a Registered Trade Mark of AXELOS Limited OPM3® is a Registered Mark of the Project Management Institute

IPMA® Delta is a Registered Mark of the International Project Management Association 

Source: GPM Global

Finalists for IPMA 2014 Project Excellence Awards announced

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

13 August 2014 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced the finalists for their 2014 Project Excellence Awards.  The second Award Jury meeting for the IPMA International Project Excellence Award 2014 took place on 27 July in Paris.

140813-pmwj26-finalists-IMAGEThe Jury of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award 2014 composed of:

  • Mrs. Mary McKinlay, UK – Chair of the Jury
  • Mrs. Constanta Bodea, Romania
  • Mr. Frank Menter, Germany
  • Mr. Roberto Mori, Italy
  • Mr. Hans van Wieren, The Netherlands

Jury has been convened by Mary Koutintcheva – Award Management Board Chairman.

IPMA is pleased to present the following projects that reached the status of Finalists and status of Striving for Excellence.

Finalists in Medium and Big-sized Projects:

Buddha Air – Nepal – Buddha Air Hangar Construction Project

Constructora Cayalá S.A. – Guatemala – Paseo Cayalá Project

General Electric Oil & Gas – Italy – Priolo Ethylene Plant

Finalists in Mega-sized Projects

Tecnimont Spa (Maire Tecnimont Group) – Italy – Gasco Abu Dhabi Habshan 5 Process Plant

Thales Alenia Space France (Cannes) – France – Herschel Planck Project

Thales – UK – Jubilee & Northern Line Upgrade Programme (JNUP)

Striving for Excellence 2014 Finalists

ABN AMRO Bank NV – The Netherlands – Dialogues Incubator / Innovation Centre

Engineering and City Development Organization of Tehran – Iran – Construction of Sadr Elevated Expressway

Engineering and City Development Organization of Tehran – Iran – Niayesh Tunnel Expressway 

At this stage no further results from the Jury decision may be released until the IPMA Award Gala which in 2014 will take place on 30 September at the 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam.

For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office at [email protected] or [email protected] .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2014 is Prof Mladen Radujkovic.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch

Source: IPMA

African Water Facility provides training for project managers at Nairobi workshop

PM EDUCATION NEWS 

19 August 2014 – Nairobi, Kenya – The African Water Facility (AWF), with the support of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center, brought together more than 40 project managers from over 15 English-speaking African countries to participate in a five day project management training in Nairobi from August 4 to 8, 2014.  The workshop was designed to increasing AWF grantees’ capacity to navigate through the AfDB and AWF rules and procedures, as well as to help enhance their ability to manage various administrative aspects of their projects, thereby maximizing results on the ground and benefits to targeted populations.

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For some years now, the AWF has been offering project management trainings to its grantees to further improve the quality of its activities by ensuring effective and timely start-up and implementation of projects. The novelty this year has been emphasis on case studies and resolving real issues brought up by participants often dealing with a myriad of challenges, for example the requirement to speeding up project implementation, which is not always possible given their context.

“The African Water Facility has committed itself to working closely with its grantees to help them overcome the challenges of project management and implementation,” said Akissa Bahri, Coordinator of the AWF. “Enhanced familiarity with our project management rules, as well as knowledge sharing and capacity building are of tremendous value to our grantees and can significantly increase the success of their projects in the short and long term.”

At the workshop opening on Monday, August 4, Gabriel Negatu, Director of the AfDB’s East Africa Regional Resource Center, acknowledged AWF’s role in identifying and financing preparation of projects, particularly those involving complex, niche or innovative approaches and the increasing number in the AWF portfolio in the region. He encouraged participants to use the workshop as an opportunity to address bottlenecks affecting implementation which lead to start up delays. He emphasised the need to ensure project delivery is done in a timely manner to enable faster achievement of intended benefits and avoid cancellation of funds.

The workshop was designed to:

  • Enhance the knowledge of the project management team members on the rules and procedures of the AfDB and the AWF in administrative, technical and financial management of projects;
  • Review the constraints and difficulties encountered in the implementation of projects;
  • Review the terms of distilling and documentation of lessons learned and knowledge products;
  • Foster discussions among project management team members and exchange experiences to make the appropriate recommendations to improve procedures for monitoring and supervision of projects’ reporting to the AWF.

Participants included a mix of professionals such a project coordinators, procurement and financial specialists for whom the training was specifically tailored.

“The scenario based procurement workshop provided more insight to me, than the previously attended workshops, which traditionally focus on Bank rules and procedures,” said Ellen Pratt, Project Manager for the AWF-funded Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene (FISH) project in Monrovia, Liberia. “Real-time issues highlighted by participants illuminated the theoretical knowledge in a practical light.”

“The workshop has been very insightful, educational, interactive and conversational,” said James A. Abbey, Project Manager of the AWF-funded Sogakope-Lomé project implemented between Ghana and Togo. “Varied experiences from colleagues from other countries have enriched our knowledge on the subject to take back home.”

For information about the African Water Facility, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/topics-and-sectors/initiatives-partnerships/african-water-facility/

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 www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

International Centre for Complex Project Management appoints new CEO

PEOPLE NEWS

Deborah Hein named Managing Director and CEO of ICCPM

14 August 2014 – Canberra, Australia – The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) has announced the appointment of Deborah Hein as Managing Director and CEO.  Deborah will continue to build on ICCPM’s previous accomplishments and lead it into the future through a renewed focus on education and research.

140814-pmwj26-new-IMAGEDeborah has worked on complex projects and programs throughout her 20 year career in the public sector including projects in the Ground Telecommunications Equipment and Guided Weapon Acquisition space, Defence Reform and Smart Sustainment, and the Defence Logistics Transformation.

She has also been involved in providing advice to government agencies and the Cabinet on the implementation of programs across government including Defence & National Security and International programs.  Deborah has a keen interest and passion for helping others to learn about complexity, systems thinking and positive interactions.

“I’m confident Deborah will take ICCPM forward in line with the organisation’s priority values and goals,” said Chris Jenkins, Chair of the ICCPM Board of Directors.

The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) is a not-for-profit organisation working to advance knowledge and practice in the management and delivery of complex projects. ICCPM was formed in 2007 based on an initiative by Australian, UK and US Government bodies and defence industry organizations to improve the delivery of very complex projects and to manage complexity across all industry and government sectors.  ICCPM was formed to provide global leadership to achieve this exciting objective.  ICCPM works with partners and the international community to fund, facilitate and conduct applied research that advances knowledge and practice in the management of complex projects.  For more information, visit www.iccpm.com.

Source: ICCPM

Project Management – the Mantra for Sustainable Growth

FUTURE PM EVENT 

PMI India National Congress 2014 set for Hyderabad during 11-13 September

13 August 2014 – Newtown Square, PA, USA and Hyderabad, India – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) will hold its national congress for India during Septmber 11-13, 2014 in Hyderabad.   The PMI India Project Management National Conference 2014 will be a two and half day professional development event, conducted by Project Management Institute (PMI) India and hosted by the PMI Pearl City Chapter, Hyderabad.

140813-pmwj26-india-IMAGEThe theme of this conference is “Project Management – the mantra for sustainable growth“. It provides an opportunity for project management practitioners across industries, government, academia, NGOs, etc., to exchange ideas on the challenges and emerging trends in projects that are contributing to national objectives.
Highlights are expected to include:

  • Over a 1000 professionals from diverse fields from across the country are expected to attend the conference
  • State-of-the-art conference facilities at premium location in Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad
  • Impactful projects presented as case studies
  • Choice of informative technical sessions running as parallel tracks
  • Dynamic panel discussions on topical subjects
  • Paper presentations by industry experts
  • Visionary speakers sharing their wealth of knowledge

To register or for more information, go to http://www.pmi.org.in/conference2014/.

Founded in 1969, PMI is the world’s largest project management member association delivering value to more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world.  PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, courses, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, publications, major events and networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: PMI

Going Beyond the Waterfall by Davis and Radford published by J. Ross Publishing

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

12 August 2014 – J. Ross Publishing has announced the publication of a new project management book, Going Beyond the Waterfall: Managing Scope Effectively Across the Project Life Cycle, by Barbara Davis and Darren Radford. Barbara Davis is President of RQX Global Training & Consulting, LLC, an organization that provides technology management and profit management services for projects, resources, portfolios and IT services. Darren Radford is President and CEO of Aspire, a management consulting firm, located in Vancouver, Canada, that offers a delivery focused and outcome-based solution capability to effect the right changes at the right time in the right way.

140812-pmwj26-going-IMAGEAccording to the publisher’s publicity: every year technology projects face hard decisions about how to mitigate risk and address challenges as teams work on creating useful solutions to deliver promised business value. Those decisions impact scope at every step and help to evolve it until the final product is delivered and implemented. Scope can longer be set in stone!

This book will help project teams understand how and when scope changes and evolves as a part of a living-development process by answering the ultimate question: “Are we doing the right things the right way?”

Going Beyond the Waterfall explains how to define scope at the outset of a project. It provides a solid model for predicting and managing solution scope across a project life cycle where the decisions and actions of every team member contribute to that evolutionary process. In addition, it identifies the impacts that key tasks and activities will have on scope and how each can be managed effectively to prevent unnecessary scope creep and reduce run-away projects.

Barbara Davis is a proven thought leader and expert in business analysis, project management, and various aspects of information technology management and business. Ms. Davis has been a champion of business analysis and technology standards and infrastructure for well over a decade, during which time she developed the world’s first university accredited business analysis diploma program, as well as proprietary methodologies. She is also an international speaker and author of Managing Business Analysis Services: A Framework for Sustainable Projects and Corporate Success and Mastering Software Project Requirements: A Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment.

Mr. Radford is a respected thought leader in the areas of business and IT strategy; portfolio, program, and project management; product delivery; stakeholder engagement; risk and quality; business analysis; and business transformation. His reputation was built on identifying innovative approaches to solving growth, productivity, and cost management challenges by transforming and evolving firms into high functioning organizations capable of sustainable success. Mr. Radford has over sixteen years of business and IT-enabled transformation experience in the commercial and government sectors.

More about this book can be found at http://www.jrosspub.com/business/project-program-management/going-beyond-the-waterfall.html.

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com. 

Source: J. Ross Publishing

The Influential Project Manager: Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders published by CRC Press

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

11 August 2013 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled The Influential Project Manager: Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders, by Alfonso Bucero. Alfonso is an executive advisor and international correspondent for the PM World Journal in Spain.  The book was published in July 2014 in CRC’s Best Practics and Advances in Program Management Series.

140811-pmwj26-Bucero-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: if you want to be a successful project manager, you need to become a person of influence. Without influence, there can be no success as a project manager. And, although all key success criteria point to the importance of developing soft skills as a project manager, few books exist about how to develop the power of influence for achieving better project and business results.

Filling this need, The Influential Project Manager: Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders supplies detailed guidance on how to improve your influence skills to achieve better business results. It explains how to set and meet ambitious goals for you, your team, and your stakeholders.

The book describes how to listen actively to influence others and details how you can build partnerships that can pay dividends for a lifetime. Each chapter highlights real-world scenarios about a particular subject linked to the influencing skill being covered. Each chapter also includes practical forms, templates, helpful tips, and best practices to help you develop and refine your skills of influence.

  • Details the ten keys to influencing others to support you and your ideas
  • Outlines techniques for improving your listening skills
  • Includes a trust assessment for determining your level of influence and if others see you as trustworthy
  • Demonstrates how to build a network of informal alliances to achieve success

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow, is the founder and managing partner of BUCERO PM Consulting (www.abucero.com). He managed IIL Spain for almost two years, and he was a senior project manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid Office) for more than thirteen years. Bucero is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), ALI (Asociación de Licenciados, Ingenieros y Doctores en Informática) and AEIPRO (IPMA member). Bucero was the founder, sponsor, and president of PMI Barcelona, Spain Chapter, and he is an IPMA Assessor.

He was a member of the Congress Project Action Team of PMI EMEA’s Congresses in Edinburgh (2005), Madrid (2006), and Budapest (2007). He graduated from PMI’s Leadership Institute Master Class 2007 in Atlanta at the PMI NA Global Congress. He was president of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter for two years and has served as Component Mentor for Region 8 Southwest since 2011. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2010 for his long and varied body of work, and the PMI Fellow Award in 2011 from the PMI for his sustained contribution to the development of the profession internationally.

Bucero has a computer science engineering degree from Universidad Politecnica (Madrid), and is a PhD candidate in project management at the University of Mondragon in Spain. He has 31 years of practical experience and 25 of them in project management worldwide. He has managed and consulted on projects in various countries across Europe.

Since 1992, Bucero has been a frequent speaker at international PMI Congresses, IPMA Congresses, and PMI SeminarsWorld. He has been a keynote speaker in several congresses worldwide. He delivers project management training and consulting services in several countries worldwide. As a “project management believer,” he defends passion, persistence, and patience as vital keys for project success.

Bucero has been a professor for MEDIP (Master in Construction and Project Management) at the Universidad Politecnica since 2004, and he is a professor and executive consultant for the Marketing & Finance Business School in Bilbao (Spain).

He authored the book Dirección de Proyectos, Una Nueva Vision published by LITO GRAPO Editors (2003). He contributed a chapter to Creating the Project Office published by Jossey-Bass (2004), authored by Randall L. Englund, Robert J. Graham, and Paul Dinsmore. Bucero coauthored with Randall L. Englund the book Project Sponsorship published by Jossey-Bass (2006). He authored the book Today Is a Good Day: Attitudes for Achieving Project Success, published by Multimedia Publishing in Canada (2010). Bucero contributed the chapter “From Commander to Sponsor: Building Executive Support for Project Success” in the book Advising Upwards (2011) authored by Lynda Bourne in Australia. He also contributed a chapter to the book Project Management circa 2025 edited by Dr. David I. Cleland and Dr. Bopaya Bidanda in 2010.

Bucero also coauthored with Randall L. Englund the books The Complete Project Manager and The Complete Project Manager Toolkit published by Management Concepts in March 2012, and published a new version from his book Dirección de Proyectos, Una Nueva Vision, and the book Hoy es un buen día (Spanish translation of Today Is a Good Day). He has also contributed to professional magazines in the United States, Russia (SOVNET), India (ICFAI), Argentina, and Spain. Bucero was a contributing editor for six years for the “Crossing Borders” column of PM Network magazine, published by the PMI. He is a monthly contributor for Project Connections Blog, and published several project management articles in other magazines. He is a frequent contributor to the PM World Journal.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/?category=BUS14A

For more about The Influential Project Manager, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466596337

Source: CRC Press

Hill International to Manage Construction of $1.1 Billion Bidbid Sur Road in Oman

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

10 August 2014 – Marlton, NJ, USA and Muscat, Oman – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of the Sultanate of Oman to provide project management services in connection with the construction of Sections 1 and 2 of the Bidbid Sur Road in Oman. The three-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately RO 1.5 million ($4.0 million).

140810-pmwj26-bidbid-IMAGEThe RO 432 million ($1.1 billion) project includes nine interchanges, two underpasses, two overpasses, associated retaining wall structures and approximately 171 reinforced concrete culverts. The 247-kilometer (154-mile), six-lane highway will connect the cities of Bidbid and Sur.

“We are honored to be part of this major infrastructure project,” said Mohammed Al Rais, Senior Vice President and Managing Director (Middle East) for Hill’s Project Management Group. “The positive impact of the highway on commerce and tourism will benefit all of Oman,” added Al Rais.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,300 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services.  For more information, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

Wence Kutekwatekwa elected new Project Management Zimbabwe Board Chairman

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

9 August 2014 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has announced that Mining Engineer, PRINCE2 Practitioner & Project Management Consultant Mr Wence Kutekwatekwa has been elected the new Chairperson of the PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE Board, taking over from Banker Mr Felix Gwandekwande.

140809-pmwj26-banda-IMAGEMr Kutekwatekwa was elected in a closed board meeting by 7 out 9 members who were present on Friday 1 August 2014 in Harare.

Mr Kutekwatekwa and the new PMZ Board team will steer the institute from 2014 to 2017.

Wence profiles himself as a flexible, distinctively motivated, innovative and entrepreneurial mining professional, interested in challenging responsibility in executive management in mining and related businesses. Skills cover mining production, planning and technical, project, programme and portfolio management, organisational development, marketing and executive management.

Mr. Kutekwatekwa believes in the enlightened shareholder value approach to corporate governance, which integrates long-term interests of all the other stakeholders of the organisation. With a track record of corporate and functional strategy formulation and implementation and team development, he enjoys leading as well as being led to achieve results.

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. For information, visit www.pmiz.org.zw or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

What’s New in the Library?

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

New-in-the-Library feature added to PM World Library, updated daily

19 July 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Two new features have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) that should be of interest to library visitors who want to know what’s new without having to wade through various webpages.  Each time something new and relatively significant has been added to one of the underlying webpages in the PMWL, a short summary and announcement will be created and posted on the “New in the Library” page at http://pmworldlibrary.net/new-in-the-library/.

The title of each new listing, with link to the summary, can be seen scrolling on the right hand side of the home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

140719-pmwj25-new-IMAGEAccording to David Pells (pictured), PMWL managing director and editor of the PM World Journal, “The new in the library feature was launched earlier this month and there are now approximately 30 summaries of new library content available.  We’re trying to add more resources to the library daily now; the alerts on the home page will let visitors see some highlights without having to dig for them.”

In addition to the New in the Library feature, a scrolling Ticker Tape has been added to highlight major news related to either the PMWL or PMWJ.

“The combination of ticker tape and ‘new in the library’ feature add dynamic elements to the library website,” David adds. “We’re pretty excited about these new features, since we are adding a lot of really useful project management information to the library on a regular basis now.  We want our readers to be aware of the good additions.”

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 which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

APM announces next phase of its Strategy 2020 Programme in UK

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

16 July 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the start of work on its new office space at Heron Place in Princes Risborough.  The lease on the office, situated on the same business park as its current offices in Princes Risborough (pictured below right), was signed in April 2014 to accommodate a growing professional staff and additional meeting space. The facility is due to be fully operational by September 2014.

140716-pmwj25-strategy-IMAGESecuring additional premises is part of a major organisational transformation programme APM started in late 2013 in support of its Strategy 2020 portfolio. In addition to office space at Heron Place, the programme includes a significant review of its IT and digital capability and infrastructure, together with a transformation of the professional team.

Chief executive Andrew Bragg said: “APM has grown over the last decade through a period of intense economic pressure to become a leading player in its field. That growth has provided us with a huge number of new opportunities. The APM board and the Ibis House team have recognised the need to get ourselves fully into shape in order to build on that success.

“We have planned for more people, greater IT and digital capability, clearer roles and responsibilities for individuals, and a structure for faster and more effective decision making.”

Andrew, who will be leaving his role as chief executive in December after ten years at APM, added: “I am keen to hand APM over to my successor in the best possible shape so that the association can benefit from the many opportunities it has created during its development over the last decade.

“With the board’s approval, we have planned for an increase of 15 new staff by March 2015. We have already appointed a new IT manager and research manager who represent key additions to our professional team at Ibis House.

“I am very proud of what APM has achieved collectively over the last ten years, and I am determined to ensure that APM is ready to serve the profession and build on its past success over the next decade. Securing Heron Place and the investment in people and infrastructure are both key to that goal.”

Recruitment for Andrew’s successor is underway with leading executive recruitment consultants Odgers Berndston – further details will be available shortly.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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

IDB Programs in Argentina receive an additional $410 million

 

PROGRAM & PROJECT NEWS

Goals are environmental recovery in the Reconquista River basin and management of solid waste in urban areas. So far this year, the IDB has approved $790 million in loans for Argentina

23 July 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of three new loans totaling $410 million for Argentina. The funds will be used to finance environmental recovery efforts in the Reconquista River basin and urban solid-waste management to benefit 6.2 million people, as well as sustainable development of the fishing and fish farming sector.

140723-pmwj25-argentina-IMAGEWith these transactions, so far this year the IDB has approved $790 million in financing for Argentina. Besides the sectors mentioned above, the Bank is acting to support technological development in Mendoza province, improve the competitiveness of regional economies and boost highway safety and mobility in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.

The $230 million loan approved to support the Program for Environmental Clean-up of the Reconquista River calls for an integrated management plan that will help 3.1 million people and gives priority to investments to expand coverage of drinking water, sewer systems and waste water treatment; improve the integrated management of solid waste; improve the connectivity of and access to outlying neighborhoods that are hard to reach; and boost the operational management of the Conquista River Basin Committee through the development of management tools.

The $150 million loan to support the Integrated Solid Waste Management Program is aimed at reducing the amount of waste left in open-pit dumps and increase the amount placed in sanitary landfills that are designed, built and operated properly in urban and tourist areas and increase their recovery and value.

To that end, financing will go toward programs and initiatives with an eye to education, raising public awareness, the sorting of waste, collection, transport, transfer, assessment, recycling and the final destination of solid waste, benefiting 3.1 million people in 10 municipalities.

The $30 million in financing for the Sustainable Fishing and Fish Farming Development Program will help improve research, planning, administration, control and accounting of the management of maritime fishing resources with an eye on protecting the ecosystem. The financing will also support the development of fish farming in Argentina.

The $230 million loan to clean up the Reconquista River basin is over 24 years, with a grace period of six and a half. It carries an interest rate pegged to the Libor and is accompanied by a local contribution of $ 57.5 million.

The $150 million for urban solid waste management is over 24 years with a grace period of five and a half, and has an interest rate pegged to the Libor. The local contribution is $37.5 million.

Finally, the $30 million loan for the fishing and fish farming sectors is over 25 years with a grace period of five and a half. It also has an interest rate pegged to the Libor and a local contribution of $25 million.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

US commercial crew spacecraft program advances

 

PROGRAM & PROJECT NEWS

22 July 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their  Space Act Agreements with the agency.

NASA engineers and specialists continue their review of the progress as the agency and partners move ahead with plans to develop the first American spacecraft designed to carry people into space since the space shuttle.

?????????????????“Our partners are making great progress as they refine their systems for safe, reliable and cost-effective spaceflight,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. “It is extremely impressive to hear and see the interchange between the company and NASA engineering teams as they delve into the very details of the systems that help assure the safety of passengers.”

The next milestone for Blue Origin will be a subsystem interim design review that will assess the progress of the company’s Space Vehicle design.

The Boeing Company, which is designing the CST-100 spacecraft, has two reviews later this summer. A full critical design review (CDR) will examine the detailed plans for the spacecraft, launch vehicle and a host of ground support, processing and operations designs. The second review will come soon after — the Spacecraft Safety Review is designed to show the design of the spacecraft and its systems are in line with Boeing’s CDR-level design.

Sierra Nevada Corporation completed risk reduction testing on the flight crew systems in development for its Dream Chaser spacecraft. The team evaluated crew ingress and egress using the full-scale mockup of the Dream Chaser pressurized cabin, as well as the visibility from inside the cockpit, controls and displays and seat loading. The company reviewed tests conducted on the thermal protection system for its spacecraft as well as the composite structure, life support system and thermal control systems. Later this summer, the reaction control system will undergo an incremental test to further its design.

SpaceX currently is completing a qualification test milestone for the primary structure of its Dragon spacecraft. Following this milestone, the company, which is using its own Falcon 9 launch vehicle, will outline its ground systems, crew and mission operations plans in an operational review that will put the company’s processes through a rigorous examination.

Later this year, NASA plans to award one or more contracts that will provide the agency with commercial services to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station by the end of 2017.

For more information on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA

Leading Change at Southwest Airlines

 

INDUSTRY NEWS 

Southwest Airlines’ David Harvey to describe five strategic initiatives and future opportunities as Love Field in Dallas opens to unrestricted national destinations

21 July 2014 – Richardson, Texas, USA – How will Southwest Airlines change in coming months and years as the Wright Amendment is fully lifted from Dallas’ Love Field, Southwest’s home base, and flights are no longer restricted from there?  How is project portfolio management being used to create the future for Southwest?  What role does professional project management have?  These and other questions are expected to be answered by the closing keynote speaker at the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held during August 14-15, 2014 in Richardson, Texas, USA.

140721-pmwj25-Harvey-IMAGEDavid Harvey, Senior Director of Network Planning and Performance at Southwest Airlines, has been announced as closing keynote speaker on Friday, 15 August for the UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held in the NaveenJindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The theme of the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is “Maximizing the Value of Project Management”.  For more information, click here.

David Harvey has been with Southwest Airlines since 1999.  He spent the first eight years of his career in Technology Solutions across Crew Management, Dispatch, Resource Optimization, Schedule Planning, Supply Chain, and eCommerce.  He then spent five years leading Strategic Planning with PMO and Integrated Business Planning responsibilities across Fleet, Commercial, Customer, and Operations.

In January of 2013 he worked directly with the Chief Commercial Officer to build a Commercial Planning and Performance function across Network Planning, Marketing, Revenue Management, and Financial Planning & Analysis.  Now, as Sr. Director of Network Planning and Performance, his focus is Network Strategy and Capacity Planning.  He received his BBA from UT Austin in Management Information Systems and both his MBA in Operations Management and MS in Organizational Strategy from UT Dallas.  David earned his PMP certification in 2007.  He has four young sons (9, 8, 6, and 4) that keep him active outside the office and a beautiful wife that is an educator and writer.

Southwest Airlines pioneered a disruptive model in the U.S. airline industry starting in 1971 that democratized the skies with low fares, a great schedule, and outrageous customer service.  Their flights in markets served were wildly successful for customers, communities, and shareholders alike for three decades.  Then came the 2000’s with 9/11 and two major recessions that turned the industry upside down from added regulation, fees, bankruptcies, mergers, soaring energy prices, decreased customer demand, unbundling of services, and the emergence of “ultra LCCs” as well as a maturing cost structure driving the need for strategic change.

This presentation will review how Southwest Airlines through Portfolio Management determined its five strategic initiatives (i.e. AirTran Integration, All-New Rapid Rewards, fleet modernization, introducing the Boeing 737-800, and new reservation system with international capabilities) and through Change Leadership delivered the value needed to continue to return industry-leading results.  The foundation laid over the last five years of construction unlocks tremendous future network growth in many key markets like Dallas Love Field, Washington D.C. Metro and launching new international destinations.

Other Keynote speakers announced for the 8th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium include Ron Patterson, Assistant Manager for the City of Frisco who will speak on “The Dallas Cowboys move to Frisco”; Wes Hardgrove, CIO of 7-Eleven Corporation who will speak on “Continuous Improvement”; Michael DePrisco, PMI Vice President of Academic and Educational Programs, who speak on the topic of ; and Andrew Bragg, International Project Management Association (IPMA) Vice President and CEO of the Association for Project Management (UK) who will speak on “The Value of Project Management”.

The UT Dallas symposium will include an Opening Ceremony with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 45 different speakers, three panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception, keynote presentations by representatives of PMI and IPMA on Friday morning, and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending.  Early registration with best price extends until 14 July 2014; discounted group pricing is also available. To register, see keynote speakers, view presenters’ abstracts and for additional information, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, plan to attend this world class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education division of the UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World also produces and maintains the PM World Library, a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

Introduction to Earned Value Webinar on 31 July featuring Gary Humphreys

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Well known American EVM expert to be featured speaker for CPM’s July webinar

19 July 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the topic and timing for its July Topical Webinar.  The webinar will discuss the topic of “Introduction to Earned Value” by Gary Humphreys, President of Humphreys & Associates.  Gary will present an introductory session on the concept of earned value as a foundation for designing, implementing or testing the implementation of an Earned Value Management System (EVMS). It will take place on Thursday, July 31st 12:00pm U.S. Eastern Time. The webinar is free to CPM members and $25 for non-members. PMI members can earn 1 PDU with the webinar.  For more information or to register, Click Here

140719-pmwj25-july-IMAGEGary C. Humphreys is chief executive officer of Humphreys & Associates, Inc. As a consultant, Mr. Humphreys has provided technical support in all phases of project management to clients in the United States, Sweden, Australia, England, Holland and other countries. He has served as chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) formerly Program Management Systems Subcommittee (PMSC), and president and chairman of the board of the Performance Management Association, which is currently the College of Performance Management (CPM).

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management.  Headquartered in 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. CPM is a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget.  For more information, visit www.mycpm.org.

Press contact: Mark Phillips, PMP, CPM VP Communications, at [email protected]


Source: College of Performance Management

NASA Awards Construction Contract at Kennedy Space Center

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

17 July 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that it has awarded a two-year contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando, Florida to build a new multi-story headquarters building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center.  The maximum value of this firm fixed-price contract is $64,823,000, including base work and five awarded options. The contract award begins Thursday.

140717-pmwj25-kennedy-IMAGEThe new headquarters building is the cornerstone for Kennedy’s central campus consolidation. The campus construction will enable demolition of approximately 900,000 square feet of buildings and supporting infrastructure in what is known as Kennedy Industrial Area, while rebuilding only about 450,000 square feet. Kennedy will save an estimated $400 million during the next 40 years because of the 50 percent reduction in square footage and the lower operation and maintenance costs associated with the new energy-efficient facilities.

Hensel Phelps will provide all the construction and installation of required civil, structural, electrical, plumbing, environmental, mechanical, fire suppression, and communication infrastructure. Under the five options, the company will remove U-Shaped Pre-Cast Panel and Pre-Cast, add additional landscaping, add seven dual station electric vehicle battery charge stations in parking areas, provide LED light fixtures instead of fluorescent and compact light fixtures, and upgrade the 800-kw emergency generator environmental rating from tier 2 to tier 4 and provide future utility system interconnection capability.

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

Source: NASA

Call for proposals on Climate Change Projects from Innovative Youth

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

17 July 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and EARTH University of Costa Rica invite young innovators to participate in a session in which 30 projects will be selected to combat climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean who could receive seed capital of up to $15,000 per project.

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years from the date of enrollment and must present a project with an innovative approach, which can be from a new idea or already in operation.

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Projects should fit in one of the following categories:

  • Education and Awareness
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Sustainable Business
  • Resilient Agriculture
  • Water resources

Interested youth can submit their proposals between July 17th, 2014 and August 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm (EST) on the website www.iadb.org/greenovators.

The selection of the winning projects will be conducted by a panel of experts and the winners will be notified by mail in mid-September.  Winners will also be invited to participate in a youth event at EARTH University in Costa Rica in November of this year.

The competition – created in collaboration with the Ibero-American General Secretariat and the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica through its Ministry of Environment and Energy – is open to entrepreneurs who have discovered a business opportunity or who identified a need in your community and find a scalable solution whose bid apart from the competition by adding innovative elements for the region.

To access the competition website, click here.

More about EARTH University can be found at http://www.earth.ac.cr/en.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

British High Court dismisses all PMI claims against APM Charter Application in London

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

17 July 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has released the following statement from APM Chief Executive Andrew Bragg:

140717-pmwj25-high-IMAGE“In February 2013, Association for Project Management (“APM”) was informed that, in his role as the Lead Privy Council Adviser in this matter, the Minister for the Cabinet Office had decided to recommend that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM.

APM’s application was then considered by a committee of the Privy Council that included the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Secretary of State for Defence. In July 2013, APM was informed that this committee had unanimously reached its recommendation that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM, and that this recommendation would be placed on the list of business for the meeting of the Privy Council to be held in October 2013.

This decision was subsequently challenged by Project Management Institute (“PMI”) who sought permission for Judicial Review, naming the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Privy Council Office and the Attorney General as Defendants, and APM as an interested party.

Having reserved judgment at the substantive hearing of the Judicial Review claim which ended on 9 July 2014 at the High Court in London, the Judge, Mr Justice Mitting, handed down his judgment on 17 July 2014.

The Judge dismissed the claim on all grounds.

APM will provide an update in due course as to the next steps in its application for Chartered status in light of this judgment.”

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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