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FuturePMO 2018 – October PMO Conference in London

 

FUTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVENT

Wellingtone announces next edition of their popular future-oriented PMO conference in UK

18 January 2018 – London, UK – Wellingtone have announced their 2018 FuturePMO, a one-day unique, fun, informative, inspiring and friendly PMO Conference that is designed to push the boundaries of PMO thinking, to look towards the future. The PMO event on 4 October 2018 will be attended by PMO Practitioners at all levels and will bring together leading experts from across industry to share their PMO knowledge, experience, challenges and solutions.

Last year they went back to the future with a DeLorean and a futuristic robot. This year they will look to a galaxy far, far away to find out what is in store for PMOs.

Feedback

“FuturePMO is the best PMO conference I’ve been to, you should definitely book yourself a ticket” Compass Group

“For a truly inspiring, involving and invigorating PMO experience, attend FuturePMO 2018!” University of Cambridge

Networking: Spending time with your PMO peers is always valuable. Spending that time in an environment tailored to the challenges and opportunities you don’t only face today, but tomorrow; will enable both your personal development and the development of your PMO.

Have Fun: FuturePMO isn’t your average project management or PMO conference. We want you to have fun so we’ve packed the day with surprises to enhance your experience.

Take-Aways: Delegates can focus on their PMO; current and future, thanks to technology enhancements that are forecast, and the capabilities and scope of PMOs. Delegates will return to the workplace, not just empowered and passionate about their journey, but loaded with solutions.

Get Inspired: From our highly motivational speakers and interactive workshops, you can tailor your day to focus where you need to. The format of this day will leave you feeling educated and inspired to go back and make a change to your PMO for the better.

Speaker Line-up

A few more BIG announcements will be made over the upcoming weeks but the speakers so far are:

  • Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer, Consultant & speaker in Project & Programme Management, Cranfield University School of Management
  • Ben Brownlee, Programme Assurance Director, BBC
  • Americo Pinto, Chair, PMO Global Alliance
  • Susie Palmer Trew – Head of Portfolio, The Open University (Winners of the APM PMO of the Year Award 2017)
  • Paul Jones, Head of PMO, Fujitsu
  • Allan Rocha, Managing Director, PMOtto
  • Carlos Serra, Group Project Office Manager, Colart
  • Mark Parker, Project Porfolio Manager, Welcome Break
  • Michael Cooch, Partner, PwC
  • Alison Moore – Director of Programme Management and PMO, Home Group
  • Alicia Eason-Smith, PMO Manager, The Coal Authority
  • Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, Director of Consulting Services, Wellingtone
  • Marisa Silva, PMO & PPM Consultant, Wellingtone

Venue

The conference will be doubling in size this year and will be held at Hotel Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London.

Ticket Prices

  • Early-bird tickets are priced at £225 and will be available until 30th April 2018
  • From 1st May 2018, tickets will be full price at £275
  • For groups of 4+ people, contact the Event team to discuss a discount

To find out more and book tickets, visit www.futurepmo.com

Wellingtone Project Management is a specialist project management company based in Windsor, Berkshire working with clients across the UK and internationally. Established since 1995, their clients come from all industries, both public and private sectors and range from household names to SME’s. Wellingtone is a corporate member of the Association for Project Management (APM), an APM Accredited Training Provider and an APM alliance partner for delivering career development services to the project management profession. To learn more, visit http://www.wellingtone.co.uk/

 

 

35 new works by 40 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2426 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,033 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 January 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 35 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 40 different authors in 15 different countries were published in the January 2018 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,426 original works by 1,034 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 25-35 new works from many different authors; of the 41 authors this month, 20 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “This month’s journal included 11 featured papers and 10 student papers, all representing serious research by the authors. The student papers are again from graduate students at SKEMA Business School in France, at both their Paris and Lille campuses. We are delighted to share their work with our readers and members.”

New authors in January include Umair Abid (Canada), Nathan Agu (Nigeria), Uchenna Ajatar (Nigeria), Fidelis Ezeokoli (Nigeria), Clifford Gray (USA), Ardalan Honarmand (Canada), Ferdinand Huc (France), Jad Karakira (Lebanon), Marine Kuhn (France), Victor Labrousse (Frane), Marie Lanvin (France), Christelle Leonetti (France), Lucas Louf (France), Binny Malik (USA), Mats Malmstrom (Sweden/USA), Garielle O’Donovan (Ireland), Lore Paganet (France), Lucien Rock (France), Marta Santos (Brazil/USA) and Clemence Simon (France). New works from 20 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We also published more excellent articles, reports and book reviews,” Pells adds.  “2018 is off to a great start, with good submittals for February coming in.  I hope readers will visit the PMWL after reading this month’s edition of the PMWJ. Identify favorite authors, find their author showcase pages in the library, then check out their previous works.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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

Editor’s note: Access to the PM World Collection, Author Showcase and many other resources in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications.  Comments or questions can be emailed to [email protected].

 

 

EVM World 2018 “Intelligently Linking Information for Better Program Management”

 

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

Links are live to accept Practice Symposia and Workshop Abstracts, Registration and Exhibit/Sponsorship opportunities

January 11, 2018 – Reston, USA – CPM is announcing that the Annual Workshop – EVM World 2018 – will be held May 30-June 1, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  This is the Premier Event in Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM).  This year’s theme, Intelligently Linking Information for Better Program Management, embodies CPM’s mission and how we are leading the industry by helping you fit all the pieces together to gain a more comprehensive picture that allows for better program management.

 

EVM World was named a 2018 Project Controls Conference You Don’t Want to Miss by Shohreh Ghorbani, Director, Project Control Academy.  This is an annual list that boasts the best events held for education and innovation in the fields of project controls, cost, scheduling, EVM, planning, etc.  The list includes associations like AACEi, PMI, ICEAA, RICS and many more.

According to CPM’s President, Wayne Abba, in his most recent Presidential letter to the membership “[Performance Measurement]…principles remain intact …in government-wide acquisition and procurement regulations, in national and international standards, in professional and industrial associations, and in company management procedures.  CPM’s professional education and certification programs, workshops and symposia support all these disparate needs and help to advance the state of the art of integrated program performance management using earned value management and other techniques.”

According to Gordon Kranz of Enlightened Integrated Program Management, “We believe that the aerospace and construction industry can learn to manage programs better by using Building Information Modeling…At the center of earned value management is the requirement to claim technical progress based on objective criteria. During the development phase of programs objective criteria for progress claims are sometimes not straight forward. But if the cost and schedule could be electronically tagged to the system design artifacts as the design matures the technical, cost, and schedule status would be naturally integrated. The vision of BIM is to address this current lack of data integration issue throughout the project lifecycle.”

CPM is asking for abstract submissions for the education sessions at EVM World 2018. Go to www.evmworld.org/speakers for the requirements and submission.

See the program information as it unfolds at www.evmworld.org.

CPM is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement. We assist the earned value professional and project manager in professional growth and promote the application of earned value management and integrated performance measurement. We are a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget. For more, go to www.mycpm.org

 

 

Renee Škulić named 2017 best young PM researcher in Croatia

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Young researcher from University of Rijeka wins coveted recognition

10 January 2018 – IPMA Young Crew Croatia has announced the winners of their annual Project Management Awards for 2017.  The award for Best young researcher in the field of project management went to Renee Škulić, a 24 year old young woman from Rijeka, Croatia. She graduated in July 2017 from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of tourism and hospitality Management in the top 10% of her graduating class. The award was announced at a ceremony in Zagreb on 9 December 2017.

Since October 2017 Renee works as the expert associate in the Centre for EU projects on the same Faculty. Her bachelor’s thesis (The importance of Goals Setting for a successful project realization) and master’s thesis (Virtual Project Teams as a Feature of Contemporary Business) were both related to project management and with her master’s thesis she won the prize of the best young researcher in the field of project management under the Project Management Awards by the IPMA Young Crew Croatia. She is a project management enthusiast and will stream to develop her career in the field of project management.

Renee Škulić (on right) with friend Tina Gojak; photo courtesy of Young Crew Croatia

Award winning research

With the increasing globalization and development of communication technologies, more and more people work in multifunctional, geographically distributed teams. The challenges of virtual project teams’ operations are to create trust among members and to choose the right information communication technology. Based on the aforementioned, a survey was conducted with the aim of obtaining specific data. Research questions that were being explored and verified are: Are virtual project teams a feature of contemporary business, is it more difficult to gain trust in virtual teams than in traditional ones, and can, once that the high level of trust is achieved within the team, a virtual project team be as efficient as the traditional one.

The above mentioned research questions have been empirically proven in the research part of the paper. The research was conducted through an online survey that contained 23 questions and covered 5 research areas. Most questions contained statements with which the respondents had to agree with according the Likert scale of five degrees. The sample consists of business consultants for projects and 90% of them usually work in virtual teams within which most of them carry out the duties of project managers. The research has shown that virtual teams require a significant level of trust between virtual team members and that the impossibility to read nonverbal signs is one of the greatest challenges for this type of team. In exploring the effectiveness of virtual teams, the respondents believe there are no significant differences in the issue compared to traditional teams.

Furthermore, the research has shown that sophisticated communication technology improves collaboration within virtual teams, and that the defined communication plan contributes to the success of virtual teams. The respondents for everyday communication with team members mostly use e-mail and phone. The conducted research has resulted in project management contributions through understanding of the general features of virtual project teams, understanding the importance of trust and collaboration for virtual and traditional teams, and through various findings related to ICT and effectiveness in virtual project teams. Contributions to this paper can also be found in defining the methodological approach to researching this interesting issue within the project management. The application of defined methodologies in other researches and other samples of respondents would increase the comparability of results and their generalization.

Practical contribution to the work relates to the fact that the research results point to project managers on which elements to pay more attention and invest more effort while leading virtual project teams (and partly traditional ones). The conducted research and the obtained results represent a foundation for future research regarding the virtual project teams. It can be concluded that the virtual project teams have more room for improvement, and after realizing the potential of improving virtual team operations, and after implementing them in practice, high quality virtual project teams could become the key competitive advantage of each organization.

Young Crew Croatia (YCC) is a part of IPMA Young Crew, the global network for young professionals enthusiastic about project management. It is a platform for young project management professionals and students up to the age of 35 and it is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is a part of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

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

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

 

 

Call for Short Papers for the 6th IPMA Research Conference

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

International project management research conference to be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during 2-3 September 2018

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Helskinki

3 January 2018 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has issued a call for papers for the next IPMA project management research conference.  With the theme of “Project Management and its impact on societies”, this important gathering of project management researchers and scholars will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during 2-3 September 2018.

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 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, Iceland and South Korea 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 diverse 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 insights and perspectives for today´s challenges in project management.

2018 conference theme: “Project management and its impact on societies”

Modern project management was developed in the 1970s in industrial sectors like aerospace, aeronautics, defence and construction industry. From here the methods were taken over to industries like automotive, mechanical engineering, but also IT, insurances or banking. Today project management is applied in education, the health sector, sports, public administration and politics, but also in private life as professions like career planner show. The global trend of “Projectification” that comprises all areas of professional and private life is ubiquitous.

The scope of the 6th IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to develop an overview about the degree of projectification in the different national economies. Are there differences between the levels of projectification between developed, emerging and developing countries? Is the level of projectification higher in national economies that are based on the service sector or on the manufacturing industry? What are the key drivers for projectification? Does the economic cycle have an impact on the level of projectification of a national economy? And if this is the case, how does it work: as a leading indicator or as a lagging indicator?

A second aim of the IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to explore the consequences of the global trend of projectification on societies. In times of increasing automatisation and digitalisation of the standard line processes in organisations, more and more people work in projects to realize the strategies of executives, to create innovations and to further develop these ideas into new products and services, to develop marketing campaigns or to improve internal processes in organisations. Employment contracts are becoming increasingly limited to the duration of a project. This seems to give greater flexibility both to the employer and the employee. Long-term or even life-long employment will become an exception. But what does this projectification development mean for the individual, for the organisations and for the societies, for the social security systems like unemployment insurances or pension systems, for the planning of the private life and family planning, or for decision making processes e.g. for private mortgage lending? The IPMA Research Conference 2018 aims to pursue answers to these urgent questions.

Projectification leads to the fact that public projects like infrastructure projects become more transparent as the introduction of project management leads to transparent project governance structures in public administration. The approval and execution of major public projects like streets, public transportation, schools and universities, hospitals or high-speed data networks can lead to better way of value creation for a country for the sake of its citizens and a better life for everyone.

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 for further developing our understanding of project management.

Subtopics:

The following subtopics and workshop streams are planned:

  • Status of projectification of societies
  • Consequence of the global projectification trend for individuals, organisations and societies
  • Public administration based on transparent project governance structures
  • National project maturity levels / index measurement
  • Value creation through projects/ project management for the society

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 by March 31, 2018. Authors of accepted short papers will be expected to provide a full paper by May 31, 2018 and to present their ideas in a presentation at the IPMA Research Conference.

  • Short outline of the content (500 words)
  • References
  • Biographical details of the author

Please submit a .pdf file of your short paper by March 31th 2018 to: [email protected].

For further information please contact: [email protected].

The 2018 IPMA Research Conference coordinators: Yvonne Schoper, Helgi Thor Ingason, Raphael Albergarias, Marcos Rego

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, IPMA is one of the world’s oldest project management professional organizations. IPMA is a federation of more than 55 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 www.ipma.world.

Source: IPMA

 

 

Making Organizational Change Stick

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge addresses the need for project managers and change managers to work together more effectively

2 January 2018 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Making Organizational Change Stick: How to create a culture of partnership between Project and Change Management, by Gabrielle O’Donovan. Published in 2018, this new book is written for change managers, project/programme managers, design thinkers, business architects and anyone concerned with the structure, process and people of business change.

According to the Routledge release: Business needs change. And it needs it in ways, at a rate and on a scale that is unprecedented. Current success rates for business change projects are dismal and are likely to remain so until organizations learn how to integrate Change Management and Project Management successfully. Gabrielle O’Donovan shows you how to how to design strategy, structures and processes to realise this integration and deliver sustainable and commercially powerful business change.

She opens the book by providing the context: describing the problem with change projects; the issues that feed the 40% – 70% failure rate; the strengths and weaknesses of the project management and change management disciplines and, crucially, the value proposition of these respective disciplines and the models and tools they employ. In the second half of the book she makes a change partners culture explicit and measurable, by articulating those cultural assumptions that will support an effective change management/project management partnership, and that relate to universal problems all organisations face regarding the macro environment, external adaptability and survival, and internal integration.

From there, she describes how project managers and change managers can divide work packages and activities throughout the end-to-end project lifecycle, offering a toolkit to enable you to bring this change partners culture to life and ensure change is not only implemented – but embedded. Learn more about the book here.

Gabrielle O’Donovan has clocked up more than 30,000 hours over 20-plus years working on transformational change projects that have cover the full spectrum – culture transformation, process reengineering, restructuring, regulatory, infrastructure, technology plus M&A. Edgar Schein, Professor Emeratis, Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA has remarked on Gabrielle’s work on culture as ‘notable’. She is an accomplished Change Management and Organizational Culture practitioner, author, university lecturer and conference speaker.

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

 

Wideman Website updates for January 2018

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms updated

1 January 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.

According to Max this month:

We are very excited to announce that we have completed the conversion of our ubiquitous Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms V5.5 for presentation on line. This will be the last version available in this linked form for free from this website – just go to PM Glossary in the left hand column. As announced in our headline last month, our V6.1 database outputs are being produced in separate project and product domain related versions; see details at http://www.maxwideman.com/order_formV61/order_info.htm

We have good advice in this month’s Musings: Are you doing enough to Optimize your Project Administration in this Digital Age? A Xerox Report on Digitization at Work offers Five Suggestions on how to find out.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com.

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

 

 

Project Management for Education

 

PM EDUCATION & PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from PMI Education Foundation supports both teachers and learners

28 December 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) has announced the publication of a new book aimed at helping both teachers and students, “Project Management for Education: The Bridge to 21st Century Learning.” The book is authored by Bernie Trilling and Walter Ginervi.

According to the PMIEF introduction to the book: Project Management for Education (“PM4Ed” for short), aims to help build indispensable bridges between project management and education, to support the evolving transformation of education to equip students with the essential skills to tackle our world’s “glocal” (global and local) problems, and to empower all learners to successfully manage their personal, social, and life challenges.

PM4Ed is two books in one: an Educator Guide and a Project Manager Guide bringing the advantages and benefits of project management’s powerful and practical principles and practices to the world of primary and secondary education. By flipping this book over, you can switch between the two guides to explore how both educators and project managers (PMs) are increasingly moving toward the same goal—to help all students become more successful 21st century learners, well prepared for future work, citizenship, family, and community life.

According to the PMIEF introduction, “after reading this book both teachers and project managers will be able to answer the critical question, How do we manage learning projects, and how can we help students be more effective designers and managers of their own learning?”

Bernie Trilling is Founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors. He is an active member in a variety of organizations dedicated to bringing 21st century deeper learning methods to students and teachers across the globe. Walter Ginervi has a long experience as a practicing project, program and portfolio manager. With PMIEF’s support, he is strongly committed to spreading the project language in the schools all over the world.

For more about the book, visit https://pmief.org/library/project-management-for-education

Learn more about the PMI Education Foundation at https://pmief.org/

 

 

Bocconi University graduate student completes PMWL internship

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Domenico Moccia in Milan completes project management research internship with December contributions

26 December 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Domenico Moccia, a graduate student in the business school at Bocconi University in Italy, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Domenico is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan.

Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. During his studies and work abroad, Domenico has operated with international teams and faced a wide range of managerial issues: this led him to discover his passion for Project Management and Business Process Analysis and Improvement. His major fields of study are marketing and business administration.  His research interests have included strategy, supply chain, marketing project management and entrepreneurship.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Domenico researched a variety of project management topics for the library, most recently discovering Susanne Madsen’s leadership website in UK.  We really appreciated his diligence and contributions, even while completing an important on-the-ground internship on the island of Majorca in recent months.”

According to Domenico, “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the PM World Library this year. This virtual internship forced me to conduct research that I would not have done otherwise. That has already been helpful to me, both in school and during my current work.”

Pells added, “I want to also thank Professor Marco Sampietro at Bocconi University who referred Domenico to us.  Mr. Moccia was great; he helped populate several section of the library with very useful resources.  The interns from Bocconi have all proven both intellectually stimulated and reliable, which we greatly appreciate.”

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

See Domenico’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is administered by PM World, which also produces the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Jacobs Completes CH2M Acquisition

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Merger creates $15 Billion Project and Program Services Giant

18 December 2018 – Dallas, TX and Denver, CO, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition of CH2M via a cash and stock transaction. The combination, which received broad affirmative support from CH2M shareholders, is expected to further drive the company’s profitable growth strategy.

“This is a transformative step-change that brings together the industry’s foremost expertise and services to fulfill our vision to provide leading-edge solutions for a more connected, sustainable world,” said Jacobs Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou (pictured). “Since our August announcement, we have held meetings with thousands of CH2M and Jacobs employees, and I cannot overstate the enthusiasm we share about our future together. Today, we are celebrating the creation of a new Jacobs with even greater aspirations to do meaningful work around the world, heartened by clients who have eagerly anticipated this combination.”

Demetriou stressed the combined firm’s continuing emphasis on talent retention and hiring as a top priority. “People are the heart of our organization, and we are calling on the best and brightest to join the new Jacobs to drive our growth strategy and be part of our exciting future.”

Focused Integration Discipline

Jacobs formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) early in August to begin integration planning following the announcement of the proposed CH2M acquisition. The IMO identified rigorous processes and protocols to drive realization of cost and growth synergies, for which Jacobs’ executive team and Board of Directors will continue to provide active oversight.

“We are applying lessons learned from past integration experiences and adopting best practices for critical factors, such as talent retention, and building on the excellent cultural foundations of both organizations,” said Demetriou. “We are well positioned to capitalize on the differentiated value proposition created by this combination, and our continued efforts to drive incremental focus and accountability will be supported by a simplification of our operating model. Most important, our clients will be able to better realize the benefits of our industry-leading, innovative capabilities.”

Reaffirms Financial Outlook

Both organizations reported strong performance in 2017, bolstering confidence in prospects for enhanced value creation in the newly combined firm and reinforcing the expectations for integration synergies and returns on the transaction.

For more, to read the full news release, click here.

About Jacobs

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector, delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 74,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering

33 new works by 36 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2391 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,014 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 December 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 33 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month.  These contributions by 33 different authors in 17 different countries were published in the December 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,391 original works by 1,014 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 36 authors this month, 17 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We have again published some outstanding articles and papers in this edition.  The biggest development however is the publication of 10 student papers this month, by graduate students studying project and programme management at SKEMA Business School in France.  These have come to us courtesy of Prof Paul Giammalvo, adjunct professor for SKEMA’s contract management course and himself a frequent contributor to the PMWJ.”

New authors in December include Jonas Bencze (France/Germany), Tomas Blomquist (Sweden), Sarah Chaouche (France), Constance Dierickx (USA), Laura Faivre (France), Ilias Hafsi (Morocco), Kim Hylton-Reed (USA), David Kressin (USA), Amy Nguyen (France), Livinus Nweke (Nigeria), Nana Osei (Ghana), Sara Rifai (Morocco), Quan Sheng (China), Martin Smit (South Africa), Chiranjit Sonowal (India), Nils Wahlin (Sweden) and Xiaohua Zeng (China). New works from 19 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We also honored some excellent 2017 articles and papers,” Pells adds.  “We launched our first Editor’s Choice Awards with this edition, which you can read about in my welcome editorial. It was also rewarding for me to go back through the last 12 editions of the PMWJ to find some outstanding works to recognize. Everyone should reread those 14 papers.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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

Editor’s note: Access to the PM World Collection, Author Showcase and many other resources in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications.  Comments or questions can be emailed to [email protected].

 

 

Hill International to Provide Program Support Services for SFO International Airport $7.3B Capital Improvement Program

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

20 November 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission to provide Capital Program Support Services for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) $7.3 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The initial term will be $8.5 million for the first year of services, and can be renewed annually by SFO up to 4 additional years (not to exceed 5 years and $40 million).

“Hill specializes in helping our airport clients manage and control complex programs and projects like SFO’s CIP,” said Michael B. Smith, Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group. “We look forward to working on this critical CIP with SFO, and to helping SFO maintain and enhance their position as the Bay Area’s premier gateway.”

Hill’s support services will comprise program-level reporting, cost and schedule development and analysis, cost estimating, construction and logistics management, process development and training, risk mitigation and maintenance of SFO’s project management system. This support will help SFO to achieve the goals of the CIP as efficiently and effectively as possible. CIP goals include constructing new facilities, expanding infrastructure, augmenting security, developing systems functionality and performing maintenance for terminal, airfield and groundside components to accommodate increasing passenger growth.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with more than 3,000 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth-largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

26 new works by 29 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2358 project management articles, papers & other works by 997 different authors in more than 60 countries

14 November 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 26 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 29 different authors in 17 different countries were published in the November 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,358 original works by 997 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 29 authors this month, 11 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We bounced back this month with seven featured papers, including several important ones.  The papers by Bob Prieto and Alan Stretton advance knowledge on topics important to all of us.  The paper by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez and Marco Sampietro, based on their research into project management courses offered by major universities, is both enlightening and upsetting, in my opinion. The other four papers offer useful information for those working in Nigeria and Southeast Asia.”

New authors in November include Emmanuel Abah (Nigeria), Anita Dzikiwi Adamu (Nigeria), Ardiansyah (Indonesia), Jen Duenhoelter (USA), Stephen Fierbaugh (USA), Danlei Jiang (China), Neelov Kar (USA), Ronalid Meijers (Netherlands), Ron Meyers (Canada), Racha Temraoui (Lebanon) and Anil Wadhwa (USA). New works from 18 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We are starting to publish more student papers now,” Pells adds.  “We published three this month and now have a backlog of papers from graduate students at SKEMA in France, thanks to Prof Paul Giammalvo.  Paul has recognized both the quality of his students’ research papers as well as the potential usefulness to students of experiencing the publication process.  We are happy to share their works with our readers.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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

Editor’s note: Access to the PM World Collection, Author Showcase and many other resources in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications.  Comments or questions can be emailed to [email protected].

 

 

Digital Tunisia 2020 Project

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

 Radical upgrade of Tunisia’s digital capability gets underway

 10 November 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank has announced approval of a loan of €71.56 million to support the implementation of ‘Digital Tunisia 2020’ National Strategic Plan. The Tunisian government is contributing €63.4 million, bringing the total cost of the project to €134.96 million.

The project is national and all-encompassing.  The ‘Digital Tunisia 2020’ National Strategic Plan (PNS) will be executed between 2018 and 2021.  The project will strengthen public services through the use of digital platforms, on a grand scale and includes, notably, the implementation of online administrative services, sectoral information services, a digital ID system, and a data exchange platform.

An important feature of the project is its broad geographical coverage. It will radically cut the current regional disparities so that all the Tunisian people will have access to grassroots services online, whether they live in urban areas or rural communities, north or south of the country.

Apart from putting government services within the reach of the population, the project will create a two-way dialogue, letting citizens participate in the formulation and implementation of public policies through electronic feedback, creating a climate of open government.

The project also has great potential for the wider Tunisian economy.  It provides for substantial support to trigger a strong and performing digital economy in the country that will give much-needed job opportunities to the young graduate population.

This project will allow the strengthening of administrative services offered to users and people in business,” said Mohamed El Aziz, the AfDB’s regional director for North Africa, adding that “it will contribute to and improve access to public services across the country.”

The Task Manager for the project at AfDB, Samatar Omar Elmi, added: “The project really illustrates how the adoption of new technologies can enhance public services delivery, improving the government’s dialogue with citizens while fostering the development of the local digital environment.”

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

 

AIPM announces Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

8 November 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced new diversity and inclusion initiatives.  AIPM is reinforcing its commitment to diversity and inclusion as a key cog of the Institute’s codes and culture by immediately committing to a number of key initiatives in the space.

The Institute has previously flagged its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion with its Diversity Statement, but it was recognised that both AIPM’s membership and its leadership demographics are currently not sufficiently representative of the multicultural community that makes up Australia and the more broadly Asia Pacific region. As a result, the AIPM has embarked on a journey in conjunction with key stakeholders to create a Diversity and Inclusion plan to deliver to our wider membership base.

During their presentation at the 2017 AIPM National Conference in Melbourne, Chair of the Board, AIPM, Mr Leh Simonelli FAIPM CPPD together with fellow Director Nicole Nader MAIPM CPPD, announced a number of key initiatives including aspirational targets of 30% female representation in our membership base as well as in leadership and office bearer roles along with a 15% representation of under 35’s in our membership by 2020.

Please click here to visit the AIPM website to read details of the initiatives in full.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More about AIPM can be found at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

 

 

Project management profession needs to lead on climate change

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

New report by UCL Professor Peter Morris in UK outlines plan of action

5 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the publication of a major new report authored by UCL Emeritus Professor Peter Morris and APM Vice-President titled Climate Change and what the project management profession should be doing about it – a UK perspective.  In the report, Professor Morris argues that project management has a significant role to play in reducing the causes and consequences of climate change.

Professor Morris reviews where society stands regarding the potential implication of climate change and what project management as a profession should be doing about it. The report reviews the dimensions of the challenge and looks at how the profession could better achieve the targets agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015.

Professor Morris proposes:

  • Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO) at the UN level to define the expectations and methods to be used in working during the very early stages of projects; defining the major task elements, interdependencies, durations, risks, benefits, and organisational roles, processes and structures
  • Creating a single point of accountability (SPA) where possible
  • Project managers mitigating or adapting to climate change from business-as-usual projects to huge R&D projects
  • Applying relevant project management techniques and developing the required capabilities to develop people in owner and sponsor roles

In addition to his personal view, Professor Morris gathered responses from thought leaders in project management including: Sir John Armitt, Professor Andrew Davies, John McGlynn (APM Chairman) and Mark Thurston.

Professor Morris said: “Behaviours play a big role but unfortunately the behaviour changes required to achieve the UN targets are so major that one must doubt whether the goals are realistically attainable. Managing the institutional contexts within which projects and programs have to operate often requires a new type and level of skill. In effect, I am advocating a model of project management that involves a more probing, creative, front-end oriented approach.”

Sara Drake APM CEO said:”What is unique about this paper is that while much has been written about sustainability, this paper brings together all aspects of project management and how the profession can play an important role in shaping our future. We should engage with existing smaller groups to leverage all our knowledge and strength to help reduce the rate of carbon emissions and temperature rises. As the Chartered Body for the project profession, APM will reflect on the report’s recommendations and how the profession needs to address these challenges.”

Professor Andrew Edkins, Professor in the Management of Projects, University of London said:” Peter Morris is Emeritus Professor of the Management of Projects at UCL. After a long and successful career as both practitioner and renowned academic, his swan-song is a paper that is written in a personal yet professional style that seeks to both engage and provoke the reader. Its topic is climate change and the role that the discipline of project management can offer.

“To achieve the paper’s objective, it provides an overview of climate change and why it’s important, then looks at the nature and types of project that have been proposed or initiated to both tackle climate change and adapt to its consequences.

“The key contribution of the paper is not to offer a solution or even a pathway to any solution. It is rather to instigate a discussion, by those who consider themselves within the discipline of project management and between this discipline and those for whom dealing with climate change is a major and increasingly important issue.”

The report is available to download here.

For further information or to arrange an interview please call Cat Finlayson on 0773 607 1158 or email [email protected]

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  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 also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

Guide for effective Benefits Management in Major Projects

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

3 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the availability of “A Guide for Effective Benefits Management in Major Projects” released in October by the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).  The guide, which had contributions from the APM Benefits Management Specific Interest Group (SIG), provides structure and sets expectations for major projects teams undertaking benefits management.

Sara Drake, Chief Executive of APM said: “Like the IPA, APM believes in the importance of measuring performance, including the expected benefits of major projects, so we can learn the important lessons and continue to make improvements over time.”

The new guide includes:

  • Key activities to be undertaken within the benefits management lifecycle.
  • Principles and good practice to adopt to ensure benefits are managed and realised.
  • How benefits management fits the HM Treasury Green Book Business Case process.
  • A RACI matrix for the key roles involved in benefits management.
  • A suggested benefits management cycle.

Download the free Guide here

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  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 also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

7th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

 

FUTURE EVENT / CALL FOR PAPER

Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

1 November 2017 – Riga, Latvia – The 7th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 19-20 April 2018. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia.

The Call for Papers remains open, with papers accepted through 15 February 2018. However if you are interested to present or publish your paper you can contact conference coordinators by e-mail [email protected]  or [email protected].

By the end of March 2018 registration for listeners and those who wish to present their reports without publication still remain. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.
To see the conference brochure, click here

The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers.

In 2018 we will have 7th anniversary that the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers organize an international conference on project management, gathering professionals from a number of countries.

In 2017 eighteen countries were represented (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Iran, United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Palestine, Iceland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania), and this year several others have joined in. The conference aims to host a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

Call for Papers

Conference language is English. Project management researchers, educators and experts are invited to submit an abstract for paper and presentation on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Project management in public administration,
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funds project management (implementation),
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management,
  4. Investment project management,
  5. Culture project management,
  6. IT project management,
  7. Construction project management,
  8. Renewable Energy Projects,
  9. Social project management,
  10. Standards on project management,
  11. Professional education and science in project management,
  12. Capacity of organization in project management,
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing,
  14. New directions and findings in project management theory,
  15. Project controlling,
  16. Project Risk Management,
  17. Project finance,
  18. Social aspects in Project management,
  19. Marketing, innovation, creativity in project management.

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts. The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed.

Important Date·

November 25, 2017 – Applications for participation at the conference and submission of paper abstract (see requirements)

December 10, 2017 – Notification of acceptance

Until December 30, 2017 – Payment of reduced conference fee

February 15, 2018 – Submission of full paper for the conference proceedings

March 15, 2018 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers

April 1, 2018 – Deadline for revised papers. Detailed conference programm

Benefits and reasons for joining the conference:

  1. Meet the professionals, scientists and Ph.D. students in Project Management and listen to their experience from different countries all over the world
  2. As PMP, PMI-ACP or other PMI certified professionals you could earn PDU’s to be claim for maintaining your certification
  3. Publish your research paper in conference proceeding book with ISBN number and direct indexing with EBSCO.
  4. Selected papers will be considered to publish on Project Management World Journal (PMWJ). The PMWJ (ISSN 2330-4480), a non-refereed electronic publication registered with the US Library of Congress, is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest intermediary between publishers and libraries. Contents of the PMWJ will be included in EBSCO’s Business Source Complete databases.
  5. Enlarge your network with new professional peers
  6. Widen your knowledge from European top Project Management speakers
  7. Stand up from the crowd and make your voice heard in interactive discussions
  8. Increase your sociability by gaining new friends who share the same ideas as yours
  9. Get the latest information about growing your professional career
  10. Help the Project Management community to grow and to have a stronger voice

This is a particularly important aspect for Latvia, since the coming years will bring many large-scale projects both in railway reconstruction and big construction objects, such as the new concert hall, as well as various sizeable event organization.

Project management is currently one of the most topical forms of task organization. The necessity for its application is dictated by several factors. The most important among them are the ever increasing complexity of products and services, and market competition. The complexity of products and services causes higher requirements for interdisciplinary knowledge, and the growing competition in markets forces businesses to make better use of their resources, become better and quicker than their competitors, and make swifter changes in their organizations, pursuing their clients’ interests. In such conditions, project management opens new opportunities for businesses.

The Professional Project Managers Association (PVPA) together with the University of Latvia are organizing already the fifth international conference on project management, giving practical and theoretical specialists from various countries the opportunity to exchange their opinions on practical and theoretical aspects of project management. Such exchange of knowledge and opinions enables us to develop project management as a professional activity not only within an individual country, but on an international level as well.

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. If you have an interest in advancing professional project management or learning about the latest in project management applications and ideas, don’t miss this major regional conference.

This conference is organized by the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers.

The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

For more information, visit the conference website or contact conference coordinators at [email protected]  or [email protected]

The PM World Journal is a media partner for this important regional conference.

 

Swiss Island® awarded PMI® Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year 2017

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

29 October 2017 – Chicago, IL, USA – Swiss Island® has been awarded the prestigious “PMI® Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year 2017” award by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This award is to recognize and honor exceptional skills in the development and delivery of a professional development product in project, program, or portfolio management. This award was presented at the PMI Global Conference 2017 – North America Professional Awards Gala, which was held on Saturday, 28 October 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Accepting the award in Chicago were Joerg Hoehl, PMP and Rudiger Geist, PMP.


 

 

 

 

 

Rudiger Geist during acceptance speech.

 

 

 

 

 

Product of the Year Award

 

 

Since 1974, the PMI Professional Awards Program has honored practitioners who achieve the highest standards of performance in project management and make a lasting impact in their field. “Every year, PMI leads the project management profession in recognizing the industry’s most outstanding accomplishments,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI. “The recipients inspire the profession through their significant contributions and we commend them on their achievements.”

PMI® (Project Management Institute) is the leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession. Its professional resources and research deliver value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve organizational success and further mature the profession.

http://www.pmitoday-digital.com/pmitoday/november_2017?pg=9#pg9

Editor’s note: Rudiger Geist is an occasional correspondent and contributor for the PM World Journal.  We wish Rudiger and his partner our congratulations on winning this prestigious award.  Well done!

 

PM Zimbabwe to join the rest of the world on IPM Day 2017

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY 2017 events in Zimbabwe on 2-3 November

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

26 October 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has announced that Zimbabwe will join the rest of the world this year on 02 November 2017 in the recognition and marking of the INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY (IPM DAY 2017). The country’s Largest Association of Project Managers PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE (PMZ) is organizing 2(two) major events in Harare and Bulawayo which will see Project Managers and Project Management Practitioner gathering to recognize IPM Day 2017 under the THEME: People, Passion and Purpose in a digital Age.

Bulawayo will this year host the main IPM Day 2017 event with a Business Breakfast meeting at Holiday Inn on 2 November 2017 where His Worship the Mayor of the City of Bulawayo Councilor M. K. Moyo will be the Guest of Honor.

Harare will follow suit on 3 November 2017 with another Breakfast meeting to close the IPM Day 2017 fanfare. International Project Management Practitioners from around the world, mainly South Africa, Kenya and USA are lined up to deliver high level papers at the two Zimbabwe IPM Day breakfast meetings. The centre of discussion at the 2 November 2017 Bulawayo meeting will be an analysis of how project management can be used to revive commerce and industry for the City of Kings.

To register or for more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.pmiz.org.zw

What is IPM Day All About?

International Project Management Day is celebrated every year since 2004 on the first Thursday in the month of November. This year, the Project Management Day will be observed on November 2. The International Project Management Day or IPM Day is designed to encourage project based organizations worldwide or companies who utilize project management methodologies to program some type of recognition event within their organizations or organized locally with others to demonstrate the appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams. Project Managers build new roads, bridges, assemble gadgets, write and run software programs etc. but they are seldom celebrated. Virtually all products that we use daily from a mere tooth brush, cellphones to aeroplanes that fly us etc are all outputs from some projects which were diligently managed by some project managers.

The International Project Management Day was created in 2004 by the team at International Institute of Learning (USA) as the day to honor project managers who work tirelessly to finish the projects efficiently on time. Project Managers are the backbone of the every project in the organization, and they always make sure that everything in the industry is moving smoothly, and work in every industry and sector, from the government to volunteer. International Project Management Day is an Worldwide appreciation of the many project managers and project teams in every organization including non-profit organisations.

Who is PMZ?

Established in 2009, Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) is Zimbabwe’ largest Association of Project Managers and Project Management practitioners. PMZ is a membership based organisation operating as a non-profit adult vocational education and training Trust. There are over 2500 members to date on the PMZ database. Besides providing various project management mentorship programmes for its members, PMZ is also licenced locally by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology to train and examine the Certificate and Diploma courses in Project Management (CPM/DPM) including the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (PGDPM).  PMZ is also able to mentor its members in the world’s top 2 project management certification programmes, i.e. the PRINCE2 and the PMP credentials.

Through their Harare based National Secretariat Office and the Bulawayo Regional office, PMZ has a mandate of registering membership, setting up, monitoring and evaluation of standards in project management training and certification nationally. From 2009 up to 2013 PMZ was known as Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe before rebranding to PMZ in line with identities of similar institutions world-wide and the recommendations of the parent Project Management Institute based in USA. Considered to be best practice organisation in project management standards, the Project Management Institute (PMI)   is the world’s largest Association of Project Managers.

In Zimbabwe and, as in most Sub-Saharan African countries the level of project management training and certification is nascent, albeit ominously low, given that these countries undertake massive infrastructural development projects. Hence projects fail due to incompetency in project management and the lack of appropriate project governance thereof, giving rise to opportunistic corruption. For information, visit www.pmiz.org.zw or email: [email protected]

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe