Digital Tunisia 2020 Project



 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



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



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



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



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



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.


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



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      



Call for Papers announced for 12th UT Dallas PM Symposium



Premier project management conference for professionals and organizations in North Texas and central USA

25 October 2017 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that the Call for Papers is now open for the 12th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium.  The conference will be held during 17-18 May 2018 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The theme for the 2018 symposium is “Project Management: Leading Innovation!”

The symposium will focus on topics relevant to organizations, industries, and the economy in North Texas. Of greatest interest are new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

  • Innovative project/program management approaches and techniques
  • How organizational design promotes or hampers innovation
  • Planning for innovation on products
  • How does risk management factor into innovation?
  • Tools to enhance creativity and innovation
  • How Agile project management can foster innovation
  • Implementing innovation during a project
  • How does change management factor into innovation?
  • Managing innovative product development
  • Case studies and lessons learned

Abstracts are due by Monday, January 15, 2018. For instructions and template, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/

Those whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to prepare a full paper and deliver a presentation at the UT Dallas symposium in May.  Papers must be original, not previously published and free of commercial content. Selected papers will be republished after the symposium in the PM World Journal.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others.  To access conference website, click here.

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

As it is each year, the 2018 symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include multiple plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers in breakout sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 15 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, you should plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.  UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a monthly digital publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. Registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), the PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management.  To read the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/.



U.S. official engages youth in Bulawayo on citizen journalism during elections



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

25 October 2017 – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has shared the following news from Zimbabwe.  A senior United States Embassy official says citizens can contribute towards the successful conduct of elections if they constructively use citizen journalism techniques to share information about their experiences as well as challenges members of the public face during the electoral process.

“We don’t want to have a flawed election; we want the election to be free, fair and credible,” said Ms. Jennifer Savage, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy. “We want the registration process to be open to all. If they start to hear that people are complaining, and people are concerned and can’t register, then it is not free, it is not fair. Really, this is where you as citizen journalists have a great opportunity to get the word out there, and get it to the authorities.”

Ms. Savage held a wide ranging discussion with youth participating in a citizen journalism training on the premises of the Center for Innovation and Technology (CITEZW) in Bulawayo last week. The youth included young girls between 18 and 25, receiving skills training from CITEZW under the “We are the Future” initiative aimed at equipping young girls with digital skills, but also enabling them to produce regular reports on developments in their respective communities.

In picture: Ms. Savage with youth and trainers at CITEZW in Bulawayo on October 18th

The interaction with the senior United States Embassy representative allowed the youth to ask questions about prospects for scholarships in the United States, among other issues. However, U.S. support to independent media came into focus with youth eager to use technologies such as mobile phones to contribute to the free flow of information in the public interest.

“A lot of people talk up WhatsApp,” said Ms. Savage, challenging the youth to be courageous in ensuring that authorities rectify anomalies at all stages of the electoral process. “I would encourage you to be courageous, step up and put your name on it and say this is what I saw,” she said noting that authorities had an obligation to act on challenges faced by members of the public during all stages of the electoral process.

The United States has supported professional development of Zimbabwean media professionals, including citizen journalists, through capacity building training by American and local media experts, professional exchange programs for journalists, as well as mentorship programs targeted at bridging the gender divide in the mainstream media sector.

Encouraging the youth to be courageous in telling stories about developments in their communities, Savage said citizen journalists, like mainstream journalists, occupied a special role as members of the fourth pillar in the democracy establishment.

“In the United States we talk this system of checks and balances a lot between the Executive, Congress and the Judiciary,” she explained. “It’s a three-way triangle and they all check on each other…we often talk of journalism as the fourth leg of that pillar. Journalists and the media are what keeps us honest. We could lie to each, start corruption and scandals, but we know the media is watching. They are the ones that keep us in check. And that is also true here in Zimbabwe.”

CITEZW was established by media activist Zenzele Ndebele and offers a space where young people from different backgrounds and professions meet, discuss ideas and collaborate on various development projects and social inventions.  The organization runs initiatives like the recently launched youth focused online discussion platform- AsakheOnline (“Let’s Build”). The platform offers content on demand and streams live on the CITE Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The shows are also available on YouTube and highlights are shared via Whatsapp. – ZimPAS © October 25, 2017

ZimPAS is a product of the United States Embassy Public Affairs Section. http://zw.usembassy.gov

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

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe



Aizhan Aliakbarova completes project management research internship



Graduate student at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty completes 16-week PMWL project management research internship

20 October 2017 – Dallas, USA and Almaty, Kazakhstan – PM World has announced that Aizhan Aliakbarova, a graduate student at Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) in Kazakhstan, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship program.

Aizhan Aliakbarova is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Project Management and Supply Chain at KBTU in Almaty. Aizhan holds a Bachelor’s in Philology and an advanced program in Finance.

During her professional experience, Aizhan has cooperated with international organisations and foreign TNC’s in different sectors of economy and engaged in investment attraction and innovation development directions. Her major fields of study include project management and supply chain.  Her research interests include project management maturity, portfolio management, strategy, project finance, supply chain, International logistics, project execution and project control.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Aizhan was very efficient and professional, providing useful research results on a regular basis. She found useful resources for both new and experienced project managers ranging across multiple industries and topics. She helped populate a number of sections of the library so you will see her name on 16 useful resources on multiple webpages.”

According to Aizhan, “The internship for the PM World Library was pretty interesting and not too time consuming. I learned a lot and I’m very glad that I did it. I was also happy to deliver the 16th research result. Now I’m looking forward to completing my thesis, receiving my next degree and working with more knowledge about project management.”

Pells added, “Aizhan was referred to us by her professor at KBTU who indicated that she was a good student with high expectations.  She proved his assessment correct, as she produced a lot of good content for us in a short amount of time.  We are very grateful.”

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 Aizhan’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/aizhan-aliakbarova/

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. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.



EBRD approves financing for Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project



Bank investment to strengthen Europe’s energy security

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

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

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

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

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

Source: EBRD


Earned Benefit Program Management



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Routledge



Law school student completes PMWL internship in record time



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

14 October 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a law school graduate of Bocconi University in Italy, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship program in less than 12 weeks. Stefano is currently pursuing his LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York, USA.

Stefano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University. During his studies and work abroad, he has worked in the field of transfer pricing and international transactions, and has written in international arbitration and tax. His studies during his MSc degree led him to gain an interest in project management and valuation connected to law-related issues, such as optimisation of time and resources in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and project management of international law and treaty making.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Our library intern program is designed to require 16 weekly submissions of research results. Stefano completed the program in four sprints, delivering four research results together every two or three weeks. He mastered the template and process quickly, focused on project management for attorneys and law firms, and delivered great new resources for the library.”

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

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

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

See Stefano’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/stefano-castagna/

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


University of Maryland 5th Annual PM Symposium



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

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

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

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

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

Requested topics include:

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

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

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

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



20 new works by 22 authors added to PM World Library



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

11 October 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 20 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month.  These contributions by 22 different authors in 12 different countries were published in the October 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2332 original works by 986 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 22 authors this month, 6 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We published fewer works this month than most months.  Nevertheless, some of the articles and paper in the October PMWJ were significant.  The articles by Dalcher, Lehmann, Stretton and Winston are especially important; these are globally respected experts, so don’t bypass their writings.”

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

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

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

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

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



A systematic look at major programmes in UK



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: National Audit Office



Free PMWL membership for residents of The Philippines


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

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

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

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

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

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



MOOS Project Viewer 3.2 Released



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



14th IIL Virtual Conference set for 2 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wideman Website updates for October 2017



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

According to Max this month:

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

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

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

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

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