4th SENET – IPMA Regional Conference on Project Management

June conference on project management in central and southeastern Europe to be held on historic Brijuni Ilsands in Croatia

18 March 2018 – Zagreb, Croatia – The Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM) has issued a call for papers and workshops for the 4th SENET project management conference to be held during 7-9 June 2018. Abstracts are due by 30 March 2018. The 4th SENET conference on project management will be held in Istria, Brijuni Islands, Croatia with the theme of “Project Management for Society Development.” For more, click here for conference website.

Conference goals include the following:

  • endorse the development of the project management profession in the region
  • employ the potential of the project management profession for society development
  • share experiences and practices suitable and proven in project management
  • learn about the recent trends in project management
  • present new ideas, concepts, methods and tools gathered through research or practice
  • provide stronger visibility of the project management profession in the region

The following main topics to be covered by the 4th SENET Project Management Conference:

  • Project Management for Driving Business Success and Serving Community Needs
  • Advancing PM Competences
  • Regional Projects – Multi Win Opportunity for Stakeholders
  • PM Certification – Future Trends
  • Products and Services for PM Profession Support
  • Research in PM – State of the Art and Future Trends
  • PM in Practice

The Conference is composed of two main streams. The first stream is reserved for presentations submitted by academics and practitioners. Academics should submit papers, which will be reviewed, while practitioners choose between paper and presentation or presentation only. All accepted papers/presentations will be published in a proceeding book in electronic form within 3 months after the Conference. Call for papers for 4th SENET Conference on Project Management

4th SENET Conference – Brijuni Islands, Croatia (Istria, North Adriatic), June 7th – 9th, 2018. The opening will be on Thursday, June 7th at 4:00 PM. Visit the conference website at http://capm.hr/senet/. For additional information about Brijuni Islands National Park, visit http://www.np-brijuni.hr/en/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brijuni.

SENET Association was founded in 2000, with the aim to promote and facilitate development of the Project Management profession in the regions of Central and Southeast Europe. SENET now brings together IPMA member associations from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. The first SENET Conference was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and was dedicated to “Regional Development and Restructuring Projects”. The second Conference was organized in Cavtat, Croatia and focused on “Development of Project Management Profession in Transition Economy”, while the third one presented the topic “Project Management paving the way to the European Union” in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The local organizer for the 4th SENET Conference is the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM), Zagreb, Croatia (www.capm.hr/senet/). You are welcome to address all questions or enquiries about the Program, SENET or IPMA to the following email: [email protected]



PMI Zimbabwe Chapter officially launched



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

2 March 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The Project Management Institute (PMI) Zimbabwe Chapter was officially launched in Harare on 23 February 2018 at a colourful evening reception hosted at the Meikles Hotel and attended by close to 100 local project management practitioners. Ex PMI Nigeria Chapter President and current PMI mentor of PMI Africa Chapters Mr Ike Nwanko was the guest of honor at the launch.

The PMI Zimbabwe Chapter was first chartered as a potential PMI Chapter in April 2017 and elections to appoint a seven member Board  were held in October 2017. Miss Mary Phiri is the President of the new Zimbabwe Chapter. With this launch Africa now has a total of 23 PMI Chapters across the continent and more Chapters are set to be inaugurated by the end of the year raising hope for Africa countries to elevate their project management standards.

Here are some photos from the event.

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe



Keynote Speakers announced for 2018 UT Dallas PM Symposium


Early registration opens for premier project management conference in Central USA

1 March 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – Keynote speakers have been announced 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 annual PM symposium at UT Dallas is organized in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here.

The 2018 symposium theme is “Project Management: Leading Innovation!”  With a focus on innovation, the following keynote speakers have been announced.

Chris Bhatti, Assistant Dean, Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas will speak on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Chris Bhatti is responsible for executing the development, alumni relations and external relations strategy for the school. Prior to his current role, Chris was also the Director of External and Alumni Relations in the Office of the Dean at SMU’s Simmons School of Education. Chris was an integral part of the Simmons School Campaign that brought in the largest single gift in SMU’s 100 year history.

Prior to SMU, Mr. Bhatti was a Science Instructor at The Hockaday School where he spent six years in the classroom teaching science and coaching Cross Country and track and field. Chris is an entrepreneur. In 2013, he co-founded Vissero Group, LLC, a global and diversified consulting firm focused on cross border transactions specific to real estate investments and successfully exited the company. In 2005, Chris founded a tutoring company, Mindful Learning, LLC, which worked in Dallas ISD and other school districts. In 2010, Chris successfully executed the sale of the company. Chris served as a Board Member to Group Excellence, the largest tutoring company in Dallas and 18th fastest growing company in D/FW in 2010 which was eventually sold to a local private equity firm. More about Mr. Bhatti can be found on the symposium website.

Bryan Chambers, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, will speak on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Mr. Chambers is a business development and investment professional experienced in portfolio management and venture capital transactions. Bryan is the Director of Blackstone’s Launchpad for the University of Texas at Dallas where he advises students, entrepreneurs, and early stage ventures. Bryan also serves as the Director of the UT Dallas Seed Fund and an adjunct professor for UTD’s top twenty ranked entrepreneurship department.

Since 2012 Bryan has also been the President of Chambers Venture Capital, LLC and has been responsible for managing early stage venture capital investments in the internet and software technology sectors, as well as advisory services to various domestic and international institutional investment partners. Bryan is a Partner at Capital Factory, Executive Advisor to TechWeek, and an Engagement Director of the US China Investment and Innovation Summit. Chambers received his MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. More about Mr. Chambers can be found on the symposium website.

Angela Chen, Director of International Investor Relations, Chalak Mitra Group of Companies, will speak on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Angela Chen is also the Vice President and Co-founder of Golden Fields (US) Holdings Corp, a real estate investment firm in Dallas. She specializes in international investor relations and foreign capital management. She has facilitated cross border transactions between the U.S. and China, India, Canada and Australia.

Prior join Chalak Mitra Group, Angela was the Vice President of Investor Relations at FIG Tree Capital Ventures and Market Analyst at Encore Enterprise. Since 2012, Ms. Chen has organized and co-hosted many U.S. – China Investment Summits, focusing on cross boarder investment and technology transfer, where she has helped to provide platform and solutions to companies from China and United States, and has successfully raised millions of dollars of foreign investment capital used in the development of distressed areas in U.S. and the creation of hundreds of jobs. Ms. Chen currently serves as the President of Chinese Association of Science and Technology Texas Chapter, and is a founding member of Chinese Alumni Network at University of Texas at Dallas. She received her MBA degree in Finance and Real Estate at University of Texas at Dallas, and Bachelor Degree in Finance from University of Macau.

Robert S. Kaplan, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will speak on Friday, May 18th at 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Robert Steven Kaplan has served as the thirteenth president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 8, 2015. He represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Fed. Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School.

He is the author of several books, including What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner; What You’re Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential; and What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm’s Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. Previously, he served as global co-head of the Investment Banking Division. He was also a member of the firm’s Management Committee and served as co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee and chairman of the Goldman Sachs Pine Street Leadership Program. More about Mr. Kaplan can be found on the symposium website.

Jayadev Gopinath, General Manager, Advanced Tech, Platforms, Innovation, Data & Analytics, Toyota Motor North America, will speak on Friday May 18th at 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Mr. Gopinath is responsible for enabling technology, data and analytics to drive innovation and efficiency allowing Toyota to have closer connection with its customers, dealers, and partners. He is deeply involved in a number of initiatives such as Customer 360, Manufacturing Analytics, IOT, Product Quality Analytics and Connected Car.

Mr. Gopinath has been with Toyota for 10 years. Prior to joining Toyota, Jay spent more than nine years with Hitachi Consulting where he oversaw the development and management of the Southern California and Arizona practices as a key member of the Pacific South West Leadership Team. Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India and a MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

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 plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 40 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 16 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/.



Wideman Project Management Website updates announced




1 March 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

Below is my site update for March 2018. Folks about to tackle the next PMBOK Upgrade should be particularly interested on Part 2 of Kik Piney’s Guest paper about Project Life Cycles, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas and how serious anomalies should be fixed!



We are trying to find Cyril Souchon who wrote the article: Impediments to Defining Stakeholder Needs, (June 2004). His quoted email is no longer active. If anyone knows how he may be reached, please drop an Email to Max Wideman.

March – This month we have Part 2 of Crispin (Kik) Piney’s Guest Article on PMI’s Models of Project Management Knowledge in which he describes the Confusion and Proposes changes for the next PMBOK® Guide update. This is valuable advice especially for all those teaching and practicing under the Project Management Professional® designation.

Have you ever thought about adopting New Year Resolutions that apply to your management of projects? Guest David Miller starts out by explaining why such resolutions are hard to keep followed by Resolutuions worth taking.

That pesky stairway project at the corner of a local city park, where local residents can grow some garden vegetables, ended up having a new life. The project caught the attention of the Mayor of Toronto who declared: “The original cost estimate for the City of Toronto to build stairs in Tom Riley Park was absolutely ridiculous . . . [but] . . . Anything the City builds has to be absolutely safe and has to be able to stand the test of time.” So, the homemade stairs were demolished and replaced by city-built stairs. We don’t know how much those cost.

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.



May 2018 5th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium


Full program and keynotes announced; early registration ends 2 April

1 March 2018 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence will hold their fifth annual project management symposium at the university during May 10-11, 2018. The conference will again be held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union in College Park, Maryland. Registration is open, with early registration deadline ending April 2nd. Visit the symposium website at Project Management Symposium.

Attendees can select from 56 sessions and panel discussions in five unique tracks and earn up to 11 professional development units in the Project Management Institute Talent Triangle. Networking opportunities throughout the event also provide an opportunity to connect with other project managers from federal, state, and local governments, academia, private consultancies, non-profit agencies, industry associations, and construction management firms.

Keynote speakers will include

  • Michael Schlegel, Bozzuto Construction Company – Presentation Title: Is the Construction Industry Ripe for Disruption?
  • Sarina Arcari, Amtrak – Presentation Title: If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come: Engineering Solutions, the Human Factor
  • Lauren Alexander Augustine, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine – Presentation TitleOperationalizing Resilience One Community at a Time
  • William Eggers, Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights – Presentation Title: Where Tomorrow Will Take Us: A Journey into the Future of Work and Management
  • Jeff Gravatte, CADD Microsystems – Presentation Title: Technological Advances in Managing Design and Construction Projects
  • Bob Rovinsky, Deep Water Point – Presentation Title: A Case Study in using EVM to improve Project Management and gain funding: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Story

Session topics will include:

  • People in projects
  • Construction management / BIM
  • Federal programs
  • Agile/IT project management
  • Integrated Program Management
  • Risk and big data
  • Smart buildings and cities
  • Stakeholders and technology in project management

If you live in the Washington, DC area of the USA, don’t miss this world class project management conference occurring in the relaxed atmosphere at the University of Maryland. For more information or to register, click here.

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 http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence



Former Editorial Director of Il Project Manager in Italy named PMWJ Editorial Advisor



Federico Minelle joins international editorial team for PM World Journal in Rome

28 February 2018 – Dallas, USA and Rome, Italy – PM World has announced that Mr. Federico Minelle has been appointed an International Editorial Advisor for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) and by extension for the PM World Library.  Mr. Minelle recently retired from the position of Editorial Director of the popular Italian professional publication Il Project Manager.  Based in Rome, Italy, he remains Scientific Director for that publication.

Federico Minelle graduated in Physics at “Sapienza” – Rome University, presenting a Master’s degree thesis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, he immediately joined the Operations Research group in Olivetti & Co, Ivrea, Italy. Afterwards, for more than 40 years he consulted in Business Organization, Information Systems and Project Management.

Previously as a partner at Accenture and then as senior partner of Italian consultancy firm PRS – Planning, Ricerche e Studi, he managed and monitored significant projects in several industries, mainly in Engineering and Construction (e.g. manufacturing and nuclear power plants, transportation infrastructures) and in Government (ICT and process innovation).

He taught for more than 20 years Business Information Systems in the Computer Science Dept. of “Sapienza” – Rome University, where he currently teaches Project Management & ICT for the academic Master Degree in ICT Governance and Audit. At the same time he taught similar topics to Government officers attending SNA (National Public Administration School) courses.

For the last 4 years he was Editorial Director of the Italian journal “Il Project Manager”, developing a fruitful cooperation with the PM World Journal. Just after retiring at the end of 2017, he was appointed as Scientific Director of the same Italian journal, where he writes editorial notes, papers and book reviews.

In the late ’70 he was co-founder of AICE (Italian Association for Economic Engineering), member of ICEC (International Cost Engineering Council). He is an honorary member of ISIPM (Italian Institute for Project Management).

In the early 1990s he co-authored 2 books on strategies and management of Engineering & Construction business, edited by the relevant Industry Associations, while more recently he contributed to the “Guidelines for Quality ICT Procurement”, edited by the Italian Government Agency for ICT, and to the book “Project Life Cycle Economics”, edited by M. Pica (Gower, 2015).

Federico has authored several papers and seminars on Cost/Benefit analysis for ICT Government projects and on PMO functions in ICT organizations. He is a Certified Project Manager according to the UNI 11648:2016 standard, in accordance with the ISO 21500:2013 international standard (Guidance on project management).

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We are honored to have Prof Minelle join our editorial team.  He brings both deep understanding of project management in the Italian context as well as knowledge of the publishing industry.  As a member of our executive team, he will be welcome to offer advice and feedback on an active basis.”

Mr. Minelle stated, “Over the last four years, I have become familiar with the PM World Journal and with their editorial goals, which I fully support.  I was happy to see my colleague Massimo Pirozzi named an international correspondent for PM World in January. The PMWJ is already quite popular in Italy; perhaps we can now make it even more so.”

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



The Africa of My Dreams



African Development Bank launches writing contest for young Africans to make their voices heard and accelerate Africa’s industrialization

23 February 2018 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – What does the future of Africa look like? How will the fourth industrial revolution shape the economies, jobs and lives of tomorrow? The African Development Bank is prompting Africa’s youth to think about these questions, put pen to paper and enter The Africa of my Dreams writing contest, launched on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

The contest aims to reinforce the Bank’s commitment to Africa’s youth and bring their voice and perspective into discussions of the continent’s development. Four winners will get the opportunity to participate in the Bank’s Annual Meetings taking place in May this year in Busan, Korea.

Young media professionals as well as the general public between the ages of 20 to 29 can enter the competition.  Participants must be a national of one of the 54 African countries and submit an unpublished journalistic piece, in the media category, or an unpublished essay or creative writing piece, in the general category. Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words, be in English or French—the Bank’s two official languages—and be related to the contest’s theme, “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization”. The deadline is 23h59 universal time, March 26, 2018.

By recognizing the energy, creativity and innovative thinking that they bring to the table, the Bank aims to encourage the youth to reflect on the pivotal role they play in the development of their countries and the continent. It is expected that the population of the youth will double from the current 480 million to reach 840 million, by 2050, and Africa will be the youngest continent in the world.

Today, however, Africa’s youth bear the brunt of unemployment. In order to change this, the African Development Bank has put youth at the forefront of its priorities, spearheaded by the Jobs for Youth strategy.

Accelerating Africa’s development through industrialization is also one of the Bank’s strategic priorities, the High 5s. The rise and diversification of investments in the continent as well as the structural factors that have contributed to its sustained economic growth, such as demographics, growing internal markets, urbanization and technological developments, represent a driving force to accelerate the Africa’s industrialization.

Leveraging the youth’s innovative and creative potential can play a crucial role in industrializing Africa.

More information on The Africa of my Dreams writing contest, including its requirements, rules and regulations, and prizes can be found at: http://bit.ly/2EJUt9Z  .

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



Orange Region Creative Campaign



Renowned Mexican artists join campaign to transform Latin America and the Caribbean into a world-class creative hub

The IDB presents the Orange Region Campaign, which promotes the creation of a region-wide network of creative talents

22 February 2018 – Mexico City, Mexico and Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that celebrated Mexican creatives and artists such as Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Aleks Syntek, Ana María Olabuenaga, Eugenia León, Guadalupe Pineda, Yvonne Domenge, María Barracuda, Mario Lavista, Sandra Pani, and Sara Galindo have joined the Orange Region, an endeavor led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a network of talents capable of turning Latin America and the Caribbean into a global creativity hub.

The Orange Region creativity campaign was launched today at the Universidad Centro during the Demand Solutions event, where over two dozen innovators from Mexico and other nations from all over the world presented creative solutions to development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The launch event included a video with testimonies of emerging artists and celebrities who have joined the campaign, and the presentation of www.regionnaranja.org , a website where all those who are interested can sign up and express their support.

“I encourage the entire creative community to get to know the Orange Project, to think beyond our borders, and above all, to not miss this chance to make the talents’ network a reality,” Mexican author Alberto Ruy Sánchez , winner of the National Arts Prize 2017 said.

In a press conference, Tomás Bermúdez, IDB Representative in Mexico; Ernesto Miranda, Digital Agenda Director for the Mexican Secretariat of Culture; and Eric Descombes, President of FCB —the advertising agency that developed the campaign— presented the results of the February 21 Orange Meeting, where over 80 guests, including architects, singers, filmmakers, chefs, authors, software developers, and designers shared ideas on how to develop it in other countries in the region.

“The technological revolution is putting growing pressure on governments, companies, and institutions like the IDB to find new ways to offer solutions to improve the lives of our people, and to find partners to help achieve this goal,” Bermúdez said. “In the next decade, creativity will be one of the most coveted talents, and the only unlimited resource at our disposal.”

Sara Galindo, President of Mexicouture; filmmaker Norman Christianson and writer Alberto Ruy Sánchez, all underscored during the event the key role that the initiative can play to help transform Mexico into a creative power.

Orange Economy is a concept coined by the IDB to refer to goods and services that rely on creativity and intellectual capital as core components with a potential to create jobs, wealth, and well-being. It encompasses art and the performing arts, tourism and cultural heritage, new media, content software including video games, and traditional cultural industries, among others.

The creative and cultural industries accounted for 1.9 million jobs in the region in 2015, and produced revenue equivalent to 2.2 percent of the area’s GDP. The TV industry leads the pack, exporting shows all around the world. Filmmaking is a key sector in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, and the region produces over 400 movies a year.

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank



The Butterfly Affect: UPMK2018 in Ankara on 21 March


National Project Manager’s Conference organized by the Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

18 February 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute (TPPMI) has announced the date and theme for their 2018 National Project Manger’s Conference (UPMK). This year the conference will be held in Ankara on March 21st. The theme of UPMK2018 is the ‘Butterfly Effect’ and the subject of the discussion panel is ‘Industry 4.0 – Digital Transformation in Industry’.

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

UPMK is held since 2010, with the purpose of creating solidarity among Turkish project managers and project management team members, sharing professional issues and suggestions and compiling project management approaches, methods, knowledge, culture and a common language.

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

The conference also includes The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards”. The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards” in the categories of Best Project Manager – Woman and Man, Best Assistant Project Manager  – Woman and Man, Best Project Team, Best Young Project Manager  – Woman and Man, Best Project and Contributors to The Profession are given to winners from among nominees, since 2014.

Announced keynote speakers and panelists this year will include:


Hande Didem ALTOP – Managing Director, Endeavour Turkey

Zeynep TOKMAN CESUR – Marketing Director, Solidwork, Dassault Systems

Can PAPUÇÇUOĞLU – Founder Partner and CEO, Junction İstanbul

Baki ŞENSOY – Acting Vice President, ALTAY Software Defense Industry

Yeliz TURUNÇ – Business Development and Sales Manager, Microsoft MEA


Prof. Bülent ÇAPLI – Moderator

Suat BAYSAN – Board Member, Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV)

Alper GERÇEK – Senior Lead Designer, ASELSAN

Hasan KEMAHLI – General Manager, PROJESIS

Hilal ÜNAL TÜRKAN – Gökser Machine Energy

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

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

Project Manager Occupational Standards

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

We led the study of the definition of ‘Project Manager Occupational Standards’ and the specification of ‘National Qualifications for the Project Manager Occupation’, as TPPMI under NORM. This study was completed, approved and published in the national Official Gazette. The defined standard and qualifications are independent both from the business areas and methodologies used in some sectors. The next step is certification and a training program for the occupational certification based on the approved standard and qualifications has been announced.



Southampton graduate student completes PMWL internship in record time



Ömer Dağli completes project management research internship in just one month

17 February 2018 – Dallas, USA and Southampton, UK – PM World has announced that Ömer Berkay Dağli, a graduate student in the business school at the University of Southampton in the UK, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Ömer completed the 16-week program in just four weeks, a new record.

Ömer Berkay Dağlı is currently a Masters Candidate at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, based in UK for the academic year 2017-2018. Previously, he has served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes all round the world where he served Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. Major Field of Study: Project Management, Stakeholders Management, Logistics and Inter-Modal Transportation

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Ömer came to us highly recommended by his supervising professor at the University of Southampton. He was motivated to contribute and very interested in the research involved. He primarily contributed resources related to project management in marine industries, the field where he’s already had experience. This was an entire new topic for the PM World Library and quite welcome.”

According to Ömer, “I thought this internship might be very interesting and useful, and it was true. I learned more about project management research, how it can be useful in so many industries and types of projects. This experience will help me during my studies of project management and on future researches. I advise all project management students and project-interested people to live this experience. I hope I can continue to contribute to the library and to PM World.”

Pells added, “Omer did a great job for us. He started in early January and finished at the end of the month, delivering four research results at a time; I could not keep up with him. We still have several of his research results to post in the library. But it was great and impressive. It’s nice to see such interest in project management by young professionals and students.”

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 Ömer Dağli’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/omer-berkay-dagli/

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 http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



European Spallation Source Campus Project



NIB finances ESS laboratories and offices in Lund, Sweden

16 February 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the special-purpose vehicle SKR Spallation AB have signed a 23-year loan agreement of EUR 30 million for the construction of offices and laboratories at the site of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Southern Sweden.

The project is referred to as the ESS Campus, and includes the construction of laboratories and workshops to support the research conducted at the ESS facility. In addition, office premises with up to 450 work places and a canteen for 200 people will be built.

ESS is based on what will be the world’s most powerful neutron source yet constructed and, upon completion, will provide research opportunities in fields such as life sciences, energy, environmental technology, telecommunications and fundamental physics. Construction of the ESS Campus is scheduled to begin in 2018, and is to be completed in 2020.

“Together with the neighbouring MAX IV synchrotron lab, ESS forms one of the largest research centres in Europe, and will provide research opportunities for up to 5,000 scientists every year. The investment in related infrastructure will enable the efficient operation of the facility”, says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.

The European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) is a joint European organisation for neutron-based research. Located in Lund, Sweden, ESS will open for researchers in 2023. SKR Spallation AB is a special-purpose vehicle owned by the real estate developer Skandrenting AB, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more about ESS, go to https://europeanspallationsource.se/

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. Learn more about NIB at https://www.nib.int/



Ronald Waller, PMI Fellow: 1941 – 2018



15 February 2018 – Wisconsin, USA – Ronald P. C. Waller, PMP, PMI Fellow, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Ronald was born on March 27, 1941 and was a resident of Eagle River, Wisconsin, USA at the time of passing. Ronald served in the US Navy during Vietnam. He was employed by Johnson Controls for over 25 years.

According to the Project Management Institute, Ron Waller was a past president of the PMI Midwest Chapter (now the PMI Chicagoland Chapter), Mr. Waller was on the PMI Board of Directors for six years, initiating formal strategic and financial planning processes and serving as its president in 1996, its chair in 1997 and its ex-officio chair in 1998. A PMI member since 1978, he earned the 78th Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. He was awarded PMI’s Fellow Award in 1999. (Photo: Ron Waller at PMI Awards ceremony, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1999, Courtesy of David Pells)

Ron helped develop the role definition for PMP certification, and assisted in the development of PMI Chapter-supported PMP credential exam training and guidance. In addition to originating and expanding PMI’s online presence and being an honorary PMI India Fellow, he was Chair of the PMI PMP board, a member of the original PMI OPM3 development team, and member of the original development team for the PMI Risk Management credential.

For many years, he served as a judge for PMI’s Project of the Year award. He proposed and then coordinated the joining of the Performance Management Association and PMI, forming the former PMI College of Performance Management, PMI’s first college.

Mr. Waller spent more than four years helping develop the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management’s (asapm’s) project manager competency programs, served as chair of their certification board. He also worked on the development team of the IPMA USA National Competency Baseline.

Condolences for the Waller family can be posted at http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ronald-P.-C.-Waller-105826669

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. For more about PMI, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Editor’s note: I was saddened by the news of Ron Waller’s death. He and I served on the PMI Board of Directors together and received the PMI Fellow award together in 1999. We worked on many PMI matters together, had some adventures and remained friends. He had a lot of influence on PMI during the 1990s, was a good person with strong convictions, and will be missed by those who knew him. David L. Pells, PMI Fellow


Fall Armyworm Management Project



United States works with 350,000 Zimbabwean farmers to tackle dangerous pest targeting maize crop            

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

12 February 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, fall armyworm can feed on 80 different crop species, including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, including Zimbabwe, posing a significant threat to food security, income, and livelihoods.

If proper control measures are not implemented, the pest could cause extensive maize yield losses, estimated between $76 million and $191 million in Zimbabwe, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) in September 2017.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in coordination with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and their respective implementing partners, created a hands-on fact sheet to help small-scale farmers combat the spread of fall armyworm. This factsheet, along with the new publication Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management, First Edition, January 2018, offers mitigation measures that are easy to understand and implement by farmers, extension agents, researchers, and governments. The guide was jointly produced by USAID, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (CRP MAIZE).

USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk stated: “The United States is partnering with 350,000 Zimbabwean farmers and other local experts to stop the spread of this dangerous pest. This is an important part of USAID’s ongoing efforts to improve food security in Zimbabwe by strengthening the resilience and productivity of small-scale farmers.”

USAID/Zimbabwe is also working with CIMMYT, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and a University of Zimbabwe entomologist to bring stakeholders together from all relevant sectors to share information and create a platform for continued open dialogue to tackle the voracious fall armyworm.

USAID promotes agricultural recovery and livelihood development through the Feed the Future initiative. USAID’s two Feed the Future activities aim to reduce rural poverty and increase incomes and food security through increased agricultural production, productivity, and market linkages for small-scale crop farmers and dairy and beef producers.

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



Wideman Project Management Website updates announced



2 February 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

This month we present the first part of a Paper by Guest Crispin (Kik) Piney titled: PMI’s Models of Project Management Knowledge Part 1 — Life Cycles, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. After years of deliberation, Kik now draws attention to how the PMI PMBOK(R) Guide is laid out that is unnecessarily confusing where Life Spans, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas are concerned. Where and how that it could be improved will follow in Part 2 next month.

In Musings we offer a short ten-point “To-Do” list of how to go about Conveying Bad News on Your Project to your immediate superior. In the majority of projects, it will inevitably happen, so be ready!

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.

PMI Fellow needs your help with PM research



More participants needed for short survey on Project Success Factors

31 January 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Alfonso Bucero, PMI Fellow and well-known European professional leader, has been conducting research on project success since June 2017.  He needs a few more participants and more data.  Project managers worldwide are therefore again invited to help with this research related to project success factors.  The research is in support of a PhD thesis at MONDRAGON University.

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

Participants will receive a copy of the research results.


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

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

Research Aims

The objectives of this research are:

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

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

For more information about the research, contact [email protected]

Editor’s note: Alfonso Bucero is an international advisor and correspondent for, and a frequent contributor to, the PM World Journal.  View his background summary and original works at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/.  Please take a few minutes to complete his survey.


Jacobs wins East Midlands Airport Construction Projects in UK



Manchester Airport Group selects Jacobs for Integrated Project Delivery services

31 January 2018 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group has announced that it has received a framework agreement from Manchester Airport Group (MAG) to deliver building and infrastructure construction & maintenance/refurbishment works for East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. This includes the ongoing expansion projects which will improve capacity, throughput and overall customer experience at the airport.

Jacobs’ scope of work includes project management, procurement, construction and commissioning activities for airport buildings and associated infrastructure. Jacobs’ initial framework agreement with MAG runs until 2020, with options for extensions up to 2025.

“In alignment with our vision of creating a more connected world, we are leveraging our airside aviation construction knowledge to help enhance the experience travelers will have while visiting East Midlands Airport,” said Jacobs Buildings & Infrastructure and Industrial President Bob Pragada. “Jacobs will support Manchester Airport Group through an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach led by our knowledgeable project management and construction experts, along with a right-sized supply chain management approach.”

Rob Williams, Head of Procurement and Contracting – Capital and Asset Management for MAG, said, “Manchester Airport Group framework agreements are a key part of our overall strategic procurement strategy, across all aspects of our extended supply chain. The framework agreements for building, civil and M&E works provide a platform for us to work with a small number of high-quality, efficient contractors, managing and executing a wide range of projects that include construction, refurbishment, maintenance and infrastructure works at our airports.

“We look forward to working closely with Jacobs over the next few years and utilising their skills and experience to broaden and strengthen the resources available to our capital delivery team.”

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is the largest UK-owned airport operator, serving around 52 million passengers every year in addition to handling 600,000 tonnes of air freight annually. MAG owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. More at https://www.magairports.com/

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $15 billion, Jacobs serves industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets with engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management services. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, the company employs over 74,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries. For more, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering


University of New Mexico and Sandia to cooperate on new Master’s Degree in project management



Sandia to provide input on curriculum and offer internships and jobs for graduates

30 January 2018 – Albuquerque, NM, USA – Sandia National Laboratories has announced that it has reached a new agreement to collaborate on project management education and professional development with the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.

The memorandum of understanding to be signed Wednesday supports creating a Master of Science degree in project controls, project management and program management at UNM and hands-on internship opportunities at Sandia. Sandia will provide input on course curriculum, desired skill sets needed at the labs and expertise that will help prepare graduates for a career at Sandia or any future employer.

“Sandia wants job candidates who are best qualified and prepared to contribute to its national security mission,” Sandia program planning and control standards director Jennifer Plummer said. “This agreement helps us accomplish both. Sandia is growing its project management competency, and this will be an extraordinary benefit for the labs.”

Dean Craig White said the agreement forms the basis for an ongoing benefit to the Anderson School, Sandia National Laboratories and the overall community.

“Sandia National Laboratories has indicated a strong desire to hire New Mexico students with graduate-level project management education,” White said. “This MOU provides a framework for direct collaboration in developing an outstanding program through internships, continuing education and advice on curriculum and delivery.”

Sandia currently has about 300 project management positions, and 38 percent of those are held by UNM graduates. Tristan Walters, a Sandia manager, said the labs has about 20 job openings in project management and project controls and expects the need to hire skilled project management professionals will continue, especially due to current and upcoming nuclear weapon life extension programs.

“When you look at the demand that came from the B61-12, the W88 ALT and now with the W80-4 and the W78/W88-1 life extension projects on the horizon, we know the need for project management is not going away,” Walters said. “In fact, Sandia’s new prime contract places more emphasis on project management and earned value. This agreement not only positions Sandia to be better prepared to meet those requirements, it also helps us manage our work better.”

Sandia will offer hands-on, project-management internships focused on providing practical project management experience on real programs. Walters said Sandia currently has nine students, and “demand is currently exceeding supply.”

Walters joined Sandia about nine years ago with a Master of Business Administration in finance and international management from UNM. He started as a project financial analyst, but said he “caught the project management bug” because he wanted to become more involved with Sandia’s projects and programs. He earned a project management master’s certificate from George Washington University and ESI International and completed his project management professional certification while working at Sandia.

“I had to learn and figure it out as I went along,” Walters said. “I see this as a real opportunity to better prepare these students. They will enter the workforce ready with the foundation and analytical skills associated with project controls and project management and be better prepared to hit the ground running instead of working through training and qualification. It will be a more direct path for early staff members.”

UNM already offers several project management courses, and current students can work toward a master’s certificate in project management. The new degree is expected to be approved in 18 months to two years, and students will be able to transfer credits from their master’s certificate toward the new Master of Science degree.

“One of the key things about the Master of Science degree is that we want incoming staff to have a broad and general understanding of engineering practices and approaches,” Walters said. “It helps our project management controllers and managers be successful at Sandia. Having a systems engineering approach, or at least understanding those concepts, is going to help them integrate better with their technical teams.”

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. More at http://www.sandia.gov/

Source: Sandia National Laboratories



Managing Project Competence




New book from CRC presents project management competence in new ways

25 January 2018 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Managing Project Competence: The Lemon and the Loop, by Rolf Medina. Published in January 2018, this new book presents practical ways to acquire new knowledge and skills. Readers of the book are given new insight into the concept of competence and how both people and organizations can be more competitive, innovative, and open to learning.

According to the CRC release: This book describes how we as individuals, as well as organizations, can be efficient in the development and utilization of competence. It takes two perspectives of competence and connects them in a project-intensive and knowledge-intensive context. The first perspective is the “Lemon,” which focuses on individual competence and the role of organizational culture. The Lemon framework takes the concept of competence based on knowledge and experience and explains how a person can apply knowledge and experience to different contexts. It changes the concept of competence from being static to being agile and dynamic.

The second perspective of competence is the “Loop,” which models how organizations can manage not only to the benefit of organizational strategies and goals but also to an individual’s future career. The Lemon and the Loop are the basic tools to make competence and performance management agile and effective.

Rolf Medina has conducted research in organizational development and innovation, in which competence and projects have been cornerstones leading to several academic publications in well-ranked journals. His previous research is one of the bases for the present book. In parallel with his professional career, Rolf is guest lecturer and supervisor at Umeå University in Sweden, SKEMA Business School in France, and University College of London in the UK. Rolf holds a PhD in Programme and Project Management from SKEMA, France; a MSc in Project Management from Karlstad University in Sweden; and a BSc in Computer Engineering and Mechatronics from University College of Halmstad in Sweden.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Project-Competence-The-Lemon-and-the-Loop/Medina/p/book/9781498784382

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/



The Earth Bio-Genome Project



New Initiative aims to Sequence Genomes of All Life on Earth

23 January 2018 – Davos, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum announced today an ambitious partnership to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth and create an inclusive bio-economy, as part of its Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth Initiative.

The Earth Bio-Genome Project (EBP) will sequence all the plants, animals and single-cell organisms on Earth – the eukaryotic species – now possible due to the exponential drop in costs of genomic sequencing.

Meanwhile, the Earth Bank of Codes (EBC) aims to make nature’s biological and biomimetic assets accessible to innovators around the world, while tackling bio-piracy and ensuring equitable sharing of the commercial benefits.

Today’s announcement follows warnings by scientists in a paper last year that a “sixth mass extinction” is under way in which 20,000 species are in danger – a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization.”

The EBC part of the partnership will boost the economic incentives for local communities and global businesses to preserve the environment. It aims to unlock the potential of the planet’s biodiversity and boost the global marketplace for bio-inspired chemicals, materials, processes and innovations that solve human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested strategies.

Such advances include harvesting the next generation of antibiotics from Amazonian frogs to combat the antimicrobial resistance threat, and pioneering self-driving car algorithms using inspiration from Amazonian ants – see video.

Only 14% of the estimated species of plants and land animals have been classified and less than 0.1% have had their DNA thoroughly sequenced, meaning there is a huge gap in our knowledge of the vast scientific, economic, social and environmental potential of our biodiversity. Yet, this tiny percentage has delivered all of our modern knowledge of biology and the life sciences.

Like the Human Genome Project, which delivered at least $65 to the US economy for every public dollar spent as well as myriad benefits for human health, molecular medicine and scientific understanding, the EBP aims to create an inclusive bio-economy and enable the conservation and regeneration of biodiversity.

“The rate of biodiversity loss is sobering. Those born since 2012 have inherited a planet with fewer than half the number of animals on land and below water than those born before 1970. There is an urgent need for innovations that can quickly make natural habitats worth more intact for local people than cutting them down for other land uses. The Fourth Industrial Revolution in biology could offer such innovations if linked to new models for biodiversity management. This is why this partnership could be very exciting,” said Dominic Waughray, Head of Public-Private Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

The partnership will take 10 years and cost an estimated $4.7 billion – now possible due to the drop in costs of genomic sequencing. The Human Genome Project, by comparison, took more than a decade and cost $4.8 billion in 2017 to sequence the first human genome.

Putting the plan into action

The EBC will work by providing an open, global, public-good and digital platform that registers and maps the biological IP assets on the blockchain. This code bank will record the provenance, rights and obligations associated with nature’s assets – their intellectual property – to track their provenance and use. When value is created from accessing these assets, smart contracts would facilitate equitable sharing of benefits to the custodians of nature and to the bio-diverse nations of origin.

An important proof of concept for the EBP and EBC will be located in the Amazon basin in light of its rich biodiversity.

The pilot – known as the Amazon Bank of Codes – can be seen as an initiative that offers practical means to indigenous and traditional communities and local actors in the Amazon basin, and the Convention on Biodiversity at the international level, to eliminate bio-piracy. Bio-innovators in the Amazon and worldwide would tap into a store of data that accelerates the likelihood of scientific breakthroughs with a one-stop shop for nature’s assets. A fair share of the economic value created from such breakthroughs would automatically be returned to the custodians of the various components of nature’s assets in the Amazon.

For indigenous and local communities, the value could be immense. At the same time, it helps shift local incentives away from short-term forest clearance towards longer-term preservation. This platform would help support national regulators in the Amazon and implement the fair and equitable sharing of benefits as intended by the 2017 Nagoya Protocol, which governs access to genetic resources.

Following this proof of concept, the EBC, in partnership with the EBP, would facilitate a similar approach in other areas rich in biodiversity on land and in the oceans.

The World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security will offer its platform and networks to help advance the development of the EBC as a discrete project in its wider partnership with the EBP. This will form an associated workstream of the System Initiative’s Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth Initiative. By providing a platform for the partnership between the EBP and the EBC, the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth Initiative will enable experts from across the public, private and research sectors to work together on developing guidelines that maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks to society from such an innovation.

“Scientists and entrepreneurs are now able to tap into a new source of knowledge that could be the driver behind the next generation of novel technologies. If the dividends are shared equitably, an inclusive bio-economy could be created that provides a significant new funding stream for conservation and sustainable development efforts centred on the custodians of nature,” said Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Founder and Chairman of Space Time Ventures, Founder of the Earth Bank of Codes and member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Environment and Natural Resource Security.

“The partnership will construct a global biology infrastructure project to sequence life on the planet to enable solutions for preserving Earth’s biodiversity, managing ecosystems, spawning bio-based industries and sustaining human societies,” said Harris Lewin, Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology, Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair, University of California, Davis, member of the United States National Academy of Science and Chair of the Earth BioGenome Project.

There is still work to be done. For example, the additional $4.7 billion needed for ongoing scientific research has still to be raised. Also, the regulatory framework, governance and data-sharing principles and protocols will need to be developed alongside the research to ensure that the risks to society are minimized, the opportunities for societal benefit are maximized, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits is operationalized.

To address these challenges, the partnership will rely on convening multistakeholder collaborations that draw in science, research, technology and ethics communities, along with governments and the private sector.

The goals of the EBP are supported by some of the world’s leading universities and research centres, in addition to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen, China, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Royal Botanical Gardens in the United Kingdom, the FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) in Brazil and the Department of Agriculture in the United States – and the list of partners is expanding. The EBP is working closely with the Global Genome Biodiversity Network, the Earth Bank of Codes and a number of biotech and innovation start-ups.

The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation in the spirit of global citizenship. It engages with business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is independent, impartial and not tied to any interests. It cooperates closely with all leading international organizations (http://www.weforum.org/).

Source: World Economic Forum



Massimo Pirozzi named International Correspondent in Italy



Seasoned project executive and ISIPM official to represent PM World in Rome and throughout the region

22 January 2018 – Dallas, TX, USA and Rome, Italy – PM World has announced the appointment of Massimo Pirozzi as an International Correspondent for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) and PM World Library (PMWL) in Italy.  Based in Rome, Mr. Pirozzi is Secretary of the Executive Board, Member of the Scientific Committee, and accredited Master Teacher of the Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM). ISIPM is the largest project management society in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

Massimo Pirozzi, MSc cum laude, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, is a principal consultant, project manager, and educator. He is certified as a Professional Project Manager, as an Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor, and as an International Mediator. He is a researcher, lecturer, and author about stakeholder identification and management, relationships management, complex projects management, and Project Management X.0.

Massimo has wide experience in managing large and complex projects in national and international contexts, and in managing relations with public and private organizations, including multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes, and non-profit organizations. He worked successfully in several sectors, including Defense, Security, Health, Education, Cultural Heritage, Transport, Gaming, and Services to Citizens. He was also, for many years, a Top Manager in ICT Industry, and an Adjunct Professor in Organizational Psychology. He is registered as an Expert of the European Commission, and as an Expert of the Italian Public Administrations.

According to David Pells, PMWJ managing editor, “We are honored to have Massimo Pirozzi join our team of global correspondents in Rome.  I am also excited to start following the Italian context about Project Management more closely, as well as to learn more about ISIPM and to start receiving news about their activities, not only in Rome but also across Italy.  Massimo is very experienced and well connected, and has chaired various meetings and events himself.   I look forward to working with him, and sharing his news from Italy with our readers.”

Massimo Pirozzi stated, “I am happy to represent the PM World Journal in Italy. I believe that PM World is a high-quality example of those Project Management values, such as knowledge sharing and networking, which are foundational to promote and develop our discipline in today’s world.  I have been a regular reader of PMWJ for many years: I love the journal’s approach, I appreciate the state-of-the-art range of its publications, I have been honored to have several papers published in the PMWJ in the last year, and I am pleased to contribute further.  Definitively, I am pretty sure this will be a very good partnership.”

PM World offers opportunities for professional leaders to report news from their cities and countries as international correspondents for the PMWJ.  Share information, gain visibility and join the global correspondents network; contact [email protected] for more information.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a monthly electronic publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and other works about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases for libraries and schools. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  To read the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.