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Andrew Osayande in Nigeria completes research internship

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Block 1 (Academic):

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

Block 2 (Practitioners):

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

Block 3 (Government bodies):

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

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

See full Congress Call for Papers here.

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

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

Source: IPMA

 

 

40 new works by 48 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

15 February 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 40 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 48 different authors in 20 different countries were published in the February 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 2020 original works by 890 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works from many different authors; of the 48 authors this month, 19 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “This was one of our most productive months, with 17 featured papers and many articles contributed by authors in 20 different countries. While some of the research papers deal with issues in particular countries, all of the works are worth reading. We can learn a lot from others’ experiences; that’s the value of sharing information and knowledge through publications like the PMWJ.”

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

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

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,100 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

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

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

 

 

UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference in Turkey

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

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

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

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

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

Links:

http://www.tpyme.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Manager Occupational StandardS

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

45 nonprofits get help from project management experts at January event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence

 

 

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

 

CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

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

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

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

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

5th IPMA Research Conference 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subtopics

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

Submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

For further information please contact: research@ipma.world

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

Source: IPMA

 

 

Wideman Website updates announced for February 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Jacobs Acquires Aquenta Consulting in Australia

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $10 billion, Jacobs offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, Jacobs employs more than 54,000 people and operates in over 25 countries. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering

 

 

SmallGEO’s first flight reaches orbit

 

PROGRAMME / PROJECT NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the SmallGEO programme, click here.

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

Source: European Space Agency

 

 

4th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Full program agenda now available online for May 2017 conference

25 January 2017 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has unveiled the full agenda for their 4th Annual Project Management Symposium, scheduled for 4-5 May 2017. To see the full agenda and to register, go to Project Management Symposium.

When the event kicks off in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on Thursday, May 4, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from over 50 sessions and panel discussions focused on people in projects, construction management, federal programs, agile/IT, integrated project management, risk and big data, education, and stakeholders.

These eight tracks will feature, among other topics:

  • Insights into motivation, change management, and conflict resolution
  • Lessons learned from case study research into federal, state, and local program and project management offices
  • Tips for avoiding common procurement process problems
  • A discussion of signs that a software intensive project is under stress
  • Strategies for reducing IoT cyber risk
  • An overview of the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification
  • Information on seven psychological factors that play a role in the success of every project

The event features five esteemed keynotes: Lisa Blumerman from the U.S. Census Bureau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Stephen Shinn, Jeff Gravatte from CADD Microsystems, Patricia Carper with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Noblis’ Karl Wunderlich.

Make the most of your trip to College Park by attending the network session on May 4, which will provide a unique opportunity for project managers to make new connections and share experiences with academics and professionals from the Baltimore-Washington metro area.

For more information and to register, visit the Project Management Symposium website. Regular and one-day early registration rates are available until April 2, 2017. Government, military, non-profit, and Project Management Institute personnel are eligible for a discount.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence provides high quality, challenging education in project management prepares graduates to be proficient members of project teams and excellent project managers, maintains a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and provides project management training and development service 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, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence

 

 

EU publishes PM² Project Management Methodology Guide

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

23 January 2017 – Brussels, Belgium – The Centre of Excellence in Project Management (CoEPM²) of the European Commission has released a Guide on Project Management Methodology. The purpose of the guide is to enable project teams to manage their projects effectively and deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations and stakeholders.

170123-pmwj54-eu-BOOKPM² is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission. Its purpose is to enable project teams to manage their d stakeholders. PM² is a light and easy to implement methodology suitable for any type of project. PM² has been custom developed to fit the specific needs, culture and constraints of EU Institutions, but also incorporates elements from globally accepted best practices, standards and methodologies. projects effectively and deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations an

Open PM² is an initiative taken by the European Commission that brings the PM² Methodology and its benefits closer to its broader stakeholders and user community. Open PM² provides open access to PM² to all European Union Institutions, EU Member States, contractors and the general public. The PM² Guide provides: A Project Governance Model (i.e. roles & responsibilities); A Project Lifecycle (i.e. project phases); A set of Processes (i.e. project management activities); A set of Project Artefacts (i.e. templates and guidelines); A set of Mindsets (i.e. effective beliefs and behaviours)

To download a free copy, visit the EU bookstore here.

This news was first reported by IPMA on their blog at http://blog.ipma.world/eu-commission-released-new-pm-methodology-pm2-guide/

 

 

Alok Kaushik in India completes research internship

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Recent master’s level graduate from Mumbai International School of Business Bocconi completes research internship for PM World Library

20 January 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mumbai, India – PM World has announced that Mr Alok Kaushik has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Alok began his internship in late January and completed the program in November 2016. See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldlibrary.net/alok-kaushik/.

170120-pmwj54-Alok-PHOTOAlok Kaushik is pursuing a post graduate program in business at MISB Bocconi. Alok holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science, and has five years of work experience in ERP systems.

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

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Alok was an outstanding research intern. He identified and provided information related to some very useful project management resources. His recent research results related to NASA led to our creating a very robust section in the library where everyone can access many useful resources.”

Alok stated, “The internship for PM World Library was really interesting and useful. I had to take a few breaks during my final semester, but returned with enthusiasm to finish. I hope my research will be helpful to others and I thank Professor Marco Sampietro of SDA Bocconi for recommending me.”

Pells added, “Alok actually completed his internship in November, but some of the results were so full of information that we converted them into several. It then took some time to catch up, with his last results posted in January. His total exceeded the internship requirement, for which we are grateful.”

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

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

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

 

 

BiSL® Next – Next Generation Business Information Services Library

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Van Haren provides basis for BiSL Next Foundation exam

19 January 2017 – Zaltbommel, Netherlands – Van Haren Publishing has announced the publication of BiSL® Next – A Framework for Business Information Management: Improving Business Performance through Better use of Information and Technology. The authors include Brian Johnson, Gerard Wijers, Lucille van der Hagen and Walter Zondervan.

170119 - pmwj54-vanharen-bisl-BOOKThis book describes the framework of the next generation of Business Information Services Library, BiSL®. BiSL Next is a public domain standard for business information management with guiding principles, good practices and practical templates. It offers guidance for digitally engaged business leaders and those who collaborate with them, with the ultimate goal to improve business performance through better use of information and technology. Twelve elements – four drivers, four domains and four perspectives – are the basis of the guidance in BiSL Next. Target audience for this book includes business managers, business information managers, business analysts, CIO’s and IT managers, as well as consultants in this field.

While describing the twelve elements, the book offers them insight in the best way to manage, execute and profit from business information management in their enterprise. The book is also the official literature for the BiSL® Next Foundation exam. To visit the book’s web page, click here.

Van Haren Publishing (VHP) specializes in titles on Best Practices, methods and standards within four domains: IT and IT Management; Architecture (Enterprise and IT); Business Management; and Project Management. Based in The Netherlands, Van Haren Publishing offers a wide collection of whitepapers, templates, free e-books, trainer materials and more, in Dutch, English and other languages, in the Van Haren Publishing Knowledge Base. For the latest information on VHP publications, visit: www.vanharen.net

 

 

Alan Garvey to Provek in UK

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

17 January 2017 – London, UK – Provek has just announced that Alan Garvey (pictured below), previously managing director EMEA for the project management training company, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution (formerly ESI International), will join Provek on 1 February as Business & Operations Director.

170117-pmwj54-provek-GARVEYChris Bevan, chairman, commented “This is a real coup for Provek. Alan brings with him experience of growing similar businesses to Provek, especially internationally, and we look forward to working with him. Alan’s arrival will enable Andrew Delo, managing director, to focus on further developing The PM Channel and the assessment products which are unique to Provek.”

Alan will be responsible for developing and executing the overall business strategy including both training and consultancy.

After nearly 10 years employed by Provek, Neil Mooney will transition to supporting the company as an associate from 1 February. This will enable him to pursue other personal interests.  Neil will continue on the Provek board as a non-executive director.

Andrew Delo, said “Neil’s contribution to building the business has been immense and Provek’s reputation and its DNA is a mirror of Neil’s outstanding character.  We anticipate a long and continuing relationship with Neil as an associate to the benefit of Provek and our many clients.”

Established in 1994 and based in the UK, Provek is an assessment-led programme and project management specialist organisation working extensively in both the public and private sectors with large numbers of clients. The company provides consultancy, training and other services for some of Britain’s leading organizations. Provek is also the parent of The PM Channel. For more, visit http://www.provek.co.uk/Provek/

Source: Provek

 

 

Call for Papers for OTMC 2017 in Croatia extended to 1 February

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

16 January 2017 – Zagreb, Croatia – The deadline for abstracts for paper presentations at the 13th International Conference on Organization, Technology and Management in Construction (OTMC 2017) has been extended to 1 February 2017. The conference to be held during 27-30 September 2017 in Poreč, Croatia is sponsored by the Croatian Association for Construction Management (CACM) in cooperation with the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA). Visit http://www.otmc2017.com/

170116-pmwj54-otmc2017-LOGOConference topics:

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Construction and Project Management Issues
  • Construction Design and Technology
  • General Management and Economics in Construction
  • Information Communication Management Systems in Construction
  • Research and Education in Construction
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment

Authors are invited to submit abstracts written in English within 250 words relating to the conference topics. Abstracts should include the full title of the paper and provide a brief and comprehensive summary stating the purpose, content and conclusions of the manuscript, supported by 3-7 key words.

Key dates:

1 February – Submission of Abstracts
6 February – Acceptance of Abstracts
10 April – Submission of Full Papers
12 June – Acceptance of Papers
10 July – Submission of Camera Ready Papers

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, with best ranked papers also published in a special issue of the OTMC Journal (www.grad.hr/otmcj – indexed in EBSCO, INSPEC, ProQuest Science Journals) and eGFOS (http://e-gfos.gfos.hr/ – indexed in INSPEC). The Chair of OTMC 2017 is Prof Ivica Zavriški, PhD, CACM President.

For abstract submission and further information, contact papers_otmc@grad.hr

Register for the conference at http://www.otmc2017.com/register

 

27 new works by 34 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 1984 project management articles, papers & other works by 869 different authors in more than 60 countries

12 January 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 27 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 34 different authors in 15 different countries were published in the January 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.

150309-pmwj32-31-PMWL LOGOThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 1984 original works by 869 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 25 new works from many different authors; of the 34 authors this month, 14 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’ve launched 2017 with a strong edition. Some works challenge us as individual professionals; others challenge the PM profession itself. Some point out shortfalls; others point to opportunities. I think many of these new works expand our perspectives in multiple ways.”

New authors in November include Joanna Aldridge (USA), Prof Mary Ashlock (USA), Dr. William Brantley (USA), Juliana Cariello (Brazil), Eskil Skstedt (Sweden), Pietro Guides (Brazil), Rose-Hélène Humeau (France), Edson Marinho (Brazil), Sankaran Ramani (India), Celso Ramos (Brazil), Martin Sedlmayer (Switzerland), John Shea (USA), Charlotte Wallis (UK) and Torbjörn Wenell (Sweden). New works from 20 authors already included in the library were also added.

“I was happy to have a student paper this month, by Charlotte Wallis in UK,” Pells adds. “Also, we are happy to introduce an important new series this month on managing and working in project society based on the book that won PMI’s 2016 book of the year award. This edition also contains works on varied and interesting topics, ranging from diversity intelligence and resilience to project management in the wine growing region of Argentina. All great reads!”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,100 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

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

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

 

 

America needs $926 Billion for Transportation Infrastructure

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

New USDOT Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Reveals nearly trillion dollar backlog

12 January 2017 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure, “2015 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance,” confirms that more investment is needed not only to maintain the nation’s highway and transit systems but to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog.

170112-pmwj54-dot-IMAGE“We have an infrastructure system that is fundamental to the nation’s economic health, and it needs greater attention and resources,” said Secretary Foxx (pictured). “Improving our nation’s roads, bridges, and transit helps create jobs, connects communities and ensures that our nation is equipped for the future.”

Secretary Foxx added that the Congressionally mandated report confirms the projections outlined in “Beyond Traffic,” a U.S. Department of Transportation study issued in early 2015 that examined the challenges facing America’s transportation infrastructure over the next 30 years, such as a rapidly growing population and increasing freight traffic.

“Conditions and Performance” is a biennial report to Congress that provides information on the physical and operating characteristics of the highway, bridge and transit components of the nation’s surface transportation system.

cover-websiteThe new report – commonly known as the “Conditions and Performance” report – identifies an $836 billion backlog of unmet capital investment needs for highways and bridges, or about 3.4 percent more than the estimate made in the previous report. Addressing the growing backlog while still meeting other needs as they arise over the next two decades – will require $142.5 billion in combined transportation spending from state, federal and local governments. In 2012, the most recent year in which the report’s data were available, federal, state and local governments combined spent $105.2 billion on this infrastructure – 35.5 percent less than what is needed to improve highways and bridges.

“The case for more investment in our nation’s transportation system is clear,” said Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “A strong transportation system will make businesses more productive and freight shippers safer and more efficient while improving America’s quality of life.”

The report also indicates that $26.4 billion is needed per year to improve the condition of transit rail and bus systems. In 2012, total spending to preserve and expand transit systems was $17 billion. If transit investment is sustained at those levels, overall transit system conditions are expected to decline over the next 20 years, and increasing the transit system preservation backlog from an estimated $89.8 billion to $122 billion.

“This report shows the impact of the lack of investment in infrastructure,” said Acting Federal Transit Administrator Carolyn Flowers. “The results of that neglect can be seen throughout our country as both reliability and safety suffer. We must increase investment in public transportation nationwide, because we must take immediate action to bring our transit infrastructure into a state of good repair and provide the world-class service that Americans deserve.”

Between 2002 and 2012, the report found that:

  • The percentage of structurally deficient bridges decreased from 14.2 percent to 11 percent.
  • Road quality improved, with the share of travel taking place on smooth pavement increasing from 43.8 percent to 44.9 percent.
  • Delays in traffic cost the average commuter more time than ever, with an estimated 41 hours of delay per year in 2012, up from 39 hours in 2002.
  • Transit route miles increased by 32 percent, with light rail growing faster than any other transit mode

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. Established by the US Congress in 1966, it is governed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Its mission is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.” DOT provides financing for hundreds of transportation-related programs and projects around the United States each year. For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/.

Source: US Department of Transportation

 

 

AIPM launches new PM Webinar series in Australia

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

11 January 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced the launch of on online professional development program “PM Webinars” beginning in February 2017.

According to the AIPM notice, busy project professionals can now learn without leaving their desk, with webinars covering a wide range of topical project management themes accessible from wherever you might be in Australia. So no matter where you are located or what time of day it is, you will have an opportunity to link to others in the project management industry via AIPM’s PM Webinar series.

Series 1 – The Art of Less DOING

In AIPM’s first webinar series you will be taken on a journey to discover how systems thinking and Theory of Constraints in particular, can help all Project Manager’s apply their innate thinking capacity to identify and resolve why projects fail. We will explore the points of leverage that allow PM’s to deliver ‘more with less’ through the application of critical chain project management environments.

170111-pmwj54-aipm-IMAGE1Webinar 1 – Why Many Projects Fail: We all know that there is much greater leverage gained when addressing a problem’s root cause rather than merely, its symptoms.  Consequently Webinar 1 will start with a summary of the more traditional explanations of why projects fail but will delve deeper in order to identify the root cause/s that really matter. 14 February 2017, 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Webinar 2 – How CCPM Addresses the Causes of Project Failure: Based on the outcomes of Webinar 1, we will explore how the critical chain project management and buffer management methodologies neutralize these causes in a way which statistically results in a significant improvement in project success rates. 14 March 2017 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Webinar 3 – Buffer Management: The use of buffer management to act as a ‘shock absorber’ for variations in task completion durations is only one of its roles in improving the success rates of projects.  In Webinar 3, additional benefits of using buffer management to measure project progress will be explored and compared to the more traditional earned value management approach. 6 April 2017 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Webinar 4 – Applying CCPM and BM: The final webinar in this series will explore the implementation, risks and opportunities of CCPM and BM in both single and multi-project environments including what are the prerequisites for success. 11 May 2017 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Presenter: Gordon Dunbar, Senior Consultant, Author and Lecturer at ECU

170111-pmwj54-aipm-IMAGE2Gordon Dunbar is a senior consultant, author and lecturer with key experience in the design and implementation of continuous improvement and program/project management practices.  Gordon has extensive knowledge and experience in the inter/national resource sector including coal, copper, nickel, gold and iron ore and including downstream and central projects control in oil and gas.  He is a lecturer in the Masters in Project Management at ECU, Perth.

Gordon is recognised for developing and implementing best practice in process and project management methodologies across both technical and commercial disciplines.  He systematically applies the principles of the Theory of Constraints and sequence of what to change, what to change to and how to effect the change to deliver sustainable and enduring outcomes.

170111-pmwj54-aipm-IMAGE3Formed 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 is at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

 

 

Hill International receives $35 million project management oversight contract in California

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

10 January 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA, USA and – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to provide project management oversight and construction management services in connection with VTA’s highway, roadway, pedestrian/bicycle, transit and facility projects.  The five-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $35.0 million.

170110-pmwj54-Hill-IMAGEVTA is an independent special district responsible for bus and light rail operations, congestion management, specific highway improvement projects and countywide transportation planning.  VTA is both an accessible transit provider and multi-modal transportation planning organization involved with transit, highways, roadways, bikeways, and pedestrian facilities.

“We look forward to supporting VTA’s mission of providing sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation projects,” said Michael B. Smith, Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are confident that our team will deliver on all expectations,” added Smith.

Hill International, with 4,400 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.   For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

 

APM receives Royal Charter in UK

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

7 January 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that it has received its Royal Charter following notification from the Privy Council Office in October that Her Majesty The Queen had approved its application. The Charter represents a significant milestone in the development of the profession and completes the final phase before the association transitions to a full Chartered body in April 2017.

170107-pmwj54-apm-ROYAL CHARTERThe receipt of a Royal Charter marks a significant achievement in the evolution of project management and those who make, and seek to make, a career in this field. The Charter provides recognition for the profession, reward for the association that has championed its cause and opportunity for those who practice its disciplines.

APM President David Waboso, Chairman John McGlynn and CEO Sara Drake were on hand to receive the Sealed Charter in December. The Chartered award is great recognition for a relatively new profession which now makes such a significant contribution to social and economic wellbeing.

APM President, David Waboso congratulated all those who have supported this aspiration for over a decade: “This is a significant moment in the history of the project management profession as a whole and of APM in particular.” said David “We are privileged to share this success with those who laid the foundations for the association and the discipline we now know as project management. To reach this point in a single generation is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the tenacity, resourcefulness and professionalism of all concerned.”

The Charter was printed on vellum following a 700 year-old tradition. On the agreement of the Privy Council, Her Majesty signed a warrant authorising the Crown Office to apply the Great Seal of the Realm. That sealing confirmed the creation of a new Chartered body dedicated to project management. “We know that project management is the most effective means of delivering successful change and we know that change, when delivered well, improves our economy and society.” said APM Chairman John McGlynn “Our skills are needed more than ever and the Royal Charter provides the profession with a platform to raise awareness of our skills, improve standards and develop our practice for the benefit of all.”

Continuing a process which started at the November Annual General Meeting, APM now takes forward the steps to enable the transfer the assets and members from the current charity to the new body. The new APM will remain a charity, keep its current name and become operational on 1st April 2017. APM is also preparing for the next important phase of creating a register of Chartered Project Professionals. The criteria for this will be the subject of consultation during the course of 2017.

“The development of the register of Chartered Project Professionals is a central pillar in our drive to raise standards of project, programme and portfolio delivery,” said APM CEO Sara Drake. “Our intention is to provide a register which offers (to clients, employers and the public) confidence of quality across the rich diversity of skills involved in project management in the quantity needed by the profession and by society across all walks of life.”

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management