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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

 

 

Free library membership for residents of Pakistan

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Free full access to PM World Library available to residents of Pakistan and other low income countries

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

150409-pmwj33-40-PMWL logoAccording to PMWL Director David Pells, “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries. We previously announced free registrations for residents of India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and Ukraine, hoping to offer a new resource for project managers in those countries under stress or in transition. We are offering the same opportunity for residents of Pakistan and many other countries.”

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

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

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

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 (digital publication 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 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.

 

 

Call for Papers for 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Theme of 2017 conference: ‘Disruptive Leadership in a Global Economy’

2 January 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – The Call for Papers for the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium has been issued. The 2017 symposium will be held during 17-18 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here.

170102-pmwj54-first-jindahlAbstracts are requested for proposed paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues project managers face today. While abstracts on any important project management topics are welcome, of greatest interest will be those on new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Change Management
  • Innovative or new project/program management approaches and techniques
  • Project management’s impact on the bottom line
  • Project management during crisis
  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Opportunities during disruption & leadership of disruptive projects
  • Entrepreneurial project management
  • Business process improvement
  • PMOs and PgMOs – surviving turbulence
  • Minimizing complexity, maximizing value
  • Agile vs. waterfall
  • Team collaboration and virtual teams

Topics should be aimed at industries and areas of interest to project managers in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, New Product Development, Oil and Gas, Sports, services o fall kinds, and Public Projects and Programs.

The application must include learning objectives for a one hour presentation session and indication of the appropriate PMI Talent Triangle classification for each of the certifications (e.g., 0.5 hour technical, 0.5 hour leadership; 100% applicable to PMP and 10% applicable to RMP). The application form is available for download at http://jindal.utdallas.edu/files/2017_speaker_application_distributed.pdf

Important Dates

Application, abstract, bio and head shot photo due Monday, March 13, 2017.

Selections will be announced no later than Friday, April 7, 2017.

Additional Information

  • Submit your application in .doc or .docx format
  • Incomplete submissions will be returned to the applicant and may be resubmitted with all requirements included
  • Papers must not have been previously published
  • Papers and presentations should be free of commercial sales content
  • Papers and presentations should focus on the subject of the title, and provide new contributions to the topic
  • Speaker expenses are not reimbursed. However, speakers are not charged a fee to attend the 2-day symposium
  • Submit your speaker application to pmsymposium@utdallas.edu

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact pmsymposium@utdallas.edu or 972-883-2656.

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 http://pmworldjournal.net/article/social-project-manager/

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

 

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

141031-pmwl-wideman-MAXThis month we start Part 1 of a long series of articles by Guest author Mark Seely titled When It Is Not Project Management. The topic is decision-making, especially in large government-funded infrastructure projects where situation analyses come from various sources, each with their own political bias, thus calling for further analysis of the analyses (AofA). But how can we tell that our AofA is accurate, objective and sufficient?

In Musings we tackle the issue of Is a Project a Process? To find out whether it is or not, we start from where do projects come from?

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.

 

 

11th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium – August 2017

 

FUTURE PM EVENTS

Plan to attend 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August 2017 – theme: Disruptive Leadership in the Turbulent Global Economy

1 January 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – The 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-18 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Disruptive leadership in a turbulent global economy”.

150624-pmwj36-early-UTD IMAGEThe 2-day project management conference will focus on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others. This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM professionals, experts and academic researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free and can receive PDUs for PMP recertification. It’s also reasonably priced.

The call for papers has been issued, with abstracts due by 13 March 2017. For more information or to view past keynote presentations or papers, visit the symposium website at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The 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 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Participants can receive 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 if you have any questions contact pmsymposium@utdallas.edu or 972-883-2656.

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 http://www.pmidallas.org/

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

 

 

Further Advances in Project Management

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New collection of essays by leading project management authorities edited by Darren Dalcher released by Routledge

28 December 2016 – London, UK – Routledge has announced the publication of Further Advances in Project Management: Guided Exploration in Unfamiliar Landscapes, edited by Darren Dalcher. The new book was published under the Gower imprint. Prof Dalcher is director of the National Centre for Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

further-advancs-in-pmAccording to Routledge, projects are ubiquitous to moden society, yet, concerns around successful delivery, value realisation, resilience and making change stick force a significant re-evaluation of the scope and extent of the ‘normal’ project discourse. The common thread for all of this is around capabilities, skills, attitudes, values and perspectives that are needed for successful delivery and the sustained realisation of interest, relationships, benefit, value and impact.

The chapters collated in this volume bring together leading authorities on topics that are relevant to the management, leadership, governance and delivery of projects. Topics include people, communication, ethics, change management, value realisation, benefits, complexity, decision-making, project assurance, communication, knowledge management, big data, project requirements, business architecture, stakeholder engagement, strategy, users, systems thinking and resilience.

The main aims of the collection are to reflect on the state of practice within the discipline; to propose new extensions and additions to good practice; to offer new insights and perspectives; to distil new knowledge; and to provide a way of sampling a range of the most promising ideas, perspectives and styles of writing from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the discipline.

Darren Dalcher is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland and Adjunct Professor at the Lille Graduate School of Management (SKEMA). He is the founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), an interdisciplinary centre of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, charities, NGOs and the learned societies. Prof Dalcher is an advisor and frequent contributor to the PM World Journal.

To learn more about the book, click here.

Founded in 1967 and widely recognized as a specialist publisher of project management books and resources, Gower is now part of the Routledge / Taylor and Francis Group. Over the years, Gower published over 1000 business and project management books addressing some of the most challenging and cutting edge topics. The Gower series on Advances in Project Management can now be found at https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Project-Management/book-series/APM. The newest project management titles from Routledge publishers including Gower can be found here.

 

Manantiales-Behr Wind Farm Project

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

Argentina’s largest wind farm project will contribute to reduce the carbon footprint and diversify the energy matrix in the country

22 December 2016 – Buenos Aires, Argentina and Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the IDB, has granted a $200 million syndicated loan to YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A. in Argentina for the construction, operation and maintenance of the 100 MW Manantiales Behr wind farm and related facilities. The project includes a 20 km transmission line of 132 kV and is located about 40 km northeast of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia.

wind-turbine-3The project will contribute to the diversification of Argentina’s energy matrix and will avoid 245,311 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, supporting the country’s goal of generating 30 percent of its energy from non-traditional renewable sources.

The IIC led the financial structuring of the project, which consists of a $100 million 9-year A loan and a $100 million 6-year B loan. The participating banks are BBVA, Banco Santander and Citibank.

The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to supporting the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IIC finances sustainable enterprises and projects to achieve financial results that maximize social and environmental development for the region. With a current portfolio of $7 billion under management and 330 clients in 20 countries, the IIC works across sectors to provide innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the evolving demands of its clients. For more about IIC, visit http://www.iic.org/en. For more about IIC projects in Argentina, go to http://www.iic.org/en/countries/regional-developing/argentina-0

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

 

 

$2 Billion for Transit Projects in Seattle

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

USDOT Launches Innovative Infrastructure Financing Tool created by the newly formed Build America Bureau

22 December 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that four transit projects in the Seattle area could receive up to nearly $2 billion in financing through an innovative infrastructure financing tool created by the Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau.

sound-transit-trainOn Thursday, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) and the Build America Bureau (Bureau) signed a Master Credit Agreement (MCA) – a first-of-its-kind arrangement in which the local transit authority will be able to expedite multiple loan requests under a single agreement with the federal government. The first of those loans, $615.3 million for the Northgate Link Extension, also closed today.

“This announcement demonstrates that the Build America Bureau is already playing a major role in how projects are planned and paid for by streamlining the financing process and bringing together valuable tools for accessing federal dollars. This means projects like the Northgate Link Extension Project can move forward more quickly and effectively,” said Transportation Secretary Foxx. “We are proud of the work done through the Bureau to speed investments needed in growing regions like the Pacific Northwest. This development is a big win for the entire region.”

Secretary Foxx launched the Bureau earlier this year to provide a one-stop-shop for state and municipal governments to find innovative solutions to funding critical infrastructure projects. An MCA is one tool that the Bureau offers to help project sponsors streamline the process of applying for federal transportation infrastructure loans through the federal government’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and the Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) programs.

The MCA signed by Sound Transit covers four separate projects approved by voters as part of the transit authority’s ST-2 program. The $615.3 million TIFIA loan for the first project, the Northgate Link Extension, was approved today and will move forward. The MCA will dramatically streamline the application process for the next three projects, enabling Sound Transit to more easily apply for the loans for the Operations & Maintenance Satellite Facility: East; Lynnwood Extension; and Federal Way Link Extension projects.

“With the use of a Master Credit Agreement, the Build America Bureau can now negotiate one deal with entities that have multiple projects in their pipeline to gain access to federal loans,” said Andrew Right, Acting Executive Director of the Build America Bureau. “This has tremendous potential to save time and resources for infrastructure developers and increases transparency for the many partners involved in making transportation safer, faster, and easier in the area.”

Since its inception, the Bureau has closed $4 billion in financings and supports more than $7.8 billion in rail, highway and transit projects across the country. The Bureau has 16 projects in creditworthiness review for a total potential loan amount of over $5.5 billion. The Bureau also manages the private activity bond program, the Outreach and Project Development functions of the Build America Transportation Investment Center, and the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program.

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: U.S. Department of Transportation

 

 

Lean and Agile Project Management: How to Make Any Project Better, Faster, and More Cost Effective

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from CRC Press shows how lean and agile principles can be applied in project management

15 December 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Lean and Agile Project Management: How to Make Any Project Better, Faster, and More Cost Effective, by Terra Vanzant Stern, PhD. Published in December 2016, this new book shows how to apply lean principles to project management (PM).

9781498739160According to the CRC release, this book also includes the following highlights

  • Teaches the application of simple Six Sigma metrics in PM
  • Discusses the adoption of agile techniques in PM in order to stay on task and remain flexible
  • Helps readers discover the theoretical synergies between popular PM programs
  • Promotes an understanding of how lean people skills can help a person become a better leader and manager

When project managers are faced with budget cuts and fewer resources, waste elimination becomes a priority in maintaining effectiveness. This does not mean shortening or abandoning traditional project cycles, though. In fact, fast results on critical assignments can only be completed with strong plans and a detailed work-breakdown structure. The connections, or lack thereof, are what strongly impact performance and quality. This book defines nine wastes found in project management and demonstrates how they can be addressed with lean technology.

For more about this book, click here.

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 see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm ; to learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

Source: CRC Press

 

 

Cranefield College reconfirms industry basis for graduate degrees

 

P/PM EDUCATION NEWS

Online programme, project and performance management degree programs from South African graduate school available to students worldwide

17 December 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Cranefield College has reconfirmed the industry basis for the school’s current curricula of programme, project and performance management degree programs, including bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Cranefield is widely recognized for its programme and project management courses and degrees.

pmwj43-Feb2016-Steyn-PHOTOAccording to Prof Pieter Steyn, Cranefield’s Executive Director (pictured), “Cranefield College’s academic qualifications are structured to best serve the leadership and management needs of organisations from many sectors in the economy. Our academic qualifications focus on value chain performance management, including programme-managing the organisation’s supply chain activities and project management portfolios. Due to its profound importance, leadership and management excellence for strategic success is strongly emphasized.”

In addition to the existing Master’s degrees, heavily comprised of dissertations, Cranefield will soon offer an additional Master’s degree in Value Chain Performance Management comprising module work only. A new Bachelor in Business Administration will follow. A PhD was recently awarded to a German citizen, where Cranefield’s academic qualifications enjoy full recognition.

Up to Postgraduate Diploma level students do one module of three month’s duration at a time, and classes are limited to one morning per month. Participating students have a choice between attending live sessions on campus, or interactively online. Where a student is unable to participate in a live session (due to a particular work situation or location, for instance), he or she can still subsequently view an online recording thereof.

Increasingly, employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the competence of employees and for providing them with the necessary skills to be of

immediate benefit to their organisations. An accolade often received from students is: “what I learn from Cranefield today, I can implement in my work tomorrow”. Moreover, Cranefield graduates are profoundly successful in their career advancement internationally. An example is our graduate who is regional director of Delta Airways in America. The average age of Cranefield’s students is 38 years”.

Cranefield College is an accredited and registered private higher education institution offering a range of qualifications including PhD. Its academic programmes are available globally through technology-enhanced distance learning, utilizing a state of the art Learning Management System (LMS). Classes, which are advisable to attend but not compulsory, are offered at Cranefield’s auditorium in Johannesburg and simultaneously streamed live online globally. This makes it possible for students to study from anywhere in the world. For more about Cranefield College’s academic offerings and its EU-based global research partner LENS Living Lab, access their website at www.cranefield.ac.za.